Benefits of Living in The Suburbs Of Jacksonville

Family having a barbecue

Suburbs are experiencing a renaissance, and the suburbs around Jacksonville are no exception. As individuals and families discover the benefits of living in the suburbs, people are renewing their love affair with the “burbs.” With this renewed interest, suburbs are thriving as great investment opportunities offering families homes with new and improved amenities, more space, greater privacy, and enhanced safety.

  • More Space for Less Money
  • Lower Crime Rate & Increased Safety
  • Lower Cost of Living
  • Less Traffic & Fewer Crowds
  • Better School Systems
  • Abundant Amenities
  • Beautiful Nature
  • Job Opportunities

More Space, Less Money

Out in the suburbs, homeowners find more space to spread out with larger homes and no upstairs neighbors. Families, dog owners, car enthusiasts, boaters, and others find freedom in the suburbs, away from the confines of city living but with all the conveniences only a short distance away. In the suburbs, there is little congestion and fewer crowds, unlike the city only a few miles away. With fewer people and open spaces, the suburbs mean more privacy and increased safety.

Generally smaller homes in the city center are more costly than homes in the suburbs, which allow homebuyers to get the most home for their money – plus open outdoor living spaces and amenities galore. As a bonus, in the Jacksonville area, the cost of living is lower than most cities of similar size in Florida and across the nation. The greater Jacksonville region is a great place to invest in a home where home values continue to appreciate.

Better School Systems

Along with less crowding and congestion comes better school systems with enhanced teacher-student ratios. In most cases, suburban school systems are more highly rated than city systems, and this is certainly true for St. Johns County’s highly rated School District. In fact, St. Johns County School District was rated #1 Best School District in Florida in 2019!

St. Johns County Rated #1 School District in Florida

Rated by Niche, the rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents from the U.S. Department of Education. Rankings include:

  • State test scores
  • College readiness
  • Graduation rates
  • SAT/ACT scores
  • Teacher Quality
  • Public school district ratings

According to the St. Johns County School District, Beacon Lake’s school age residents will be assigned to Ocean Palms Elementary School, Alice B. Landrum Middle School and Allen D. Nease High School. Click here for more information about St. Johns County schools.

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Abundant Amenities

Suburb populations are changing for the better as millennials join the ranks of suburbanites where urban living now includes everything from organic farmer’s markets to nature with walking and bike trails to entertainment venues. Mixed-use spaces are growing in popularity, and community amenities like playgrounds, dog parks, pools, fitness centers, gathering places, and playing fields become part of the suburban landscape. The greater Jacksonville area is home to some of the best planned suburban communities in the country that deliver on abundant amenities like interconnected sidewalks, hiking and biking, nature trails, golf courses, pool complexes, and more.

If you choose to settle down in the Jacksonville suburbs of St. John’s County, Beacon Lake is widely known for their next level amenities everyone’s been lining up to enjoy, snap a picture of, and make a part of their everyday life.

The Lake House Amenity & Fitness center alone has:

  • Water sport launch area for kayaks & canoes
  • Crew House for kayak and canoe rentals
  • Splash Park and fun pool
  • Fitness Center – including cardio, strength training, aerobics, free weights, spinning bikes and fitness studio
  • Junior Olympic pool
  • Sand beach
  • Tennis courts
  • Event lawn
  • Multipurpose playing field
  • Bark park
  • Bike racks
  • Culinary Studio and Demonstration Kitchen
  • Multipurpose paths
  • Expansive outdoor sitting and dining areas
  • Fire pit
  • Boardwalk
  • Private meeting room
  • Card room
  • Social room
  • And more. (Click here for high-def pictures and a full list of amenities)

You can’t really beat that, can you!?



Location, Location, Location

Not only do the new suburban living communities offer amenities aplenty, but so does the city which they surround.  Jacksonville offers all that suburban residents love to enjoy like a dynamic downtown area which boasts unique and delicious eateries, a gorgeous Riverwalk, art, history, and science museums, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, the Florida Theater, and more. Plus, the trolley, the skyway, and the city’s water taxis make getting around easy!

Things to do in Jacksonville infographic



Jacksonville is also the home of the United States’ largest urban park system. Boasting more than 80,000 acres, suburbanites and city dwellers alike have the opportunity for outdoor fun and adventures amid nature, along the trails, and beneath the dappled sunlight of trees a mighty oak tree. 

Famous mighty ancient oak in Jacksonville, Florida


The St. Johns River, which gives Jacksonville its “River City”, creates a picturesque scene downtown and is flanked on both banks by the Riverwalk which marries the river with the downtown cityscape.

Riverwalk Boardwalk leads to Jacksonville, Florida and wharf


In addition to the park systems, Jacksonville could also be classified as a beach town, with a plethora of pristine Florida beaches like Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Mayport, Neptune Beach, St. Augustine, and more, only a short drive away.

Couple walks on beach at sunset

Sports Teams

In addition, Jacksonville is home to TIAA Bank Field, home field of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League.  Sports fans can also enjoy cheering on the nearby Florida Gators or the Seminoles, as well as the Jacksonville Suns, and joining in a plethora of outdoor sports like golf, fishing, biking, hiking, and innumerable water sports. There’s also much to enjoy for culture lovers including the city’s famed Art Walk, as well as festivals galore.

Jacksonville Jaguars Logo

Great Weather

Unlike other suburbs around the country, the suburbs of Jacksonville, dubbed as “Jax” by most Floridians, offer all the perks of Florida living and more. Jacksonville and its surrounding suburbs are ideally located with the very best of Florida weather including average temps of 75 in winter and significantly less humidity than other parts of the state when the temps rise in summer. On top of that, Jacksonville’s tucked-away location in the northeast corner reduces the likelihood of the city being hit by a hurricane.

Great Jobs and a Voice

The suburbs of Jacksonville offer the promise of abundant job opportunities in and around the city from finance to healthcare, federal and state government, logistics, defense, media, and so much more. Suburban living around Jacksonville also means residents have a greater voice in community development and local government where smaller communities make it easier to be active and have your ideas heard.

A Place to Call Home – Beacon Lake

Searching for a home where you and your family can experience all the benefits of living in the suburbs of Jacksonville? If your answer is yes, you’ll want to explore Beacon Lake, a one of a kind community featuring a 43-acre, paddle friendly lake, beautifully nestled amid a picturesque 358-acre nature preserve. Beacon Lake living is designed with community in mind, delivering a friendly neighborhood filled with parks (bark park included), sidewalks lined with benches, swings, and firepits, plus a fitness center, Olympic sized swimming pool and splash areas for kids, and playgrounds. Coastal inspired architecture is showcased in each home’s unique design which feature options for a variety of colors, elements, and elevations. Explore Dream Finders Homes and Mattamy Homes to see which styles and site plans suit your family’s needs and style best. Contact Beacon Lake today to find your dream home – you’ll love living here!