Join us in welcoming Heather Benfield as our operations manager! Heather previously worked for Bloom Realty as a Realtor®, and we're excited to have her with us in this new role.
A native of Texas, Heather lived up and down the East Coast before finding a home in Jacksonville, where she has resided for the last 12 years. Heather attended the University of North Florida, where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in History and Art History. With an enthusiasm for the past, Heather found a love for Jacksonville's historic neighborhoods, with their rich history and passionate residents.
She has previously worked for Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP), Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council (SPAR), the Riverside Arts Market, and the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society. In her roles with these neighborhood non-profits; Heather produced a record-grossing 1920s themed fundraiser, created innovative programming, and handled marketing initiatives. During this time she also personally hosted events like Picnic in the Park, and was awarded BUZZ Magazine's 30 Under 30 in 2014.
She loves high walkability scores, getting lost in a novel, and planning vacations around touring art exhibitions. When she's not at the Bloom Realty office, Heather can be found biking around the urban core or playing in her garden.
The streets are lined with large, moss filled oak trees and the vintage homes look as if they have years of stories to share.
Riverside was recently nationally ranked number 6 on a list of up and coming zip codes in major cities - it's selection of new and older homes, coffee shops, bakeries and boutiques make it a desirable spot to live. Riverside is perfectly placed in central Jacksonville just a few miles away from everything happening downtown and blocks away from the Avondale and Murray Hill neighborhoods that also have cute little shops and hidden gems. The restaurants in Riverside offer a unique and trendy atmosphere that make it attractive to millennials. Spend your Saturday morning taking a stroll by the river side, having a picnic at one of the parks or enjoying the Riverside Farmers Market under the bridge.
We love doing neighborhood roundups; this week we picked a few favorites from the Riverside and Avondale neighborhoods.