The Best Suburb to Raise a Family Outside of Jacksonville

As suburbs experience their latest resurgence in popularity, families are flocking to the open spaces and amenities the best suburbs offer. The suburban lifestyle has always drawn families in, and today’s suburbs offer more than ever before. Living in the suburbs of northern Florida, particularly in the suburbs surrounding Jacksonville, are among the best in the region for safe, fun, family living.

Jacksonville, as the largest city in the southeastern U.S., delivers a multitude of must haves for families. In the suburban communities, like in St. Johns County, southeast of the city, residents can enjoy amenities galore, a top-rated school system, and safe neighborhoods where families thrive. In addition, suburban dwellers enjoy the spectacular weather for which the area is known, amid a flourishing economy, close proximity to the Atlantic as well as rivers, estuaries, and lakes, a high quality of life with a low cost of living, plus all the features and activities Jacksonville has to offer.

If you are considering a move to the greater Jacksonville area, here is an overview of everything you need to know about moving to Northern Florida, featuring everything from perks and activities to the best time of year to move!

So where is the best suburb to settle down outside of Jacksonville?

St. Johns County – Best Suburb to Raise a Family

First of all, St. Johns County, while part of the Jacksonville metropolitan area, is a safe, family friendly residential area which promises top-rated school systems and very low crime rates. The  St. Johns County school district is “A” rated among Florida’s schools and are well known for an equally exceptional special education department. The area also boasts several highly rated higher learning institutions including Flagler College, St. Johns River State College, and the University of St. Augustine for Health Services.

The county promises casual and friendly suburban living with fabulous parks, delightful restaurants, unique shopping opportunities, and easy access to freshwater lakes and rivers and the Atlantic Ocean, where there are activities galore! For commuters, St. Johns County means quick and easy access to Jacksonville without the hustle and bustle of the city life. Plus, the proximity to Jacksonville means families can enjoy all the activities available there from shopping to festivals, to sporting events, the arts, concerts, and more – without living in a congested city. Check out more of what’s in the St. Johns County neighborhood:

  • Airports
  • Schools
  • Medical Facilities
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping Centers & Malls
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Entertainment
  • Museums
  • Golf Courses
  • Houses of Worship

Why Beacon Lake?

A gem amongst the suburban communities surrounding Jacksonville, Beacon Lake is in beautiful St. Johns County and boasts award-winning builders and single-family homes and townhomes with prices starting in the low-$200s. Of course, with many great suburban communities from which to choose, you may be wondering why Beacon Lake?

Resort Style Amenities

In addition to beautiful homes, Beacon Lake promises exceptional amenities including a 43-acre paddle friendly lake and a state-of-the-art amenity and fitness center. On Beacon Lake’s western shore, the Lake House Amenity and Fitness Center delivers both indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities. In the Beacon Lake community, families can enjoy time along the shore, on the lake, in the pool, at the Splash Park, on the playground, at the tennis courts, on the multipurpose field, at the bark park, and so much more! The community also promises numerous events and activities, from cooking classes to family friendly gatherings.

Beacon Lake Jacksonville Water Park

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
  • Culinary Studio and Demonstration Kitchen
  • Junior Olympic pool
  • Sand beach
  • Tennis courts
  • Event lawn
  • Multipurpose playing field
  • Bark park
  • Bike racks
  • Multipurpose paths
  • Expansive outdoor sitting and dining areas
  • Fire pit
  • Boardwalk
  • Gazebo
  • Private meeting room
  • Card room
  • Social room
  • And more. (Click here for high-def pictures and a full list of amenities)

A-Rated School System

The Beacon Lake community is zoned for some of the highest rated schools in the state. In fact, St. Johns County School District was rated #1 Best School District in Florida in 2019! Right now, residents are assigned to Ocean Palms Elementary School, Alice B. Landrum Middle School, and Allen D. Nease High School. Land has been set aside for future school construction.

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Architecturally Distinct Homes

At Beacon Lake, the natural beauty of northeast Florida’s coastline is combined with lakefront or preserve views and resort-style community features to create your dream lifestyle.

Our three to five-bedroom homes range in size from 1,600 to 4,000 square feet with a broad selection of exterior elevations, colors, and architectural elements from which to choose. See the Beacon Lake site plan here.

Harborside at Beacon Lake is a new neighborhood of 196 luxury townhomes built by award-winning builder, Dream Finders Homes. In addition to all the amenities aforementioned, residents of the Harborside townhome community can enjoy water and nature preserve views, three pocket parks, and a stop-a-while area featuring a beautiful gazebo to relax, read a book, and hear the birds chirping around Beacon Lake.

Harborside townhomes range from 1,388 to 2,037 A.C./SF with spacious floor plans, 2-car garages, and lush backyards. Take a look at our three beautiful models to see which suits your style: Coral Model, Osprey Model, and Manatee Model.

Beacon Lake Harborside Townhomes - Coral Model

Beacon Lake Harborside Townhomes – Coral Model

Beacon Lake Harborside Townhomes - Osprey Model

Beacon Lake Harborside Townhomes – Osprey Model

Beacon Lake Harborside Townhomes - Manatee Model

Beacon Lake Harborside Townhomes – Manatee Model


Are you ready to find your suburban Jacksonville dream home? Start your search today at Beacon Lake where you will just find exactly what you are looking for – fabulous homes perfect for the family, a great school system, and amenities galore in a safe and fun environment which can’t be beat!

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