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Bobby

Worcester, MA

#229 Mar 2, 2014
My daughter is in the navy, and I am seriously thinking of relocating to jacksonville to be near her. Being from New England (Boston) all my life....can you make a recommendation ???
Todo

United States

#230 Mar 7, 2014
I'm 25 and grew up in Jax but have lived in many cities in the southeast. I always thought I couldn't wait to get out of this "small" city and into better territory but here I am back in Jax. I have to say to all the haters of Jax.... I don't see how a city with a beach and a river running through it is a bad place... In fact this is the main reason I keep moving back here. It's cheap and you can have fun for free. I think the biggest problem with Jacksonville and new comers is that people don't know where to move so they move to no mans land, this is out by the town center and inbetween the beach and city. Growing up I lived in Riverside. riverside is a beautiful, old wealthier area with shops an bars on kings street, St. John's ave and Stockton and five points. Just over the bridge is San Marco, which is similar to riverside. If you don't live here go to the beaches, Atlantic, Neptune, jax beach. All beachy areas with bars and restaurants.
Most people that I have met that don't enjoy Jax are newer families that move out to these new cookie cutter home neighborhoods out by the airport or town center. These places didn't even exist when I was growing up.
I agree that If you live in certain areas, Jax prolly sucks. You have to know someone or do research to find the good places and I swear there are some awesome places to be here....
Ps.... Springfield is getting better slowly but surely. There are tons of ancient but adorable houses that are getting fixed up and put on the market for cheap. I have enough money to live where I want in Jax and seriously considered a renovated house in Springfield....
Anyway hope this helps....
Janet K

Honolulu, HI

#231 Apr 1, 2014
Todo wrote:
I'm 25 and grew up in Jax but have lived in many cities in the southeast. I always thought I couldn't wait to get out of this "small" city and into better territory but here I am back in Jax. I have to say to all the haters of Jax.... I don't see how a city with a beach and a river running through it is a bad place... In fact this is the main reason I keep moving back here. It's cheap and you can have fun for free. I think the biggest problem with Jacksonville and new comers is that people don't know where to move so they move to no mans land, this is out by the town center and inbetween the beach and city. Growing up I lived in Riverside. riverside is a beautiful, old wealthier area with shops an bars on kings street, St. John's ave and Stockton and five points. Just over the bridge is San Marco, which is similar to riverside. If you don't live here go to the beaches, Atlantic, Neptune, jax beach. All beachy areas with bars and restaurants.
Most people that I have met that don't enjoy Jax are newer families that move out to these new cookie cutter home neighborhoods out by the airport or town center. These places didn't even exist when I was growing up.
I agree that If you live in certain areas, Jax prolly sucks. You have to know someone or do research to find the good places and I swear there are some awesome places to be here....
Ps.... Springfield is getting better slowly but surely. There are tons of ancient but adorable houses that are getting fixed up and put on the market for cheap. I have enough money to live where I want in Jax and seriously considered a renovated house in Springfield....
Anyway hope this helps....
I am looking at a house on Mecca St in Springfield. Is it in a safe area?
Maximus

Richmond, VA

#232 Apr 19, 2014
I just got back from Jax to see about relocating there with my young family. We'll, I researched a lot, and read a lot of comments. It is a complicated place, basically I think the crime is aggressively aggregating all over from the North on all sides encroaching fast and going into certain areas where decent people trying to hold on to their neighborhood that was probably nice 15 years or so, people look mad and its' obvious. People flee to Orange Park, Fleming Island, Mandarin but its; just too far and too congested to get anywhere from most of those areas of decent people all squeezed in, like 45 min for what should be under 15 min drive. Plus, Mil base folks make it even more compact. Then you have one area to east and northeast left, but traffic from beach folks and tourist make that a bad decision, plus all ghetto people always venture out to shop in nicer places, so makes it even harder. A lot of people. A lot of criminals. A lot of rampant drug use and ghetto superstars. I am tired of trying to find a nice place to live, or at least not having to be in an area of new construction that houses built so cheap and are junk for $250k+ easy and hood areas all have the good solid brick houses. I saw all kinds of crazy driving around the North side ALL over the North to the West and all west cut in half 103rd st. further south even I would avoid. I am white, driving around to learn only one way to find out, don't really give sh!t about how hood someplace is, drove there, walked there, got feeling police are scared. Still, lots of people. I stayed at a value place of Beach Blvd. Full of criminals and drug deals and cockroaches. Went to more country areas, thought it would resolve, WOW, fl, can really make some trailer trash people. I mean, crap piled up all over their trailers. Redneck, uneducated people all over who look racist like, but probably are to dang chicken to go near ghetto alone. From all of comments above, seems to look like corrupt to me too, just saying, seen so much everywhere now, courts racking it in, contract fraud etc... the whole 9'. Housing all over way, way overpriced and foreclosures all over, banks control all now for demand high price but there is even more foreclosure cycle these areas people flee from. I can't give advice b/c in my opinion whole country changing really bad unless you have money like some crook lawyer or doctor, etc.
JoJo

