what are the differnt communites like?

Asked by Tim Lane, Miller Place, NY Fri May 25, 2007

sea grove, heritage landing, world golf, saint Aug shores. so many communities but no discriptions of what they offer, fees, facilities, and etc.. Does anyone know these comminities? have a 10, 13 and new born looking to relocate from NY in AUGUST. thx

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Kathleen Flo…, Agent, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Tue Aug 19, 2008
Dear Tim, I am from NY and definitely can tell you this is a place that you will absolutely enjoy. As a relocation specialist I can also share with you that there are many communities and seemingly more every month. Go to www. newhomeguide.com for many of the newer developments and their pricing. I love to show new construction and resales to all of the relocating folks that I help. A couple of simple Google searches with the just the names of the subdivisions will help eg. SeaGrove, St Johns Forest etc. Follow that by a google maps search at http://www.maps.google.com When there type in an address obtained from your MLS search results and click on "street level". You can virtually "drive through" the neighborhood as if you were in a car. (if you need an MLS search with your specific criteria for specific communities - just let me know-no obligation-email me at kathleen@kathfloryan.com). Some of the street level searches are not on line yet but many are if they are not "gated" like Marsh Creek. Gated communities will only have google earth working. Also, a consideration for many newer communities are the CDD fees attached to the purchase of your new home. Go to my web site to find out more about CDD fees and how they work. Nocatee, Palencia, Heritage Landing, St Johns Forest, and other areas have those CDD fees attached. In some cases, as an incentive, builders are paying for the CDD fee (doesn't cover the operations and maintenance fees also thrown into the annual costs in addition to your property taxes). I am unsure of how long that type of incentive will be available. But if you like the community it is well worth getting that 30 years of CDD fee paid off. Some communities have facilities (pool, tennis, basketball, etc) as part of the Home Owners Association Fee (varies from community to community). Some have the facilities attached to a Country Club (Marsh Creek, St Johns Golf & CC etc) where you have to join the Country Club as a separate entity although to live in that community you do not have to join the Club. For the best in school information go to http://www.educationguide.net and click on the Northeast Florida Education Guide for School Grades and Test Scores for local area schools. That will help you decide what will work best for your children. Call me at 904-687-5146 when you are ready to make your move.
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Sue Clulow, , Saint Augustine, FL
Sat Aug 9, 2008
If your main priority is finding a good neighborhood for your children to flourish, I would start with investigating the various schools in the area. If your children have a particular interest or need from the schools, find out which of those schools can meet those needs best and be sure to move into the area districted for the schools. There are many wonderful magnet programs but it is my understanding that due to budget cuts buses will not be provided for magnet school students living outside the schools' boundaries. Will your children be participaing in after school activities? If so, you might think about buying close to the school to limit your "on road" time. Many neighborhoods in our area are not designated as adult communities, but very few children live in them because of lack of sidewalks/ greenspace to play/ and private roads that school buses do not enter. Some communities do not allow you to put a swing set in your backyard.
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Anita Millar, Agent, Jacksonville, FL
Wed Mar 12, 2008
Hi Tim,
All of these communities are nice and appeal to different people depending on their preferences. I usually ask people where will you be working or driving to because commutes can be miserable from some of these communities. If commuting is not an issue, then it depends on whether or not you want the beach scene, amenities, lush landscaping, water parks, tennis, golf, etc. Decide on your priorities and there is a perfect community awaiting for you.
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Linda, Home Buyer, Saint Augustine, FL
Wed Feb 13, 2008
All are going down from their original prices. Marsh Creek and Ocean Palms are good communities. Marsh Creek is good for golfers...Ocean Palms is close to the beach and doesn't pay St. Augustine Beach taxes. Feel free to contact me: linandvin@yahoo.com; I'm a teacher.
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Wed Feb 13, 2008
Ponte Vedra Beach is a very nice area, conveniently located close to St Augustine and not too far from Jacksonville. Another nice and promissing area is Nocatee, not too far from your area of preference. For information about a particular community, you can email me your request at mrogles@gmail.com and I will be happy to assist you in your seach.
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Bob Leonard, Agent, FL,
Thu Nov 15, 2007
Tim, My family lives in the world golf area (Murabella) and we love it. We use to live on the island near Sea Grove so if you need info about the area and the best deals send me an email. bobansayne@comcast.net
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Roberta Murp…, Agent, Carlsbad, CA
Mon May 28, 2007
Tim: I am advising our San Diego real estate clients about the usefulness of Neighboroo.com in researching communities. It includes much information about schools, health care, crime and many other issues that affect our real estate choices. It should help you in researching these Florida communities. For more information and links, just visit the link below:
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