Brierwood – Jacksonville, FL

Located less than a mile east of St. John's river in the Southside area of Jacksonville, Brierwood is ideally placed to offer its residents the best of city life without the Downtown rush. Residents wake up every morning about eight miles southeast of Jacksonville city center, so they're well-positioned to commute to work or to escape to the coastline on the weekends. Two main east-to-west roads occur in the neighborhood: Baymeadows Road, which runs across the bottom of the area, and San Clerc Road, which roughly bisects the region. Two waterways, Christopher Creek and Goodbye Creek, traverse the district and meet in its southwest corner quadrant.

Restaurants & Nightlife

Most restaurants and bars are just a little outside the neighborhood - however, you won't have to go far to find fun. An eclectic mix of different food types, including Mexican, Chinese and Italian, are readily available on the south side of the community. Pizza lovers can enjoy pie from a number of different establishments in the area. Head east along Baymeadows Road for fast food or stay in the locale for a selection of homespun eateries. Gubbio's Italian Restaurant on Baymeadows well established and has a great vibe. You'll love the prompt, friendly service you receive as well as the consistently excellent food. Try the baked chicken parmigiana with a selection of delectable fresh veggies or opt for an authentic pizza. The spaghetti and salad bar offers an appetizing advantage at lunchtime or suppertime. Check out the Flame Broiler for a heaping rice bowl, filled with vegetables and your choice of chicken, steak or short ribs. Locals describe the lunch specials here as one of the best deals around. The daytime rush can get a little hectic, so call your order in ahead of time to simplify your meal. For a casual atmosphere and excellent Mexican food, head to Los Loros Mexican Restaurant on Baymeadows Road. You'll get seated quickly by amenable staff members, who also possess tremendous drinks-making skills. Try the yummy carne asada, which is seared for a distinctive chargrilled flavor or the incredible pork burrito national. This establishment channels true Mexican flavor and serves delicious salsa. Nightlife in Brierwood is varied. Most residents either stick around to enjoy a meal close to the neighborhood or head up into the city to find more intense night-time action. For close-to-home clubbing, check out Pure, located along Philips Highway. A selection of well-known regional and international DJs regularly perform at the club, which has a superb sound system.

History & Culture

The Jacksonville area, originally the domain of a subgroup of the Timucua people known as the Mocama, has been inhabited for millennia. Modern Jacksonville was named after Andrew Jackson in the 19th century, nearly 400 years after European settlers first arrived in the region. Southside, including the contemporary Brierwood neighborhood, was originally called South Jacksonville. Nowadays, cultural diversity and growth abounds in the area. Brierwood Neighborhood Association meets once a month to discuss neighborhood safety, crime rates, traffic issues, business ventures and community endeavors. Nearby places like the Museum of Science and History on Southbank, the Cummer Museum of Art in central Jacksonville and the many art galleries between Market and Julia Streets in the downtown area provide the city with a bubbling arts and history scene. Annual events like the San Marco Art and Craft Festival infuse the region with a fresh vibe.

Transportation

Most people in the Brierwood neighborhood drive from A to B, or walk short distances between homes. Biking is also a relatively safe option, though there are no designated biking lanes in the area. If you want to get into the city center without using your car, you can board a bus on the number 25 route, which runs up and down Old Kings Road South on the east side of the neighborhood. You'll need to switch buses twice: Once at the St. Augustine and Dupont Avenue stop, where you change to a number 7 bus and also at the Kings Avenue Station, when you board the Skyway into the city center. You can't really hail a cab on the street in Brierwood: You can, however, call one of a number of cab companies. One of the best local firms is Checker Cab, which operates a selection of sedans, minivans and airport shuttles. For a low-cost ride-sharing alternative, you can choose UberX, Uber XL or UberBlack. Public parking isn't readily available in Brierwood, but most residences have access to off-street parking spaces or garages. The neighborhood is located less than half a mile west of Philips Highway, which is very easy to access via Baymeadows Road.

Cost

The cost of living in Brierwood runs about four percent higher than Jacksonville average and about five percent higher than the national average. A one-bedroom place will cost you around $479 per month. Gas prices are roughly on par with the rest of Jacksonville, while a beer costs approximately $3.50 per draft or $4.50 per bottle in a local restaurant or bar. If you choose to take the bus into the city center, you can expect to pay $3.00 for a one-way ticket, or $1.50 if you qualify for a reduced rate fare. Seniors travel for free.

Shopping

Most stores in the Brierwood neighborhood live along Old Kings Road at the north end of the area. Many residents fill their prescriptions at the highly rated Watson Pharmacy. Others head south to Walgreens on Route 13 or travel north about three miles to Walmart Supercenter on Philips Highway. You can find a selection of high-end stores in Jacksonville city center and a number of boutiques and specialty locations in nearby shopping centers. At 40,000 square foot, Avonlea Antique Mall on Philips Highway is the largest antique center in Northern Florida. Over 200 dealers set up shop under its roof, making it a great place to hunt for intriguing furniture pieces, vintage knickknacks and classic collectibles. Other local stores include Little Black Box on Old Kings Road. Step through the delectable bakery haze to pick up an ambrosial single-serve pecan pie or select a tasty sandwich on your lunch hour. Grocery stores abound in the area: In fact, more than ten operate within a mile of Brierwood. The shelves at Winn-Dixie in Brierwood Village Plaza remain stocked with a variety of foods year round, while mom-and-pop establishments like J & T's Food Store offer staples like milk, bread and cereal. If you enjoy locally sourced and seasonal produce, head about nine miles north into the Riverside area to explore Jacksonville Farmer's Market. You'll find this venue, which is open 365 days a year, opposite Eugene J. Butler Middle School on West Beaver Street.

Parks

Camp Tomahawk lies in Brierwood's northwest quadrant, just north of San Clerc Road. Established as a private day camp in the 1950s by Boles School instructor Octacio Garces, this park is a veritable oasis for Brierwood residents. Mature oak, pine and maple trees offer shade while a creek trickles across the 20.5-acre expanse, where unpaved trails beg exploration. You'll find grills, tables, trash barrels and a picnic shelter for summer barbecues. The park also provides residents with other amenities, like a recently expanded playground, a water fountain and restrooms. It's an ideal — and cost-free — place to exercise and establish a morning run routine. Conveniently, Brierwood lies close to Jacksonville's fantastic 42-acre dog park, known as Dog Wood Park. Simply head north up Philips Highway, take the 202 exit, cross Route 95 and turn right onto Salisbury Road. You and your pooch will find the well-equipped park at the end of the lane.
Stonewood
8300 S Old Kings Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32217
8 hrs
$545 - 755 Studio - 2 Bedroom Available 04/17/17
904-596-2375