Sunset over the river

Arlington is a community of neighborhoods.

Once a collection of small rural communities accessible mainly by boat and ferry, Arlington became the fastest growing area of Duval County with scores of subdivisions springing up after the opening of the Mathews Bridge in 1953.

The 30-year building boom attracted young and innovative architects who today, are celebrated as leaders of the mid-century modern movement. Robert Broward, Taylor Hardwick, William Morgan, Robert Broadfoot, Gilbert Spindel and others left their mark on Arlington – and Northeast Florida - with numerous architecturally significant homes, businesses and churches.

Arlington’s foundation is its large collection of distinct and unique neighborhoods featuring modest ranch-style homes to stately riverfront mansions. Many early Arlington residents were newcomers to Jacksonville, relocated by corporations and the military, while others were home-towners seeking larger, more modern homes. Today, Arlington is a beautiful melting pot, with older residents staying and young families continuing to relocate here.

Arlington residents take great pride in their neighborhoods. From maintaining active community associations and Neighborhood Watch groups, to organizing clean ups, neighborhood events and holiday decorating contests, Arlington continues to serve as a model for Jacksonville community involvement.