The community of Southwood in Jacksonville, Florida was a township in the early 1900s called South Jacksonville. South Jacksonville was located just across the river from, what was then, the city of Jacksonville. The township only remained as such for 25 years before becoming the community of Southwood. One of the few remaining reminders of South Jacksonville is the city hall, which still stands today on Hendricks Avenue.
Today Southwood is about thirty minutes south of downtown Jacksonville. The Southwood neighborhood is bound on the north by Hartley Road, on the west and south by I-295, and on the east by Old St Augustine Road. It is centrally located for easy access to east, west, or downtown Jacksonville, via I-295 and the Buckman Bridge.
Shopping and entertainment abound near this neighborhood. Mandarin Corners Shopping Center and Riverdale Shopping Center are both located just minutes south on Highway 13. Just minutes to the north, you will find Courtyard Shopping Center as well as Mandarin Landing Shopping Center.
Burnett Park is a great asset to this community. This park offers playscapes, outdoor lighted tennis courts, ball fields and basketball courts, bleachers, a concession stand and picnicking areas. The Burnett Community Center is also located here offering billiards, bumper pool and Foosball. The Community Center is available to rent by the hour for family gatherings, birthdays, and holidays, for just a nominal charge.
St. Johns River lies just west of Southwood offering residents all types of water recreation including boating, swimming, fishing or water sports.