What are the best neighborhoods in Jacksonville combining low crime rates, reasonably priced housing, racial?

Asked by Clara Mcdaniels, Seattle, WA Fri Aug 1, 2008

diversity and ease of commute to downtown?

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Cathy Sloan, Agent, Jacksonville, FL
Sun Aug 3, 2008

According to HousingTraker.net the median housing price in Seattle, Tacoma & Bellevue on 07/28/08 is $389,950. That same source indicates that the median housing pirce in Jacksonville, Fl as of 07/28/08 is $242,000. Based upon this data you should have no problem finding reasonably priced housing in our Northeast Florida communities.

As Shonda and Jorge have stated Jacksonville covers a large Geographic area. Approximately 874 Squrare miles. This does not inclued the other Counties that are considered bedroom communities to Jacksonville. There are neighborhoods here for everyone.

Many newcomers to our area research communities that are within a specific commute time to their place of work. Most everyone can find a community suited to them within a 30 minute commute of their employment.

If you're looking for diversity, I suggest that you visit a web site that one of the other Trulia members shared with us. http://www.zipskinny.com It contains demographic and shool data for every zip code in the US.

Here is a link to the Duval County Zip code map to assist you with your research

You will get the most accurate crime information and rates from the local Sheriff''s Departments

Jacksonville /Duval County Sheriff

Clay County Sheriffs Dept

Nassau County Sheriff's Dept

Saint Johns County Sheriffs Dept

If I can assist in any way please contact me.

Cathy Sloan
RE/MAX Specialsits
Web Reference:  http://www.cathysloan.com
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ElleJax, Home Seller, Jacksonville, FL
Sat Aug 2, 2008
Just my personal experience (I'm not a realtor), there are some very nice neighborhoods very close to Downtown. For a good value, I like the San Jose area (32217). The houses are a good size and the lots are generous. A commute to downtown could be as short as 15 minutes. These are older homes though, this area was built up a long time ago, so you'd have to like older homes. This area has some diversity, but not as much as some other areas of the city.

If diversity is important, you can find very good diversity as you get closer to the beach. Your commute to downtown will be a bit longer (25 minutes, more or less), but the upside is that you'll be much closer to the beach. There is also a lot of new construction as you get closer to the beach. I am selling my home and I am located less than a 15 minute drive to the beach, the area is diverse, and the neighborhoods are new. Take a look at the zip code 32246 to get a feel for the area.
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Jason Lindsay, Agent, Jacksonville, FL
Thu Aug 7, 2008
Jacksonville is one of the oldest cities in Florida, and downtown is surrounded by Historic neighborhoods which should fit your needs. The specific ones are Riverside-Avondale, Murray Hill, Springfield, San Marco and Ortega. Ortega is the farthest way (about 5 miles) and also the most expensive in terms of price per square foot. Riverside-Avondale is the largest Historic District in NE Florida containing over 4000 structures. This area also enjoys the best infrastructure of these neighborhoods. It stretches along the banks of the St Johns River immediately south and west of downtown. The commute from Riverside-Avondale is busy in the mornings but quick, as the closest edge of the area is about 1.5 miles from downtown. Springfield is the closest however. Springfiled is basically the area immediately north of downtown and has been undergoing a slow but steady revitalization for the pat 20 years. This is also the oldest Historic are in Jacksonville. Right now there are probably more affordabe quality homes in Springfield (both new construction and restored historic homes) than any of the other neighborhoods. Keep in mond one other important aspect of all these areas: there are lots of multi-family buildings to be had. This gives you the added option of being an owner/landlord, if that suits your personality. I reside in Avondale, only 2.5 miles from the center of downtown. I'm aklso a Realtor, so if you would like to see some properties when you are in town please let me know. Thanks, Jason Lindsay
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hi, If you could assist us in Rental houses in the Jacksonville area we really need assistance! we are in the preliminary planning stage. coming from Upstate NY. On a fixed income Military retired.
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Sat Aug 2, 2008

I am Jorge Nunez, Realtor here in Jacksonville, FL.

Jacksonville is the largest city in the state of Florida in terms of both area and population and the county seat of Duval County. In 1968, Jacksonville replaced Oklahoma City as the largest city in land area in the contiguous United States; this resulted from the consolidation of the city and county government, along with a corresponding expansion of the city limits to include almost the entire county.

In 2007, Jacksonville ranked as the United State’s twelfth most populous city with 794,555 residents. It is the principal city in the Greater Jacksonville Metropolitan Area, a region with a population of 1,300,823, and the fourth largest metropolitan area in the state, as of 2006. Jacksonville is the third most populated city on the East Coast, after New York City and Philadelphia.

In a nut shell, Jacksonville is another melting pot. The streets of the same neighborhood differ from one another no matter where you go. If my job was related to the airport, I would live near the Garden City area. If working at the port, then somewhere near Blount Island; otherwise, I would live in an area North of I-295 between A1 and 9A. However, if I wanted urban living or city life, then these all would change accordingly.

Jorge Nunez

If you can't sell it, let me rent It. Need a place to stay? Call Me.
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Shonda Campa…, Agent, Jacksonville, FL
Fri Aug 1, 2008
Jacksonville is a huge city with a lot of different areas of town. If you would like to read more about the different areas, go to my website and click on Discover Northeast Florida. http://www.prudentialnetworkrealty.com/agent.aspx?id=34733

It's a buyers market for sure. No matter which side of town you choose to live, you should be able to get a great deal. As far as crime rates go you can check those out @ http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/.

If you would like assistance or a list of homes that meet your search criteria shoot me an email or give me a call.

Shonda Sauls,REALTOR®
Prudential Network Realty
(904) 260-4300 #625 Office
(904)962-6139 Mobile
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