Nestled in the suburbs surrounding Jacksonville, Harborview is a small housing development in north Duval County. The quiet neighborhood is bordered by Soutel Drive to the north, Moncrief Road West to the west, Ribault Scenic Drive to the south, and Ribault Avenue to the east. Ribault Scenic Drive parallels the Ribault River, a small fork of the meandering Trout River.
Most streets in the pedestrian and bike-friendly community have well-maintained sidewalks. Martin Luther King Elementary School is a short distance from many homes, and Jean Ribault Middle School and Ribault Senior High School are both less than a mile from the center of the Harborview neighborhood.
Harborview residents enjoy access to many athletic facilities. In 2000, the community opened the state-of-the-art Bob Hayes Sports Complex. Amenities at the complex include a community center, football and soccer fields, concession stand, picnic facilities, and a playground. Another nearby facility, Clanzel T. Brown Park, is home to a swimming pool as well as tennis, basketball, and softball facilities. Inside the park’s community center are billiards and table tennis.
For a little art and culture, locals attend performances at the regionally-renowned Stage Aurora Theater, a nonprofit theater company that works with local youth. Shoppers in Harborview don’t have to drive all the way downtown to splurge. Opportunities for shopping and eating out can be found at Beach Plaza Shopping Center and Gateway Shopping Center, both located right next to the Stage Aurora.
With Harborview’s scenic waterfront views, walkable community, and recreational opportunities, it has quickly become one of Jacksonville’s most desirable developments.