Jacksonville, Florida is often overlooked as a travel destination. Yet the city has much to offer visitors and is becoming a popular alternative to more touristy cities like Miami and Orlando. With my new book “100 Things To Do In Jacksonville Before You Die” launching this fall, I thought now was a great time to highlight some of the most unique places to stay in the city. Thank you to contributor Liz Emerick for this fantastic round-up.
There’s plenty to do in Jacksonville and you can also find excellent accommodation. If you’re not keen to stay at the run-of-the-mill hotel chains, there are some delightful vacation rentals available across the city. Here are:
5 Great Vacation Homes to
Stay in When Visiting Jacksonville
Stylish Loft in Springfield’s Historic District
This 1100 square-foot loft is located in Springfield, one of Jacksonville’s oldest neighborhoods. It is part of a historic building called Jax Brickhouse. This old home was left uninhabited for many years until new owners brought it back to life. There are five apartments in the building — three are vacation rentals.
The loft’s exposed red brick, beautiful wooden floors, leather sofas, and wood furniture give it a cozy feel. It features a modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances, bedroom with a queen-size bed, queen sleeper couch, work area with desk, printer, and paper shredder. There’s a small backyard with a barbecue, smoker, beverage center, and television. A great choice for a couple or business person.
Spacious Family Home on Julington Creek
A peaceful retreat near the St. John’s river, this spacious family home accommodates 10 people comfortably. A large backyard provides ample space for kids and pets to play. Note that pets incur an additional fee. There’s a patio, garden furniture, private pool, hot tub, barbecue, and firepit.
A short stroll from the backyard along a wooden deck leads you directly to the river. So, if you’re bringing or hiring a boat, this is the ideal vacation spot.
Inside you have all the conveniences, including air conditioning, wi-fi, Netflix, and HBO. There are 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Bunk beds, a crib, baby gates, and a game room makes this the perfect rental for families.
Tiny House on Pottsburg Creek
Tiny houses are becoming quite the rage in America and Jacksonville has several to offer vacationers. This one is super cute with an industrial design mixed with beach cottage decor. The owners have made great use of the space and the light fixtures attached to surfboards is a creative feature.
Nestled in a secluded spot near the Pottsburg Creek, this is a great place for a single retreat or cozy couple’s getaway. It offers the best of both worlds — hidden away from the hustle and bustle but with close access to downtown shops, restaurants, the beach, and the airport.
Trendy Downtown Apartment
Located in a colorful modern apartment block, this apartment cabana is conveniently located in downtown Jacksonville. You’ll be close to bars, shops, restaurants, and the nightlife.
The apartment’s contemporary design includes glass and metal furnishings balanced with warm fabrics throughout. The apartment sleeps three with a king-size bed and sleeper couch. It features a modern kitchen, Netflix, Super Nintendo, and a balcony. Shared amenities include a clubhouse, pool, bocce ball court, gym, and sky lounge.
At 750 square feet, it’s small but comfortable and ideal for someone on an extended stay who wants a home away from home.
Comfy Townhouse Near The Beach
When visiting Jacksonville, many people are keen to stay near the beach. Beach rentals can be pricey. This homey townhouse is reasonably priced and just five blocks from Jacksonville Beach. There are two bedrooms, it sleeps up to six, and has two parking spots.
It’s in a great spot near shops, the golf course, Oceanfront Park, and, of course, the beach. Feel free to bring your bicycle as the location makes it easy to walk or bike around the area. Long-term stays of 28 days or more are welcomed.
Thinking of Buying a Vacation Home in Jacksonville?
Owning a vacation home means never having to pay for accommodation when you’re in town and you can rent it out when you’re not. Vacation rentals are popular in Jacksonville, not just with travelers but also property investors.
Jacksonville’s rental market is booming and housing prices are lower than many other cities in Florida as well as the national average. Jacksonville’s median property price is around $189,000 compared to the national average of $222,000. In addition, we have a lower cost of living. For example, homeowners insurance on a $200,000 home averages around $1315 per annum.
Rental prices, on the other hand, are showing strong growth. Rent prices are between $1,350 and $1,409 depending on the neighborhood. That’s 1% to 3% higher than the national average.
So, if after a visit, you fall in love with Jacksonville and are thinking of investing in property, now is the best time. If not, there will still be plenty of great vacation homes to stay at when next you visit.
Check out my blog for more great things to do in Jax, and stay tuned for the release of my book. You can also follow along with the hashtag #100ThingsJax on social media.
Enjoy the Journey!
xo- Amy West