The city is really spread out...BUT there are hundreds of acres of non-developed area...AND we have the greatest number of parks of ANY city in the United States.
NOW....your problem.....I am not SURE which apartment community you have rresearched....BUT...it sounds like it is near NAS MAYPORT........Do NOT go insane....just contact me...I will be happy to listed (or read) a list of your needs...it MAY be that this complex is ideal....MAYBE NOT. It really depends on if you will be working here....are you retired? Are you employed? If you have a job lined up....in which part of town will it be located? THAT could make a huge difference in your decision on where to "NEST". What are your interest? Sports, the ARTS, etc.? You may want to check out the San Marco area...or Riverside...or Town Center area.
If YOU choose, my son, HICKORY, and I, Donna, would be happy to meet with you ....give you a GREAT tour showing you areas in which you may have an interest......Atlantic Beach is a wonderful place to live....but....some areas may make you feel more comfortable than others....everyone is different. We also have Neptune and Jacksonville Beach...AND Ponte Vedra Beach...it is hard to tell where one ends and another begins.....all of these beach areas have "different" neighborhood...some you may LOVE....others....who knows....NO one likes EVERY neighborhood.
DO NOT rent an apartment sight unseen.......you really do need to see your options. It should NOT take long....probably 2-3 days........Remember too....we do NOT have the BEST transit system!
Will you have a vehicle? IF you will not have a car....you will want to make SURE to have GOOD advice.
IF YOU choose....contact me.....we will use all of our experience, energy, and the time you need to find the RIGHT place for YOU.
Thank you again for the question and WELCOME to Jacksonville.
"The Real Estate Lady"
Oceanside Real Estate ( We KNOW and WORK in ALL areas of NORTHEAST FLORIDA)
(904) 732-PACK (904) 732-7225
I have had much success helping folks relocate to Jacksonville. Feel free to contact me here if I may be of assistance.