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Old 06-26-2014, 06:42 AM   #1
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Jacksonville area residents, short term rental

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Anybody in Jacksonville deal with extended stay or short term rental accommodation in the area? preferable SW side of Jax. Looking to move down in a few weeks and search for a home, need somewhere safe to stay, while I work my new job, that allows my wife to come visit!
Not needing any flash but don't know the area real well, don't want to end up in a drug infested extended stay hotel, I made that mistake once before altho the ladies that hung around the place were entertaining!

Have thought about renting a house for a year but want to buy a house soon after we move down, my wife will be staying here in Atlanta getting our current home ready to sell and packing up, she will be making trips up and down a lot.
Also thought about a short term rental agreement on a house, 3 to 6 months if anybody has anything they might be interested in renting to a fellow from out of town.

Any good advice would be greatly appreciated
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Old 06-26-2014, 10:19 AM   #2
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Can you be a little more specific on the SW side of Jax?
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Old 06-26-2014, 10:29 AM   #3
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Anywhere really, Orange park, Green cove, Middleburg. Will hopefully be working in Orange park. Would like to be 45 mins or less away.

Looking at homes to buy in Middleburg eventually.
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Old 06-26-2014, 11:31 AM   #4
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shoals, consider this too. The Mandarin area is just across the Buckman bridge from OP (that's 5 miles of 80mph w/no traffic lights). It takes less than 15 minutes to get from most places in Mandarin to most places in OP (when there's no crash on the bridge). Plus at rush hour, everyone else is going the opposite direction.

I was in your situation in 1980 when I moved from Ormond Bch and got the Yamaha shop on Blanding near 103rd (21 and 134). Didn't know the area at all and lucked into a rental house in Mandarin a spec builder couldn't sell. Traffic has tripled since then but it's the same everywhere so still a viable option. I's a great bike ride across the bridge too except real windy days can get a little dicey at the top.

As far as Middleburg, still a relatively quiet little burg, with good riding out the back door, but it's def growing. The downside is Blanding Blvd. between there and 295, pretty nasty, may want to try it a few times.

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Old 06-26-2014, 12:08 PM   #5
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Thats interesting Bill, we figured the drive up from Middleburg would be pretty slow, never thought about coming across the bridge, coming from London we are always scared of bridges!

Now we can expand our search area thanks
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coming from london we are always scared of bridges!
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Old 06-27-2014, 04:03 AM   #7
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Blanding Blvd, San Jose and Southside are 3 surface roads that are seemingly always congested. Use them as little as possible. Having traveled from the beach to Blanding daily for about 6 years I agree with Bill, the traffic flow is better for you if you were in Mandarin. Some nice homes around Yellowbluff on the Northside. I know it isn't the SW you specified but depending on where your job is in OP fits your travel desire and is similar to Middleburg in demographic.
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Old 06-27-2014, 07:28 AM   #8
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Thank you guys, local knowledge is amazing, we first looked at Middleburg due to how much house you get for your money compared to other areas, plus it was away from the city. I guess because we live a fair way away from Atlanta we were looking for the same kind of thing, but Mandarin looks nice also, I was just worried about the bridges with commuting.
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If you haven't already, search "extended stays jacksonville fl". This will get you lots of options. I know one off JTB & Southside Blvd that I stayed at 15 years ago & it's nice. Might be a bit farther than you care for, but there's a ton of stuff within walking distance. Search St. Johns Town Center & you'll see what I mean. Not hard to to get to OP from there.
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Old 06-27-2014, 03:37 PM   #10
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we did look at a couple of extended stay hotels, but read the reviews, that's always scary lol

Wife just reminded me why we need to not be 8 feet away from neighbors when we buy a place!

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Old 06-27-2014, 05:41 PM   #11
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Old 06-28-2014, 11:01 AM   #12
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Look in the Fleming Island area too, on US 17. 17 doesn't get as bad as Blanding for the traffic, and if you are going to be working in Orange Park it is right there. Lots of nice amenities, and you don't have to look just in the planned communities of Eagle Harbor and Fleming Island Plantation. Those communities have very small yards. Lots of other nice places on Fleming Island.
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cheers Matt, we started checking that area out after people mentioned it, difficult to knwo where to buy a house if you dont know the area, thought Middleville was great since the riding west of it looked good and its nice to be a little way out of town, we live in Covington, about 35 miles east of Atlanta now, far enough away but close enough if you need to go into town!
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Old 07-03-2014, 02:09 PM   #14
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OK it just got serious! got the job there, need to sort a place to rest my head!!!
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Old 07-03-2014, 04:04 PM   #15
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Congrats.

Let us know if we can help.
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