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Old 02-11-2018, 12:07 PM
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I second the above with regards to Beacon Lakes. Beach walk is across the street and starts somewhere in he high 400/500,000. Touts higher end living with town center higher end shops. I will mention Treaty Oaks if that’s not too far out. It’s off 207 and close to I-95 and St Augustine and backs to the city run Treaty Oaks Park. So you have lower HOA that comes with a gym, party/meeting room, swimming pool PLUS they city park with basketball, kayak canoe launch and other amenities already paid for by taxes. Maronda is currently my favorite builder in there because of the concrete block with true masonry stucco versus the stucco sheets for exterior and the layouts have the nice open family concept. Under 300,000 and up. Let me know if I can be is assistance. Theresa Robertson La Rosa Realty 904-994-2854
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Old 02-12-2018, 06:49 AM
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Try Deerwood Country Club. It's an older neighborhood with larger lot sizes.
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Old 03-01-2018, 08:37 AM
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I agree with a previous poster who said a realtor should be able to help you find larger lots. Most new neighborhoods are going to have smaller lots, but existing neighborhoods are more likely to have a mix of lot sizes.

As for schools, I just wanted to explain a bit about the assistant teacher situation described above. Florida mandates student/teacher ratios. For K through 3rd, it has to be 1 teacher for each 18 kids. Many schools in Duval County have "double classes" -- 36 kids and 2 teachers (at Chet's Creek, which is a very highly regarded school, every Kindergarten class is a double class).

St. Johns County does NOT do this. When a class gets over 18 kids (even only 19 kids), they have to put a second teacher in the classroom to maintain the student/teacher radio. That second teacher is not an assistant -- he or she is a fully qualified teacher and does much more than just manage "crowds." The trend in education is away from whole group instruction towards teaching a more tailored lesson to a smaller group of students. Having 2 teachers is a huge benefit in this area because the class can be divided into groups doing centers, and 2 teachers can be teaching a small group of students at once.

Additionally, St. Johns County does not let classes get to 36 students. I forget what the exact number is, but I at 30 or 32 students, they will divide the class into two separate classrooms, each with one teacher. They don't have to do this, but they have chosen to do so.

Overcrowding is certainly an ongoing challenger for the St. Johns County public schools. But my daughter currently attends an elementary school that has a student body of nearly twice what it was built for, and I'm still thrilled with the school and with her education. I honestly don't believe that anyone is lost in the shuffle. Also, her school will be much smaller next year because many of the students will be zoned for a new school that is opening in the fall.

As for schools in Duval County, yes -- there are good ones. I really don't agree with the idea that parents who aren't sending their kids to magnet schools are lazy, though. Magnet schools are great options for some kids, but not for all kids. You may want your kid to go to Jax Beach Elementary, but if he or she doesn't turn out to qualify as gifted and doesn't get in (or if you decide that the academic stresses will be too much, even if the child is gifted), then you need a back up plan.

To the original poster -- as for private schools, make sure you look at prices not just for elementary school, but also through middle and high school. There are some less expensive options for private elementary school (particularly the Catholic schools), but the private high schools in town are insanely expensive. More than some colleges. Also, if you plan to have more than one child, make sure you multiply those costs.
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