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Old 12-15-2019, 07:59 PM
 
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Hello. Jacksonville was in one of my husband moving list. My #1 priority is great school so I ended up st. Johns county as it seems like they have great public school. Husband loves fishing and I love beach and my kid has eczema and one of his great remedy is ocean salt water. We just watched few videos on YouTube and searched houses in the area. Our budget is <300k for 3-bedroom and we’re finding gorgeous houses and townhouses within a budget with greater than 8 ratings schools. Beaches are right there and it just seems like ‘too good to be true’. I know Florida summer gets humid with lots of bugs and Florida gets hurricanes and tornadoes. Is the area in the middle of natural disasters? What are the cons of living there? I’m more or realistic person so I wanna know all the bad things to consider moving so I can be prepared and know what to expect! TIA.
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Old 12-16-2019, 06:26 AM
 
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Is the area in the middle of natural disasters?
No. Not at all. Just curious where you came to this conclusion from?
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Old 12-16-2019, 10:27 AM
 
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No. Not at all. Just curious where you came to this conclusion from?
Just because we were thinking why everything seems so good and affordable maybe hurricane ruins houses every year? Lol
We’re in Sacramento and compare to here, st. Johns county seems like the perfect place for us.
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Old 12-16-2019, 11:10 AM
 
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Just because we were thinking why everything seems so good and affordable maybe hurricane ruins houses every year? Lol
We’re in Sacramento and compare to here, st. Johns county seems like the perfect place for us.
I would suggest doing some research before coming to such conclusions. Good luck.
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Old 12-16-2019, 06:40 PM
 
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We're also considering a move to the area next summer. We're former Floridians who have lived as far south as Ft. Lauderdale so we know all about the heat and humidity. My only concern is the schools. Our child currently attends the top rated school in our state and I worry that even with A rated schools, St Johns county won't compare. Our boxes are checked for everything else but the school and class sizes scare me a little.
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Old 12-17-2019, 01:40 PM
 
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Schools in the northern part of the county are incredibly overcrowded with no end in sight. The quality, IMO, is already negatively impacted. Others will disagree, sighting scores and rankings as proof. Scores (some, not all) are inflated and students are given every opportunity to earn the desired grade to maintain the #1 district ranking. Consider where you’re moving from compared to the state of Florida as a whole when giving weight to St. John’s County being #1.

I may sound negative, I don’t mean to. St.Johns County has a lot to offer but the idea of moving my family long distance for the sole purpose of the school image found on a google search is difficult for me to comprehend. Everyone’s entitled to their own reasoning. Good luck.
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Old 12-17-2019, 03:14 PM
 
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Schools in the northern part of the county are incredibly overcrowded with no end in sight. The quality, IMO, is already negatively impacted. Others will disagree, sighting scores and rankings as proof. Scores (some, not all) are inflated and students are given every opportunity to earn the desired grade to maintain the #1 district ranking. Consider where you’re moving from compared to the state of Florida as a whole when giving weight to St. John’s County being #1.

I may sound negative, I don’t mean to. St.Johns County has a lot to offer but the idea of moving my family long distance for the sole purpose of the school image found on a google search is difficult for me to comprehend. Everyone’s entitled to their own reasoning. Good luck.
I agree with this. My kid had a so so score on a test earlier this year and the teacher almost insisted he re-take it. I was like "You can re-take tests???"

Hopefully some of the new school builds ease overcrowding but I feel like the residential building is coming at a much faster pace than the schools. I believe eventually this area will resemble Orange Park....with nothing but traffic, row after row of strip malls full of 90% chain stores with no local flavor and lots of multi-family housing, which seems to be sprouting up more and more.

We aren't there yet, it's still a very nice area to call home, I just don't feel very positive about the long-term prospects given the trajectory of how things are going these past several years. I think if and when SJC loses it's #1 ranking, the wheels could come off very quickly.
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Old 12-17-2019, 08:34 PM
 
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Trust me. It's still better than the average Duval middle school rif-raf. My kid's elementary school friends from before we left Duval are on Instagram almost daily flashing AR-15's and handguns etc....We moved to SJC in early 2017 and haven't looked back. Yeah it's getting more crowded but for now, it's better than the 'middle class' area of Duval.
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Old 12-18-2019, 05:31 AM
 
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It is going to get worse. I know people who are thinking about moving to SJC from New England, West Coast, and some of the Midwestern Cities due to lower cost of living "to them" and for the schools. Sooner or later it is going to be like the rest of the Jacksonvile suburbs: A bunch of cookie cutter houses with tons of strip malls and no flavor. It's like eating chicken without the hot sauce. I'm not looking forward to the build out of SJC down the road, because I'm really seeing it to become a thing soon.



You sound like every other white person that I know who had white flight and left Jax to SJC. So much subtle racism in your post it isn't even funny. Yes, flashing AR-15s and handguns is a sign of minorities and a future life in crime.

A lot of the schools in Jax are on the good side, but not all as we know. It is all about location and zoning as always. Honestly I know plenty of people with high incomes living in SJC. They live there to be near like minded people, and their kids get the best school system in the area. Just can't help that their lives are just cookie cutter as their homes. Oh well, boring families.
The Instagram posts were white kids that overnight decided to become thugs and bangers once they hit middle school. Did you get your Psych degree online?
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Old 12-18-2019, 09:59 AM
 
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Nope. By hanging out with a lot of white southerns over the years they told me when they say rif-raf, they were all referring to the black parts of town. It was one of the code words that I picked up over the years. Personally, I'm sick of it. However, Jacksonville is more like the old south so I have to learn to deal with it.
I could see that. The rif-raf I am referring to here is really the same as most parents (southern or not) have labeled generation after generation. "kids these days and their music!" That sort of rif-raf.
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