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Old 09-06-2013, 08:32 PM
 
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have some prelim. questions:

- are there nice neighborhoods to live in the vicinity of their office? can you provide any names of apartments or condos?
- what is the public transportation system like?
- should i be overly concerned with crime? (apartment or car getting broken into, getting mugged? city-data says crime is terrible there
- what is nightlife like? restaurants any good?
- what is the dating scene like for a single male young professional?
- is it hard to get around town without a car?
- are there places to get a haircut by someone who actually knows what they're doing like at a NY salon? or are there only $10 supercut type places?

i'll bring out more questions as they come...thanks in advance
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:31 AM
 
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All of the answers are Yes and No, for any city actually, until you tell us where the office is and where you'll be living.
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Old 09-07-2013, 07:08 AM
 
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Deutsche Bank is located at;
8120 Nations Way
Ste 207-210
Jacksonville, FL 32256
in the Deerwood Center.

Because I have only been back in Jacksonville for about a month now, the only answers I have to your queries are ... Public transportation is pretty much non-existent, and it's very hard to get around without a vehicle. And crime is no worse here than any other major city in America.
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Old 09-07-2013, 09:03 AM
 
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it's the 500 gate parkway office

the things i've read on these boards have all been pretty negative on JAX....some people have made it seem like its like the slums and there is nothing going on around the place....
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Old 09-07-2013, 09:52 AM
 
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it's the 500 gate parkway office

the things i've read on these boards have all been pretty negative on JAX....some people have made it seem like its like the slums and there is nothing going on around the place....
Because if it's said on the internet it has to be true...??? Outside of a few random city sites here on City-Data (Orlando is one of them) very few Puppy/Rainbow/Unicorn civic cheerleaders spend anytime on these boards. In other words I wouldn't put a lot of substance behind the negatives here.
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC, USA
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If you were to throw a dart at a map of Jacksonville, chances are it will land in a safe area. The city occupies a huge land area.

Most of the city is suburban in nature. You will need a car.

The Gate Parkway area is pretty nice. It has a lot of variety in housing choices, such as detached homes, condos/townhomes, mixed use developments, and apartment complexes.

There is a bus service in Jacksonville, and a line that runs along Gate Parkway. If you want to attempt to use the bus line, you need to live and work on the same line to make it practical.
http://www.jtafla.com/Schedules/showPage.aspx?Sel=17

In the newer areas, most of the restaurants are of the franchise variety. There are locally owned restaurants found in Riverside, San Marco, and the Beaches. There are local restaurants in other areas, but they are concentrated in the older sections.

As far as hair cuts go, there are more choices than the big chains, but I mostly use the big chains so I can't really comment on that. There are a few old-school barbers as well as hair salons.

The best thing to do is visit for a few days and just drive around. There are some nice hotels near your office, or stay at the beach.
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:53 AM
 
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@pinetreecity,

Thanks, that was very helpful. I'm thinkin of not bringing my car down for the first 5 months or so, so will probably rely on the public transportation and so seek housing along the line. Any recommendations for that? Ideally would want a complex that is responsive in case I have any issues that need repair inside...
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Old 09-08-2013, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Amelia Island
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You really need to bring your car.....as many have said Jacksonville land wise is huge. The density is so spread out and there is much to explore.....so much so that public transportation will not really help you.

While Jacksonville is is not your typical thriving urban metropolis it does have a lot to offer and if your willing to explore you should find more than enough to keep you occupied on your days off.

Good luck and welcome to Jax
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Old 09-08-2013, 01:48 PM
 
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Thanks for writing jbtwinz,

How's the area/neighboring states in terms of camping or hiking/backpacking?
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Old 09-08-2013, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Amelia Island
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State Parks are really nice and the beaches at them are beautiful. Lots of bike trails in and around Jacksonville and plenty of places for great kayaking.

Not much into hiking and backpacking but we do hit north Georgia and North Carolina in the fall and there is plenty of hiking and backpacking. The Blue Ridge Parkway is about six hours away from us skiing is a bit farther but not much.
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