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Old 07-05-2011, 07:43 AM
 
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Hello all. We are a family with two elementary school aged children and will be relocating to the Jacksonville area. I think we have narrowed it down to three different areas. Please give me your opinions about living in Nocatee vs. St. Johns Forest vs. Durbin Crossing. Is one much better than the others? Are they all very nice? Pros and cons would be very helpful.

Within Nocatee, is Coastal Oaks really worth the additional cost over Willow Cove? You can get a larger house in Willow Cove for quite a bit less money. Do you think Willow Cove will stay as nice long term (well kept yards, homes and common areas)? Thank you for your help!
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:00 AM
 
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Default We love Nocatee.

We moved into Austin Park last December and love it. Have a 5 month old and a six year old. We're at the water park at least twice a week. Chose Nocatee over Durbin for closeness to the beach. Good luck.
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Old 07-05-2011, 03:15 PM
 
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Hello all. We are a family with two elementary school aged children and will be relocating to the Jacksonville area. I think we have narrowed it down to three different areas. Please give me your opinions about living in Nocatee vs. St. Johns Forest vs. Durbin Crossing. Is one much better than the others? Are they all very nice? Pros and cons would be very helpful.

Within Nocatee, is Coastal Oaks really worth the additional cost over Willow Cove? You can get a larger house in Willow Cove for quite a bit less money. Do you think Willow Cove will stay as nice long term (well kept yards, homes and common areas)? Thank you for your help!
There are many differences in the places, but all are great choices!

All have great school systems.. And all are very new and are in the safest communities..

St johns forest is of CR 210, which is a developed road that includes really nice housing communites( St johns golf, St johns forrest, cimmaron, and south hampton). Its really close to I-95 but can back up in the morning and at night comming to and from work depending on where you work.. Has both a winn dixie and a publix and many places to eat.

Durban crossing is a new area, off some of the new "cut through roads" in central NW st johns county... Nice area between CR 210 and Fruit cove, also brand new elementary school, and high school right there. Gives more options on route to work depending on where you work.

Nocatee is a new place that is going to be the next julington creek, or eagle harbor. Its slowly being built given the economy, but will surely grow.. Its very very nice but is a lot $$ even with the price cuts. New publix built and also a new high school. Close to Us1 so drive north isnt so bad..

All in all visit each one, none of them are horrible choices

Experience: lived 15+ years in north St johns, lived in fruit cove, st johns golf, and now Palencia
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:56 AM
 
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Default Durbin Crossing

Durbin Crossing is a must see community. Two amazing amenity centers, A rated schools, close to major highways, eleven builders to choose from in all price ranges. Durbin Crossing is the fastest growing community in North Florida because of schools, location and amenities. Lots of activities and involved families and almost all referrals are coming from families who live there. We love it!! Good Luck!
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:57 AM
 
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Nocatee opened some new communities recently at lower price points. So it is not as pricey as it used to be.
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Old 07-06-2011, 01:54 PM
 
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Durbin Crossing is a must see community. Two amazing amenity centers, A rated schools, close to major highways, eleven builders to choose from in all price ranges. Durbin Crossing is the fastest growing community in North Florida because of schools, location and amenities. Lots of activities and involved families and almost all referrals are coming from families who live there. We love it!! Good Luck!

This TU article disagrees with you--
St. Johns County's Nocatee fastest-growing planned community in Jacksonville area | jacksonville.com

We have friends in Durbin and they love it too--hard to go wrong with any of the three choices.

Last edited by redlegcraig; 07-06-2011 at 01:57 PM.. Reason: needed to add more info
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:20 PM
 
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A far as the Coastal Oaks question goes, I think it is worth the extra dollars, but it depends on what is important to you. Coastal is uniquely set up with a spine road heavily landscaped with "pods" of to the sides of the main road. This gives it as nice feel as you are not driving through a neighborhood with house after house after house. Also there are some parks spread out through the community in addition to the main park. We also have our own clubhouse , pools, gym, tennis courts, baseball field, none of which you find in the other Nocatee communities.( although riverwood has its own very nice amenities , but they are a retirement community) Personally I would choose Willowcove as my second choice, as it is also close to the water park...but it does not compare to Coastal.
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:23 PM
 
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Coastal Oaks is also nicely gated, and is a toll brothers builder... which around here.. is one of the better ones
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