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Old 12-17-2009, 12:08 AM
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I'm a nurse who is considering moving to Jacksonville. Are there nursing jobs in the Jacksonville area? And what area of the city is the safest to live in? I would be living in an apartment community for the first couple years. Is there a safer apt. community in the city? Don't mind paying more for a safe, nice place to live.
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Old 12-17-2009, 06:12 AM
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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The availability of nursing jobs will depend onn your experience. In general, yes, they will be available as it's a relatively high-turn over job as careers go (as you know).

The safest place in the general Jax area would probably be a gated, guarded, high-cost aprtment complex in St. John's County, just outside of Jax. There are some nursing jobs with-in a 20 minute drive of this area, but most will be further in.

This being said, crime can & does happen everywhere. In the past few months there have been multiple murders in areas that are traditionally seen as safe. Since you don't mind "paying more", i'd just choose an area of town that you enjoy spending time in and find a nice place there. As long as you avoid some obviously blighted areas, the normal, middle-class resident is 'safe' most anywhere. An overwhelming majority of the violent crime committed in Jax happens in obviously blighted areas and does not involve random victims.
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Old 12-18-2009, 03:34 PM
Location: Jax
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Look in or around South Side. Lots of affordable/some gated, nice apartment complexes and close to a lot of hospitals such as St. Vincents, Memorial and Baptist. They are also close to a very convenient shopping center called Saint Johns Town Center, which has a gated living community within it, called The Esplanade. You are looking at the $800-1000 plus/month range. No, i am not a Realtor
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Old 12-18-2009, 04:09 PM
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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St. Vincents is in Riverside/Avondale.

St. Johns Town Center is off Gate Parkway.

They aren't near eachother.

You'd have to travel across almost half the city, not that some people don't.....but.......they aren't close to eachother.

Perhaps you're thinking of St. Lukes....
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Old 12-19-2009, 04:58 PM
Location: NE Florida
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Several HOAs around Lake Mandarin have rentals and, IMO, this is a very safe area. Lake Mandarin is beautiful and swimable. Neighbors look out for neighbors. We are right at I-295 and San Jose, at the foot of the Buckman, so close to everything. A mix of two-income blue collar and one-income white collar households. A-rated schools. A nice, affordable place to live.

Within a mile or so are two Publix stores, a Winn Dixie, Whole Foods, Steinmart, TJMax, Marshalls, Wal-Mart, World Market, two Ace Hardwares, lots of great places to eat. Two libraries, Barnes & Noble, Books a Million. Several parks, churches, pubs, whatever you need.

And just a hop skip and jump from St Lukes, Mayo, Orange Park, Baptist South and Memorial Hospitals.
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Old 12-20-2009, 10:34 PM
Location: Jax
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There are more safe areas than unsafe areas in and around Jacksonville. This is a family friendly area so you'll find it pretty peaceful overall, despite the stats.

Once you know where you'll be working, it will be easier to choose a neighborhood. There are a lot to choose from that would fit your requirements right now.

This list is not all-inclusive, but some areas with a "safe" reputation are:

San Jose
Intracoastal West
Fort Caroline
Most of St. John's county
Fleming Island in Orange Park/Clay county
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Old 12-30-2009, 03:38 AM
Location: Johnson's Neck-O'Neil, FL
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I grew up in Jax, moved to Boston for 11 years, and came back down to work/live. I would not ever live in Jacksonville, for many many reasons. I commute to Jax (50 min) from Fernandina Beach. I am a federal employee (professional).
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Old 12-30-2009, 04:22 AM
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Default Safest place to live in Jax

I am a lifelong Jax resident. Spent 15 years away from Jax counting military time & travelled in my work. But,in all my nearly 70 years I have never been the victim of a violent crime. There was one stolen car. A couple of petty thefts. Nothing ever at my home. I believe if you stay away from drug areas, be careful about night-clubbing,of which I did more than my share, certain apt complexes, you can live in safety. Anything is possible,there was a random rape nearby. As I have reg nurses all around me in the family I overhear their job woes quite often. Apparently there is a thing called 'floor nursing' in need of nurses but with high turn over due to negatives. I prefer to keep driving time to a minimum. Rent first in say, Mandarin or Baymeadows area or the Beach and then look around. I have a friend,A young Doc, who is renovating a place in San Marco, excellent location, near the Hospitals, but not for me as I am not a volunteer victim. I would add. I never brought home a stranger.
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Old 01-02-2010, 10:12 AM
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I am taking my tips from you guys. I appreciate the information. We will be looking in this area in April.
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Old 06-11-2010, 01:30 AM
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I lived at the Esplanade for 3 years and I miss every minute. It is SO SAFE. I used to take walks at midnight and I never felt scared or nervous, it was so nice and peaceful. Also the complex is surprisingly quiet and I never had an issue with mall traffic. I loved the convenience of the location. I rarely had to drive because everything I could imagine was walking distance! When I did have to take my car anywhere it was a breeze, there are back roads that get you past everything on the times the town center is a bit busy but I never had to use them because of insane traffic or anything like that. I think the places are completely undervalued and if I was still living in Florida I would be definitely be buying now at the prices I am seeing! If you are considering living there or buying there I highly recommend it! go to [url]www.firstcoastrentals.com[/url] (i think) they have a lot of listings for the area!
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