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Unread 04-08-2008, 12:22 PM
 
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Talking Looking For small town near Jacksonville

My husband and I both grew up living in small towns that were safe and had a lower cost of living, but were still within 30 min-1hr of a major city (i live near Seattle). He want to.. in a couple years after he gets out of the Marine corps, move to Florida. He don't want to be too close to the water because we want to avoid a hurrican threat. We need a place that has a relatively low cost of living, a freindly neighborhood (families, young couples, etc), and plenty of job oppurtunities (He has experience running a business, and I have years of customer service and Administrative offce skills, as well as retail and retail management.

Is there a good town or suburb anyone can recommend?
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Unread 04-08-2008, 12:38 PM
 
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um, hurricane threat is throughout FL, no matter how near or far off the water you live.
why not live IN Jacksonville to save the commute?
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Unread 04-08-2008, 12:42 PM
 
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um, hurricane threat is throughout FL, no matter how near or far off the water you live.
why not live IN Jacksonville to save the commute?
I agree. Also, keep in mind Jacksonville, with it's geography and the way the current/wind direction goes in the Atlantic is actually low risk for a direct hit. We will always get wind damage and a lot of rain when a hurricane comes near, but look up the stats, direct hits are very rare.
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Unread 04-08-2008, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Middleburg, FL
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apanda is right. We had a hurricane and a tropical storm together a few years ago, and the last hurricane before that was about 40 years ago.
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Unread 04-08-2008, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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jacksonville IS a small town, ha ha. are you looking for a suburb of a suburb?
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Unread 04-08-2008, 03:19 PM
 
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jacksonville IS a small town, ha ha. are you looking for a suburb of a suburb?
Yeah Jacksonville is a small town that is just a big suburb! Welcome to your paradise!
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Unread 04-08-2008, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Jax
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jacksonville IS a small town, ha ha. are you looking for a suburb of a suburb?
That's funny! Sadly, we actually have those .
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Unread 04-09-2008, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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i'll be visiting the family next month, can't wait hit cracker barrel! ha ha...
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Unread 04-09-2008, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Jax
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My husband and I both grew up living in small towns that were safe and had a lower cost of living, but were still within 30 min-1hr of a major city (i live near Seattle). He want to.. in a couple years after he gets out of the Marine corps, move to Florida. He don't want to be too close to the water because we want to avoid a hurrican threat. We need a place that has a relatively low cost of living, a freindly neighborhood (families, young couples, etc), and plenty of job oppurtunities (He has experience running a business, and I have years of customer service and Administrative offce skills, as well as retail and retail management.

Is there a good town or suburb anyone can recommend?
The good news is that anything very close to the ocean is going to be cost-prohibitive to the majority of folks, so people often look a bit inland anyway.

This region is growing so much, even the "small towns" on the edge of the city aren't staying so small anymore. The surrounding counties' rural parts have become suburban. You can still seek out the small town feel, but you'll find it in pockets instead of big areas.

An important consideration is the size of Jacksonville. The city limits of Jacksonville are 840 square miles - a larger expanse than L.A. . So a good chunk of your "30 min-1 hr" timeframe will be eaten up inside of Jacksonville before you even reach the city line, should you decide to live in a neighboring county and work in Jacksonville.

"Low cost of living" is on its' way out here, if it hasn't left already. If you're coming from a major city, the Jacksonville area will seem cheap even today, but if you're a young family trying to get by with the median income for the area - $44k - it's going to be tough. Many of the neighborhoods normally recommended on this forum have home entry prices north of the $250k mark...not easy to do on $44k a year .

I'd suggest continuing to read this forum and keep asking questions when you have them (give details please! no vague questions! ). Based on your description of your needs, I don't see any one county standing out as right for you yet, so I think you can still remain open to all 4 counties in the region:

Duval (Jacksonville)
St. John's (St. Augustine)
Clay (Orange Park/Fleming Island)
Nassau (Fernandina Beach/Yulee)

Just keep reading and see if something clicks . Oh, and check out these links too:

Jacksonville, Florida (FL) Detailed Profile - relocation, real estate, travel, jobs, hospitals, schools, crime, news, sex offenders

http://www.city-data.com/forum/jacks...nce-guide.html
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Unread 04-26-2008, 11:07 PM
 
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Northeast Florida has been spared many hurricanes. Two suburbs of JAX that have great small town feelings. One is north of the Jacksonville, the other is south. The first is Fernandina Beach. The terrific location boasts being only 20 minutes from the Kings Bay, GA naval base, and very close to NAS Jax naval base. Below is an image of downtown Fernandina Beach. Very quaint and unusual for Florida.

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The other place to look with a somewhat small town feel is St. Augustine. Although know that during certain times of the year, St. Augustine is somewhat of a tourist destination. The rest of the time, it's very small town and pretty quiet. A great place to work there if you're husband is from the military is Pratt & Whitney.

Below is a picture of the historic district of St. Augustine. Out of the two, Fernandina Beach is quieter than St. Augustine. Both downtowns sit on the water. Very beautiful.

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