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Don’t miss this fantastic open house at 1837 Ingleside Avenue tomorrow in the Avondale neighborhood of Jacksonville. Located in the best section of Avondale just a short walk to the River, this great two story home has everything you need including a wonderful guest house and two car garage. The main house has a wonderful vaulted ceiling great room which is hard to find in Avondale — come see us from 3-5 pm on Sunday, March 14th!
If you’ve bought a house in Avondale or Ortega and you’re wondering where to get your shoes repaired, take a quick drive out Edgewood Avenue into Murray Hill and you’ll find Edgewood Shoe Repair and Momni (Mom and I) Alteration shop located at 1022 Edgewood Avenue S.
In May 2009, Joy Lee and her uncle Ho Jin bought the shoe repair shop from longtime cobbler Kevin Roberts who had been fixing people’s shoes at 1144 Edgewood Avenue for over 15 years.
Ho Jin recently moved to the United States with the intent of sending his children to school here and finding a business to buy. Good with his hands and with some experience as a cobbler in Korea, he “apprenticed” under Mr. Roberts for several months prior to buying the business.
The decision to move across the street was easy as Joy Lee already owned the building at 1022 Edgewood Avenue. She bought it in January 2006 and started a renovation project that took about a year. In January 2007, she leased the space to Sisters Restaurant who occupied the space for about two years. By the time they moved out, she and her uncle were looking for a business to buy, decided to purchase Mr. Roberts shoe repair business and moved it across the street to 1022 Edgewood.
I’ve had several pairs of shoes re-soled and other shoes repaired and they’ve done a great job — their shop is convenient, the quality good and the service friendly.
While you’re in Murray Hill, you might want to drive by this darling house located at 4625 Sappho Avenue. All brick with tall ceilings, a two car garage and located across the street from a beautiful park, this house is a great buy! If you’d like to go take a look just give me a call and we’ll schedule the appointment.
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Looking for the perfect gift for a little one on your Christmas list? Look no further than a fabulous toy store in The Shoppes of Avondale called The Green Alligator. Brainchild of owner Sandi White, The Green Alligator opened in April 2008 and has been a smashing success from day one. So successul, in fact, that they’ve just opened a second store in Ponte Vedra — just in time for Christmas.
Located at 3581 St. John’s Avenue, the Avondale store is open seven days a week and is chock full of the latest and greatest toys of the season. This year, Sandi says that a few of the HOT toys are the Wobble Board which is a balance and agility game or anything from OGO Sports which are large discs that look a little like mini trampolines. They can be used as frisbees or to play “tennis” of sorts. There’s also a new type of puzzle called WasGig (Jigsaw spelled backwards) where you put the puzzle together from the perspective of a person who’s looking back at you. I know — a little confusing. Do NOT try to do this while drinking wine!
They also have a fabulous game called Banana Grams which is a bit like scrabble but without the board. Instead of building on another players words, you create words with your own letters. The winner is the one who uses all of their letters to make “connected” words and there are no tiles left in the “bone pile” in the middle of the table. We played this game for hours on end over Thanksgiving and it was great!
Sandi will be glad to help you find something for your Christmas list but will also be there year round to help you find birthday gifts for the many children that live in Avondale,Ortega and Riverside.
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The historic neighborhood of Avondale in Jacksonville, FL celebrated “Christmas in Avondale” last night. Next year, I’ll remember to tell you ahead of time so you can plan to be there.
Always scheduled for the first Saturday in December from 6-9pm, the event is sponsored by the Merchants of Avondale. It’s a cherished Holiday Tradition for the people of Avondale, Ortega and Riverside and has been enjoyed by the neighborhood for over 30 years — AND another great reason to considering buying a house in this great part of town!
St. John’s Avenue is closed to vehicular traffic so pedestrians can enjoy roaming freely back and forth among the beautiful shoppes of Avondale.
Special Events include horse drawn sleigh rides, pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus, local church and organization musical and dance performances, strolling carolers, lighting of the Avondale Christmas tree, treats for the young & old, and the usual festival fan fare attendees have come to expect.
