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Old 06-29-2010, 11:07 AM
 
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We are new to Jax and wondered if this is a safe area to live.
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Old 06-29-2010, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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The overall area will be 'ok at least but probably not much better than that
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Old 06-30-2010, 11:02 AM
 
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House living will be ok (just ok, not great), but I wouldn't recommend apartments in that area.
Then again, it's all a matter of perspective depending on where are you moving from.
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Old 06-30-2010, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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what is that neighborhood called??
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Old 06-30-2010, 07:53 PM
 
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In short, No.

32207 is a great zip, but a small percentage of it has concentrated crime and you're looking at one of those parts.

You want to be WEST of I95 and WEST of Phillips Hgwy/US1.

You'll probably end up EAST of San Jose Blvd (unless you've got the big bucks !)

You can go either NORTH or SOUTH of University Blvd (can cross into zip 32217). I also recommend not being directly on Saint Augustine Rd.

So that's the inside scoop . It's not as complicated as it seems. Since you were looking at Santa Monica, I'm going to assume you're looking for something modest and safe. Try the neighborhoods of Lakewood, Ridgewood and Mirimar, zips 32207 and 32217. These are in and around the intersection of University Blvd at San Jose Blvd (they're river neighborhoods). These neighborhoods are safe, stable and just a good value overall. You'll be 2 minutes from San Marco Square and all its' hipness.

Again, for the most part, an excellent zip and you'll probably love it, just a few bad spots to avoid .
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Old 07-01-2010, 05:07 PM
 
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Thanks a million, this really helps..we have an opportunity to rent or lease option a pool home there but didn't know enough about the area...
Think we will keep looking....
MJ
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Old 07-01-2010, 05:11 PM
 
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I don't know what the area is called, I just know the subdivision is Santa Monica.....thanks for your reply
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Old 07-01-2010, 10:07 PM
 
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I don't know what the area is called, I just know the subdivision is Santa Monica.....thanks for your reply
It's heading into an area some call "Sin City". The neighborhood you're looking at is behind some strip clubs......keep looking, head in the direction I pointed out above and you'll be alright .
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