3105 St. Johns Avenue

3105 St. Johns Avenue

This stately Colonial Revival style house was built in 1910 for Frank Dearing, the grandson of Jacksonville founder, Isaiah D. Hart. At the time, according to Jacksonville’s Architectural Heritage, St. Johns Avenue was a white shell road and, as Dearing’s daughter Christine recalled, “yearly bands of Gypsies” would tether their horses and camp behind the house in what was then a field (now the area between Riverside Avenue to Park Street).

Current owners Shawn and Lindsey Brooks purchased the home after reading a Southern Living feature on the area while “searching for a route back to the South from our high rise in Miami.” Shawn, an attorney, and Lindsey, a real estate investor, were looking to put down roots and raise a family in a place that was “walkable, friendly and hospitable.” During the one-and-a-half year renovation process, they preserved the home’s original architectural features, including the fabulous wrap-around porch, an enclosed second story sleeping porch, and even a butler’s bell in the dining room. The couple enjoys exploring the area with their chocolate spaniels, Emerson and Anna Belle, and “intend to stay involved in RAP and other local organizations in hopes of promoting positive change that benefits the economy of the area and the wonderful people who call it home, while preserving the integrity of the architecture that is makes it so uniquely Old Florida.”