I grew up in Arlington and have lived there on an off every since... I know the area and can help you find a home that fits your needs and desires... Arlington has some great homes at amazing prices... Jacksonville is a little different than other big cities... each area (Arlington, Westside, Southside, Riverside, Intracoastal, etc...) is like a mini city filled with the good and the bad just like any other city in America...
Don Price USN-RET
Certified Distress Property Expert
The recommendation to contact the Sheriff's office is one way to get the "safety" answer you are looking for, and I also I tell my customers is to drive around the neighborhoods you are considering and checking on line. For schools, you should check out the Duval County Schools at the link below to get more information on that subject. As most Realtors are transaction agents, they are not permitted to discuss these types of neighborhood issues as it not only places us in a position to be legally responsible should they be wrong, it could also hurt a seller whose potential buyer may not consider their home because of misinformation. (We do not know everything about every neighborhood and everyone has a different idea of what is "safe") Buyers are instructed to personally investigate this as well as schools and whether there are offenders in the area as well. I hope this is helpful. If you would like to discuss your search privately, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The web site in the one answer is for the city of Jacksonville which is an excellent site for obtaining info. Another site for schools is http://www.duvalschools.org which will give you a good overview for schools. The area is close to easy access to the interstate, shopping, beaches and Mayport NAS. Arlington Hills is a well established community of single family homes for the first time home buyer in the Jacksonville area. Contact me for a list of available homes in this area or relocation info. I can be reached toll free at 877-331-3359 or email email@example.com .
All the best
Charlie Chorman - Accredited Buyer Representative
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty