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Old 03-03-2020, 05:14 PM
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Hello all,

I'm interviewing soon for a job opportunity in Jacksonville, and want to do some research on housing options, particularly apartments.

I'm a single male in my late 20s. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, currently living in the Philadelphia suburbs (2 years now), but have lived in a few different states over the past five years. Not particularly picky about neighborhoods, but prefer to be within a 20 minute commute or less of my job (around the stadiums). I'd like to stay as close as possible to $1,000 per month in rent. Close proximity to a local coffee shop/bookstore and some restaurants would be a plus, but not a necessity.

Are there any reasonably safe areas that would fit the bill? Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-03-2020, 07:39 PM
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Disclosure - I have no idea about pricing. I know apartments are not as cheap as they used to be and Jax has a bunch of new complexes popping up. Should be easy to find something 20 minutes (give or take) from downtown Jax.

St Johns town center=mega retail area, Riverside and Avondale=artsy district (real close to work) but older housing and less modern, San Marco. Check out these areas.
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Old 03-04-2020, 07:42 AM
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Riverside and Avondale and then the Town Center in that order.
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Old 03-05-2020, 10:11 AM
Location: Miami-Jax
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Some people like this lifestyle so just thought I'd toss it out there:

Springfield - You can literally bike a few minutes to work. There is a local coffee shop and half a dozen restaurants, 3 microbreweries, all in walking distance. Local bookstore a bike ride away in downtown, along with many other restaurants (don't be mistaken, downtown Jax is a very weak, non-vibrant, amenity-lacking downtown, but at least it has more than NOTHING) Negatives are that it is a little sketchy on the borders and surrounding neighborhoods are downright bad/unsafe. But there are plenty of folks who still love the area and it is definitely booming now. (Two years ago a negative would have also been that it's still a tad small and not too much retail/commercial stores, but that has totally changed and still a lot coming in the pipeline)

I'll also mention another neighborhood which would be my personal choice, and that is San Marco. There are a ton of options still under $1k and it puts you a little closer to the stadiums. Comparing it to Riverside (my second favorite neighborhood) I would say San Marco is a little less vibrant and dense (though this could change in the future), there isn't as much nightlife, it has more high end restaurants, and it is lacking a grocery store (though, again, this could change pretty soon).
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Old 03-18-2020, 12:36 PM
Location: Atlantic Beach, Florida
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As a few others have said, you probably will love the Saint Johns Town Center apartments, in that area that is. If you are kind of a "hipster," you will love San Marco or Riverside...those are both close to downtown. Did you make any decisions yet based on what you saw online?
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Old Today, 11:19 AM
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Meant to circle back and share that the position unfortunately fell through. Very helpful info though, and I'll keep all of this in mind if any future opportunities arise down there.

Thanks all, and be well.
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