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Old 06-24-2009, 04:46 PM
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
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Hello all,

I've done typical research into St. Augustine and the surrounding areas, but it's always nice to hear from the locals.

So I'm interested in things like weather, job market and rental pricing and availability.

I love historic towns, and you really can't get any more historic in America than St. Augustine. I'm a recent grad from USF and am wanting to move, but don't want to be too far away from home.

What are your impressions of living in the St. Augustine area? I know it can be touristy, but I'd love to know how people like it in general.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-24-2009, 05:17 PM
Location: St Augustine
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We have just purchased a home on Anastasia Island and will move if and when we sell our home in Sarasota so we would welcome some feedback to confirm our opinion ST A is a great place to live and work
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Old 06-24-2009, 06:24 PM
Location: Taylors
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I'm not a local, but we have spent several weeks in St Augustine in various locations over the last decade while my dw attends classes at U of St Aug. We absolutely adore the town, and it is one of the few places in Florida that we've visited that we'd actually like to live in. The downtown area, while a bit touristy, has a lot of charm, and feels a bit like wandering the French Quarter in NOLA. I've enjoyed exploring WGV, I love the bridges and bays, but of course, I most love the beach out on the island.

We were on the beach for a week this past October, and it was fantastic. I rank it right up there with Siesta Key as my favorite beaches in Florida. We haven't spent much time in Jacksonville, but having it nearby would be a bonus for me. From time to time, I have a craving for the things that come with slightly bigger cities (symphonies, NFL games, etc), and it is nice to have JAX nearby.

Since I'm not a local, consider this a long *bump* for you! We're considering St Aug as well when we relocate in a year or two.
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Old 06-24-2009, 10:01 PM
Location: Jax
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I haven't been a "local" in years since I now live in Jacksonville, but I lived in St. Augustine prior.

I love historic downtown St. Aug and I'd highly recommend renting there to have that experience. I say "rent" because the tourists and the same old bars and restaurants may get old after a while and you may want to move on. Living within walking distance to St. George street and the surrounds would be a lot of fun for you, especially given your age (St. Augustine is also a college town).

Anastasia Island is also fantastic. You have that "beachy" feel just about everywhere on the island, so that's really nice. If you can locate yourself close to A Street, B Street, etc., you can be at the ocean every day . Have breakfast at The Beachcomber, dinner at Gypsy Cab...you'll be a local in no time .

Being 2 of the best locations in St. John's county, historic downtown and Anastasia Island come at a premium price and not everyone can live there. You'll find a lot of retirees on Anastasia Island and the island is perfect for them.

Neither locale is conducive to work. So that is another issue. St. John's county is not only a tourist location and a college town, but a bedroom community to Jacksonville. If you were living in the northernmost area of the county (completely rural-suburban), then your commute to Jax would be feasible but from historic downtown or Anastasia Island the commute would be a bear. So if your plan was to find work in St. Augustine, you'll really want to explore that possibility before committing to any one area.

For me, St. Augustine was too small-town. If I was retired, then I'd be fine with it, but I needed more of everything, so I relocated to Jacksonville. Jacksonville is where the people are (sheer population), where the jobs are, entertainment, shopping, etc., so it was a better fit for me. If you're dating, your dating pool will be very limited in St. Augustine.

I can still spend the day in St. Augustine whenever the mood strikes me. I live just on the edge of downtown Jacksonville and I can be in historic downtown St. Augustine in exactly one hour, door-to-door, so I don't feel like I'm missing anything .
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