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Old 02-09-2020, 12:47 PM
 
Location: East Northport
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We are in the early stages of considering a move to Jacksonville. We are going to rent initially. We've seen some nice complexes in Bartram Park and also around St. John's Town Center. Any advice from locals about the pros and cons of each? Thanks.
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Old 02-09-2020, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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  • The St Johns Town Center options would probably be quasi-walkable.
  • The St Johns Town Center would be closer to destinations (the beaches, downtown, and also the SJTC itself which is far more of a destination than Bartram Park). Also closer to more work options (Downtown and SJTC/Gate Parkway area)
  • Bartram Park should be cheaper in apples-to-apples comparison
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Old 02-09-2020, 07:42 PM
 
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The big question here is kids?

If you need schools, Bartram Park feeds to Bartram Springs Elementary which is a really good school.

We moved here two years ago and have enjoyed our time in Bartram Park. Its not as busy as St Johns Town Center, while still having a lot of convenience around.

We ended up heading north to Fernandina Beach to build a house ultimately though since St Johns County is getting crazy expensive for what you get, with what I am hearing is a lot of overcrowding in their schools.

If you do not have kids in school, try St Johns Town Center or the Beaches as there is a lot more to do.
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Old 02-09-2020, 08:26 PM
 
Location: East Northport
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Thanks for your advice. We don't have kids. We are retiring. We considered Fernandina but wrote it off as too removed. We are youthful 60's and enjoy going out. A music scene is important to us, too, but we heard that there's really not that much of it in Jax.
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Old 02-10-2020, 02:40 AM
 
Location: Amelia Island
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Thanks for your advice. We don't have kids. We are retiring. We considered Fernandina but wrote it off as too removed. We are youthful 60's and enjoy going out. A music scene is important to us, too, but we heard that there's really not that much of it in Jax.
Surprisingly Fernandina Beach has a pretty decent music scene and it’s median age is climbing towards the mid fifties although off island we are getting pretty overwhelmed with the explosive growth with retirees and families.

Not sure where you heard it is too far removed. We are seeing explosive growth with retirees on island. There are so many new subdivisions in development and those now just breaking ground.

Downtown Jacksonville with the Florida Theatre, the new amphitheater, the Moran and Vystar Auditorium see quite a selection of bands and other music acts rolling through. While not Boston or LA Jacksonville does alright.

Good luck and welcome to the area.

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Old 02-10-2020, 02:49 AM
 
Location: Amelia Island
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The big question here is kids?

If you need schools, Bartram Park feeds to Bartram Springs Elementary which is a really good school.

We moved here two years ago and have enjoyed our time in Bartram Park. Its not as busy as St Johns Town Center, while still having a lot of convenience around.

We ended up heading north to Fernandina Beach to build a house ultimately though since St Johns County is getting crazy expensive for what you get, with what I am hearing is a lot of overcrowding in their schools.

If you do not have kids in school, try St Johns Town Center or the Beaches as there is a lot more to do.

Where did you finally decide on if you don’t mind me asking?
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Old 02-13-2020, 04:29 PM
 
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Thanks for your advice. We don't have kids. We are retiring. We considered Fernandina but wrote it off as too removed. We are youthful 60's and enjoy going out. A music scene is important to us, too, but we heard that there's really not that much of it in Jax.
Seems you would like a nightlife .... I’d recommend Bartram area because you’d be closer to St Augustine which has a nightlife and I think is safer then Jacksonville Beach
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Old 02-14-2020, 12:42 PM
 
Location: East Northport
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Where did you finally decide on if you don’t mind me asking?
We're not moving until next year. We made one trip there at Christmas and are returning in July to see if we can take the Summer heat and humidity.
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