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Old 07-01-2019, 08:15 AM
 
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Advice needed. Looking to relocate to JAX. Married couple, late 30’s, 3 kids - 10,6,3.

The builder we want to use is currently building homes in Markland and Palencia (and Rivertown). Pros and cons of each and opinions on the better or the two (or three) to build in?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-02-2019, 09:24 AM
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Advice needed. Looking to relocate to JAX. Married couple, late 30’s, 3 kids - 10,6,3.

The builder we want to use is currently building homes in Markland and Palencia (and Rivertown). Pros and cons of each and opinions on the better or the two (or three) to build in?

Thanks in advance!
Which builder are you using?
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Old 07-03-2019, 07:34 AM
 
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Which builder are you using?
Arthur Rutenberg
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Old 07-03-2019, 10:40 AM
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Rutenberg is a high end builder. Of the 3 areas, the Riverside at Rivertown looks to be the most interesting, if you can get one of the river view lots. You get to use their amenities and have a nice riverview home. Palencia is well established but boring IMHO. Markham is a really small community and the amenities don't compare to the other 2. Rutenberg is also building here in PVB but in small non gated communities.

Palencia

Pros: established community, larger lot sizes, nice schools
Cons: far from everything including shopping and beaches, closer to St Augustine than Jacksonville, HOA fees,

Markland

Pros: nice small community, first rate developer
Cons: far from everything, smallish lots, limited amenities

Rivertown

Pros: really nice amenities including new riverside club, proximity to river, nice new high end community separate from rest of development
Cons: far from beaches, community has been around a long time with just recent success
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Old 07-03-2019, 10:55 AM
 
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Just a suggestion: You may want to ask your builder if he builds in Glen Kernan, an upscale gated community not far from the beach and close to the Town Center for all shopping needs.

Thundarr457 summed up the other 3 options nicely.
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Old 07-03-2019, 12:59 PM
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Just a suggestion: You may want to ask your builder if he builds in Glen Kernan, an upscale gated community not far from the beach and close to the Town Center for all shopping needs.

Thundarr457 summed up the other 3 options nicely.
They build there according to their website. I personally would chose Marsh landing. A lot in Glen Kernan would cost at least a half a million plus 600k+ for a house. There is a lot in Marsh Landing for 350k which is a better option IMHO. Good luck.
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Old 07-03-2019, 02:29 PM
 
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I live in Palencia and love this about it... walk/bike to elementary school, established, larger lots, beautiful amenities, scenic boardwalk to intercoastal, walking trails, nice mix of ages among residents and variety of housing price points, golf community.
"Far from everything" is relative imo and depends on what you are looking for. Publix at the entrance is a game changer as are the small businesses and restaurants that have opened up. 20 minutes from Vilano Beach which has far better parking options than Mickler and a fraction of the crowds. If you need/want to be closer to multiple strip malls, town centers, work then those are all factors for your consideration. We enjoy being close to downtown St. Aug but don't consider ourselves remote from the things we enjoy in Jax either. US1 rarely encounters major traffic unless there's a bad accident on 95.
Markland has the same Hines developer behind it as Palencia and looks to offer very nice homes in a more intimate setting. Not excited for the Wendy's that popped up in front of it nor the Buc-ee's slated for the exit next to the ever diminishing WGV.
Know that Markland is zoned for Mill Creek Academy k-8, while Palencia is zoned for Palencia Elementary (k-5) and Pacetti Bay MS. We personally moved from a k-8 to a k-5 and couldn't have made a better choice for our kids. But I think I'm in the minority in that discussion so be sure to look into the difference if you're unsure what is the best fit for your children.
I do not have anything to offer with regard to the other neighborhoods mentioned. Good luck!
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Old 07-03-2019, 07:21 PM
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Best to plan a visit and see for yourselves. It depends what you want. If you spend most of your time at home with the kids thats one thing, if you like to do different things its another. What is great for one of us might not work for you. Palencia has some pretty hefty HOA fees, which is something to consider. If it was me I would buy a lot in Marsh Landing and you get to be close to everything with great schools in an established neighborhood.

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Old 07-07-2019, 08:23 PM
 
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Some thoughts on Palencia:
Great layout of the neighborhood, winding roads with full tree cover in most areas.
Nice boardwalk to the Tolomato.
Nice Amenities Several Pools, Nice Fitness Center, Tennis Courts and Pickleball. Good balance in terms of usage of those amenities as they are not full or overcrowded.
Well managed CDD and POA large reserve fund ensures the ability to maintain the neighborhood without surprise assesments.
HIGH CDD Fees. $4200 and then $100 for HOA (POA)
25 Minutes to Vilano Beach or Old Town St Augustine, 30 Minutes to Mickler Beach
45 Minutes - 1 Hour to Downtown JAX
Publix and Starbucks at the entrance! Also Sportsbar, Mexican, Two Pizza Joints, Ice Cream, Gas Station and Bagel Place as well as Liquor and Chinese and Dry Cleaning.
Larger Lots depending on which part of the neighborhood.
Golf Carts Allowed In Palencia (Not Palencia North which is a separate neighborhood)

Hope that helps. We moved to Palencia in 2015 and I can honestly say i've never seen another place in the are i'd have preferred to live. Many longer time residents have also moved one or more times within the neighborhood as they have upsized or downsized.
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Old 07-08-2019, 08:53 AM
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Nice Amenities Several Pools, Nice Fitness Center, Tennis Courts and Pickleball. Good balance in terms of usage of those amenities as they are not full or overcrowded.
Do you think the large new Lennar development will cause overcrowding at the facilities?
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