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Old 03-06-2008, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Irvington, NJ
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Hi all, I am new to this thread posting stuff so be easy on me.
I currently live in Irvington, NJ and really need to get out not for me, but for the safety of my son. I will be working in a hospital so I am not too concerned about scurrying for a job. Out of Hollywood, Jacksonville, or the Tampa suburbs which would be more suitable in your opinion for: 1. What area's have more quality schools for my son? 2. Where might I run into heavier traffic? 3. Last, but not least where would the best nightlife be since I am single/widowed

Any feedback is appreciated
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Old 03-06-2008, 05:43 PM
 
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Well, you aren't going to want to live in Hollywood with kids, I can tell you that. It's pretty much a rough-around-the-edges freak show. The downtown and coastal area nowadays is great for singles but not good for children, and the rest of the city can range anywhere from OK to dangerous. You would be wanting to look into Cooper City (ranked one of the best family towns in the country, for what it's worth anyway) or Davie to the west of Hollywood and taking the 15 minute commute for a safer, more family oriented community.

You would probably run into the heaviest traffic in the Tampa suburbs depending heavily on exactly which area you pick, although not by far. All three areas have busy spots but the traffic should be quite manageable compared to where you are.

You would definitely run into the best nightlife down south, in fact Hollywood proper has a more mature night scene than some of the other hotspots like Ft. Lauderdale and (of course) Miami Beach. Tampa can hold it's own, with a less intense night scene than S. Florida, but Jacksonville from what I understand is pretty dead in this regard.

I think Tampa offers the best compromise between cost of living and what you want, but if you can pull in a good income you shouldn't be disappointed with the Cooper City area near Hollywood. A lot of Jacksonville suburbs are surprisingly lacking in the schools department, but surrounding counties seem to be a bit better in this regard, and it has the lowest cost of living. So I say pick between lower living costs, more activity, or a compromise.
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Old 03-06-2008, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Jax
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I think you'll find a lot of similarities between Tampa and Jacksonville, but I agree, the traffic is probably going to be better in Jacksonville - it runs pretty smoothly here.

When you say "suburbs", I'm not quite sure if you're considering Jacksonville proper or the surrounding counties outside of Jacksonville. Clay and St. John's counties are basically bedroom communities of Jacksonville and their school systems and traffic patterns are going to be different than Jacksonville proper.

Jacksonville itself is quite suburban. We have urban areas and beach areas, but the city itself is vastly suburban.

Nightlife in Jacksonville is pretty good for a single professional. Our downtown is slowly revitalizing, so there is some action there, but most of the single professionals congregate in a neighborhood of Jacksonville called "San Marco" and also "Riverside/Avondale" and "The Beaches" and general 'Southside" of the city. These are also nice places to live and work in. If you were to choose to live in the neighboring counties (St. John's or Clay) your nightlife options would be very small and you'd more than likely be travelling into Jacksonville for nightlife along with work.
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Old 03-06-2008, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Hey if you're moving down from Irvington NJ, you're gonna love it down here!

Tampa or Hollywood would be my pick if those two areas are the only choices along with Jacksonville. But frankly, come on down and check out other areas as well once you're here. It's a big state.

Welcome.

One thing though, please bring some pizza will you please? They are clueless here.
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Old 03-07-2008, 06:05 AM
 
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I have to disagree with you on Hollywood. Hollywood has some very nice neighborhoods in addition to the uglier areas. You really have to evaluate Hollywood on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis. The Hollywood Hills area is very nice while the areas west of there are pretty dumpy and some other areas are downright dangerous.
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Old 03-07-2008, 06:26 AM
 
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I think you'll find a lot of similarities between Tampa and Jacksonville, but I agree, the traffic is probably going to be better in Jacksonville - it runs pretty smoothly here.

When you say "suburbs", I'm not quite sure if you're considering Jacksonville proper or the surrounding counties outside of Jacksonville. Clay and St. John's counties are basically bedroom communities of Jacksonville and their school systems and traffic patterns are going to be different than Jacksonville proper.

Jacksonville itself is quite suburban. We have urban areas and beach areas, but the city itself is vastly suburban.

Nightlife in Jacksonville is pretty good for a single professional. Our downtown is slowly revitalizing, so there is some action there, but most of the single professionals congregate in a neighborhood of Jacksonville called "San Marco" and also "Riverside/Avondale" and "The Beaches" and general 'Southside" of the city. These are also nice places to live and work in. If you were to choose to live in the neighboring counties (St. John's or Clay) your nightlife options would be very small and you'd more than likely be travelling into Jacksonville for nightlife along with work.
South Florida or Tampa have a closer feel to the northeast than Jacksonville. Jacksonville is a culture shock....so is Tampa, but less....and I would say Hollywood would be a smooth transition from densely populated north Jersey.

