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Old 06-05-2020, 03:09 PM
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Like many from the Northeast, my family and I are thinking of relocating South. We’ve been planning it for quite a while, but the exodus out of people from NYC has given us a golden opportunity to sell at top dollar as we live in an suburb that provides direct access to NYC without the riots/corona problems.

After speaking with some colleagues who’s opinion I value about great places to live, nearly all of them mentioned Ponte Vedra Beach as their future home. Just some cursory research seems to reinforce their assertion.

We’re looking for a location that meets the following criteria:
- Great schools, both academically and athletics
- Close to the water
- Close to an international airport
- Low property taxes (no income taxes)
- Close to industry/jobs
- Healthcare system nearby

Ponte Vedra seems to check most of those boxes. We’ve planned on heading down there to check out the area and also the suburbs of Sarasota/Tampa.

Does anyone have any thoughts on the area? Anything I left out? Red flags that I’m unaware of?
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Old 06-06-2020, 09:00 AM
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You pretty much checked all the boxes for Ponte Vedra Beach. We like it but there is not a lot to do compared to other areas.

There is much more to do in Tampa/St Pete/Sarasota and coming from NYC you might find it more to your liking. You get great sunsets but no cooling summer breezes. Its more metropolitan than Jax. Check out St Pete when you are down visiting.
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Old 06-08-2020, 08:00 AM
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Welcome to the forum.lots of info here. We moved down 22 years ago from the Tri State area for a corporate relo when the kids were tots. Our plan was to return Home to retire. NOT HAPPENNING. This was a very good move for our family. Kids loved the year round outdoor lifestyle and accessibility of golf, tennis and beach that would have been prohibitively expensive. If you're a Culture Vulture we have some, but Sarasota and Tampa might be a better fit. I personally prefer this coast as the Red Tide exacerbates my allergies. Come down when you can and check the variety of affordable housing options..BTW if you buy, make sure you have a guest room for visiting Northern friends. Just don't make them too comfortable or they will never leave!
Feel free to pm me.
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Old 06-19-2020, 02:44 PM
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Remember, as you go south, it gets hotter.

Also, the true international airports are Orlando, Miami, and Tampa, not Jacksonville.
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Old 06-21-2020, 09:17 PM
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I was just in Sarasota this weekend. Perfect go for it
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Old 07-13-2020, 05:34 PM
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We live in Ponte Vedra Beach and could not have made a better decision. We love the beach, being a 12 minutes from St Johns Town Center. We have a wonderful community with a small town feel and close to everything. People are friendly and welcoming. Jacksonville is nearby but except for run to Costco, 12 minutes away, we rarely feel the need to leave the beaches.
St Johns County is well known for its excellent schools, taxes are low and the crime rate is also low.
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