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"Property taxes and insurance out of control."


Property taxes and insurance out of control. - 8/4/2006
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david
St. Augustine, FL

Property taxes and insurance are outrageously high. If you can afford them, this is a nice place to retire. Not much in the way of high paying jobs. Mostly service work.

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lts
Jacksonville, FL

Cost of Living - 9/11/2013

I would recommend if anyone moves to Jacksonville Florida to work, check out St Augustine, lower crime, fairly reasonable home prices as well as rentals, very friendly community. We were transferred here, and currently do Not live in St Augustine, but probably will in a few months. Unless my husband is transferred. I would Not recommend for anyone to come here without doing a little background and homework about the area. High Rental prices, high utilities,and deposits also can be outrageous. Also to transfer a car registration it was over 400.00. Where we were living before moving here it was well affordable. Here, it's really not, Anyone moving here should be making around 60,000 to live decently. Their food is outrageous because most of it is shipped here. Your car insurance will go up at least 80.00 more per month because of the bad drivers, who I was told elderly, but from what I'm seeing, it's probably alcohol or drugs, making them drive like this. Then you have to deal with the different kind of climate, and allergies have increased in Jacksonville. So just be careful if you relocate here, because it's not that friendly either. That's why I suggested St Augustine, there are good people there, so move there, Not Jacksonville Florida. Hoping to leave this area for good soon. If you don't have family or friend's here already I would Not move here either. People not so nice at all, at least that's what I have found. and it's not that I haven't tried to be, they seem somewhat backwards and narrow minded in their ways.

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George
Daytona Beach, FL

Just one PROBLEM!! - 4/7/2013

Been here 5 years!!! Its a beautiful area to live in like most of Florida but what people have to keep in mind is that Florida is not a state to move into if your a blue collar worker with no higher educational degree like a bachelors or higher!!! So be forewarn, do not move to Florida and expect to make a good living as a factory, construction or any other type of non degree job. The pay in all of Florida is minimal at best!! Housing is not as cheap has realtors make it seem. Keep in mind taxes and utilities cost, especially electric. Also hurricane season means possible damages you will have to spend money on and those are up in the thousands not a few hundred. Crime is mostly in the black neighborhoods, shootings and heavy drug problems are very well present but are also well segregated. You will see pockets of white bikers gangs and the obvious trailer trash bringing in meth and other hard drugs along with prostitution. But like any and every city you cant escape crime. Over all its a wonderful area if your WEALTHY or are a RETIREE thats has a sufficient retirement to live a good life. If your not well off economically you WILL SUFFER IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, no matter were you go!!!!

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Denise
Montgomery, AL

Job search - 4/5/2012

I am very interesting in moving here because of all the outlets

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Bob
Islesboro, ME

One of the nicest cities we found in the US - 2/22/2012

My wife and I traveled over 50,000 in a motor home around America. Besides sightseeing, we were also looking for places to live for the colder months. We discovered St. Augustine and it just spoke to us, sio we bought a condo here near the ocean. The quality of life is excellent and the weather is much milder during the winter months than up north. It can get cold, but doesn't usually stay cold for long, and no snow. There are lots of interesting things to see and do here if you look for them. The downtown can be VERY touristy, with obnoxious trams circulating tourists by the droves during vacation periods, but that also brings commerce and revenue to the city. Shopping is pretty good, but the larger stores are in Jacksonville, requiring an occasional trip for some things. Crime doesn't seem to be an issue, except in certain low-income neighborhoods. Taxes are moderate, we hear from friends that the schools aren't too bad (for Florida, a state not especially committed to having good schools) and the traffic is only congested occasionally on Rt 1 in the shopping district. All in all, we've loved it here our first year and

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Lana
Matthews, NC

What's up with a crime???? - 8/21/2010

I hope it's just a typing error....10 out of 10????

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Rob
St. Augustine, FL

Living in Northeast Florida - 7/5/2010

We have lived here for about two years now since I was hired by a firm in Jacksonville, which has unfortunately now closed its doors due to the economy. The recession hit pretty hard down here and the area has been slow to recover. Thankfully we were able to sell the house we left behind, and have not yet bought a home here, so we hope to ride it out renting until things improve. We like the climate (about what you'd expect: pretty much three seasons with some occasional winter frost and not as hot and muggy in the summer as further south). It's great having the beach nearby, and old St. Augustine is full of charm and attractions, albeit somewhat touristy. Jacksonville on the other hand, where my job was, is a pretty unappealing place with many abandoned buildings and empty storefronts downtown. They're barely holding on to the Jaguars, and the various festivals etc. try to inject some live into the urban core, but compared to other cities we've lived in, it basically doesn't compare. I am actively searching for a new job, and that search will probably take us to yet another city, but we won't mind. Hope that helps.

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Peggy
St. Augustine, FL

art walk - 10/19/2009

We recently moved to St. Augustine and are residing close to Flagler College. Each month on the first Friday there is an Art Walk from 5-9pm where the local galleries stay open for the public to view the gallery. Some places serve wine and some feature an artist from the local are. Very enjoyable!