Jacksonville Beach, FL

#233 Apr 19, 2014
Ok here is my experience! I lived in San Diego for almost 20 years and have been in Jacksonville beach for almost 12 years trying to get back to San Diego as soon as possible. Comparing the 2 is not fair it is like comparing a Mercedes with all of the Bells and whistles to a Kia with no extras!! There is just no comparison. The weather is better in S.D. and there is a lot more to do. More $ to be made makes up for the higher price of real estate there. The food is better and cheaper in San Diego with most all of the fruits and veggies grown locally because you can literally grow anything out there. I still can't find a real Baja Fish Taco anywhere in this town. I think the ppl are nicer and laid back in S.D probably because they are out doors more and don't have to deal with bugs, heat, humidity!!! Not a lot to do here in North Florida unless you like fishing or boating or football. We do have the jacksonville Suns baseball team, but that can get treacherous to sit through a game in the heat. When they say baseball has never been hotter than the Jacksonville Suns they really mean it!!! I lived in North county San Diego and just returned from there last week never sat in a traffic jam once the roads flow and are way more advanced than the roads here as far as the planning they did for the growth. Seems like a major road is constantly being worked on here in JAX.!!! I LOVE north county San Diego and it is nothing like the rest of California. Schools are way better than Duval which is ranked one of the lowest public school districts in the nation. I must say they did an EXCELLENT job at the St. Johns Town Center it is a great place to go eat and shop if you are into that!!! If you must live here move to the beach Atlantic and Neptune are awesome with a great laid back vibe and Ponte Vedra is more upscale tennis and golf communities and better schools. Hope this helps. I know it is an old post but maybe it could give anyone looking a better perspective!
dopeboifresh

Birmingham, AL

#234 Apr 20, 2014
I moved to Jax about 2yrs ago & my lil brother was followed home from school ( becuz he refused to join a gang in the city) and 6 guys got out of their suv and beat him almost to death. After he was layn there bleedin & unconscious, they broke in & stole our tvs & my moms jewelry. They shud burn jax to the ground. Never move here!!! Period. Even their nfl team sux!!!
Richard

Jacksonville, FL

#235 Apr 26, 2014
I've lived on the southside of Jacksonville for 2 1/2 years and I have never felt unsafe or seen any gang activity. I'm originally from NY and just like NY and any other city---there are parts of town you would be wise to ignore.
Moto

Columbia Station, OH

#236 May 8, 2014
I'm considering moving to jacksonville from Cleveland. Any thoughts? I read some of the above posts. I visited a couple years back and it seemed ok. I'm not really sure though. It sounds dangerous.
Michael Rhoden

Ocala, FL

#237 Jun 30, 2014
Do yourself a favor and stay out of Jacksonville. It is a miserable, pathetic, and disgusting city. There is no job market for people with college degrees, unless you want to work at Taco Bell. Redneck mentality and nasty workplace politics. I am leaving after I graduate from college; however, it will probably be sooner.
Just me

Tokyo, Japan

#238 Sunday Aug 17
So folk not painting a great picture of Jax it would seem, everywhere deserves a chance no ?. I am considering an intl relocation from Asia to Jax,, as a European eyes wide open and common sense is my thought,embrace all but with caution. That said short listed some apartments, grateful for brief info in terms the area where listed apartments are. Apartments are :

Uptown
5 thousand town
The Strand
Metropolitan loft apartments
The Carling

My budget is around 1300-1500 PCM, any other good apartment complex ?
Sgt

Port Jervis, NY

#239 Monday Aug 18
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