Springfield has a tradition for being ahead of the curve. Located on the northern side of the St. Johns River, Springfield offers old-school community vibes as well as a burgeoning creative scene. Generations of families and newcomers alike delight in the intimate charm of this eclectic, up and coming neighborhood.
Generations of long-time residents and a thriving group of creative singles, professionals, retirees, and families.
The adventurous spirit and those who want to be part of a strong community
Neighborhood parties and events, weekend warrior projects, locally-owned bars and restaurants
Not So Great For
Those who aren’t lovers of front porch socializing and those who are opposed to the sound of nails and saws on the weekend
Great value! Brand new homes interspersed with historic homes that have been beautifully restored, homes in need of renovation
You’ll Fall in Love with
The free-spirited tradition of this diverse, welcoming community
Springfield: An eclectic up and coming neighborhood
Springfield is unique and diverse with architecture ranging from historic homes to loft conversions and residents ranging from long time residents to new creative home owners.
The Springfield historic district is located north of downtown Jacksonville. It was established in 1869 and is one of only three federally designated historic districts in Jacksonville (Riverside/Avondale and Ortega are the other two). The boundaries of the Historic District are approximately: from 1st Street to 11th Street (north/south borders) and Boulevard to Clark Street (east/west borders). It is just under one square mile and contains approximately 1800 structures that are more than 50 years old. The historic homes encompass a wide range of architectural styles, including: Colonial Revival, Queen Anne, Victorian, Prairie School, and, Mediterranean.
Springfield was established outside of Downtown Jacksonville after the Great Fire of 1901 left much of downtown in ruins. Springfield fell into a period of decline in the mid 20th century due to the city re-zoning much of the area as commercial. After its designation as a National Historic District in the latter part of the 20th century, Springfield has seen a resurgence. That momentum has carried forward into the 21st century and Springfield has continued to see numerous historic homes under go renovation, new businesses take root, and even new construction infill.
Modern day Springfield is has much to offer, including its beautiful architecture, gridded streets, walk-ability and bike-ability, variety of parks, restaurants, proximity to Downtown, abundant social events, and friendly neighbors. Springfield really is a front porch community.
As a result, national, state, and local press has taken notice and highlighted the dynamic and growing community.
Residents of Springfield often move to the neighborhood for the craftsmanship in the architecture, but choose to stay because of the sense of community. Springfield has many great amenities including:
- its own Dog Park
- Disc Golf Course
- Recently remodeled Kids Park
- “Make it Happen” events where neighbors come together to improve homes for residents without the means
- “First Friday” parties at residents’ homes
- Little Free Libraries (2 locations)
- Active pet rescue and mommies groups
- Community Garden, Kids Garden, Community Orchard
- Several Parks along Hogan’s Creek
- Karpeles Manuscript Museum
- Walk-able and Bike-able
- Quick access to downtown, St. Johns River, area beaches, airport, the zoo
If you are thinking about buying in Springfield but want more information about the community here are some great resources for you:
Springfield Mommies Group (see facebook page)
Springfield Garden Club (see facebook page)
Annual Community Events:
Easter Egg Hunt & Picnic (sponsored by Springfield Mommies Group) – see their Facebook page for event details
Spring Home Tour – usually 3rd weekend in May (sponsored by SPAR, family friendly)
Throwback Baseball Game & Celebration – 4th of July, Klutho Park
Porchfest – Acoustic musicians play on Springfield’s front porches (Sponsored by SPAR, family-friendly)
Turkey Bowl – East vs West in a fierce game of flag football. Thanksgiving Day morning, Klutho Park
Holiday Home Tour – usually first weekend in December (sponsored by SIAA)