2009 Riverside and Avondale Condo Sales Nearly Even with 2008

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In 2007, there were 18 Condominium Sales in Avondale, Ortega and Riverside. In 2008, there were 21 and so far this year (2009) there have been 18 with 3 more pending. The sale prices of the units has fallen quite a bit but, as you can see, the total number of units sold has been surprisingly steady.

A bright spot on the landscape has been Villa Riva – 5 of the 18 sales this year have been at this premiere building in Riverside — that’s a healthy 27% of the total sales year to date. 4 of the 18 sales have been at a building called 1661 Riverside which puts it at a close second with 22% of the sales. The third largest seller has been a waterfront building called Beau Rivage in Avondale that’s had 3 sales or 16% of the market.

For more information about the condo market in the Avondale, Ortega and Riverside areas, please call us for a list of inventory and what we think are the best values in today’s market. We know these buildings inside and out. We can tell you which units have the best views, which buildings have a great management team and other important details about the various buildings in the area.

Thanks for reading, please join me for my next discussion of real estate in the Avondale, Ortega and Riverside neighborhoods.

Whiteway Delicastessen – Great Sandwiches for those “In The Know”

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Sammy Salem - Whiteway Deli Owner

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.whiteway exterior

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.

Thanks for reading — if you have a favorite place in the Avondale, Ortega or Riverside neighborhoods that you’d like me to blog about, please send me a note!