Exploring the Best Communities for Families on the First Coast

Florida’s First Coast is one of the fastest-growing areas in the United States – especially among families. Jacksonville and the surrounding communities in Northeast Florida offer the best of both worlds: spacious living areas and beautiful outdoor vistas combined with the amenities, schools and entertainment of a major metro area.

With such a wide range of neighborhoods, you may be wondering what’s right for your family. Whether you’re new to the area or looking for a change of scenery, here are some of the best communities for families in Northeast Florida.


Nocatee is ranked the #3 Best Place to Raise a Family in Florida by Niche, and with good reason! One of the best-selling master-planned communities in the U.S., Nocatee blends a variety of neighborhoods with schools, parks, recreation, offices, shopping and restaurants. At Nocatee, you will find new, spacious homes for all lifestyles and a welcoming community where you can build connections with other families.

Nocatee is located in world-renowned Ponte Vedra, which means you’re just a few minutes away from First Coast’s beaches, golf courses, business parks and airports in Jacksonville and St. Augustine.

Fleming Island

One of the most popular suburbs for families on the First Coast is Fleming Island in Clay County. The area is home to large neighborhoods like Eagle Harbor and Fleming Island Plantation that are rich with amenities, including golf courses, water parks and walking paths.

Fleming Island is about a half hour south of downtown Jacksonville and is bordered by St. Johns River, Doctors Lake and Black Creek. While many residents commute to Jacksonville for work, almost everything else you need is located in the area. Stores, restaurants and a wealth of activities are right outside your door. Plus, Fleming Island has several exceptional elementary schools and a high school where students’ test scores far exceed the national average.


Are you interested in having a “home of the future” now? Then, you definitely need to check out eTown Jax. This new master-planned community is attracting families from all across the country, with its focus on enhancing quality of life through thoughtful design focused on convenience, technology and sustainability. eTown includes several neighborhoods with smart living homes, amenities and a welcoming community atmosphere. It is also committed to keeping 50% of the land as natural reserve – providing beautiful nature paths and the ability to live in harmony with the environment.

eTown is conveniently located in the heart of Jacksonville, between the St. Johns Town Center and the Flagler Center. You are just minutes away from everything Jacksonville has to offer.

Fruit Cove

When it comes to getting a great education for your children, Fruit Cove is certainly an area you’ll want to explore. The suburb is located in St. Johns County, which is a highly rated public school district, and has several great school options for children of all ages. Schools in the area have an average student-teacher ratio of 18:1.

This family-friendly community is not only close to Jacksonville, but continuing to expand its own borders. Most recently, the area has grown with the Durbin Park development, which features housing, shopping, restaurants and a movie theatre.

Any of these communities could be a great place for a family to thrive, but homes are selling fast! If you’re interested in touring these family-friendly areas or Jacksonville’s luxury communities, contact Kelly Perkins at 904-626-1551 to get started on finding your dream home on the First Coast.

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