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Old 07-14-2009, 11:51 AM
 
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Hey guys,

So I have been traveling around for the past 2.5 months looking where i want to move. I decided on Jax and have been setting things up to move down. Getting rid of stuff to make the move easier (gotta love ebay and craigs list), u-haul trailer, public storage space till i find an apartment, extended stay hotel for a week so I can look at apartments. I was thinking about renting a room but I think having a place all to myself would be a lot better.

I have decided on the southside/baymeadows area according to friends recommendations.

I am in the IT field and hold a clearance so once down there and settled I will start looking for work. I do have savings so not worried about a job that much.

I love the water so will be doing a lot of jetsking and hanging out at the ocean.

Does this idea sound crazy to anyone else?
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Old 07-14-2009, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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i have no idea what your situation is now, so......who knows.....

well, i would say that choosing an apartment in the Southside over a Riverside, Avondale, or San Marco is crazy.....but i'm sure others would disagree.
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Old 07-14-2009, 02:17 PM
 
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Are those areas better than the southside?
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Old 07-14-2009, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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well, fsu813 is a big advocate of the historic and walkable neighborhoods close to the core, which describes the areas he mentioned. I too favor the historic charm and denser environments, but recognize that plenty of people prefer simple and comfortable suburbia, which would be the southside.
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Old 07-14-2009, 04:12 PM
 
Location: NE Florida
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I love the water so will be doing a lot of jetsking and hanging out at the ocean.

Does this idea sound crazy to anyone else?
Not at all

Except for the apartment (had one before moving down) I did the same thing

I had savings to cover 6 to 8 months till I found a job

I live on the Southside/baymeadows area and it is about 15 miles to the ocean
I like area, pretty much close to everything and only 20 25 min to downtown

A lot of places will offer 7 month leases so if you love the place you can move
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Old 07-14-2009, 06:17 PM
 
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Thanks, all the people I have told are jealous because they say they wish they had the guts to just up and leave...but can't because of job, bills, etc.

Historic is nice but I don't need to live in it. I like the suburbs right outside a city. I live in Northern VA right now, 25 miles outside DC. I like the city but don't like living in one. I like space and places to park, having to fight for those sucks!

Im 30 and do have the savings to cover and extended period without a job.

All i really need is a gym, grocery store, and water (river or beach) and I am happy.

I can't wait to get down there and start a new life.

Thanks for the info guys it is helpful.
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Old 07-14-2009, 08:19 PM
 
Location: NE Florida
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tkmww
there is an extended stay right off of JTB next time I drive by I will get the name
there is also one right at Baymeadows & western way a friend stayed there and said it was fine
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Old 07-14-2009, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville
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For your location and since you need a gym, you should really check out the Brooks YMCA near that location. It is really nice! Not your typical "Y" at all! Good luck - an adventurous spirit is a real blessing!
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Old 07-15-2009, 09:00 AM
 
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Yeah K, I already booked a week at the one in baymeadows. And thanks for the Y info Holly.
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Old 07-24-2009, 08:16 PM
 
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I left Jax but lived in Mandarin Baymeadows and Riverside...and by far (surprisingly) Baymeadows was my favorite...I can pinpoint it but I just really liked it!! My "artsy friend advised me to move to Riverside..MISTAKE!! I lived right next door to an exconvict felon..and had cockroaches...gross. Around Baymeadows there are so many Indian restaurants (my favorite) parks...I liked it. Good luck
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