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Old 02-27-2020, 01:56 PM
 
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Hi all,

I’ve been looking at properties online in St John’s County (and elsewhere in FL) and have noticed that the homes are built practically on top of one another. Aside from the obvious reason $$$ why are the setbacks so minimal? It may be a single family home but it looks more like a condo with some yard. I’m on 1/3 acre where I live now and that feels a bit close for comfort. Any areas with some breathing room?
You answered your own question. It all boils down to profits. Builder will build to the highest density that the local codes allow. Their margins are so low these days, who can blame them?

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Old 02-28-2020, 08:48 AM
 
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We noticed this ourselves though it seemed to be the norm in other areas we looked as well.

We're in the market for a smaller home 1500+/- and thought we might purchase a larger lot for it but the larger lots mostly had larger homes on them and a small home would probably be inappropriate for the area. That said, are there areas in SJ that have larger lots, possibly 50-60 or so but with smaller homes on them so as to aesthetically 'fit in' with the rest of the community ?
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Old 02-29-2020, 07:04 PM
 
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The main reason is the cost of land has skyrocketed. They shoehorn as many houses as possible in a development. More houses = more profit. We are planning to relocate from Charlotte to Florida soon and we saw houses in Naples where you could shake hands with your neighbor without going outside. The lanais are not even offset so you have zero privacy unless you plant bushes. The same goes for the side, unless you are a voyeur or peeping Tom, hopefully you and your neighbor can agree on a privacy screen and share the cost. If you want a bigger lot you need a bigger house and its still 10 feet apart. If you want any kind of decent lot you need to look for a resale.
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