Named for the Mandarin orange in 1830, this neighborhood on the St. Johns River was once described as “a tropical paradise” by Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Both Harriet Beecher Stowe, and painter Lee Adams once lived here.
Mandarin is characterized by its magnificent oak trees hung with dramatic Spanish moss and boasts some of the best views of the St. Johns River in greater Jacksonville. Once an important river port for shipping oranges and other citrus fruit northward, today Mandarin is known as a family-friendly area with a blend of residential areas and shopping centers.
There are plenty of choices for home buyers with prices ranging from $140,000 to more than $3 million for a riverfront home. The median real estate value is $284,900.