Extending west of downtown and the St. Johns River, Jacksonville's Westside followed a predictable pattern of suburban sprawl growth from downtown and Ortega into what was, not long ago, a rural area with small farms and widely spaced neighbors. 

Two of the oldest and closest-in communities of the Westside are Murray Hill and Lakeshore, which extend south from I-10 along Roosevelt Boulevard to the east and Cassat Avenue to the west to the Ortega and Cedar Rivers. Murray Hill was founded in the early 20th century as an unincorporated suburb of Jacksonville. It was platted in 1906 and some homes were built in the first two decades of the twentieth century, but the town went bankrupt just nine years after its incorporation and was annexed by the City of Jacksonville in 1925. Not much growth occurred during the Depression, but by the 1940s, Jacksonville was booming as a military town and growth began in earnest. Most of the neighborhood was built out by 1950, after which the commercial areas along Edgewood Avenue emerged.  Along with other in-town neighborhoods, Murray Hill witnessed a period of decline and weak property values in the 1970s and 80s, but the real estate boom of the late 1990s and early 2000s revitalized the neighborhood, attracting young professionals who were priced out of Riverside and Avondale. The charming neighborhood continues to be a popular choice among first time homebuyers, having retained its reputation for being a stable and friendly neighborhood.

Lakeshore is another of Jacksonville's older suburbs that features a smattering of homes (Spanish Colonial style, of course) built in the 1920s, but was almost completely built out in the 1940s and 50s as NAS Jax grew and Navy personnel needed homes near the new base.



Dare, Stephen, and Ennis Davis. "Murray Hill - Past, Present and Future." Murray Hill Jax., n.d. Web. 19 May 2015.

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