5 Hidden Gem Neighborhoods in Northeast Florida Worth Visiting

May 17, 2021


No matter where you explore in Northeast Florida you are bound to find beauty and interest. “Northeast Florida is richly diverse and provides residents a wide variety of activities, restaurants, and sites to enjoy and make wonderful memories. Each neighborhood has a unique culture that truly enriches the First Coast,” shares Davidson Realty President, Sherry Davidson. We’re sharing some new, some old, and some neighborhoods you may have forgotten about in Northeast Florida you need to check out! 


San Marco

Take a stroll along tree-lined San Marco Square and you’ll see there is no shortage of incredible dining, boutiques, and art galleries. The Mediterranean-influenced neighborhood which is just a few minutes from Downtown Jacksonville is a perfect place to spend an afternoon exploring. A few of our favorite spots to visit in historic San Marco are Grape and Grain Exchange, Aardwolf Brewing Company, Stellers Gallery, and Heyday!



As the oldest neighborhood in Jacksonville, Springfield offers residents a historic and eclectic experience. Established in 1869, Springfield, located just north of Downtown Jacksonville, was home to the city’s wealthiest residents. Today, the neighborhood is filled with restored mansions, hip restaurants, and locally-owned shops. Springfield also hosts popular festivals including Porchfest. Be sure to make a pit stop at Strings Sports Brewery while touring Springfield. 



Antique meets modern in charming, historic Riverside and Avondale! Home to the world-class Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, you won’t want to miss the charm and culture that Riverside and Avondale provide. Drive around the area and you’ll see gorgeous million dollar waterfront homes, locally-owned restaurants, and beautiful parks. Memorial Park, Pinegrove Market and Deli, and Kickback’s Gastropub are definitely places to visit in the area. Oh, and for dessert Whit’s Frozen Custard


Ponte Vedra Beach

If you have visited Ponte Vedra Beach before, you likely only skimmed the surface of what this stunning resort town has to offer. Prior to becoming a prominent luxury town with world-class golf courses, Ponte Vedra was a pristine wilderness home to valuable minerals giving it the nickname “Mineral City.” Discover Northeast Florida’s natural beauty with a hike at the GTM Reserve or play at TPC Sawgrass, one of the most famous golf courses in the world. Head to Ponte Vedra for date night and try LuLu’s Waterfront Grille or 3 Palms Grille.



Perhaps one of the newest go-to areas in Northeast Florida is Nocatee. Although this master-planned community hasn’t been around long, it’s definitely worth visiting! Enjoy lunch at Treylor Park (we suggest the Ahi Tuna Flatbread or the Treylor Park Nachos Grande!) or Timoti’s Seafood Shak before heading to Makk Fashions or Really Good Beer Stop. With new businesses popping up all around Nocatee, you’ll likely have more places to try each time you visit. 


Although all these neighborhoods have their own unique flair, one thing reigns true whether you call St. Augustine, Jacksonville, The Beaches, or anywhere in between home… Northeast Florida is the PERFECT place to live! 

Sherry Davidson Shares 10 Personal Tidbits

November 15, 2010

Posted by in Staff

untitledEvery month we ask a member of our staff 10 quirky questions based on the Proust Questionnaire. (We stole the idea from Vanity Fair magazine!) This month we have a special treat…Sherry Davidson – president of Davidson Realty and all around extraordinary woman – is answering the questions. She is also vice president of Davidson Development – the master developer of World Golf Village, which is known to be one of the most successful master-planned communities in Northeast Florida. It also is Sherry and her family’s home. Meet Sherry!

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Sitting in our hunting camp with good friends and my family eating whatever fabulous meal everyone just prepared together.

2. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?


3. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Arrogance, which sometimes manifests itself when people refuse to wear socks with dress shoes.

4. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Intelligence, many times it causes arrogance.

5. On what occasion do you lie?

Only to not hurt someone.

6. What is your greatest regret?

I spent many years caring what others thought of me. Thankfully, I am over that.

7. What is the quality you most like in a woman?


8. What is the quality you most like in a man?

Passion for whatever they do. This might be obvious if you know my husband who is passionate about everything.

9. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I wish I had been born as an outgoing person. I have to really work on it.

10. What is your motto?

Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.

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