I've been told St. John's county but that isn't actually Jacksonville is it

Asked by Rob, jaxville choice Tue May 13, 2008

I've narrowed it down between Tampa and Jacksonville but I prefer Jax because it is safer from Hurricanes. I've been told St. John's county or Clay over Duval county, I need A- high B schools score of 87 or higher. I believe St. John's county's most affordable area is St. Augustine but then that is far from Jax I need the safest, most affordable, best school districts area that is close to jobs in Jacksonville. I thought of Orange Park but I heard the traffic there is very bad.

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Cathy Sloan, Agent, Jacksonville, FL
Thu May 15, 2008
Hello Rob.

I am a life long resident of North Florida and a veteran licensed Realtor for 23 years. I have had Children and currently have Grandchildren in the school system.

There are many A rated schools in Duval County. However, you will need to cherry pick the schools and the areas as there are 115 schools total and only 43 of those have A ratings. St. Johns county has 16 schools in the county with 15 A ratings. St. Johns County school district has been reported to be ranked in the top 12% of school districts in the Untied States.

I am porviding a link to the Dept of Education School Grades Accountability Report. This will assist you in finding the schools that meet your cirteria. http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/default.asp

Northeast & Northwest St. Johns County are Bedroom Communities to Jacksonville meaning that many of the residents work in Duval County but live in St. Johns. The commute from Northwest St. Johns to Duval County is less than 15 - 20 Minutes.

If I can assist you in finding homes in the school districts you choose, please contact me.
Web Reference:  http://www.cathysloan.com
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Michelle Fre…, Agent, Jacksonville, FL
Tue May 13, 2008
Where will you be working in Jacksonville? Plan on a commute from Orange Park (Clay County) to downtown Jax of 45 minutes or more. Plan on a commute of 30 - 45 minutes from Julington Creek (St. Johns County) to downtown Jax. From Ponte Vedra (St. Johns) to downtown Jax would probably be 45 minutes, too.

If you want to be as close as possible to Jax, but in St. Johns county, you may want to look into Julington Creek Plantation and Ponte Vedra. Ponte Vedra is more pricey than JCP because it is at the beach.

Here are some websites to check out.

http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/ - St. Johns County Public Schools
http://www.julingtoncreekplantation.org - Julington Creek Plantation
http://www.pontevedrachamber.org - Ponte Vedra information

Good luck in your home search!
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Margaret Zel…, , Orange Park, FL
Tue Sep 2, 2008
Mandarin is a popular, family -oriented community. Quality education is a priorty for most families considering relocation, and Manderin is known for its excellant schools-4 elementries, 2 middles and Mandarin Senior High. The area also offers various parochail and private educational facilities as well. Jacksonville downtown area-businesses, performing arts centers and Alltel Stadium ( Home of the NFL Jaquars) are within a 20 to 25 minute drive. River access and good neighborhood parks are another attractive feature. Mandarin has a variety of shopping facilities and restaurants. Most residents have a grocery store and pharmacy within minutes of their homes.

If you would like a list of properties in this area please e-mail me with price range, bedrooms, baths you require and I will send you some properties to look at, no obligation.
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Chris, , Jacksonville, FL
Sat May 17, 2008
Saint John's county is very close to Jacksonville jobs, as most of the jobs in Jacksonville are in south Jacksonville (not downtown). The schools are also better in Saint John's County (SJC). Traffic is not bad between SJC and south Jacksonville because there are plenty of back roads and alternate routes to get pretty much anywhere. Visit my site and see what Saint John's county has to offer.
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Jeanne Eisen…, Agent, Green Cove Springs, FL
Wed May 14, 2008
After 18 years living in Duval County I made the move to Green Cove Springs just 2 1/2 years ago (a wonderful little town just south of Orange Park / Fleming Island). As others have already answered, St. Johns and Clay County typically out rank Duval County Schools. Clay may have a little edge of St. Johns, but in addition to government schools all three counties offer excellent private schools if that is an option for your children. As for the compute one must remember that not everyone works 9 -5. I can easily drive from Green Cove springs to the Mayo Clinic (almost to the beach) in 40 minutes. Also one must remember that Duval County encompasses all of Jacksonville and that commuting from Orange Park to Mandarin could be as little a 20 minute drive. Much of the development in northern St. Johns County is in the 210 area which, during rush hour, can have up to a 20 – 25 minute wait just to get on or off 210 onto the interstate since there is basically only one road in and out of the area heading into the downtown or immediate surrounding area of Jacksonville. I spent 7 years in land development driving all over the tri-county area looking for vacant land so I have a true understanding of traffic patterns. Spend some time with a realtor who is familiar with traffic patterns of all three counties and understands the dynamics’ of all the currently approved as well as proposed Planned Urban Developments in all three counties. That will make a big difference in what the traffic pattern is today and what it is expected to be in a few years. If I can be of help inyour search let me know.

See you somewhere,

Jeanne Eisenstein
Realty World Executive Group
904-529-8031 or 904-635-1972
Web Reference:  http://www.landinjax.com
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Cindy Gavin…, Agent, Jacksonville, FL
Tue May 13, 2008
Hi Rob,

I live and do a good portion of my business in NW St. Johns County. We moved from the Mandarin area of Jacksonville 8 years ago, because of the excellent school system in St. Johns County. The Fruit Cove/Julington Creek Plantation area ( zip code 32259) and the CR210 area, which comprises zip codes 32259 and 32092, are all excellent areas and there are some great deals on new construction and resales. We are in close proximity to Jacksonville either by SR13 (San Jose Blvd), or I95. It is a great place to live! All of our elementary schools are A-rated, our two Middle Schools, Fruit Cove Middle & Switzerland Point Middle are A-Rated, and our High School, Bartram Trail, earned a "B" this past year, but in the past has always had an "A" rating. The Fall of 2008 there will be several new schools opening. Creekside High School and a K-8th grade school. If you are not working with an agent, I would love the opportunity to talk to you more about what you are looking for. Please visit my website which is listed below for contact information.


Cindy Gavin, Broker-Associate
Vanguard GMAC Real Estate
904-465-3397 Cell
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Lucien Vaill…, Agent, Jacksonville, FL
Tue May 13, 2008
St. Johns County schools are generally considered superior to those in Duval county. However Mandarin High School is on par with most schools in St. Johns and Clay County and is within the city limits of Jacksonville which should ease your commute to work. Check out official school information at http://www.fldoe.org and http://www.duvalschools.org and compare the FCAT scores of the area schools.

If you plan to work in Jacksonville I would not recommend that you live in Orange Park. Traffic in and out is terrible. St. Johns county offers much better access to Jacksonville via I-95 or SR 9A which means you can enjoy a higher quality of life while your children enjoy a higher quality education.

If you like visit my web site http://www.realinjax.com to search the area MLS for homes that meet your needs. If you like I will set up an automatic search for you so you will receive updates whenever new homes come on the market that match what you are looking for. Contact me anytime and I will be glad to help.
Web Reference:  http://www.realinjax.com
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Shonda Campa…, Agent, Jacksonville, FL
Tue May 13, 2008
St. Johns, Clay, and Duval are all great. There is some information about the different areas of town on my website. Also you can check out the schools at http://www.dreamsbeginhere.org/ . If you have any other questions or would like to know about avaliable properties give me a call.

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