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  posted on 1/29/2009 at 05:58 PM
Anyone know the best areas around JAX to live? Got offered to relocate there by my work. Looking for suburbs, low crime, good schools, etc. Will be flying out to Jax in Sept or Oct to have a look around. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!

 

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  posted on 1/29/2009 at 06:06 PM
My old room mate from Indy lives in the Orange Park area. VERY nice and lots of relatively new development. I understand Billy Powell was living in Orange Park at the time of his death.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2009 at 06:07 PM
ponte vedra is prob the nicest area

arlington is ghetto, anywhere near downtown jax is kinda ghetto

 

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  posted on 1/29/2009 at 06:16 PM
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  posted on 1/29/2009 at 06:22 PM
My sister lives in Neptune Beach, nice out from town a ways. I have visited many times and would live there. Parts of Jacksonville have a murder rate as bad as Chicago,s south side.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2009 at 06:34 PM
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  posted on 1/29/2009 at 06:36 PM
I live in Ponta Vedra Beach,good schools,I have a 12 and 13 year olds,no crime,If your gonna live in Fla you need to live at the beach,Jax beach,Neptune beach and Atlantic beach are nice also but they belong to the Jacksonville school system.Jacksonville has some very nice areas but the ghetto is always nearby,good luck
 

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  posted on 1/29/2009 at 08:34 PM
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Also Fernandina Beach & Amelia Island

 

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  posted on 1/29/2009 at 09:14 PM
There's a nice couple down there that are really into the music that all of us here like. They even have a recording studio in their back yard. Move next door, and you won;t have neighbors complaining if when crank up the ABB.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2009 at 09:58 PM
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  posted on 1/29/2009 at 10:52 PM
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My old room mate from Indy lives in the Orange Park area. VERY nice and lots of relatively new development. I understand Billy Powell was living in Orange Park at the time of his death.


I delivered bread in Orange Park and had a second cousin who lived there while he was stationed at the Navy base in Jaxville. I liked it, never encountered any bad late at night when I was working.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2009 at 11:19 PM
I use to live in Neptune Beach and loved it. It's really changed over the years but I'd live there again if I could. Ponte Vedra would even be nicer! I also lived in San Jose near Mandarin and like it too. There are lots of nice places in Jacksonville but you got to like city life and don't mind traffic...

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 12:28 AM
I am a Jacksonville dweller myself. Anybody want to get together? I am pretty new to this site but I wouldn't mind meeting some Jax ABB fans. I was thinking of getting Moogis anyway so maybe that could be a cool thing to get together over.
 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 08:18 AM
Also a Jax dweller...HooHead, it depends on a few things, where will you be working? Do you have kids in school? Honestly you do not want to live in Ponte Vedra if you work downtown, plenty do but the traffic...
 

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Also a Jax dweller...HooHead, it depends on a few things, where will you be working? Do you have kids in school? Honestly you do not want to live in Ponte Vedra if you work downtown, plenty do but the traffic...


Also from Jax. You do not want to work in town and live at the beach. I almost lost my job trying to do that. It will take you 1 1/2 hours to get to work unles you leave at 6:00 am. Still then 30 minutes.

Not many good jobs at the beach. If you have one that pays well you are lucky.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 10:01 AM
Thanks everybody for your great responses. I will be working daily from a home office so no commute. We were looking at Orange Park online about a month ago and it is definately on the radar. Will be flying down for a few days to check out the areas you have posted. Would love to meet the couple down there with the studio in the backyard Would also like to meet other ABB fans when I get there so I'll post here when the move actually happens. Selling my home in Washington first. May take a while but it will sell. It's in a great area. Also looking at some of the outlying rural areas surrounding Jax. My wife and I can't handle the Seattle winters anymore. Too dark, damp, cold and rainy. We both grew up at the beach in Sunny California but met here in Seattle. Go figure...anyway, gotta get back to the sunshine and hot weather. Looking for a house with a pool in or near Jax. Is Middleburg a nice area? Thanks again for your help everybody!

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 10:27 AM
I have a friend in Dayton, Ohio and he is moving to Jacksonville this April.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 11:08 AM
The beauty of Jax is you do not have to get out of town very far for "rural." If rural is what you are looking for, Jax is your town.

Middleburg is rural, but growing. You can still buy acreage if that is your thing...but be prepared to maybe live off a dirt road...

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 11:33 AM
Jax is pretty cool. I suppose it depends on where you're relocating from. I'm not sure about 'low cirme', there has been a rash of crime and police shootings in the last few months.
The main problem to me living here is there really isn't a good downtown, no real culture or draw to the city. I've lived in Seattle and Portland where theres a reason to just go hang out downtown or go to the bars. I just don't feel that here. Jax Beach is the closest, there is some cool places that draw me down there.

And as the above posters said, it doesn't take long to get out into a real rural atmosphere. I live in Fleming Island, its outside Orange Park and a bit of a drive to where I work on the southside. Oh yea, and I complain about traffic but its NOTHING like other cities I've lived in so again depending on where youre comin' from that might be a plus.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 02:07 PM
Jacksonville native. I live on the Westside, but if you can live at the beach, that would be my choice. Fernandina is great, if you don't mind the drive. Schools are hit and miss around town, depending on where you live. Jax is great because home prices are relatively low compared to the rest of the state, and there are some great buys depending on what you can afford. If you can't afford the beach, I like my side of town, Riverside/Roosevelt area or even San Marco/close to it. For me, I don't have any traffic worries, and can get just about anywhere except the beach in 20 minutes. Me personally, I wouldn't live in Mandarin/Southside or Orange Park due to the traffic problems. If you want rural, I'd say up close to Fernandina/Yulee or Middleburg. The only problem is when you want something in town, it's a drive.

The other beautiful thing about Jax and surrounding areas is there is still a ton of natural stuff, like beaches, great fishing, crystal clear springs, and the Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park. Let me know if you want more info.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 03:02 PM
Before you decide on living in Orange Park, I'd recommend driving over the Buckman Bridge at rush hour (it crosses the N/S flowing St. Johns River).

I'd recommend St. Johns County.

[Edited on 1/30/2009 by bdwalton77]

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 04:08 PM
Get you a nice saltwater fishing rod for pier or surf fishing. I would get as close as I could to the surf.......

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 05:08 PM
Thanks again for all of the info. What about Green Cove Springs? That looks like a pretty cool area...

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 08:50 PM
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Thanks again for all of the info. What about Green Cove Springs? That looks like a pretty cool area...


It leans toward rednecky.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2009 at 08:56 PM
Um, it's Jacksonville, Georgia.

 

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