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Old 06-07-2018, 07:52 AM
 
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Yes, there is a washer and dryer in every apartment. I should know, every Monday I do our laundry while wife is at work (I'm retired, she's not).


The complex name is Elements of Belle Rive, which is next to Belle Rive Blvd, off of Southside Blvd.
Thanks for the information. I'm on a travel now and couldn't answer right away. We were driving around and stopped by the leasing office. It looks nice from outside. The things that I didn't like, to other apartments as well, is that they offer at least 7 months lease. The price with 7 or 11 month is even higher. These are the hidden cost and I would like to share with everyone when planning a move. This is how they make a profit, because breaking a contract will cost you even more. They mentioned that they don't do month by month because of the hotel tax...... Why hotel tax for leasing a property? I assume that the leasing agent just made this up. So, I keep looking, but I'm considering other cities, too. I actually liked Jacksonville weather, I liked the greenery. I didn't have much time to go around. I find Costco gas station only in Orange Park, a new business that is not even on the Google map yet. The traffic across the bridge was an issue. In general, what I saw, the city looks like all cities that means o.k. The area of St Johns Mall looks very similar to where I live now.

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Old 06-07-2018, 09:02 AM
 
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Thanks for the information. I'm on a travel now and couldn't answer right away. We were driving around and stopped by the leasing office. It looks nice from outside. The things that I didn't like, to other apartments as well, is that they offer at least 7 months lease. The price with 7 or 11 month is even higher. These are the hidden cost and I would like to share with everyone when planning a move. This is how they make a profit, because breaking a contract will cost you even more. They mentioned that they don't do month by month because of the hotel tax...... Why hotel tax for leasing a property? I assume that the leasing agent just made this up. So, I keep looking, but I'm considering other cities, too. I actually liked Jacksonville weather, I liked the greenery. I didn't have much time to go around. I find Costco gas station only in Orange Park, a new business that is not even on the Google map yet. The traffic across the bridge was an issue. In general, what I saw, the city looks like all cities that means o.k. The area of St Johns Mall looks very similar to where I live now.

Well, have to edit this after talking to our Leasing Manager. She told me that they do month-to-month for people who first lease an apartment and the lease ends and the residents need to go to month-to-month.

Still don't know about the "hidden costs" thing. We pay for water, trash/sewer and that's it.

As far as the bridge goes, knows as the Buckman Bridge, that is why we chose to live on the southside of the bridge. Traffic can/does get very heavy on that bridge during the weekday rush hour.


There is a Costco store at the SJTC.


St Johns Mall? The only malls around here are Regency Square, The Avenues, Orange Park Mall and the St John's Town Center (major shopping area, not a mall).

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Old 06-07-2018, 02:43 PM
 
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A good way to divide these areas is using Interstate 95. I would stay east of 95. On the westside of 95, the farther north you go the better it gets but it is a lot of rural mixed with newer subdivisions. East of 95 is building up fast but still has a good bit of rural.

Another way to divide it is zip code. check out areas in the 32218,32219 and 32226.

2 of those you mentioned, Mayport and Ft Caroline are on the other side of the river. There are some desirable areas there and are closer to the beach.
Just to clarify, IMO, east of 95 is good for NORTH of downtown.
Perfectly good areas (Mandarin, St. Johns) west of 95 in the Southern parts of Duval/St. Johns.
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Old 06-07-2018, 08:23 PM
 
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LoveBoating, I meant St Johns Towne Center, their Costco doesn't have a gas station. Regarding the lease options, see the printouts at the office. By hidden cost I mean that forcing people to sign a long [in their terms short] time lease leads to unexpected costs if leaving before the lease end.
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Old 06-07-2018, 08:36 PM
 
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dizliz0925, can you give some ZIPs of the areas that you've mentioned?
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Old 06-08-2018, 09:12 AM
 
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dizliz mentioned Mandarin area which is 32223 (conjested area but pretty nice).Northern St Johns county is just south of there (32259, 32081, 32092, 32095) The latter two are closer to St Augustine. Not sure about the east of 95 and north of downtown. Yulee is 32041, 32097 which is a growing area just north of Jax and east of 95.
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Old 06-12-2018, 05:00 PM
 
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dizliz mentioned Mandarin area which is 32223 (conjested area but pretty nice).Northern St Johns county is just south of there (32259, 32081, 32092, 32095) The latter two are closer to St Augustine. Not sure about the east of 95 and north of downtown. Yulee is 32041, 32097 which is a growing area just north of Jax and east of 95.
Thank you so much! I just came back from my travel to FL. Even though I read negative comments about Jacksonville, I have a positive impression. No one place is perfect. The next step for me is to find a job.
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Old 06-12-2018, 05:04 PM
 
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Well, have to edit this after talking to our Leasing Manager. She told me that they do month-to-month for people who first lease an apartment and the lease ends and the residents need to go to month-to-month.
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Here I forgot to mention that they want me to apply at least 60 days before the move-in date.
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Old 10-04-2018, 08:58 PM
 
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We have lived on the Southside, just north of The Avenues Mall, since January 2009. We live in a "bungalow" style 2-bedroom apartment, which means there is nobody above us. Our apartment is at the end of the building, but there are only four "bungalow's" in the complex. Shopping is very, very close and the SJTC is only a few miles away. A person can go straight down Southside Blvd to JTB (actually is a freeway), go south and get off right down the street from Mayo.

The area we live in is very nice and darn near no crime, really. There are part of the Southside that you do want to stay away from...….like perhaps University Blvd., Beach Blvd. at Southside and Baymeadows at the 95 Freeway. They aren't the most popular places to live. But, do HIGHLY recommend the other parts of the Southside.
Can you provide any zip codes for the good parts of Southside area? Considering taking a Federal position there. Not familiar with area at all.
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Old 10-05-2018, 07:32 AM
 
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Can you provide any zip codes for the good parts of Southside area? Considering taking a Federal position there. Not familiar with area at all.
32256 area aka Avenues Mall area
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