In Macclenny, you don’t get the hustle and noise of a big city. Instead, you get small-town charm, friendly people, and a quiet place to settle down. The residents wouldn’t have it any other way.
Macclenny is in Baker County and is considered part of the Greater Jacksonville area, but don’t let that fool you – Macclenny has an identity all its own. Mom-and-pop shops line the streets, adding character to the city that big box stores never could. Local events like the annual lighting of the city Christmas tree and lighted Christmas Parade, show pig competition called Swine in the Pines, and the Baker County Agricultural Fair paint a picture of the relaxed pace of living in Macclenny.
Places to check out include Macclenny Duck Pond, a park in the center of town, and the historic village of Heritage Park. When you’re ready for a bite to eat, pay a visit to Sixth Street Steakhouse or head to the local farmers market, Hodge’s Produce. Like many small towns, Macclenny has football in its blood – you can find many residents at Baker County Memorial Stadium most Friday nights cheering on the local high school.
The jewel of Baker County is the St. Mary’s river, a tannic river originating in the north prong of the county that runs north easterly into Georgia and out to Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of St. Marys, Georgia. The St. Mary’s river provides locals year-round activities including fishing, boating, hunting, hiking, and camping.
Macclenny real estate is a unique mix of smaller, affordable starter homes in suburbs and more palatial luxury estates and farmhouses stretched out on large lots. Some homes start under $100k, though the common range is $120k to roughly $300k.
Those aiming for more isolation and fewer neighbors will want to look on the outskirts of the small town. It’s here where comfortable farmhouses dot huge patches of acreage, occasionally going on sale for upwards of $1 million.