First, let me just say...I am surprised you are still alive after living in Irvington. Tough neighborhood.

And lastly, Riveree really loves Jacksonville. And so do many others who have families and don't want city life. Jacksonville is a family place, and purely suburban. Anyone who moves there should have a family and want to live in a gated community. There are really no urban neighborhoods in Jacksonville compared to what you would see in Jersey or south Florida. Jacksonville is purely suburban.

There is not a whole lot of energy in Jacksonville and the nightlife can be covered in one, two, maybe three weekends. Surprisingly though, for such a family oriented place with very little nightlife I have heard that the schools are shady. Jacksonville is a confusing place.

I would go with Tampa or South Florida buddy.
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Old 03-07-2008, 08:10 AM
 
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I have to disagree with you on Hollywood. Hollywood has some very nice neighborhoods in addition to the uglier areas. You really have to evaluate Hollywood on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis. The Hollywood Hills area is very nice while the areas west of there are pretty dumpy and some other areas are downright dangerous.
There are nice places east of US1 too like Hollywood Lakes and then you have Emerald Hills which almost reminds me of the Five Towns in LI, but I think the poster needed safe public schools so I didn't mention them. If they were going to go private then there are very good neighborhoods. I mean, Pompano probably has safe public schools compared to Irvington, NJ..

Downtown vaguely reminds me of Red Bank, NJ...except Hollywood hasn't quite went full 180 yet. I hope it does...
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Old 03-07-2008, 09:40 AM
 
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Hi all, I am new to this thread posting stuff so be easy on me.
I currently live in Irvington, NJ and really need to get out not for me, but for the safety of my son. I will be working in a hospital so I am not too concerned about scurrying for a job. Out of Hollywood, Jacksonville, or the Tampa suburbs which would be more suitable in your opinion for: 1. What area's have more quality schools for my son? 2. Where might I run into heavier traffic? 3. Last, but not least where would the best nightlife be since I am single/widowed

Any feedback is appreciated
Hello there and I feel your urge to get out of NJ. My wife and I currently live in hoboken. Very cool town, night life and close to NYC. She works at the Hbkn hopspital. We want to be in Florida by next march when our lease expires. Now as to where;like yourself she will have no problem finding a hospital to work at. I have to be near financial centers so that is reason # 1 we chose the Ftlauderdale area. Reason #2 is the action/nightlife/variety of restaurants.
Coming from the NYC Metro area there is no way we could live near Jacksonville. My wife's grandmother lives in Ponte Vedra Beach which is about 12 miles east of Jacksonville. We went to visit and yes the area is beautiful but it is dead silent at night. We went thru Jacksonville and we knew we would be bored after a month. I just feel people from the northeast fit in better in the south as well.
Anyway good luck to you and just think about leavng the cold , grey New Jersey Winters for palm trees and 75 degrees in January.
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Old 03-07-2008, 01:26 PM
 
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Well, you aren't going to want to live in Hollywood with kids, I can tell you that. It's pretty much a rough-around-the-edges freak show. The downtown and coastal area nowadays is great for singles but not good for children, and the rest of the city can range anywhere from OK to dangerous. You would be wanting to look into Cooper City (ranked one of the best family towns in the country, for what it's worth anyway) or Davie to the west of Hollywood and taking the 15 minute commute for a safer, more family oriented community.

You would probably run into the heaviest traffic in the Tampa suburbs depending heavily on exactly which area you pick, although not by far. All three areas have busy spots but the traffic should be quite manageable compared to where you are.

You would definitely run into the best nightlife down south, in fact Hollywood proper has a more mature night scene than some of the other hotspots like Ft. Lauderdale and (of course) Miami Beach. Tampa can hold it's own, with a less intense night scene than S. Florida, but Jacksonville from what I understand is pretty dead in this regard.

I think Tampa offers the best compromise between cost of living and what you want, but if you can pull in a good income you shouldn't be disappointed with the Cooper City area near Hollywood. A lot of Jacksonville suburbs are surprisingly lacking in the schools department, but surrounding counties seem to be a bit better in this regard, and it has the lowest cost of living. So I say pick between lower living costs, more activity, or a compromise.
I'll probably lean more towards compromise.
The cost of living doesn't really matter to me because the picture below is an example of a 250K home in Irvington



http://cdn-769.homes.com/c1/cgi-bin/readimage/207385769 (broken link)
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Old 03-07-2008, 01:28 PM
 
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250k can get you a nice house in Cooper City, a 2 bedroom condo in a newer secure building in Hollywood, and in the Tampa suburbs can get you in a more upscale community.
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