3209 Oak Street

3209 Oak Street

The style expression of a hip roof and off-set front porch clearly mark 3209 Oak Street as a Bungalow, the most visible and popular design in Florida early in the twentieth century. Owner David Fletcher, self-described “unofficial neighborhood dog-walker/pet sitter and block caretaker”, is retired from the Navy. David and his cat, Jessibell, a Japanese bobtail tabby, were transferred to Jacksonville in 2012, where David “only wanted to look in Avondale and Riverside for [his] new home and nowhere else.”

David has done extensive renovations with an eye toward keeping as much of the original elements as possible while adding a tankless water heater, updating cast iron plumbing and improving insulation among his many changes. When asked what aspects of the Riverside Avondale Historic District he feels make valuable additions to the Jacksonville area, David responded, “Riverside and Avondale was ahead of its time, a well-planned neighborhood. Parks large, small, pocket parks, even river parks [are intended] for all and not a few to enjoy. They planned shops about every 8 blocks making the [neighbor]hood walkable. Streets like mine …that don’t flow straight through the neighborhood [make] the street more friendly for kids, bikes, etc.”

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