Mandarin, FL - Homes for Sale and Community Information
In the southernmost portion of Jacksonville, Florida, is a beautiful and historic neighborhood named Mandarin. Calvin Reed named the community after the Mandarin orange in the year 1830. The neighborhood is situated on the eastern bank of the St. John's River in Duval County, in northeast Florida.
The Mandarin home buyer that chooses to live
here on the southside of Jacksonville will enjoy a world of lush
landscaping and sprawling, moss-draped oaks. Most of the Mandarin FL
homes on the market have been built since the 1970s. However, there is
the occasional piece of Mandarin FL real estate located right on the St.
Johns River that is both expansive and luxurious in nature. Therefore,
one can find multimillion dollar Mandarin properties among the Mandarin
homes for sale.
At the same time, relocating families
considering Mandarin real estate can select from a wide variety of newer
Mandarin homes featuring 2500 to 4000 sq-ft of living space. For those
less interested in ongoing maintenance, the real estate in Mandarin also
includes some condominium developments. Some invest in homes for sale
in Mandarin because they like the residential feel that is in close
proximity to the activities available in downtown Jacksonville.
In the 1800s, Mandarin was a quaint farming village that shipped fruits and vegetables to Jacksonville and to points north on steamships that traveled up and down the St. John's River. During that era, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, another fruits were grown in profusion here.
During the Civil War, in 1864, a union steamship called the Maple Leaf hit a Confederate mine here and sank just off of Mandarin Point. Shortly after the Civil War, the noted author Harriet Beecher Stowe purchased a cottage in what is today the Mandarin neighborhood. She spent 17 winters here and often welcomed tourists disembarking from the steamships plying the St. John's River. She purportedly charged with them $.75 each to both meet her and to enjoy a tour of her beautiful property. In addition to writing the famous classic, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," she drew numerous sketches of idyllic scenes including picnicking, river touring, and sailing. Her fanciful artwork served a promotional purpose, and many northern tourists came here specifically because of her work.
Parks and Recreation
Mandarin Park is a 37-acre facility that has undergone additional development in recent years. The picnic area and additional nature trails were added in 1992. A pier was added in 1993. Then, in 2006, a boat ramp was added. Area residents can launch their boats, canoes, and kayaks here. Kids enjoy fishing right from the pier. Extensive facilities also include a multipurpose field, picnic shelters, playground facilities, shuffleboard courts, and tennis courts. Over two-miles of unpaved hiking and biking trails are maintained as well.
Attractions and Events
The Mandarin Museum truly takes visitors back to a bygone era. Beautifully situated in the 10-acre Walter Jones Historical Park, the museum includes a restored homestead site and a memorable riverfront boardwalk. Here, the 1911 Mandarin post office and Walter Jones General Store has been wonderfully restored. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001. The restorations here continue. A 19th century log cabin that was once part of the largest wine operation in this part of the state is also being restored. Also, an early 20th century sawmill is undergoing renovation as well.
The very active Mandarin Community Club hosts the Mandarin Art Festival every Easter weekend. Thousands of visitors attend this popular event at the community club grounds. The event is now in its 45th year.