we will be relocating to jax in summer of 2011. we will need to rent for at least 7 months before buying. what is a good central location to look?

Asked by 57ranee, Jacksonville, FL Mon Nov 1, 2010

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Karen Bollan,…, , Jacksonville Beach, FL
Mon Nov 1, 2010

Since there are so many different areas in Jacksonville I am sure you will get many different opinions. I believe the Southside to be the most central location, because it provides easy access to all highways, beaches, downtown, airport, shopping, nightlife, etc. The area also offers a full range of types of housing, and in various price ranges.

Hope this helps!
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Corey Buck M…, Agent, Jacksonville, FL
Tue Nov 2, 2010
Good Morning 57ranee,

I noticed that in earlier questions you were inquirying about the Northside of Jacksonville, specifically the 32226 zip code. That area had explosive growth over the last 7-8 years and there are a lot of opportunities available for both rental and purchase. I would suggest considering the Arlington area which is located just 10 minutes South (a short jump over the Dames Point Bridge). This area avails you the opportunity to be within about a 15 minute drive from most of Jacksonville's major destinations (airport, beaches, downtown & shopping).

Renting first prior to your purchase is a great decision. Right now you are too far out from being able to consider homes that are currently available due to the time you indicated you would be relocating. We have a property management division of our firm with over 250 homes. I know we can assist both your immediate and long term needs when it comes to finding you a place to call home. A good tool we implemented about a year ago was creating a Facebook page for our rentals. It allows our out of town clients to get new feeds posts of any new rentals we have coming on the market, as well as the opportunity to view the most important benefit to someone in your situation...lots of photos. It may be a useful tool for you,


If you would like any additional information, or if I can assist your needs in any way, please feel free to contact me.

Corey Buck Mann
Buck & Buck Inc., Realtors
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Lori Wilford, Agent, Saint Augustine, FL
Tue Nov 2, 2010
Will you be relocating for work? If so where will you be working? Do you have any kids? There are a lot of great places to live in Jacksonville. if you can answer a few questions I can better help you. My email is loriwilford@vanguardcb.com or you can call me at 904-347-3510.

Lori Wilford
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Carol Zingone, Agent, Atlantic Beach, FL
Tue Nov 2, 2010
Good morning 57ranee!

As you can see, there are some angles to your question that make it difficult for a "one size fits all" answer. I relocated here myself, and congratulate you on your decision to rent first; it allows you to see the different neighborhoods from the beaches, to the Intracoastal, to Southside, to San Marco, to Riverside, Ortega, Westside, Orange Park, and Fleming Island!

It might be easiest if you looked at a comfortable commuting distance to where you will be working as a starting point. Depending on where you are moving from will help you determine what distance to and from work you are comfortable driving.

Then, as pointed out below, the property you are looking for depends your families' needs and desires: if you have a smaller family, a condo or townhome with little to now yard work may be the primary choice. Please keep in mind if you have dogs of a certain size or breed, there may be restrictions by the owner on whether they will require a non-refundable pet deposit, or an additional amount monthly in pet rent. This will vary by owner/landlord/ property management company.

I would be happy to send you relocation guide, if you give me your mailing address; as well, you can get a great deal of information via my website (noted below).

You can also get more info about Jacksonville at these websites:
http://www.jacksonville.com (newspaper's website)
http://www.myjaxchamber.com (chamber website)

If I can be of further help, please do not hesitate to contact me!
Carol Zingone
Broker Associate
Prudential Network Realty
Web Reference:  http://www.carolzingone.com
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Lynn Brier-De…, Agent, Jacksonville, FL
Mon Nov 1, 2010
Hi 57,

As you can see, there are sooo many choices in Jacksonville. Great neighborhoods all over the place... Give us a call if we can help ~ rental listings can be emailed to you anytime, so that you can get a feel for pricing & where you'd like to land.

Enjoy your evening!

Lynn Brier-De La Cruz, REALTOR, LMC
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Charles Chor…, Agent, Orange Park, FL
Mon Nov 1, 2010

You've selected a great area to be relocating to. Welcome.

The answers you have received should give you an idea of some locations. Being centrally located in a city of 850 square miles might not be ideal when you consider your place of employment and the possible commute. You didn't indicate whether you would be interested in an apartment , townhome or a single family detached home. Then you need to consider the monthly payment you are looking to invest during your 7 month lease. As a trained property manager I can assist you in your search as well as advise you on the paperwork.

To assist you here is a link to a site for rentals: http://www.rentals.com/Florida/Jacksonville/

You can also visit my website for information on Jacksonville.

Let me know if I can be of assistance to you. I can be reached toll free at 877-331-3359, text me at 904-571-1358 or email at yourrealtor@att.net

Kind regards
Charlie Chorman - REALTOR
ABR-Accredited Buyer Representative
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty
Web Reference:  http://jaxhomesinfo.com
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Susan Howell, , Jacksonville, FL
Mon Nov 1, 2010
Dear 57ranee~
I agree with all of these agents, Jacksonville, FL is a very large city geographically and it would be best to consider where you are going to work and what special interests you may have. Southside area is what most people consider to be centrally located and close to beaches, shopping, downtown area and other outlying communities.

If children are involved, you may want to consider where the best schools are located. If I can be of any service to you please let me know for I can also help you locate a rental property.
Kind Regards,
Susan Howell
WaterMarke Realty Group
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Steve Henric…, , Jacksonville, FL
Mon Nov 1, 2010
Jacksonville is geographically LARGE, and you will have many choices because there are many different types of neighborhoods. You could actually live in Northeast Florida all your life and never experience all the different areas with different feels, price ranges, and benefits. Beach areas, historic districts, suburb, planned neighborhoods with amenities, condominiums, townhomes, rural areas, ... Your preferences, your goals, work/school/church locations, budget, and your family situation are big factors. Where will you be working? What do you like to do? Will children be in your household?
Web Reference:  http://ilovethathouse.net
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Frank & Shar…, Agent, Fleming Island, FL
Mon Nov 1, 2010
Hello 57ranee,

First of all welcome to Jacksonville! The quality of life is great here in NE Florida. At least a 7-month rental is a good idea because under 7 months and you pay an 11% tourist tax on top of the rent. (You may know that.)

Great question about central location -

Southside/Mandarin is right in the heart of Jacksonville. You can be at the beach in 20-30 minutes, downtown in 10-15 minutes (depending on traffic) and across the river into Clay County in 15-20 minutes.

If you have school age children, then some families opt for St. Johns County which is just south of the Mandarin area.

If you like nightlife, then Southside toward the Intracoastal might be more to your liking. You are closer to the beach, St. Johns Town Center, and downtown. These places are where most of the action is.

If you like charming older neighborhoods and a more urban feel, then San Marco is a great central location.

Do you want a condo, townhouse or single family home?

The area from Tinseltown (Southside) to the St. Johns Town Center has lots of condos and townhouses, as well as single family homes.

Hope this is helpful information for you.

You may visit our website and sign up for a free Listingbook account where you can access all the rental properties in Jacksonville. You can search like a real estate agent, changing your area, price range, type of house, etc. It is great fun and very helpful as you search.

Please let us know if you need anymore help.

Best regards,

Sharon Alters

Frank & Sharon Alters, CDPE, e-PRO, GRI
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty
Web Reference:  http://teamalters.com
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Holly Hayes, Agent, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Mon Nov 1, 2010

There are quite a few centrally located areas that may be of interest, but it all depends on what you are looking for...single family, townhome, condo, etc... Please give me a call and we can get started finding you a great place to live in Jacksonville!

Holly Hayes
Web Reference:  http://www.thehayesteam1.com
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