The prospects are very good for Jacksonville, not only because of the shipping canal, but because of the other economic development and jobs being added to our area. We are the 6th best city in the nation for technology jobs.
Jacksonville was one of the first cities in the nation tagged by Trulia as cheaper to buy than rent and it has been targeted by the institutional buyers as one of 10 cities to invest in. We are contacted often by people considering a relocation here, for both our economy and weather.
We are the least likely city in Florida to take a direct hit from a hurricane due to our geography, and we have more seasonal weather than our cities further south.
I have lived here over 20 years, relocating from Atlanta, and I can tell you that this is a city that is on the move and is finally on the map. Add to that our new Jaguars owner is looking into developing the Shipyards area downtown between the Football stadium and downtown Jacksonville, which will be a huge boon for downtown development.
Jacksonville is also the most requested last-duty station in the Navy.
Hope this is helpful to you and please let us know if we can help you with anything else.
Sharon and Frank Alters, GRI, e-PRO, CDPE
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty