Nestled at the foothills of the Siskiyou Mountains, Jacksonville, Oregon is a historic town known for its rich culture and wide selection of independently owned shops and restaurants.
Jacksonville hosts the summer-long Britt Music & Arts Festival and is home to a number of celebrated winemakers. There’s also plenty of hiking and biking opportunities in and around the city. It is definitely one of the coolest towns in America.
Highway 238 runs through the city. It is also easy to get to neighboring communities like Ashland and Medford, which are only 5 and 11 miles away via Interstate 5.
In addition to the many cultural offerings and outdoor recreation in Jacksonville, people from across the US have chosen to move to Jacksonville because of the comfortable climate. The highest summer temperature is 89 degrees while the lowest winter temperature is about 30 degrees.
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More about the City of Jacksonville
- Jacksonville started out as a gold rush town, populated by people from out of town seeking their literal fortune. Rich Gulch was one of the first people to discover gold in the area back in 1851.
- At the start, the city was named “Table Rock City. Throughout the years, Jacksonville thrived and became the county seat of Jackson County.
- Present day Jacksonville has a land area of 1.89 square miles, with permanent residents of nearly 2,900.
- When it comes to city rankings, Jacksonville was cited by Budget Travel Magazine as one of America’s top 10 coolest small towns.
- In a charmingly quirky travel article called “10 Weirdly Wonderful Things About Jacksonville, OR.,” the author noted that:
- More than 100 buildings in the city are on the National Historic Register
- The restaurants are “shockingly good”
- “That little shop that sells homemade fudge, the trolley tour that circles around town,” and the friendly locals are among what’s best about the place
- The Medford School District services Jacksonville, Medford, and Ruch. It is made up of 14 primary schools, two middle schools, and three cities.
- There are two colleges in the area: Southern Oregon University located in Ashland and Rogue Community College in Grants Pass.
- A large part of Jacksonville is considered a National Historic Landmark because of the city’s commitment to preserving its history.
Real estate in Jacksonville
Finding the perfect home is easy when you’re in Jacksonville. The local real estate market is filled with great properties for you to choose from.
Find beautiful Ranch-style homes that sit on spacious lots with valley views. See historic homes located within pristine landscaped grounds complete with lush gardens and intricately designed interiors. You can also find gorgeous riverfront properties with spectacular views of the mountains.
Single-family homes in Jacksonville come in a variety of styles such as Ranch, Craftsman, Tuscan, Mediterranean, and Contemporary. There are a number of Victorian-style homes as well, with their signature wraparound porch.
If you’re looking for homes with stunning views of the water, there are plenty of homes available alongside the Applegate River.
Subdivisions like Golden Terrace Heights and Nunan Square feature modern-style houses and energy efficient, custom green construction luxury homes.
Some of the most popular neighborhoods in the area include:
- Applegate Lake
- Jackson Creek West Hills
- North Oregon Street
- South Jacksonville
- Upper Applegate Road
- West Griffin Creek
- West Griffin Creek
- Beekman Square
You can also find outstanding properties in the area like a large equestrian farm in the iconic Applegate Valley, private ranches with outbuildings, large vacant lots, historic homes, income-generating properties, and more.
Life in Jacksonville
Historical and cultural offerings
Jacksonville is proud of its roots and offers residents and visitors alike city tours that touch on the city’s heritage. Historic sites include the historic cemetery, the commercial and residential district, and the Cornelius Beekman House & Beekman Bank. The tours also touch on the city’s gold mining history.
One of the most famous events in Jacksonville is the summer-long Britt Festival. This festival is the Pacific Northwest’s “premier outdoor summer festival,” with concerts featuring dozens of performers playing everything from pop to blues to bluegrass.
The venue is equally impressive, a naturally formed amphitheater located at the elegant hillside estate of Peter Britt, a 19th century photographer. The area is surrounded by ponderosa pines and native madrones.
Main Street is lined with many independently owned boutiques and antique shops. You can find beautifully designed women’s clothes and accessories in stores like the Jacksonville Company, The Cotton Broker, La Boheme, Farmhouse Treasures, Willow Creek, and more.
Discover lovely antiques and one-of-a-kind finds at the Trolley Stop Antiques, Asian Room, Pickety Place Antiques, Fiestaware, and Quintessence.
Hungry from all that shopping? Unwind and recharge at any of the wonderful cafes around town. Grab the delectable cinnamon rolls at Mustard Seed Café. Duck into the Good Bean Coffee Shop, a cozy place beloved by locals for its signature brew, breakfast burritos, and sweet treats.
At the heart of Southern Oregon’s wine country, Jacksonville is home to a number of wineries, vineyards, and tasting rooms.
If you’re looking for a truly unforgettable wine tasting experience, try the Applegate Valley Wine trail, a tour that runs through 18 wineries.
You should also check out other wineries like DANCIN Vineyards, Relik Winery,
Daisy Creek Vineyards, Quady North, and South Stage Cellars. Each boasts an outstanding selection of Oregon’s finest wines.
From challenging hiking trails to leisurely biking paths, there are plenty of outdoor activities in Jacksonville.
Head to the Jacksonville Woodland Trails where you’ll see local wildflowers and wildlife.
Visit Crater Lake National Park, home to the deepest and most beautiful lake in America. The lake has an intense blue color because of its depth and purity. You can also see a collapsed volcano and explore old-growth forests at Crater Lake.
Go on an adventure at the Oregon Caves National Monument. The Oregon Caves feature three above ground hiking trails and a marble cave system which has “the world’s most diverse geologic realms.”
Does Jacksonville, Oregon sound like your kind of town? Feel free to get in touch with us at Ashland Homes Real Estate today to learn more about what this great city has in store for you.