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Old 07-20-2009, 01:15 PM
 
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My wife and I are relocating with our 5yr old and 3 yr old and are looking for a great kid friendly neighborhood 10 - 20 minutes from down town.... Any ideas? Where are the best playgrounds, activities, etc.... Thanks!
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Old 07-20-2009, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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As far as the "best" goes, i'd say the Riverside / Avondale neighborhood. Depending on where you are exactly, it's about 10-15 minutes from Downtown (no highways).

TONS of parks, some with playgrounds & duck ponds, lots of families and young people in general. Kid-friendly art museum, weekly kid-friendly art/music fesitval, unique kid-specific stores & shops, close (as in walking distance) to a lot of great things . . . . .

there are many other good areas too, obviously, but that's my 2 cents.
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Old 07-20-2009, 04:40 PM
 
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Like I've said before, Riverside/Avondale is my favorite Jax neighborhood - but I'd be willing to wager it has one of the lowest percentages of families with young children in the entire metro area. It's known as a young people neighborhood, not a family neighborhood. I'd still give it a look regardless, because it's awesome. But no need to sell a great neighborhood as something it isn't.

Within the city, I think Mandarin and the "Intercoastal West" area are going to have the highest proportion of young families. But I'm not 100% sure.
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Old 07-20-2009, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Saint Augustine, FL
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Personally, I would say the communities in Julington Creek and on County Road 210 are the best (CR210 especially because of its easy access to I-95). They both have neighborhoods with nice, affordable houses that come with plenty of amenities. Both are within minutes of banks, grocery stores, restaurants, etc, and both zoned for really good schools.

If you're worried about the commute, on a day with traffic flowing, it would take about thirty minutes to get from South Hampton (community on 210) to downtown Jacksonville.
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Old 07-20-2009, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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heck, today during my first day of "scouting" it seemed like it would be quicker/easier to get to CR210 than Julington Creek during rush hour.
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Old 07-20-2009, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Well, Joe, i'd bet you are wrong. There are kids riding bikes, on soccer teams, in strollers, and playing in yards all over Riverside/Avondale. I'm sure there are in the other area you cited as well, but that's not necessarily 20 minutes away even (depends on exactly where and time of day i suppose). Riverside/Avondale has a lot of apartments, which have a lower ratio of children, but I bet you'd see more kids playing outside, walking around, doing whatever than Intracoastal West.

Let's examine the numbers, shall we?

32250 (the general Intracostal West area I presume)
27195 total pop
39 median age
6755 family households
2517 households with children avg people per household: 2.09

32205 (Avondale/part of Murray Hill)
29634 total pop
35 median age
7063 family households
3214 households with children
avg people per household: 2.16

32204 (Riverside/ part of Brooklyn & Paxon)
6875 total pop
39 median age
1173 family households
542 households with children
avg people per household: 1.96

As you can see, 32205 is younger, has more households with children, more people per house than 32250. 32204 is equal in age, has less households with children, and less people per household. Since 32204 & 32205 are basically the same area, there are far more families and households with children when you consider both of them, as compared to 32250.


You can find these stats on this site: Isle of Palms South Real Estate, Jacksonville - Isle of Palms South Homes for Sale, MLS Listings
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Old 07-21-2009, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I was told that 32224 was Intercoastal West by people in the office. Is that not correct?
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Old 07-21-2009, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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i dunno, i just looked at the zipcode map and 32250 was part of the IWW, so i used that one.
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Old 07-21-2009, 02:13 PM
 
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Intracoastal West is generally 32224 (parts of it) and 32225 (parts of it). Definately full of kids. My husband and I bought a house last year in 32225 and there is constantly a baseball game in our cul-de-sac
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Old 07-21-2009, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Deerwood
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Knowing your price range would help. Hampton Glen, East Hampton and a few neighborhhoods off Baymeadows Road are good. They just built a new playground and soccer fields near 9A.
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