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December 29, 2007

Condos, Condos, Condos…In Jacksonville

Filed under: Jacksonville Condos — Thimble @ 8:50 am

Condo development is inevitable and

Jacksonville, Florida is definitely making the most of their space. Massive, luxurious, and affordable are three words I’d use to describe some of the Jacksonville Condo projects. Shipyards, Casa Bella and The St. John are 3 condo communities that catch my eye when perusing Jacksonville Condos on NCO. Shipyards – currently being developed by LandMar Group – has units starting in the low $300s as does the

St. John
– which is a Hines development. Casa Bella – Beautiful House – is an APD Developers masterpiece. Units here start under $100K! I’d tell you more but I’m simply wetting your appetite. Come check them out on NCO and see what the excitement is all about.

It’s Memorial Day Weekend – go buy a condo in


How to Choose a Place to Retire?

Filed under: A word from the President,Jacksonville Condos,Real Estate — Frogman235 @ 8:50 am

ShipyardsRetirees have much to look forward to…traveling, relaxing, spending time with family, pursuing hobbies, etc. People often look outside the city they currently live to find a place they can move to in order to “retire in style”! Many move closer to family or to resort and coastal areas that offer amenities for those with much time on their hands.

Many retirees are also planning to downsize from a larger single family home to enjoy the amenities offer by new condos across the country. New condo developments in areas like

Jacksonville for example offer resort-style amenities that give the owner more than living in traditional master planned community could offer.

The St. John, for example, will be a 51-story soaring glass tower containing 300 luxury residences, and will rise nearly 582 feet over the Southbank of the

St. Johns River. The St. John will be the preeminent address for homeowners who want to enjoy the beauty of the St. Johns River in an urban setting near

Jacksonville’s core, as well as within walking distance of San Marco. Amenities include a riverfront fitness center and an eighth level club room that opens to a dramatic elevated oasis pool deck with a tai chi lawn, lap pool, private cabanas, and an outdoor summer kitchen. No this is a place to retire to!!

Another great

Jacksonville condo tower coming soon is called Shipyards and is designed to offer the types of amenities that those moving from more suburban settings would expect. The LandMar Group has planned these new

Jacksonville condos as a community where all residents share a vast array of amenities typically found only in suburban locations. From beautifully manicured entrances, grounds, parks and gathering areas, to expansive recreation facilities including spas, pools, clubhouses, fitness centers and a marina.

Planning a move can always be a daunting task, but planning a move to the place you want to spend the rest of your days needs to be dealt with carefully. Specific questions need to be asked about your destination (let’s use

Jacksonville, FL as our example):

What’s the cost of living in


Retirees often like to move to states with no state income tax…such as Florida and

Texas. Sometimes that actual cost of living in these areas however negates the savings one might expect by not paying income tax. In

Florida, there may be no state income tax but the actual cost of living is very high. Jacksonville however is a city where the cost of living, as compared to other cities like


Lauderdale, is relatively low.

Gas prices can vary drastically as well from city to city in

Florida…as it does in most other states.

Does the city you choose have two faces?

Last year, Americans bought a record 1.07 million vacation homes…most of them condos – 14 percent of all homes sold, according to the National Association of Realtors. 28% of those people said those homes and condos would be their primary residence.

Many of the retirees in recent years that have made the move from the Northeast down to

Florida, have found that the summers are too hot and the distance is too far away from relatives. Some of the se people end up moving back or at least moving half way back to areas like South Carolina (

Myrtle Beach).

Will you be bored in your

new city?

You definitely do not want to choose a place so remote that you will have nothing to do. You need to plan what you would envision yourself doing during the day and nights so you can match yourself with the correct condo development and location. Many developers of

Jacksonville condos are offering more amenities for active adults.

Is there good public transportation?

About 20% of retirees over the age of 65% do not have driver’s licenses any more and need easy access to public transportation. Many cities now have great railway/train systems that access most major dining/shopping/entertainment districts.

How far is it from family and friends?

This should probably be the first question you ask yourself. How important is it to be close to family and friends. If there would be travel involved to see family, who is doing the traveling…you or them? Is it affordable for both sides of the family?

Should I buy a house or a condo?

This decision in contingent upon personal financial situations as well as preference in lifestyle. Single-family houses tend to cost more but offer more space and privacy. Condos usually provide more amenities, and exterior maintenance is handled by a homeowners association.

How many square feet do I need?

Traditionally, people over the age of 55 need less space. The children are generally out of the house…you hope…and you don’t need as much space to live in. This is why condos are an obvious choice for many people and offer the beauty of not having a yard to maintain!

There are more things that people should look into before planning their move to a condo in Jacksonville, or any other desired retirement destination…this is just a good start.

4 Blocks to the Atlantic Ocean…Can’t beat that location!

Filed under: Jacksonville Condos — Tags: — Thimble @ 8:50 am

Jacksonville continues to grow in popularity. From housing the Super Bowl recently to the bustling new condo developments, there is no doubt that people are coming to Jacksonville to stay for good. And why would you want to leave? Especially that units at Valencia are for sale. Starting below $400K, this is a win-win investment. Valencia’s location couldn’t be more perfect: 4 blocks to the beach and walking distance to shopping, eateries, banking and parks. Sierra Development has developed a beautiful 245 unit structure of Mediterranean design that will be sure to leave its residents in awe. Jacksonville condos have been sprouting up in the past few years and it’s time that homeowners and investors realize a good deal when they see one. Valencia is no exception.

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