Mandarin real estate is primarily made up of medium sized (three or four bedroom) to large (four, five or more bedroom) single-family homes and town-homes. A majority of the residential real estate is owner occupied, however there are still a large amount of apt homes to choose from. Many of the residences in the Mandarin neighborhood are established but not old, having been built between 1970 and 1999. New construction is still taking place farther south of the 295 and San Jose intersection towards Julington Creek and Switzerland. Mandarin is part of St. Johns River county and draws many families to its A+ school district. Larger communities, such as Julington Creek Plantation and Nocatee make up the newest of home destinations.
The average rental price in Mandarin is around $1380, which places Mandarin rentals about 75% higher than other neighborhoods in Florida. Due to Mandarin’s popularity, the greatest number of commuters spend between medium 30 and 45 minutes commuting one-way to work each day. Jacksonville property managers, Rental Partners, places many renters in this area who are looking for large yards, quiet streets and a good school district. Mandarin is approximately 30 minutes from historic St. Augustine and the Jacksonville beach area. It’s about a 20 minute commute to downtown on San Jose and a quick 15 minute commute to Orange Park over the Buckman Bridge.
The name mandarin takes it name from the “mandarin” orange back in 1830. It was named by Calvin Reed, a prominent resident of the area at that time. Author, Harriet Beecher Stowe, of Uncle Tom’s cabin used to live in Mandarin and once described it as a tropical paradise. Located directly south of the San Marco district on San Jose Blvd., Mandarin is often characterized by its magnificent Spanish Moss and historic oak trees. It has many of the most beautiful area views of the St. Johns River and is home to a large mix of residential and retail establishments. Fun fact: In 1864, the Union steamship, the Maple Leaf, hit a Confederate mine and sank just off Mandarin Point.
Don’t forget to visit the Walter Jones Historical Park when in Mandarin. Step back into a time when everybody in Mandarin shopped and picked up their mail at this Mandarin landmark, The Mandarin Store & Post Office. Back in 1873, it was a large farm and was a major port off of produce off the St. Johns River. Now, since 1994, the city purchased and deemed 10 acres of this property a city park, creating the city’s first historical park in the Jacksonville, Florida area. The park walk includes the 1876 barn and home built by Mr. Major William Webb, a relaxing boardwalk along the river, a sawmill, and the Winery building. The Museum is open every Saturday from 9-4. Guided tours of the property and the original buildings are made in advance and makes for a wonderful weekend outing alongside the beautiful St. Johns River.