Perfect for short term or long term stays - close to shoppes, restaurants, hospitals and businesses in the downtown area - 20 minutes to virtually anywhere else including the beach!
Located in one of Jacksonville's nicer neighborhoods just south of Historic San Marco is what is commonly known as The Duck Pond. Just a few doors from there I have a comfortable room with queen bed and private bath. Lots of natural light brings in some green from the outside.
This is a perfect location for tourists, students, visitors to our wonderful medical facilities or people traveling for work or school - either short or long term. You are twenty minutes to the beach, twenty minutes to Mayo Clinic, and minutes to Historic San Marco, downtown and Riverside - where you will find St. Vincent's Medical Center, the sports complex, Nemour's/Wolfson's Children's Hospital, Ronald McDonald House and Baptist Medical Center and clinics, along with assorted office buildings, clubs and restaurants.
The neighborhood is quiet and safe and there is secure parking in the back of the house, off the street. If you are a runner, walker, or cyclist you can run, walk and cycle for miles without ever having to go near a busy or noisy main street.
The only caveat is that you must love dogs. I live with two of them, a 35 lb. little mutt and a 10 lb. Chihuahua. Both are very friendly and quiet for the most part, though they do sound the alarm if another dog walks by or someone approaches the house. They take their job as watch dogs very seriously.
I work from home as a professor, writer and entrepreneur so I am often available should you have questions, special requests, etc. Wifi, access to a desk and plenty of places to sit and read, talk and/or relax are available.
Have a specific question, need or request? Please ask. People move into this neighborhood and stay for a lifetime - once you experience it you will understand why.
You will have access to a private bath, use of the kitchen, TV, Wifi, hanging closet space --- whatever you need for a short term or long term stay. Guest rooms are located in an area of the house that can be closed off from the rest of the house for more privacy.
If you would like some interaction, I will be as available as you need me. Since I work from home I am often here to answer questions and provide suggestions and directions.
If you happen to join me for a cup of coffee in the morning or sitting around the TV later in the evening I enjoy discussing travel experiences, interests, culture, activities, etc.
If privacy and no interaction at all is preferred, I simply go about my business as I would otherwise.
If you are unfamiliar with the city, considered by some to be one of Florida's best kept secrets, this San Marco area is one of Jacksonville's oldest and nicest neighborhoods. Many of the people who live here have done so for a very long time or for generations. The homes all have a great deal of character, the streets are wide and safe to walk and run and people look out for one another. It is a perfect respite after a busy day, provides a relaxing environment if a break from activity is needed, and access to some of the best restaurants, bars, clubs, museums and theaters you can find in the San Marco, Riverside, downtown area.
It is only a mile into the artsy San Marco village where there are shoppes, galleries, restaurants, coffee shops, clubs and bars. Another 2 minute drive and you are downtown and in 5 minutes you are in Riverside, another of Jacksonville's interesting and artful communities.
Jacksonville covers a large geographical area and things are spread out, so if just visiting for just a few days an auto is your best option. There is a bus stop at the end of the street, though this is better suited for people who may be staying longer term for work, school, internships, etc.
This location is very conducive to both short and long term stays. If you have a special situation, just send me a message to see if we can make something work for you.
My Mom and I stayed with Linda over the weekend while searching for housing for my move to Jacksonville. What a wonderful host! We arrived in my car, packed full of all of my belongings. Linda's neighborhood is lovely and very safe and I felt very comfortable leaving my car all packed. As an added bonus, we were able to park in the back of her house behind her locked gate for extra piece of mind. Neither of us had ever been to Jacksonville and Linda was more than happy to sit down, share helpful tidbits, and help us get acquainted with the city. She gave us FABULOUS recommendations on restaurants....definitely ask her about a Mexican restaurant and a breakfast place! And the bed may have been the most comfortable bed I have ever slept on in my entire life, complete with a cozy down comforter for the unusually chilly weekend. If you are in Jacksonville, Linda will definitely make your time there enjoyable and comfortable.