On the water, but not on the beach, our historical shelter for this week is a beautifully maintained home on the Intracoastal Waterway in Jacksonville, Florida.
If you haven’t spent a lot of time on the East Coast, the Intracoastal Waterway may be a bit of a mystery. But basically, here’s the skinny: It’s a 3,000-mile navigable shipping route made up of bays, lagoons, rivers, and canals. There are two parts – one that goes from Boston to Key West, and another that runs from Brownsville, Texas, to Appalachee, Florida.
And our 1902 Jacksonville stunner has been on the market for a week, and sits right on the Intracoastal Waterway, in a central (yet private) Jacksonville spot, not a far drive from beaches and other amenities, but with the views and comfort that will make you perfectly content to stay home.
The 3,783 square foot home was built in 1902 in the Avondale area, and then later floated down the St. John’s River and waterway to its present location. It sits on more than four acres, complete with a long dirt road entry, plentiful oak trees, and wildlife.
It overlooks the water, and has a new dock with two boat lifts, too, so the new owners can also take advantage of the waterway to get around some of Jacksonville’s hot spots.
The five-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home boasts finishes like curly pine and has coffered ceilings with a variety of decorative patterns.
Eight fireplaces keep the home warm in cooler temperatures, and the beautiful porches provide gorgeous spots for entertaining – or for curling up with a good book and a glass of lemonade.