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Baymeadows Center

Jacksonville, FL

Located in Mandarin, a southern area of Jacksonville, Baymeadows Center has gradually transformed from a Civil War supply point to a lively urban neighborhood. Located just 11 miles outside downtown Jacksonville, this suburban area is popular for the restaurants and nightlife. Baymeadows Center has turned into a neighborhood that offers quality schools and amenities while remaining a lively urban suburb close enough to the city for locals and tourists to enjoy the rich history, culture and big city energy.

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Restaurants

Baymeadows Center offers residents plenty of options for eating and entertainment. If you are looking for a bite to eat after shopping at The Avenues, travel along Baymeadows Road or Old Baymeadows Road to find one of the most diverse culinary stretches in Jacksonville. When compared to other Jacksonville neighborhoods, Baymeadows Center has earned a reputation for providing a wide array of cuisines at affordable prices. With options ranging from classic American dishes to authentic Thai cuisine, residents and tourists can have a different cultural experience every night of the week without spending a fortune. With a boisterous bar scene, Baymeadows Center offers a wide range bars and live music venues for college students and young professionals to satisfy their search for the ultimate happy hour experience. 4 Rivers Smoke House tops the list of dining favorites for its award-winning smoked brisket and uncompromising integrity. This booming barbecue joint has earned national recognition for its juicy smoked brisket and burnt ends. Classic Smokehouse meals like Southern pulled pork and fall-off the bone St. Louis ribs, plus a mission to support the local community with quality products caught the attention of Food Network and Food Magazine. Locals recommend sinking your teeth into the Texas Destroyer, a tender smoked brisket stacker smother in 4R sauce and topped with crispy onion rings, jalapeños, melted provolone cheese. For a restaurant designed to please the entire family, stop in at The Loop Pizza Grill. This restaurant pleases hungry children and foodies alike with its unforgettable flavors, using the freshest ingredients to combine handcrafted menu items with the convenience of fast food. Whether you are in the mood for a fat, juicy burger with crispy French fries or a classic pizza with gluten-free crust, The Loop has it. Catering to all residents, vegetarians will find a section of the menu dedicated to them as well. Go Greek with the Mediterranean cuisine of Choban Grill. The savory lamb gyro topped with fresh veggies and refreshing tzatziki sauce is a local favorite. With so few places to find a good gyro with meat cut directly from the spit, do not pass this little place by. Be sure to save room for a piece of baklava. As the night begins to fall, join the locals along Baymeadows Road for a night of drinking, live music and dancing the night away. Grab a beer at Whisky Jax or the Island Girl Cigar Bar at happy hour. For a night of bowling and good laughs, swing into Latitude 30, a popular comedy club featuring a bowling alley and bar, or dance the night away with the college crowd at Pure Night Club.

History

During the Civil War era, Baymeadows Center and Jacksonville served as a key supply point for livestock, helping the Confederate cause. In 1864 Union soldiers held the city of Jacksonville while confronting the Confederate army. While no battles took place in Jacksonville or its modern metropolitan area, the Union soldiers left the city disrupted nonetheless. As the area underwent major reconstruction following massive fires in the early 1920s, Jacksonville and the surrounding areas transformed into a banking and insurance center. In the 1940s the U.S Navy constructed three naval bases in the area, turning Jacksonville into the “Gateway to Florida.” As Jacksonville continued to flourish suburbs, like Baymeadows Center formed.

Transportation

Residents of Baymeadows Center have a few options for getting around. Most residents own a vehicle to travel from place to place. Because the demand for cabs does not run especially high in the area, you won't have much luck hailing one, but you can choose from a variety of companies, including Uber, to schedule a ride with over the phone. On beautiful sunny Florida days, residents pack up their bikes and hit the Jacksonville-Baldwin trail. Since biking on the roadways poses many hazardous threats to bicyclists in this area, locals opt for the safety of designated trails.

Cost

The cost of living in Baymeadows Center does not differ much from the city of Jacksonville. A typical one-bedroom apartment rents for around $700 per month. Getting around Baymeadows Center can be rather inexpensive, as filling up at the gas pump can be done at a rate that comes in 3 percent lower than the national average. A beer in a local bar will cost you anywhere from $4 to $4.50. A one-way trip to downtown Jacksonville costs travelers $1.50.

Parks

Baymeadows Center proudly offers a variety of neighborhood and community parks, as well as the Dog Wood dog park. Residents bring their friends and families to the parks for picnics, playgrounds for the children and bike trails for the active-minded when sporting events are not taking place. The Dog Wood Park offers monthly and annual memberships. Residents do not mind paying a membership fee to take advantage of the off-leash park that also offers swimming locations as well as hiking trails for members to enjoy. This area and the city of Jacksonville attract residents year-round with annual events and festivals throughout the year. In the spring enjoy the Springing the Blue blues festival, when summer rolls around, have the time of your life at the International Jazz Festival and in the winter months gather in town for the annual Light Up Night ceremony.

Shopping

Baymeadows Center was designed around shopping and entertainment. Locals do most of their shopping at The Avenues shopping mall, which offers everything from high-end jewelry stores to brand name clothing stores such as Banana Republic and franchise food chains such as Buffalo Wild Wings and Auntie Anne’s Pretzels. The area does not offer much in the way of high-end or luxury boutiques. In terms of specialty stores, the closest things you will find are Hickory Farms and Cache. Finding a fitness center or alternative medicine shop is a much easier task. When it comes to groceries, residents shop at the local Publix or Walmart Supercenter. In June through November, locals travel 15 minutes into the city to shop at farmers markets for locally grown produce.

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The Vue at Baymeadows
8335 Freedom Crossing Trl, Jacksonville, FL 32256
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877-592-0698
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8859 Old Kings Rd S, Jacksonville, FL 32257
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Apartments for Rent in Baymeadows Center, Jacksonville, FL

Located in Mandarin, a southern area of Jacksonville, Baymeadows Center has gradually transformed from a Civil War supply point to a lively urban neighborhood. Located just 11 miles outside downtown Jacksonville, this suburban area is popular for the restaurants and nightlife. Baymeadows Center has turned into a neighborhood that offers quality schools and amenities while remaining a lively urban suburb close enough to the city for locals and tourists to enjoy the rich history, culture and big city energy.

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