I spent nearly eighteen months touring homes for sale in the Jacksonville, Florida, area before finally making a purchase. I began by only considering homes built within the last ten years. I wanted something modern, with the latest safety features, energy efficient materials and progressive amenities. Eventually, I realized that the charm of an older property was more appealing to me. The older homes in Jacksonville offer rich architectural character and unique craftsmanship. It’s possible to find an affordable property with intricate detailing that is difficult to replicate in modern construction. My home features ornate moldings, hardwood floors, hardwood doors and stained glass windows. The house is located in a well-established neighborhood. There is a sense of community and stability. Many of my neighbors inherited their homes from their parents or grandparents. The landscaping offers mature flowering, fruit and shade trees that contribute to a more private, comfortable and beautiful outdoor environment. I like that I was able to buy a home on a larger lot with more generous yard space compared to a more modern option. Along with cost savings on the land value, I have more room for outdoor activities. I am not bothered by the sound or goings on of the neighbors. Right near my location, there is everything I need. I am walking distance to public services, a lovely park, restaurants and boutique shops. The area is wonderfully safe. I am gradually making updates to my home, introducing the latest technology and modern appliances without compromising the historical integrity. I appreciate the solid foundation and quality materials such as hardwood and brick.