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Allan
St. Augustine, FL

Things to do - 5/14/2009

There's a diversity of activities and events year round. If you golf, fish, swim, kayak, sail, powerboat, beachcomb or sport shoot it's all here. The charming old city (the oldest in the nation) is an attractive lure. There are many theatre and musical events. Plus all kinds of fairs, shows and carnivals. Don't miss the many good restaurant, many with entertainment, near and around town. Nearness to Jacksonville provides big city shopping and a number of professional sporting events.

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Lori
St. Augustine, FL

Why does such a small town have so many homeless? - 6/12/2008

St. Augustine is a wonderful place to live on many counts--it's natural beauty and historic preservation, among others--however, why does a city with a population of approximately 20,000 have so many homeless on its streets? Granted, the economy is bad all over these days, but I've not seen this in other comparably-sized cities in Florida.

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Jessica
St. Augustine, FL

St. Aug - 1/6/2008

St. Augustines provides the best of several little luxuries. It provides a safe, luxurious, beautiful beach with drive-on access, without tourism being too heavy, a beautiful downtown historical district with tons of local shops, boutiques, and restaurants. Flagler College is beautiful and jam-packed with history. A cute, slower-paced small beach town that is livened up every year in the on-season.

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Dee
New Smyrna Beach, FL

Possibly moving and need your advice - 4/10/2007

I am currently living in the Daytona Beach surrounding area and am thinking about moving to a nicer area. However my husband and I are not in the mid to upper end of the salary chart. So far the comments I have seen have been about the golf courses and living on the beach and living in a nice expensive subdivision. My real question is for people who have to work to make a living, is this such a place without having to deal with a lot of crime, loud parties constantly, loud booming stereos? Is looking for a 600/month one bedroom apt/flat out of the question in this area? What are the utilites/food/gas like? Does this town mostly cater to all the tourists? Is this a local resident/family friendly area? Please let me know. I want a good, clean safe QUIET place to live that is affordable? or am I just asking to much for Florida. Thanks

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Dee
New Smyrna Beach, FL

Possibly moving and need your advice - 4/10/2007

I am currently living in the Daytona Beach surrounding area and am thinking about moving to a nicer area. However my husband and I are not in the mid to upper end of the salary chart. So far the comments I have seen have been about the golf courses and living on the beach and living in a nice expensive subdivision. My real question is for people who have to work to make a living, is this such a place without having to deal with a lot of crime, loud parties constantly, loud booming stereos? Is looking for a 600/month one bedroom apt/flat out of the question in this area? What are the utilites/food/gas like? Does this town mostly cater to all the tourists? Is this a local resident/family friendly area? Please let me know. I want a good, clean safe QUIET place to live that is affordable? or am I just asking to much for Florida. Thanks

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Ken

Great Place - 12/29/2006

If you like the your winters to last about six weeks this is the place. There's also many activities - fishing, kayaking, the beaches, biking, golf, tennis - its all here.

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Barbara
Saint Augustine, FL

Uncontrolled growth without accompanying services - 10/3/2006

We love our home in St. Augustine, but the "county planners" are not doing their job! They seem to be too caught up in the economic boom that accompanies rapid growth. We hope someone will get a grip on this problem. It's HOT, HOT, HOT from June through September. Just when you think you will get a break from the heat, it's back again. One of us likes the heat and the other really dislikes it, and is always looking for ways to escape it. The winters are beautiful. Hard to garden in summer with the heat. Last month we had a water mocassin and a pygmy rattler in the yard - one right in the garden, which is discouraging. There is a wide variety of cultural events - from opera to folk singing and rock bands. First Friday of the month art walks are lovely.

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Judith
Saint Augustine, FL

St. Augustine R.E. Taxes are raised again. - 8/31/2006

Our RE taxes just increased from $2800.00 to $9100.00 in 1 year, and the City couldn't care less. I live in the Lincolnville neighborhood

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Brenda
St. Augustine, FL

Coast of Living - 8/14/2006

I believe that the taxes are high if you live on the water, but inland they are less than Duval county. Unless you have a cdd charge in your neighborhood for protecting the preserve then they are not bad. Depends on where you want to live and what kind of community you live in and if you want a nice neighborhood with golf.

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Brenda
St. Augustine, FL

Nice Weather and Pretty Beaches - 8/14/2006

We love it here in St Augustine Beautiful place to live and a lot of History and things to do. The Beaches are beautiful and the deep sea fishing is great. We are about 35 to 40 miles outside of DT Jacksonville. Golfing is a number one sport and in our community we have had guest such as Tiger Woods and others play on our Golf Course.

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david
St. Augustine, FL

Property taxes and insurance out of control. - 8/4/2006

Property taxes and insurance are outrageously high. If you can afford them, this is a nice place to retire. Not much in the way of high paying jobs. Mostly service work.

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Danny
St. Augustine, FL

Great City, Love It! - 3/24/2006

I currently live in a neighorborhood known as Palencia, which is about 25 minutes outside of Jacksonville and about 10 minutes from downtown Saint Augustine I simply love it. The community is safe and clean, great for relaxing and keeping in shape, the property values are steady, a bargain, and very secure. If your looking for a great place to retire or just avoiding the hassle of a big city then pack your bags and come on down. Danny

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