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Old 09-27-2007, 06:10 PM
 
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We've been considering moving to the PVB area of Jacksonville. The company I work for has given me a few other options to consider for relocation. The choises are Reno or Las Vegas, NV - Naples, Stuart or Jacksonville, FL - San Diego or San Francisco, CA - North Shore of Hawaii - Virginia Beach, VA or the Bahamas. Anyone ever lived in these places and maybe can give any insight? I'm married with 2 kids ages 2 and 5 so schools are very important to us. Thanks.
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Old 09-27-2007, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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We've been considering moving to the PVB area of Jacksonville. The company I work for has given me a few other options to consider for relocation. The choises are Reno or Las Vegas, NV - Naples, Stuart or Jacksonville, FL - San Diego or San Francisco, CA - North Shore of Hawaii - Virginia Beach, VA or the Bahamas. Anyone ever lived in these places and maybe can give any insight? I'm married with 2 kids ages 2 and 5 so schools are very important to us. Thanks.
Who on earth do you work for that you have been given some of the best (except for Nevada) places (in my opinion) options for relo??? Call me jealous.!
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Old 09-27-2007, 06:31 PM
 
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I work for a contracting company in Florida that works in conjunction with the local cable companies to provide digital cable, broadband internet and digital phone services. We are opening 87 new offices in the next five years from the Bahamas to Hawaii and looking to staff them all. I will be relocating to one of the new offices and becoming the general manager with a $150k + a year salary. We're expanding like crazy, even here in the slow economy of Florida right now.
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Old 09-27-2007, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Atlantic Highlands NJ/Ponte Vedra FL/NYC
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We've been considering moving to the PVB area of Jacksonville. The company I work for has given me a few other options to consider for relocation. The choises are Reno or Las Vegas, NV - Naples, Stuart or Jacksonville, FL - San Diego or San Francisco, CA - North Shore of Hawaii - Virginia Beach, VA or the Bahamas. Anyone ever lived in these places and maybe can give any insight? I'm married with 2 kids ages 2 and 5 so schools are very important to us. Thanks.
San Diego and SF are much bigger and more interesting places to live but more expensive too, especially SF, and how could any place compete with HI but beware of island fever, it gets hard living on an island thousands of miles from what you're used to. the same for the bahamas albeit it's not as far away. VA beach is most like Jax and I have and would almost always pick Jax over VA. Not knowing your interests makes it hard to "sell" you on what Jax has to offer, from beaches to the river to urban to rural its all here.
Of course you'd expect that type of an answer in a Jax forum, you really need to try and visit some of the places you are considering before deciding.
it's nice that you have such good choices, good luck with wherever you pick
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Old 09-29-2007, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Jax
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I think I'd pick Hawaii .

Jax is cool, it's got a lot going for it, but living in Hawaii would be a great life experience for your whole family. What a fantastic culture for your children to be exposed to and what great memories they would have .

I know it's an expensive place to live, but if you can swing it for a few years, I'd go for it .
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Old 09-30-2007, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Clay County
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It depends on what your lifestyle is like. Hawaii? I know many military families that have lived there and don't like it all. However the ones that love it are into scuba, snorkeling, kayaking. A lot of the area is rural. Almost like cowboy setting.

California has so much to offer in beauty and culture. I have a friend out there in film and I visit once or twice a year. She is in Woodland Hills just outside LA. But we usually travel to Santa Barbara or San Francisco to get away. Great shopping, even better food!! Very fast paced and a ton of people.

Northeast Florida is more laid back, the southernmost northern city! I love it here but your lifestyle choices seem endless. Do you have children? Are you looking at schools? Or is this just a great time to travel? Let me know if you come this way!!

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Old 10-01-2007, 11:17 AM
 
Location: SD
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We've been considering moving to the PVB area of Jacksonville. The company I work for has given me a few other options to consider for relocation. The choises are Reno or Las Vegas, NV - Naples, Stuart or Jacksonville, FL - San Diego or San Francisco, CA - North Shore of Hawaii - Virginia Beach, VA or the Bahamas. Anyone ever lived in these places and maybe can give any insight? I'm married with 2 kids ages 2 and 5 so schools are very important to us. Thanks.
We just made the decision between Orange County, CA, Las Vegas and OKC from Ponte Vedra Beach and it really comes down to lifestyle. I have four children under the age of five and my main areas of concern were lifestyle, schools, activities and weather. Reno/Las Vegas - people who lived there didn't give me good feedback as for it being a friendly town -- my husband disagreed but didn't think I'd be happy with the dry heat. Naples is a beautiful town. The people are friendly, it "beachy" and there's lots to do. Stuart is a bedroom community of West Palm Beach (a good 45 minutes north of WPB) and it's got a great downtown and excellent schools. It's got a small-town feel to it and housing prices are good, too. In Stuart and Naples, you will be dealing with the threat of hurricanes (as well as the Bahamas). I've never been to Hawaii so I can't give you any input on that except to say the following: friends of ours vacation there every year and it is their ultimate goal to live there. They see it as paradise. I'm sure that it is a beautiful place to live but you would have to find areas that residents live in (especially residents with small families) and housing and cost of living is extremely expensive. The cost of housing and living comes into the equation for San Diego and San Francisco also. They're both scenic and family friendly towns. As for Ponte Vedra Beach -- we loved living there. There's a good mix of families and the schools are great. It is a great place to raise kids and live. The weather is moderate, compared to other parts of Florida and you rarely feel the threat of hurricanes there. I was very very sad to leave. My advice is to visit each place that you are seriously considering, even if it's only for a weekend. Call a realtor. Tell them your special requests and needs and spend a day traveling around with them and then spend another just driving around by yourself. We've done that in each place we've moved to and it is a big help.
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