Prudential Network Realty played the movie “Polar Express” in an outdoor theater style show for anyone who wanted to drop by, offered bags of hot buttered popcorn and had arts and crafts for the little ones. They could make Jingle Bell bracelets, Christmas ornaments or color pictures — thanks to all who came by!
Please plan to be there next year — I’ll try to remind you at least a week in advance — but it’s always the first Saturday in December!
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When we moved to Jacksonville, FL one of the FIRST places I was taken by my new neighbor, Gina Donahoo, was Whiteway Deli. Gina said it’s a local “institution” with the BEST sandwiches – so off we went and I quickly became a Whiteway devotee.
A favorite among Avondale, Ortega and Riverside locals, Whiteway is a place where you’ll ALWAYS see tons of people you know and consistently get great food.
Served inside pita pockets, most of the sandwiches feature tabouli which has Middle Eastern origins. It’s made with parsley, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, cracked wheat, lemon juice and olive oil – delicious!
Many of the sandwiches are named for locals. The Anne Beard, for example, has turkey, tabouli, feta cheese, banana peppers and Italian dressing and is one of the best sellers. Wrapped in old fashioned “deli paper” the sandwiches have timeless appeal.
A breakfast favorite is the Emmet special. Named for Judge Emmet Ferguson the dish is an egg white omelet with bacon and tabouli served in (you guessed it) a pita pocket.
Whiteway Deli is a family business that’s owned and operated by Sammy Salem. He has taken over daily operation of the place that his father bought in 1962 but that was opened in 1927 — you can bet there aren’t too many restaurants with that kind of longevity. The restaurant is now proud to count second and third generations of the same families among their loyal customers.
Open only for breakfast and lunch, the hours of operation are 7am – 3pm Monday – Friday. Get there early if you want to go for lunch because the line gets long. If you’re in a hurry, call your order in ahead of time at 904-389-0355. If you have time to sit down, the address is 1237 King Street.
A favorite of the doctors and nurses from nearby St. Vincent’s Hospital, local businessmen, ladies who lunch and area old timers — nearly everyone names Whiteway as a local gem.
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In case you’re wondering who has the latest and greatest news — it’s often a realtor who specializes in your local area market. I often know about a house that’s getting ready to come on the market, a house whose price is getting ready to be reduced or about programs that lenders are getting ready to roll out that could save you a lot of money.
You might say that I have a lot of insider information. So…if you’re the kind of person who likes to know about it before it happens, then give me a call and I’ll be certain that as soon as I know it, you will too!
If you’re a loyal reader of mine (which I hope you are!) then you’ll know that I specialize in the Avondale, Ortega and Riverside neighborhoods of Jacksonville. Please join me for my next adventure in these very special neighborhoods of Jacksonville!
If you’re anything like me (and like most of the world these days), I run at the speed of light working as a realtor during the day and then when 5 o’clock comes — I CRASH! Crashing at 5:00 is not good because that’s just when I’m supposed to rally and start my second job as Mom, homework helper (or enforcer), taxi driver and dinner cooker!
The solution to my (0ur) problem is just around the corner (literally). Terry’s Kitchen prepares & sells yummy food like chicken pot pie (more on that later), chicken tetrazzini, lasagna, meatloaf and mac & cheese that’s quick frozen and ready for you to pop in the oven.
Like many small business people, Terry started in her home and was making only her famous chicken pot pie. She soon realized that the demand for prepared dinner was strong and moved on to a commercial space located at 4218 St. John’s Avenue in Jacksonville, FL over 9 years ago. Carolyn Patterson, who has been with Terry for over seven years, says that Terry will also prepare food in your dishes for a dinner party if you drop them off a week in advance. It’ll be our little secret that you didn’t prepare that fabulous gourmet meal!
Terry also makes some desserts, appetizers and breakfast items like steaming hot cinnamon rolls so load up your freezer and save yourself from a meltdown!
Terry’s Kitchen is open M – F from 10 am – 6 pm. Their phone number is 904-388-1748 and prices range from $7.75 for an individual serving size to $25.75 for her Mega size dishes that will feed a large hungry family. If you go by, tell Terry that you read about her on my blog!
