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Old 07-10-2017, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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You can probably forget about the West Coast (not affordable based on what you said). With those requirements, I'd be looking in Florida and the Gulf States. Tampa/St Petersburg maybe? Or Houston?
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Old 07-10-2017, 04:32 PM
 
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I appreciate the suggestions! I am going to visit St Pete and Jacksonville later this month to see what they have to offer.
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Old 07-10-2017, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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From some research it seems like Riverside, San Marco, or maybe Springfield would be my target neighborhoods. How would you define the vibrancy you are mentioning? I am relocating from a rural, farm town surrounded area with very, very little as far as amenities and no sort of walkability lol.
And I do like the thought of being in a city that is "up and coming". I plan to start investing in some buy and hold rental properties and the option to invest in some area(s) that have not quite met their potential yet would be great.
Ah ok...now I understand your perspective better. I thought you were looking for something more in line with the top 10 US cities, but if you come from a rural area then Jax can conceivably be "big city."

Riverside is the most "vibrant" part of jax, on par with the beaches. I would say these are the only two real "neighborhoods" (there is an outdoor lifestyle center called the St Johns Town Center that also meets this criteria) that you will see some semblance of activity on the sidewalks throughout the day.

San Marco is not as dense as Riverside and also a notch or two below in terms of nightlife. Not as many offices, not really any dense multifamily and the lesser nightlife means not as many people walking around throughout the day and night. But it is laid out in a very walkable way and with a steady stream of new businesses opening over the past couple years I have seen a marked improvement in vibrancy. There are several large scale multifamily proposals working their way through the pipeline and if one, two or more of them come to fruition I would absolutely expect San Marco to surge ahead of the rest in about 5 years time. Especially if you include the Southbank with San Marco.

Springfield is way behind these others but I actually think it's poised to explode. It has a ton of vacant commercial space waiting to be filled and finally that's starting to happen. A few months ago a nanobrewery opened the same week a coffee shop did on the same block, and at the brewery's grand opening the streets were electric. It actually felt like this could be an area with some level of vibrancy. This fall two more microbreweries are slated to open along with a sports bar and another restaurant all on that same short stretch. If the commercial ball gets rolling then Springfield may end up being my favorite neighborhood.

Re: buy and hold rei, this is my business and Jax has been amazing the past five years. It's starting to turn quite a bit now as prices have risen a lot but we still have been buying a few here and there.
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Old 07-11-2017, 07:15 AM
 
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Ah ok...now I understand your perspective better. I thought you were looking for something more in line with the top 10 US cities, but if you come from a rural area then Jax can conceivably be "big city."

Riverside is the most "vibrant" part of jax, on par with the beaches. I would say these are the only two real "neighborhoods" (there is an outdoor lifestyle center called the St Johns Town Center that also meets this criteria) that you will see some semblance of activity on the sidewalks throughout the day.

San Marco is not as dense as Riverside and also a notch or two below in terms of nightlife. Not as many offices, not really any dense multifamily and the lesser nightlife means not as many people walking around throughout the day and night. But it is laid out in a very walkable way and with a steady stream of new businesses opening over the past couple years I have seen a marked improvement in vibrancy. There are several large scale multifamily proposals working their way through the pipeline and if one, two or more of them come to fruition I would absolutely expect San Marco to surge ahead of the rest in about 5 years time. Especially if you include the Southbank with San Marco.

Springfield is way behind these others but I actually think it's poised to explode. It has a ton of vacant commercial space waiting to be filled and finally that's starting to happen. A few months ago a nanobrewery opened the same week a coffee shop did on the same block, and at the brewery's grand opening the streets were electric. It actually felt like this could be an area with some level of vibrancy. This fall two more microbreweries are slated to open along with a sports bar and another restaurant all on that same short stretch. If the commercial ball gets rolling then Springfield may end up being my favorite neighborhood.

Re: buy and hold rei, this is my business and Jax has been amazing the past five years. It's starting to turn quite a bit now as prices have risen a lot but we still have been buying a few here and there.
Thanks for the insights. If Jax ends up being the relocation area I chose, Riverside sounds like it would suit me well. I might have to give Springfield a solid look though, since it sounds like it is an improving area and I am a big fan of craft beer.

I do have a question about the commutes however. What would a typical morning/evening commute look like if I lived in Riverside and worked out closer to the beaches?
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Old 07-11-2017, 10:54 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Hmm, that's interesting. I'd strongly consider living at the beaches if I worked close by. It would be a reverse commute so probably not too bad, I guess in the 25-40 minute range depending on the exact location.
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Old 07-19-2017, 10:29 PM
 
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[quote=ralphboogie;48788919]The Charleston suggestion is definitely one I have considered. It ticks a lot of the boxes when it comes to what I'm looking for. I love the historic aspects, proximity to the ocean, and the food, but I feel as though it may be too touristy for me and is more expensive than it seems. Can you speak to those pieces? Is it easy enough to avoid the tourist traps or are they essentially all the action that Charleston has to offer?

It's expensive, especially for the southeast, you'd probably pay over a grand a month in rent without a roommate or live in the 'burbs. It is a tourist destination for sure, but I think the perks you just discussed are still great reasons to live there.
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Old 07-20-2017, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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I am looking to relocate from central Pennsylvania in the next few months and am searching for an area that can offer the following:

1. Urban environment - I like a skyline and walkable areas/neighborhoods with restaurants, bars, etc.
2. Young and Active - I'm in my mid 20s and like to be outdoors and active. Prefer to be in an area that caters to an active lifestyle and has young professionals
3. Affordable - I don't want to live in a crazy expensive area. My apartment budget will be in the 1200/mo range
4. Laid back - Not looking for a "rat race" type city
5. HATE cold weather and snow. Looking for a warm(er) climate and would ideally like access to beaches (30 minutes or so)

Looking forward to the suggestions - Thanks!
Houston? Not sure about rent prices there, but seems like it might be a fit.
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