You can call me at 877-226.2239. Jensine Henderson, Realtor, Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty.
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First, I am assuming you will be working at Shands. Maybe you can contact personnel and see if they have any recommendations.
Second, you can try zipskinny.com to get the demographics of the various zip codes (use this as a guide, as it can be very misleading).
Third, ask yourself if this is short or long term. With a 1 year old, schooling may be a consideration. http://www.duvalschools.org can give you info on that.
I would be happy to email you a list of areas in town that have homes in that price range, but I would need additional info - such as no. of bedrooms/bathrooms, preferable age of home. Then you can focus your research on the specific areas of concentration.
Lastly, when you do come to town. Drive the neighborhood at night. A lot can be learned by that drive.
Just go to the zip code Shands Hospital and you can search on google. I can search on smls for areas that you find and I will be glad to show you the houses you select. Hope this helps. If you need more information, please contact me.
There are numerous areas within 15 - 30 minutes of UF Shands and within your 150k budget. I would suggest contacting a local Realtor to aid in your search. Jacksonville is a great city with many housing opportunities for someone relocating to the area. Feel free to call or email with any questions. Also, please check out the buyers info on my website to learn more about the buying process.
Also research via Google media published reports of communities around Jacksonville.
Police website for crime
ISD for school rankings
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That question can not be answered by a Realtor. It is unethical to steer buyers to a certain location. I recommend that come to Jacksonville for a long weekend and drive the area. You can contact me, and I would like to talk to you about Jacksonville. I moved here in 1993, retired, and now it has been home ever since. Your price range can put you in y part of Northeast Florida. We have numerous short sale/foreclosure properties, resale and new construction that falls into the $150000.00 budget. Feel free to email me with any questions and I could start sending you MLS Listings. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and have a safe trip here.
I would be happy to send you some options and info on my listing if you are interested...just send me an email!
Great question, however, one that a Realtor can not answer. There is a big No-No for Realtors, it is called steering. We can't give information that is related to avoiding or steering to areas.
However....we can give you information on properties that meet your search criteria.
I am sure you will find an excellent Jacksonville agent to work with who will find multiple homes that have great backyards within your budget.
Best of luck to you! If you want, I can find a great agent in that area for you.
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