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I’ve lived in some big cities like Atlanta and Miami where you have access to every service you can possibly imagine. In addition to being available, they are generally plentiful and easy to access – there are gas stations on every corner, multiple grocery stores within a neighborhood, lots of fitness centers and easy to find post offices!
What I’ve discovered about Jacksonville, is that most of the services people need are here, you just have to dig a little harder to find them!
The United States Post Office in Avondale is just such a place. Most people wouldn’t think of looking for a regulation post office inside a convenience store but hidden inside the St. John’s Food Store (in the same shopping center as The Goal Post sandwich shop that I wrote about in an earlier post) at the intersection of St. John’s Avenue and Herschel, there is a tiny (but regulation) post office!
Open from 9am – 4pm M-F and from 9am – Noon on Saturday, you can buy stamps, send certified mail and ship packages. The best part, however, is that there is never a line! Most “traditional” post offices that I go to are always packed and even if you just want to do something simple like buy a few stamps, you wait FOREVER!
So, maybe there’s something to be said for an unassuming (nearly hidden) post office that only the locals know about — there ARE benefits to being “in the know”. The address is 3980 Herschel Street and the phone number there is 389-6433.
While you’re in the post office, you can pick up a lottery ticket, a cup of hot coffee, a little candy for the kids or some of the many other things that the owner stocks in his store.
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Whew – we finally get to have an extra hour of sleep! I’ve been waiting for this since I “lost” an hour of sleep in the spring! Everyone has a different opinion of daylight savings time. Some people love the “spring” clock where we have dark mornings and long days and others like to wake up with the sun and don’t mind an “early” evening.
I live on the St. John’s river in Ortega and we have SPECTACULAR sunsets — I need to get my camera out and snap some photos. The deep oranges and pinks that are created as the sun sets over the river are nothing short of majestic. Feel free to stop by and watch the sun set with me sometime – and bring your camera!
How about you? Do you like the “spring” schedule or the “fall” schedule? Let me know what your preferences are – I’d love to know.
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If you’re thinking of buying a home in Avondale or Ortega, it’s fun to know where the locals go to eat. There are a few neighborhood “icons” where you’ll be sure to see familiar faces every time you go (note — you WILL see someone you know, so dress accordingly). This does NOT mean dress up, because the GOAL POST is a super casual sandwich shop that doesn’t put much (well, any) emphasis on decor. Located at 3984 Herschel Street in Avondale, the restaurant sits at the corner of where St. John’s Avenue and Herschel Street meet.
The owners, Michael and Eman Kassab, have been serving customers in the area for over thirty years and have a deeply loyal local following. They are always at the counter ready to take your order. It’s a family owned and operated business, so you’ve got Michael taking orders and running the register and other family members cooking, serving and cleaning up.
A few favorites are:
1) ”Steak in a Sack” which is a pita bread ”sack” stuffed with a combination of ground beef, onions, banana peppers and six different spices, all grilled together. Add lettuce, tomato and mayo and you’ve got a super delicious and satisfying sandwich. It’s the favorite of my son, Joe who often rides his bike to the Goal Post with his buddy Jake on Saturdays to get some lunch.
2) Incredibly delicious french fries – not too thin and not too thick, these fries are perfectly salted and are just the best!
3) The Camel Rider – Ham, Tabbouleh, Tomatoes and Onions – second most popular after steak in a sack!
4) The Veggie – Tabbouleh, Cheese (among other things) is Outstanding
So, like the Cheers song says, “…. Sometimes you want to go - where everybody knows your name… and they’re always glad you came” ….. If you go to The Goal Post, you’ll be glad you came…and so will they!
The service is generally pretty quick but if you’re in a real rush or want to order your lunch to go, you can call ahead at 904-384-9262. Oh, and one VERY IMPORTANT NOTE. They are only open for lunch and close every day at 2PM!
When you’ve finished lunch, you might go take a look at a super cute new listing at 1749 Canterbury Street that’s just around the corner. Listed a few days ago, the 3BR/2BA home has 1,528 SF with a one car garage, updated kitchen and nice backyard. Priced at $262,500, or $171 per square foot, it’s within walking distance of the GOAL POST. To see the complete listing information about this house, click here.
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