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Palatka FL Real Estate

Palatka is a city in Northeast Florida, located approximately 60 miles south of Jacksonville and 30 miles southwest of St Augustine. 'Palatka' is a contraction of an Indian word meaning 'cow crossing'.

As early as 1655, the Spanish were developing Palatka into the state's principal ranching area to feed the settlers particularly in the St. Augustine. Palatka became the main fording point for the cattle to cross the St Johns River on their way to the slaughterhouse.

When Florida was transferred to the United States in 1821, development of central Florida increased dramatically. Palatka was the southernmost point in the river where large oceangoing vessels could venture.

On January 8, 1853, the City of Palatka was chartered by the State of Florida. During the 1850s Palatka became the major center for transportation, freight, lumber, citrus and tourism on the St. Johns River. The steamboat traffic on the St. Johns and its tributaries, particularly the Ocklawaha, secured Palatka's position as the hub of the transportation network into and out of central Florida. 1865 to 1895 marks the golden age of Palatka, a time when Palatka rivaled Jacksonville as the major port on the St. Johns.

By 1890, Palatka boasted eight first class hotels, the largest of which the Putnam House contained 500 rooms. Winter visitors included President Grover Cleveland and other influential people. The city's winter residents included many rich industrialists such as James R. Mellon of Pittsburgh, who donated the library to the city.

After the great freeze of 1894-95 which virtually wiped out the citrus industry, Palatka expanded industrially, especially those dependent upon wood or its byproducts. Wilson Cypress Company became the largest cypress mill in the world producing 80,000 feet of lumber and 60,000 shingles daily. By 1910, Palatka had become a major industrial center.

Today, Palatka has a small town feel, giving its residents a great quality of life. Home to the annual Azalea Festival in March, the Blue Crab Festival in May, and is known as the “Bass Capital of the World.” The river abounds with Largemouth Bass, Speckled Perch, Striped Bass and Catfish. Boating, sailing, swimming and water skiing are also popular activities on the river and lakes located in Putnam County. Nature enthusiasts enjoy hiking along the Florida Trail, which runs through the region. Nearby Ravine Gardens State Park has over 50 varieties and more than 100,000 azalea plants. There is also a very scenic 1.8 mile drive through the park. Two lovely golf courses are located near Palatka and a driving range with batting cages, game machines and golf lessons is also available. Other fun events include the 42 nautical mile “Mug Race,” where sailors race from Palatka to Jacksonville on the St. Johns River.
Palatka is a great place to live!



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MLS: 154646
120 Commercial Ave
East Palatka, FL
$1,599,00076 | 15,629
 
Welcome to the grandeur of Three Oaks! This palatial 7 bedroom 6.5 bath estate was recently remodeled & upgraded to absolute perfection and is situated on 5.4 acres with 300' of expansive riverfront offering miles of unobstructed views.The main estate offers 5 BR/ 4.5 Baths with an additional attach...  Additional Details
 
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MLS: 210981
120 Commercial Avenue
East Palatka, FL
$1,599,00076 | 15,629
 
Welcome to the grandeur of Three Oaks! This palatial 7 bedroom 6.5 bath estate was recently remodeled & upgraded to absolute perfection and is situated on 5.4 acres with 300' of expansive riverfront offering miles of unobstructed views.The main estate offers 5 BR/ 4.5 Baths with an additional attach...  Additional Details
 
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MLS: 153686
350 BUFFALO BLUFF
Satsuma, FL
$699,00032 | 02,666
 
If you have been dreaming of a quiet country riverfront retreat, then this home located on 33 beautiful acres is just what the doctor ordered. Enjoy a waterfront lifestyle w/2000 ft of St. Johns river frontage. Go down to the dock, hop on your boat and youre out on the river to fish or just to enjoy...  Additional Details
 
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MLS: 155973
146 Commercial Avenue
East Palatka, FL
$498,90042 | 03,134
 
Riverfront Estate! Serenity and beauty surrounds this 4/2 3134 sqft with a 3 car garage w/custom canvas canopy on 5.8 acres with dock & boathouse. Located in Historic FederalPoint. Custom built with tray ceilings, crown molding, formal dining room, fireplace, Florida room with heat/ac, built-in book...  Additional Details
 
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MLS: 155764
143 Grandview Drive
East Palatka, FL
$299,00021 | 01,176
 
Charming home on St. John's Riverfront! This 2 BR, 1 BA home is surprisingly spacious with a large living room, florida room and 2 separate patios! Real oak flooring throughout. Kitchen has quartz counter tops, custom cabinets & soft-close drawers. There are sliding doors to patio through living roo...  Additional Details
 
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