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The community of Fairfax, located just north of prestigious Ortega, was originally developed as a result of the streetcar line that was extended through the corridor to provide service to Ortega in 1908. Today, the street where this line once ran is called Herschel Street. This extra wide street, runs north and south through Fairfax, and is a daily reminder of the community’s past. Herschel Street is home to the commercial core of the community, including restaurants, offices, galleries and retail boutiques, all catering to the upscale residents of neighboring communities.
The Museum of Southern History is located here, near Herschel Street and Lexington Avenue. This museum was established to maintain an educational facility for those who are interested in the history of the United States, especially focusing on the education of young people.
The Fairfax community is bounded by Roosevelt Boulevard on the west, by the Ortega River on the south and east, and Big Fishweir Creek on the north. Homes in Fairfax include average size single-family homes, comparably priced to the greater Jacksonville area, at low to mid $200Ks. The area also offers many condominium and apartment living options, especially along the river.
The Grand Avenue Bridge, a historic drawbridge over the Ortega River that was originally built in the 1920s connects Fairfax to Ortega in southern Fairfax. The second and more modern Roosevelt Boulevard Bridge, was built in 1938 and also connects Fairfax to Ortega, offering ease of travel for residents going south. To the north, Roosevelt Boulevard connects with Interstate 95, so residents can easily commute to neighborhoods to the north.
Fairfax is one of the most pedestrian friendly areas in Jacksonville; in fact it has ranked third on walkscore.com’s walkability list.