NE, NW - I found most people who live here to be your typical commuters, most work in Jax but want our schools. If you do not work in Jax and need to live there for commuting reasons, the commute to more populated area for say a nice dinner downtown, is a pain and I-95 traffic is a nightmare cause all those commuters leave and come home around the same time, safety is good though.
North City - Is a laid back older neighborhood mostly families who love to be near downtown but like to stay just far enough away for some true neighborhood amenities...like grass:) safety is good.
Downtown - definately expect less for more down here, a huge plus is walking to St. George Street and the bayfront, there is also a bit of the night life down here. Although traditional family oriented streets down here can be found, (Lemon St., Rhode Ave) just to name a few, plan to get far less space inside and out. And if you plan to leave your house on the 4th of July, you will not be able to get back home after the fireworks end and the flood gates open on both the cars and the crowds coming trying to leave via most downtown streets.
The South / The Shores - Though grouped together because of their proximity to each other, their are just as many differences as similarities between these two neighborhoods. Both neighborhoods, are EXCELLENT for families with children, both have a large variety of smaller neighborhoods inside of the larger ones, both have parks within them.Both have close proximity to shopping and restaurants. Both are just far enough away to allow for larger homes and larger yards. The Shores however has a large community center, fishing pier, community pool, Biking trails throughout, Ponds, and homes that back up to lush golf courses. Safety is an A, especially in the newest section of the shores( the southernmost entrance) And is also zoned for Hartley Elem...A top notch school. I have included their community website.
CR207, SR16, CR208, Vermont Heights - Although these are spread throughout the county, I grouped them based on the types of neighborhood you will find in them. Here you will see your neighbor driving down your street on a 4wheeler, the neighbors usually get along and congregate in a different persons driveway each time and discuss school updates, work days or whatever else they feel the need to discuss, meanwhile the 20 or so kids who all play together typically confiscate the driveway next door and ride their bikes, heely's, rollerblades or just play tag. safety is very good, but you are looking at a 10min drive to the stores and restaurants.Oh and Pizza Hut doesn't deliver, they say it is too far, but Domino's and the others all do. Safety is top notch, this is a great community watch type neighborhood. ( specific comments are directed towards the Vermont Heights neighborhood - Found on the East side of CR207 just South of the I-95 overpass )
These are the neighborhoods that I have personal knowledge of, I have three little girls and find that the best community for us is "The Shores" it has all the amenities we needed and it is surrounded by great schools, we love being able to walk our girls to school and ride our bikes on the paths and we love having a large yard that backs up to a beautiful golf course.
I hope this helps & God Bless You!
All Best: Marlene Weiss, Realtor with Watson Realty Corp. email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 904-473-1169.
I relocated from Kansas City area and love it here in St. Augustine. St. Johns County is proud of its excellent educational opportunities. Public and private schools are first rate with test scores among the highest in the state. I feel safe here. It's a small community with over 50 attractions to see. There are lots of great parks for children such as, Treaty Park, and a new park on St. Augustine beach area. It's a magnificient place. There are lots of great neighborhoods!
Good luck with your move. We too were worried about crime and schools - moving from NH to FL. My wife, 4 young children and I moved to St. Augustine (World Golf Village area) last July . We LOVE it here! The schools are in my opinion better than in NH's most affluent town where we lived before, crime is isolated in areas outside of where we live and people are in general much friendlier than in New England. We came from 5 acres, so you may not get as much land here in your local FL neighborhood (although there are horse properties too if you want to live 'in the country') but the neighborhood amenities are usually much better. Again, good luck...PS...there are Red Sox and Patriots Fans here in St. Augustine.
Contact the local police or Sheriff's department. They will provide you with answers to your safety/neighborhood concerns.
The "Eckler Team"
I failed to mention that Northeast & Northwest St. Johns county (St. Augustine) is a bedroom community to Jacksonville. What this means is that many of those who work in Jacksonville choose to live in NE or NW St. Johns County (St Augustine address) The sheriffs office can give you actual crime stats and discuss any safety concerns with you. Here is a link to their web stie: http://www.sjso.org Once again If I can assit you or you need real estate informaion please contact me.
I have lived in the Jacksonville/St. Augustine area all my life. I can assure you that if you asked any 10 people in the St. Augustine area how they feel about the area and the community in which they live they will tell you they are safe and are very pleased with the schools. Anita is correct that crime is usually limited to pocket areas.
Once you have toured the area, viewed homes, visited neighborhoods and meet residents you will find it easy to select a community that is a good fit for you and your family.
St Johns County schools have a very good reputation Follow this link: http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/about/facts
On this page there is a section that tells all the awards the school district has won. The site as a whole should be helpful for you. I you need any assistance or have questions please feel free to contact me.
I have lived and worked in North Florida for the past 25 years. I raised my family here and have never felt unsafe. Crime in our area is usually limited to pocket areas. This is a fabulous place to relocate and raise a family becuase we are frequently called one of the friendliest places people have ever lived. We will be happy to send you information on communities that might interest you. We can also check the data on schools, crime rates, income levels, etc once we narrow down where you might want to live.
It may help you to know that compared to many other cities and states, St. Augustine has a comparatively lower crime rate than most.
There are many safe neighborhoods in great school districts - too many to list. It is best to establish a relationship with a trusted real estate person to help familiarize you with the neighborhoods and their respective school districts.
The inventory is great, prices and interest rates are historically low, and all in all - it's a wonderful place to live and the right time to buy!
Best of Luck - let me know if you need assistance.
I tried to respond earlier, so if this is a duplicate, I apologize. We moved to St Augustine/St Johns County 2 years ago because of the phenominal schools and low crime. We have 3 very young children and couldn't be happier. We are in the Johns Creek Community off of County Road 210 and I would not live anywhere else. There are many young children and fantastic neighbors. In fact, my husband and I decided to remain here and just build on because we love the community so much. The 210 neighborhoods, especially Johns Creek (in my opinion) are unlike anything else. Very much it's own subburb and wonderful WONDERFUL people-VERY family oriented. Good luck. Please let me know if you all come down this way, I would be happy to send you some places to check out.
Hope that helps.