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Old 03-15-2009, 06:48 PM
 
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My son and his young wife and new born daughter will be moving to Jacksonville NC very soon. He is a Marine and will be gone alot where are some of the safest places they can rent an apartment untill base housing comes available.
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Old 03-17-2009, 08:35 PM
 
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My husband is a Marine reservist & I completely understand your concern. He'll be switching to active duty at the end of the year so I'm kind of in the same boat. I'm paranoid about living alone while he's gone (done it once already) & am very concerned with finding safe housing until base housing is available. I've been to Jacksonville before & saw some apartment complexes, but can't tell you anything first hand. You'd expect an all Marine city to be safe, but if you've looked at the crime statistics on here its not really the case. Thing is apartments are always bad no matter where you live. When you get that many people together in one place you're going to have bad seeds; doesn't matter how expensive they are. My suggestion (and what I'm going to do) is to find a rental & have a security system. If they have a new born, you have to consider that apartments have 2 or 3 stories & its difficult doing things (esp alone) while carrying a baby. If they have a dog, it will have to be walked at night. All things to consider. A rental in a safe (maybe gated) neighborhood is probably better (of course until base housing becomes available). If an apartment is necessary look for ratings on them first (very helpful info).
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Old 03-18-2009, 02:22 PM
 
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The Marines offer a great deal of support for folks who are relocating. There are lots of support services for military spouses.

Jacksonville is not exactly the big city and if you look at the crime data, it's below average. We were there a month ago for my job interview and will be moving there in May. It's a pleasant town and rental costs are very reasonable compared to lots of places.

My husband was deployed for six months during our first year of marriage. Other training during that year took him away for another 6 weeks. I was fine and your relatives will be fine, too.
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Old 03-19-2009, 06:48 PM
 
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Thanks to you both KC223 and goi_cuon. It's been over 20 yrs since I have been to Jacksonville my ex was also a Marine but we got lucky and got base housing pretty quick. Good luck to you both and I will pass your helpful info on to my daughter-in-law I am sure it will ease her tensions a bit.

Thanks again.
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Old 03-21-2009, 02:58 PM
 
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Jacksonville has change from night to day in the last 20 years.. It is a safe and friendly town now.. Most, if not all of the ugliness has been cleaned up..
The Commons has some wonderful apts., with management office on site.. Two or three different complexes.. On Western blvd extension,there are also some very nice apts.. Also on Western, a new complex is under construction.. All have nice amenities, such as pool, work out rooms and play areas.. All allow pets, for a bit extra per month..
There is wonderful shopping and restaurants here..
Truly a nice friendly place to live..
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Old 03-23-2009, 12:56 PM
 
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Is there a better place to find discussion about the area? I can't find much in the way of online discussion for the area.

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Jacksonville has change from night to day in the last 20 years.. It is a safe and friendly town now.. Most, if not all of the ugliness has been cleaned up..
The Commons has some wonderful apts., with management office on site.. Two or three different complexes.. On Western blvd extension,there are also some very nice apts.. Also on Western, a new complex is under construction.. All have nice amenities, such as pool, work out rooms and play areas.. All allow pets, for a bit extra per month..
There is wonderful shopping and restaurants here..
Truly a nice friendly place to live..
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Old 04-06-2009, 09:16 AM
 
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Okay, not sure what happened to my reply...it's Monday.Apartments that are safe and nice to rent include.1. The Reserve at Jacksonville Commons2. Abbington Place Apartments (Jacksonville Commons)3. Charleston Place Apartments (Jacksonville Commons)4. Puller Place Apartments (Carolina Forest area off Western Ext.)5. Windsor Place Apartments (Off Western Ext.)6. Summer 2009 - Arlington Place ApartmentsI have friends (military, young families..etc) of all backgrounds who live in the first five and they have NEVER felt unsafe...whether alone or with their spouse. 3 friends are single females living alone.Also, there are plenty of new town homes and single family homes for rent. If you need help please reply... I grew up a military brat myself. Also, because of my job I know Onslow County inside out!!!! Don't hesitate to ask any question...I will be glad to help.DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE RENT WITH....1. Town Center Homes I MEAN IT... NOT SAFE AT ALL!!!!!!!

Good Luck!!
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