All across the world, people are drawn to historic communities so that they can live a bit of their own history. This is just as true in the United States as it is in the older parts of Europe. People gravitate towards the old Victorian style mansions and plantation homes in the New England and Southern areas, respectively. However, despite how grand and old any of those communities are, none hold the distinction of being the oldest in America. That privilege belongs to the First Coast of Florida—including St. Augustine and Jacksonville.
St. Augustine is considered the oldest city in America, but it is not the first place that was settled by explorers. In fact, it isn’t even the first place on the First Coast that was settled! Fort Caroline in Jacksonville was actually settled prior to St. Augustine. And so when we start talking about buying a piece of the First Coast, you don’t actually have to drive the half an hour South to reach St. Augustine. Property sales in Jacksonville are just as historic—especially in the Riverside and Avondale communities.
Of course, St. Augustine knows how to pull out all the stops when it comes to making you feel like you are living in a bit of history. Every year in St. Augustine they hold the Noche de Gala to mark the birthday of Pedro Menendez, the explorer who first settled along the First Coast. This is a fun event for history buffs and local community members who enjoy getting dressed up for a fun night of celebrating the history of our communities.
Noche de Gala just passed this month. You can view pictures of the event here.