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Old 07-29-2018, 08:35 AM
 
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Hi everyone. My husband and I moved from NYC to Lewes delaware 2 years ago and do NOT like it. The no taxes are great, but the people aren’t nice. We are constantly discriminated against because we are from NYC. The schools are not what I want for my kids and over all it’s way too “retirement” age for us. We want that friendly vibe, good schools, and lots of kids. I’m looking into the nocatee area, I hear a lot of great things. Can you tell me which developments I should be looking at that has that friendly family vibe? Also we have GHI insurance, my husband is a retired CO from NYC and that’s our coverage, is this accepted down there? Also I hear Jacksonville isn’t the greatest part of Florida. Is Ponte Vedra a good distance from all the crime etc? Any feedback is great! Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-30-2018, 12:58 PM
 
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Are you looking for new construction or resale? What budget? Would you want to be walking distance to the shopping/dining areas or more secluded with some nature? There are plenty of New Yorkers here. I am not sure about the insurance. Jacksonville is not a terrible city and you will find that you need Jacksonville being close by as it offers a ton that Ponte Vedra does not. But to answer your question - Yes it is far away from higher crime areas of Jacksonville. Not to knock other areas of Florida but Jacksonville is a great city and the surrounding areas wouldn't thrive the way they are without it.

Have you visited Nocatee yet? You can get a golf cart tour if you go to the visitor center. That will give you an idea of the different neighborhoods.
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Old 07-30-2018, 04:45 PM
 
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Hi everyone. My husband and I moved from NYC to Lewes delaware 2 years ago and do NOT like it. The no taxes are great, but the people aren’t nice. We are constantly discriminated against because we are from NYC. The schools are not what I want for my kids and over all it’s way too “retirement” age for us. We want that friendly vibe, good schools, and lots of kids. I’m looking into the nocatee area, I hear a lot of great things. Can you tell me which developments I should be looking at that has that friendly family vibe? Also we have GHI insurance, my husband is a retired CO from NYC and that’s our coverage, is this accepted down there? Also I hear Jacksonville isn’t the greatest part of Florida. Is Ponte Vedra a good distance from all the crime etc? Any feedback is great! Thanks in advance!
What is that supposed to mean?
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Old 07-31-2018, 07:08 AM
 
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If Jacksonville isn’t the greatest part of Florida why do you want to move here?
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Old 08-02-2018, 09:41 PM
 
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While it is true that Jax has a reputation of not being great, the fact is that Jax is the largest city in the US by square mileage. Ponte Vedra is worlds different than the high crime areas. Since you are from NYC you will understand this comparison...Upper East Side (Ponte Vedra) compared to Bed Sty (the least desirable areas of jax) - totally different worlds!

Ponte Vedra is one of the wealthiest and most highly educated communities in all of Florida. It is up there with West Palm Beach and while no where is crime free, the draw for this area is the family and resort feel of the town. Best schools in the state also!

Lots of retired NYPD and FDNY around here as well. We all love the income tax free benefits of Florida! ;-)

Message me with any questions - we are also a retired LEO family and native NYers....we'd be happy to grab a starbucks and chat about the area when you are here. We even have friends from Baltimore coming down next week to look at moving here as well. You will love that people are from everywhere here so they are really friendly and places like Nocatee are a literal melting pot of people so everyone is eager to make friends and meet new people.
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Old 08-03-2018, 11:32 AM
 
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I think you would like Ponte Vedra, based on what you want.

You will have to do some things in Jacksonville, and you may want to do some things (e.g., buy a car, go to a Jaguars football game, to a mall like St. Johns Town Center - nice area, etc). Basically most anything on east side of the river is going to be safe areas of Jax that you will likely utilize.

Nocatee is a nice area, lots of families, kids, things to do, pools, close to beach, etc.
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Old 08-03-2018, 10:09 PM
 
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Hi everyone. My husband and I moved from NYC to Lewes delaware 2 years ago and do NOT like it. The no taxes are great, but the people aren’t nice. We are constantly discriminated against because we are from NYC. The schools are not what I want for my kids and over all it’s way too “retirement” age for us. We want that friendly vibe, good schools, and lots of kids. I’m looking into the nocatee area, I hear a lot of great things. Can you tell me which developments I should be looking at that has that friendly family vibe? Also we have GHI insurance, my husband is a retired CO from NYC and that’s our coverage, is this accepted down there? Also I hear Jacksonville isn’t the greatest part of Florida. Is Ponte Vedra a good distance from all the crime etc? Any feedback is great! Thanks in advance!

I’m from NY and I feel welcomed here. I don’t live in Ponte Vedra though, I’m in St Johns/Fruit Cove or whatever they call it.

