Jacksonville Area

Learn more about the Jacksonville area of Florida.

Guide to Jacksonville Bridges

Drive toward downtown Jacksonville on any major highway and you’ll find many choices on which to cross the mighty St. Johns River.

The river naturally delineates “JAX” into Northbank and Southbank, as each side of downtown Jacksonville is known, and motor vehicles, pedestrians and trains zip back and forth along its bridges all day and night.

Eight bridges span the St. Johns here, and if you’re a new resident, what better way to acclimate to one of Florida’s most vibrant cities than to learn how to cross its signature waterway?

We’re not discussing the smaller community bridges across bays, coves or even […]

Don’t Miss These Three Iconic Jacksonville Parks

Looking to move to a metropolitan area with plenty of green space?

You won’t do better than Jacksonville, Florida, which is the largest city by area in the contiguous United States — more than 840 square miles. Jacksonville also boasts the nation’s largest urban park system.

That’s a lot of room to roam, and we at ICI Homes are proud to contribute our master-planned communities to the Jacksonville area, and to serve as a selected builder in other communities.

Whatever your impetus for moving here, take advantage of this energetic port city and its gifts from Mother Nature. You’ll find miles of […]

Our Guide to Jacksonville’s Beaches

If you’re buying a new ICI Homes custom home in greater Jacksonville, one of the perks is that you’re less than a hour from splendid Atlantic Coast beaches.

If you’re considering buying a home in “JAX” but haven’t made your final decision, the proximity to those beaches could be the clincher!

For most new Jacksonville residents, being close to several beaches is a big plus. There are few better places to catch an early-morning sunrise, and the recreational and relaxation options are nearly endless.

So, let’s assume living near beaches is a good thing for your household. What’s the best way to enjoy […]

Our Primer on ‘Getting Lost’ in Jacksonville

Want to get lost in Jacksonville? We mean that positively! “JAX” is the United States’ largest city by area, with more than 840 square miles. It also contains the country’s largest urban park system.

That’s lots of room to escape traffic, work headaches, or maybe just the daily grind. Those 10,000 acres of urban parks include 10 combined state and national parks, a national preserve and many city parks, recreational facilities and gardens.

If you’re a new or wannabe Jacksonville resident, getting lost here may be as easy as strolling down to your new or imagined neighborhood park. A long run […]

Art Alert: Sampling Jacksonville’s Museum Scene

You may be aware Jacksonville is known for its outdoor recreation, professional and amateur sports, and many seaside pursuits, but did you know it’s also a prime museum community?

If you didn’t, here’s your chance to learn. A sampling includes jaw-dropping paintings by past and present masters, a historical African-American theatre that continues to thrive, and contemporary installations that stimulate everyone’s minds and curiosity.

The list of Jacksonville museums is much too long to cover here. Don’t worry, though. We’ll get you started with top-line suggestions.

Follow us for a primer on Jacksonville’s outstanding museum scene.
The Ritz Theatre and Museum
The Ritz is […]

A Water Lover’s Guide to Living in Jacksonville

When one of the major rivers in the southeast United States bisects your city, then drains into the nearby Atlantic Ocean, you’re living a coastal lifestyle whether or not you intended it.

Chances are you intended it! Jacksonville’s booming economy, superb location and residential and business growth, make it a bulls-eye for folks elevating their careers, seeking their dream retirement home or simply moving their families to a vibrant, outdoorsy community.

The water is a big part of it — 22 miles of Atlantic beaches, the St. John’s River, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, and innumerable creeks, marshes and freshwater springs. On […]

A Kid’s Guide to Jacksonville

Moving to Jacksonville with the family in tow? Have school-age children who must acclimate to their new surroundings?

That can be a tall order on top of adjusting to a move. Luckily, kids sometimes are more resilient than us adults. They fold into new friendships, school groups and neighborhood hangouts with relative ease.

But, if you’d like to help them along by exploring your new hometown as a family, Jacksonville offers innumerable fun possibilities. We’ll get you started with a few suggestions.
Museum of Science & History
Located in downtown Jacksonville, “MOSH” is full of hands-on, interactive exhibits for all ages, with many […]

10 Things New Jacksonville Residents Should Do

If you’re a new Jacksonville resident, you probably know your way around your new community and places you must go such as grocery stores. But unless you’re familiar with “JAX,” or spent significant time here while searching for your new home, foraging further might be a challenge.

We at ICI Homes are here with your game plan. It’s a list of places to go and things to do all over metropolitan Jacksonville. Knock out several in one day, or devote an entire day to one activity.

You’ll get our bearings in no time with our list of 10 things new Jacksonville […]

Home Shopping in “JAX?” Here’s Where to Build One With Us

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Headed for Jacksonville, Florida and in the market for a new home? We’ve got you covered. Not only are we one of the state’s largest homebuilders, we’ve been doing our thing for more than four decades, and “JAX” is one of our longtime stomping grounds.

Jacksonville is a vibrant, growing metropolitan area. It serves as Florida’s northeastern gateway and is home to a major U.S. Navy base, one of the eastern seaboard’s busiest ports and gorgeous Atlantic Ocean beaches.

There are many great reasons to relocate, retire or move here. So, allow us to introduce you to the communities where […]

Pet Friendly Home Design By ICI Homes Covered on WFLA

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Spending on pet services is expected to see the largest growth for any other spending segment in the pet industry in 2017. That’s according to numbers from the American Pet Products Association, which found pet-industry spending in 2016 came in at a record high $66.75 billion, up from $60.28 billion in 2015, or a 10.7 percent growth. Spending on pet services is expected to grow by six percent in 2017.

For a lot of families, pet services includes outfitting our homes to make them more fur-baby friendly. And, more new-home builders are recognizing the increasing demand for […]