This residential community south of Jacksonville’s city center first developed in the 1800s as a farming village. Here, oranges, grapefruit, lemons and other crops were grown and shipped to downtown Jacksonville and Farther north. Today, San Jose is a thriving area with a large variety of dining and shopping options and housing that appeals to families, singles and those enjoying retirement. It offers every type of housing, from apartment homes to waterfront villas to gated communities – many with waterfront or wooded locations.
San Jose is far enough away from downtown Jacksonville to have its own unique atmosphere, but traveling to downtown, as well as the attractions of St. Augustine and the beaches, is convenient. The area’s rich history continues to be preserved by the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society, which shares San Jose's story in the popular Florida Heritage Lecture Series. The public can step back in time with a visit to the Society’s 1911 Post Office, which once served as the center of the old village of San Jose. The Society also restored Walter Jones Historical Park which features a restored 1875 farmhouse, an 1876 barn and sawmill. One visit to Mandarin and you may decide everything you’re looking for is right here.
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