Avondale, a suburb of Jacksonville, Florida, is closely linked with the neighboring Riverside area. Together, they form a cohesive urban sector often regarded as a singular neighborhood. This region is predominantly residential, enriched with commercial zones such as the bustling Five Points, the vibrant King Street District, and the charming Shoppes of Avondale.
Avondale’s history traces back to 1920 as part of the Riverside expansion, which began its development in 1868 and joined Jacksonville in 1887. The area flourished notably after Jacksonville’s Great Fire of 1901 until the downturn of Florida’s real estate boom in the 1920s. Presently, Avondale and Riverside are celebrated for their eclectic architectural styles and a strong commitment to urban planning and heritage conservation, earning them a reputation as Florida’s most architecturally eclectic neighborhoods. Both have gained recognition as National Register Historic Districts.