I have GHI and it is tough finding doctors that take our insurance. I have also noticed that when u call a doctors office and ask , “ do you take GHI?”, if they say yes, you must ask properly. You have Tim ask them if they are a participating provider. When they tell you they take GHI, I think they mean , “ yes we will take whatever crappy amount GHI pays, and you will pay the difference”. I’m sure you know that GHI really doesn’t pay that much. Fortunately my wife works so we also have a secondary insurance, which is also a pain in the butt, but that is for another time. The more rare of a specialist you are looking for, the less likely you will find one that is a participating provider with GHI. Pediatricians you will find, General PCPs you will find, I found a dermatologist in the area ( sun is very strong here , make sure you get checked every 6 months), but say a rheumatologist...... nearest one , actually the only one on the GHI website is in Port Orange, over an hour away, and who even knows if they still are in network with GHI.

As for crime you are fine, the shootings, the stabbings the homicides are all in Jacksonville, mostly in the west side of the city, the only thing you worry about in Nocatee and northern St Johns Co for that matter is that at night they will go around neighborhoods lifting car door handles. If it’s unlocked, they will take whatever is in the car. For some asinine reason some people leave their firearms in their cars overnight with doors unlocked. I still can’t figure out why but the local Law Enforcement is trying to inform the public not to do that.

As for moving here, if you do I would buy new. While we are living here and own, we have considered moving to a different community then where I live. We saw a few houses, and houses that already built with someone living in them I have been quoted $16,000 for closing costs. Where this number is derived or where they get this amount from I have no idea. I didn’t even pay that much in closing costs when I bought my house in NY. That being said, if you buy new, many if not all of these builders will give you financial incentives which for one builder they offered me $20,000 for closing costs, and whatever amount was left could be used towards the down payment in the house. You ain’t getting that type of offer from a resale.

My advice is to do thi quick, the prices go up and up , and there are plenty of comm7nities that are still building in addition to Nocatee. The Silverleaf community ( between CR 210 and SR 16 east of St Johns Pkwy), will start selling homes in Spring 2019. There are other communities but do your research and most importantly visit the area. Good luck

I am also retired LEO and originally from NYC, let me know if I can help too
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Old 08-04-2018, 07:19 AM
 
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I’m from NY and I feel welcomed here. I don’t live in Ponte Vedra though, I’m in St Johns/Fruit Cove or whatever they call it.

I have GHI and it is tough finding doctors that take our insurance. I have also noticed that when u call a doctors office and ask , “ do you take GHI?”, if they say yes, you must ask properly. You have Tim ask them if they are a participating provider. When they tell you they take GHI, I think they mean , “ yes we will take whatever crappy amount GHI pays, and you will pay the difference”. I’m sure you know that GHI really doesn’t pay that much. Fortunately my wife works so we also have a secondary insurance, which is also a pain in the butt, but that is for another time. The more rare of a specialist you are looking for, the less likely you will find one that is a participating provider with GHI. Pediatricians you will find, General PCPs you will find, I found a dermatologist in the area ( sun is very strong here , make sure you get checked every 6 months), but say a rheumatologist...... nearest one , actually the only one on the GHI website is in Port Orange, over an hour away, and who even knows if they still are in network with GHI.

As for crime you are fine, the shootings, the stabbings the homicides are all in Jacksonville, mostly in the west side of the city, the only thing you worry about in Nocatee and northern St Johns Co for that matter is that at night they will go around neighborhoods lifting car door handles. If it’s unlocked, they will take whatever is in the car. For some asinine reason some people leave their firearms in their cars overnight with doors unlocked. I still can’t figure out why but the local Law Enforcement is trying to inform the public not to do that.

As for moving here, if you do I would buy new. While we are living here and own, we have considered moving to a different community then where I live. We saw a few houses, and houses that already built with someone living in them I have been quoted $16,000 for closing costs. Where this number is derived or where they get this amount from I have no idea. I didn’t even pay that much in closing costs when I bought my house in NY. That being said, if you buy new, many if not all of these builders will give you financial incentives which for one builder they offered me $20,000 for closing costs, and whatever amount was left could be used towards the down payment in the house. You ain’t getting that type of offer from a resale.

