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Old 07-17-2009, 12:53 PM
 
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Greetings,
My wife, myself and our 2 young kids are relocating to Jacksonville for a job. I will be working downtown and need to be within 15-20 minutes commute. We are looking for good areas for settling. I have looked at Arlington and southside since they are between downtown and the ocean. We are an active family who loves water, and would need a neighborhood with good ammenities for the kids and safe streets (sidewalks?). I am looking between 200-400k and would like 0.5 acre or more. I would like a newer house but am able to fix things up if it means a good deal. Would look for about > 2500 sq ft, 3-4 beds.... waterfront is a bonus. My questions to you folks are:
-- what areas are within 15-20 minutes of downtown?
-- how does arlington compare with southside?
-- where is a good neighborhood with pool/playground for my kids and reasonable fees?
-- which areas are best for resale - we will likely re-sell in 4-5 yrs...
-- are neighborhood hard on boats?

I appreciate all the input, as I know this is a common thread, but a very important one to us....

Last edited by babcockm; 07-17-2009 at 12:57 PM.. Reason: clarification
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Old 07-18-2009, 07:37 AM
 
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I live in Arlington, so I am only going to post about that. There are some parts that are fairly run down, or at least look pretty rough. Right of the Arlington Expressway is one of the bad looking areas. But a couple of blocks from the main road, there are beautiful homes in very nice looking neighborhoods. Most of these homes were built in the 1950s though. They are very cheap, especially now (a lot of 3 bedrooms for less than $100k). You most likely won't find a .5 acre in Arlington, but I am not familiar with every house. There are some nice parks, and I know the one near the University has a pool. The biggest problem with the Arlington area is the crime near the large streets (University BLVD, Arlington Rd, Merrill Rd, Fort Caroline Rd). Most of the apartment complexes are run down and rough looking, so I would stay away from them as well.

Make sure you do research on the schools. Most of the schools are...well, lets just say they are less than stellar.

I have not seen too many broken boats when I go through my neighborhood, so I think yours would be fine as long as it isn't on the street.

The city has spent a lot of money lately trying to fix the streets here in Arlington, and they are doing a pretty good job, without being in the way too much. They have also added a lot of street lights and trees along the roads, trying to beautify the area. I think it is working, and all of the streets look better for it. The roads were pretty old and full of pot holes, but are a lot better now.

This might be a useful tool for crime rates.Moderator cut: link removed, linking to competitor sites is not allowed
I hope I have been helpful, if you have any more specific questions about Arlington, I will be happy to answer them for you.

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