Jacksonville’s historic Eastside neighborhood — Out East — is located less than a mile from downtown, close to Springfield, restaurants, shopping, TIAA Bank Field and the sports and entertainment district.

HabiJax has partnered with community organization LIFT Jax to bring affordable, quality new homes to this up-and-coming area. Learn more about why the Eastside is the perfect place to call home.

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Why Buy A Home In Jacksonville’s Eastside?

Debs Grocery Store Coming Soon

The iconic Debs Grocery Store has served the Eastside for generations. It is currently under a complete renovation and expansion, set to re-open in 2024. The new and improved Debs Store will include financial services with our partners at VyStar Credit Union, and services to help improve career prospects with Goodwill Industries of North Florida.

Early Learning & Educational Programming

The Eastside neighborhood is home to quality educational programming, including John Love Early Learning Center. This school was specially designed for three and four-year-olds with state-of-the-art programming for coding and robotics, literacy skills and more.

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Beautiful Parks and Green Spaces

LIFT Jax is working to activate parks and green spaces by improving the infrastructure so they can better support activities for families. In addition to that, they are creating more green spaces for the community, starting with placemaking along A Philip Randolph Blvd. 

New green spaces like Flossie Brunson Park are being revitalized and reopened everyday, so check out the neighborhood to see what’s new.

The Rich History of Jacksonville’s Eastside

Widely considered to be one of Jacksonville’s most important historically African-American neighborhoods, the Eastside was home to noteworthy sites, including the Boylan Haven School for Girls, which served girls from prominent African-American families, Brewster Hospital, the first hospital for African-Americans in the city, and Mother Midway A.M.E. Church which, organized in 1865, is the oldest A.M.E. congregation in Florida.

Several prominent African-Americans also called Eastside home, including: 

  • Eartha Mary Magdalene White

    a humanitarian best known for starting a tuberculosis center and serving as a member of President Woodrow Wilson’s White House Conference 

  • James Weldon Johnson

    the first African-American admitted to the Florida Bar and author of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” now known as the Black National Anthem

  • A. Phillip Randolph

    union leader and father of the Civil Rights Movement

  • Bob Hayes

    running back for the Dallas Cowboys and Olympic gold medalist known as the “Fastest Man in the World;” 

  • The 1958 Matthew Gilbert High School football team

    the first all-black Florida state champions.