Having sat through several years of inactivity, RiverTown is suddenly bursting from it's boundaries in a rapid and rather massive building boom. Metro Jacksonville's Robert Mann provides us with a visual tour of St. Johns County's RiverTown
The 4,170-acre RiverTown community is St. Johns County's only riverfront master-planned community. The community's design has been influenced by Southern neighborhoods of years past, where sidewalks and front porches encouraged residents to become neighbors. A pedestrian-friendly community that embraces the outdoors and its most valuable asset, the river, RiverTown's walking trails meander through the community connecting neighborhoods, parks, the amenity center and Riverfront Park.
River Community Living
Builders with strong reputations for quality craftsmanship, design and service have chosen to build in the RiverTown community - David Weekley Homes, Dennis Homes and Mattamy Homes. Many homes feature large front porches, deep-roof overhangs, columns and unique building materials consistent with each home's individual architectural style. Home are priced in the $170's to the $400's.
RiverHouse & Amenity Center
Located in the heart of the community, the RiverHouse and Amenity Center includes a junior-size Olympic lap pool and kid-friendly zero-entry pool with cork-screw slide. There is also three, HarTru lighted tennis courts and play fields. The RiverHouse is more than 3,500 square feet and features riverview terraces, a meeting room and an outdoor palm court with a cabana. The Fitness Center includes individual and group fitness areas, pool access, poolside veranda, and a social director's office.
RiverTown has been planned to be a walking community. Miles of trails are planned to meander through the community to connect the neighborhoods and amenities.
The Lakes District is now approaching completion, it wasn't even started when we last visited. The Main Street District the subject of our original article is expanding with a new community of smaller single family homes. An entire street is taken up by new models.
"It has been demonstrated that roundabouts reduce injury crashes by 75 percent compared with signalized intersections, and they reduce traffic fatalities by 90 percent compared with signalized intersections.
Roundabouts also increase intersection traffic capacity by 30 percent, with fewer delays, improve pedestrian safety and reduce pedestrian delays compared with signalized intersections."
The new roundabout will make it easier to enter and exit the community, said RiverTown Director of Development Christian Kuhn. The completion of this project will provide safe pedestrian crossing from the community to Riverfront Park and create an inviting entrance.
Riverfront Park is one of the signature elements of the RiverTown community that highlights the community's connection to nature and the river. Located along approximately one mile of the St. Johns River, the park encompasses more than 50 acres of natural areas and canopy trees, walking and jogging trails, a fishing pier, waterfront overlook areas and a restroom pavilion.
RiverTown locator map
Article by Robert Mann