My advice is to do thi quick, the prices go up and up , and there are plenty of comm7nities that are still building in addition to Nocatee. The Silverleaf community ( between CR 210 and SR 16 east of St Johns Pkwy), will start selling homes in Spring 2019. There are other communities but do your research and most importantly visit the area. Good luck

I am also retired LEO and originally from NYC, let me know if I can help too
Thanks so much for this advice. Where in NY where you from. I’m from Staten Island and my husband is Brooklyn.
Our timeline for the move is about a year or year and a half. I’m hoping the lesser time.
We built new construction when we moved to DE and it sucked. We had to sell our house, rent an apartment while the house was being built and then move again 6 months later. The resale’s seem to give more for the buck because they have the upgrades etc, whereas new construction starts at a certain price and every single item extra is so much more financially. That’s why we want a young resale. I’m hoping to find one with a pool already built in as well, which doesn’t seem so hard to find. Can you suggest developments that are kid friendly for me to research? In nocatee I saw coastal oaks and greenleaf lakes as big family developments. My kids want to be able to go ring their friends doorbell as opposed to me having to call the parent for a scheduled play date. I’m hoping that will be the case when we move out here. Also what’s your opinion on st Augustine interns of buying in that area for a family with 3 small kids?
As for the insurance I’m not surprised at that but it’s good to know that there are doctors, even if an hour away, that accept the GHI. Here in DE no one takes it so we had to take the Aetna plan which is costing us so much money. As long as I have a pediatrician and a primary care doctor closer by I’ll be happy. I do need specialists but I’m ok with driving to go see them. That was very helpful information you gave me so thank you for that!
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Old 08-04-2018, 08:56 PM
 
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You sound just like my situation, I too am from Staten Island but unfortunately still living here and also have a year, year and half timeline. I went down in August 2017 and looked around for 2 days and looked at many communities and all looked great. Our favorite was Rivertown but it is kind of far from things. I also worried about the health insurance as my son is a cardiac patient and had surgery when he was 3 months old to correct it but has yearly visits and will eventually need another surgery. I have twin boys but they would be starting college when we go there but i need to move a year before to get the instate tutiton rate for college there. I may need to work down there just for health coverage which wouldn’t be a problem. Well anyway good luck and keep us informed.
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Old 08-04-2018, 10:57 PM
 
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Thanks so much for this advice. Where in NY where you from. I’m from Staten Island and my husband is Brooklyn.
Our timeline for the move is about a year or year and a half. I’m hoping the lesser time.
We built new construction when we moved to DE and it sucked. We had to sell our house, rent an apartment while the house was being built and then move again 6 months later. The resale’s seem to give more for the buck because they have the upgrades etc, whereas new construction starts at a certain price and every single item extra is so much more financially. That’s why we want a young resale. I’m hoping to find one with a pool already built in as well, which doesn’t seem so hard to find. Can you suggest developments that are kid friendly for me to research? In nocatee I saw coastal oaks and greenleaf lakes as big family developments. My kids want to be able to go ring their friends doorbell as opposed to me having to call the parent for a scheduled play date. I’m hoping that will be the case when we move out here. Also what’s your opinion on st Augustine interns of buying in that area for a family with 3 small kids?
As for the insurance I’m not surprised at that but it’s good to know that there are doctors, even if an hour away, that accept the GHI. Here in DE no one takes it so we had to take the Aetna plan which is costing us so much money. As long as I have a pediatrician and a primary care doctor closer by I’ll be happy. I do need specialists but I’m ok with driving to go see them. That was very helpful information you gave me so thank you for that!
I’m originally from queens, and when we moved to FL we were living in orange county, ny .

I would suggest for kid friendly I’d go with Julington Creek Estates. I believe part of their HOA fee includes day care while you go to the gym. I can have my wife ask her friend about that tomorrow.

As fro St Augustine, I’d stay away from it. Couple of reasons, #1 too touristy......some areas are nice but then you may ,,,,,,may be too close to downtown St Augustine, which besides being too touristy, also has a big homeless problem that they don’t know how to deal with it and are trying to solve it “legally”. #2. Schools, we have noticed that the further south you go in this county, the crappier the schools get. Now if you noticed or haven’t nocpticed I’ll enlighten you.....

I came her from Orange County NY. In that one county there were about 12 school districts...just to name a few.... Monroe-Woodbury, Warwick Valley, Washingtonville, Pine Bush, Chester, Minisink, etc.

Here in Florida the school district is the county. An example of this in NY would be the Richmond Co7nty school district for state. Island , .......queens county school district, etc. besides the teachers making less $$$, you don’t have a County where there are 12-15 school superintendents all making $200,000. In my county there is 1 superintendent and I think 5 board members .. the St. John’s county school district has an “A” rating, top school district in the state ( out of 67 school districts....again, there are 67 counties in Florida = 67 school districts) but some school aren’t “A” rated, I have noticed the further south you go in the county the worse the schools get. Just something to take into consideration.

I just saw that Aetna went up again from $909 a month to $988 a month. I have heard some guys mention that they just keep GHI and pay out of pocket. Depending on what you need it might also be cheaper to fly back to NY to be treated. Something else to consider, but you will find a pediatrician here . I know there’s one in st Augustine and there is a PCP or pediatrician in Jacksonville right over the river. Good luck
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