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Old 01-27-2020, 08:57 AM
 
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Can anyone out there tell me the average age and type of people that live in the Amelia Park neighborhood, Fernandina Beach? We're a recently retired couple from coastal New England interested in buying a 2nd home in the area......educated, not particularly political but lean toward conservative views (less government, lower taxes, don't care about social issues). TIA for the info.
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Old 01-27-2020, 11:28 AM
 
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If you're Conservative....and don't complain about how "things are done down here", you'll be a-ok in Nassau County, or most of NEFL for that part.
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Old 01-27-2020, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Amelia Island
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Can anyone out there tell me the average age and type of people that live in the Amelia Park neighborhood, Fernandina Beach? We're a recently retired couple from coastal New England interested in buying a 2nd home in the area......educated, not particularly political but lean toward conservative views (less government, lower taxes, don't care about social issues). TIA for the info.
The median age on island about five years ago it was early fifties. That has changed dramatically over these last few years on island as we have been discovered by the retiring baby boomers. I would venture to say on island and Amelia Park that late fifties into the seventies is about the median age now.

After the real estate meltdown things were pretty stagnant but it looks like Amelia Park is just about built out and the remaining lots and developments on island are soon to follow.

We are also from New England having been here thirty years and we have seen so many changes. While it is still a great place to live it is no longer a small sleepy affordable coastal town.

While we feel taxes are getting high for city residents overall it is still a lot more affordable than where we moved from in New England.

There is another contributor on here that I believe lives in Amelia Park (Blue Willow)

Good luck and welcome
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Old 01-30-2020, 12:57 PM
 
Location: on an island
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There is another contributor on here that I believe lives in Amelia Park (Blue Willow)
Thanks for the shout-out, JB.

Amelia Park is townhomes as well as single-family. There are a few families and plenty of retirees.

It is almost built-out, but not completely.

The thing I like about our neighborhood is the front porch atmosphere, the central location and the native vegetation. Five minutes to downtown, five minutes to the beach, walking distance to lots of shopping and other amenities.

It's true that most of Nassau County leans conservative.
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Old 02-02-2020, 08:21 PM
 
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Well your conservative views will fit in well down here. Amelia Island really is still a southern town. It has more in common with Georgia then Florida. I do not live in Amelia Park but close to it. I am not a fan of developments, but this one is aesthetically very attractive. It is a high density development so you are literally 5 ft from your neighbors house. The development is highly landscaped and managed. It provides sort of a surreal look. Nice but very steppford like. It is set up like a little town, neighborhood, yet there seems to never be anyone out. There are no kids playing or anything like that. Mostly retired folks walking golden retrievers. It appears a lot of the homes are vacant, although not abandon. Just maybe second or seasonal homes. My guess is it would suit your needs if you can afford the prices.
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Old 02-03-2020, 03:52 AM
 
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. It is set up like a little town, neighborhood, yet there seems to never be anyone out. .
That's not my experience at all, but then I live here.

Yes there are white-haired retirees walking their dogs--but not exclusively.

There *are* some families with kids. I have a family with four boys just down the street from me.
Kids ride their bikes, shoot baskets in the alley, do yard work for neighbors.

Also, there is a school being built. And the local bookstore bistro, Story and Song, has Storytime for kids every Saturday morning.

Edit: It's very true that this is a high density neighborhood, and people need to be aware of that. It was planned that way on purpose.
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Old 03-02-2020, 12:18 AM
 
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That's not my experience at all, but then I live here.

Yes there are white-haired retirees walking their dogs--but not exclusively.

There *are* some families with kids. I have a family with four boys just down the street from me.
Kids ride their bikes, shoot baskets in the alley, do yard work for neighbors.

Also, there is a school being built. And the local bookstore bistro, Story and Song, has Storytime for kids every Saturday morning.

Edit: It's very true that this is a high density neighborhood, and people need to be aware of that. It was planned that way on purpose.
One of the nice things about Amelia Island was that it was not overly developed. When I first discovered it, the difference between it and Hilton Head was refreshing.
However now it seems as if all sorts of land is being gobbled up with dense housing projects going up left & right.
Traffic has soared and with further development, it is going to lose much of it's charm. Don't you all have any control over city hall to help stop over development?


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Old 03-02-2020, 07:58 AM
 
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Well that is true Hilton head has been ruined in my eyes. Then again almost every barrier island in florida has fallen victim to the same fate. I think the current commissioners are trying to slow it down as much as possible, but the truth is money always wins. In this country if you own a piece of property you have the right to develop it as long as it meets the established town building codes. Now the town can put in vary stringent codes. They can tell you how many trees you need , what the design criteria is, what the setbacks will be. They can make it a long and expensive process. They can't however just tell you if you own a buildable lot you can not do anything with it unless they somehow find a spotted owl or gopher turtle on the property. In the end if people want to be here bad enough, they will spend the money to do it. I think it is pretty unstoppable. Best we can do is control the ascetics which I think is what we see in Hilton head.
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Old 03-03-2020, 01:57 PM
 
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but the truth is money always wins. it is pretty unstoppable. .

Yes.

That hotel going up right in front of the entrance to Ft Clinch State Park tells you everything you need to know about growth on Amelia Island.
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Old 03-03-2020, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Amelia Island
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One of the nice things about Amelia Island was that it was not overly developed. When I first discovered it, the difference between it and Hilton Head was refreshing.
However now it seems as if all sorts of land is being gobbled up with dense housing projects going up left & right.
Traffic has soared and with further development, it is going to lose much of it's charm. Don't you all have any control over city hall to help stop over development?


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To answer your question, no we do not have any control and neither do the city commissioners and county commissioners, but it’s not anyones fault. The affluent retirees and tourists have found out about Amelia Island and the demand to live on island is extremely high no matter the cost.

As BlueWillowPlate and Squarpeg have mentioned there is still an abundance of land on Amelia Island to develop and as long as the developers are willing to pay the rising prices for land there is no stopping the growth. Vacant land downtown and throughout the island that sat empty for years is rapidly being purchased and developed. You can’t stop development on land that is zoned for business or residential.

It’s hard to be optimistic about the future. Thirty years ago we were a very small sleepy coastal town with a middle class vibe and after September we had the island ourselves.

I can deal with change but there is a storm brewing as there are literally thousands of homes off the island and thousands more planned (no exaggeration) and right now I do not see any movement in regards to concerns about, fire, rescue, police and school expansion. Affordable work force housing is no longer available and public beach access is rapidly becoming a disminishing commodity. Many of our new island residents are very vocal in their distaste for beach driving, the mills, logging trucks and the port and their belief that now that they live here there should be no further development.

We are here to stay as it is a beautiful area to raise the twins, but it is becoming a place I no longer recognize.
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