Dear Tim, I am from NY and definitely can tell you this is a place that you will absolutely enjoy. As a relocation specialist I can also share with you that there are many communities and seemingly more every month. Go to www. newhomeguide.com for many of the newer developments and their pricing. I love to show new construction and resales to all of the relocating folks that I help. A couple of simple Google searches with the just the names of the subdivisions will help eg. SeaGrove, St Johns Forest etc. Follow that by a google maps search at http://www.maps.google.com
When there type in an address obtained from your MLS search results and click on "street level". You can virtually "drive through" the neighborhood as if you were in a car. (if you need an MLS search with your specific criteria for specific communities - just let me know-no obligation-email me at email@example.com). Some of the street level searches are not on line yet but many are if they are not "gated" like Marsh Creek. Gated communities will only have google earth working. Also, a consideration for many newer communities are the CDD fees attached to the purchase of your new home. Go to my web site to find out more about CDD fees and how they work. Nocatee, Palencia, Heritage Landing, St Johns Forest, and other areas have those CDD fees attached. In some cases, as an incentive, builders are paying for the CDD fee (doesn't cover the operations and maintenance fees also thrown into the annual costs in addition to your property taxes). I am unsure of how long that type of incentive will be available. But if you like the community it is well worth getting that 30 years of CDD fee paid off. Some communities have facilities (pool, tennis, basketball, etc) as part of the Home Owners Association Fee (varies from community to community). Some have the facilities attached to a Country Club (Marsh Creek, St Johns Golf & CC etc) where you have to join the Country Club as a separate entity although to live in that community you do not have to join the Club. For the best in school information go to http://www.educationguide.net
and click on the Northeast Florida Education Guide for School Grades and Test Scores for local area schools. That will help you decide what will work best for your children. Call me at 904-687-5146 when you are ready to make your move.