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St. Augustine is a Great Place to Live

St. Augustine is a Great Place to Live

I know, most people believe that where they live is a wonderful place to live, but St. Augustine is known to many as a great place to visit. It is our nation's oldest city and most Floridians visit St. Augustine in the summer. All Florida school children visit St. Augustine as part of their Florida history class.

But, somewhere the story is not getting out on what a wonderful place St. Augustine is to live. We have the no state income tax benefits of the state of Florida without some of the headaches other better known cities in Florida have---one season, traffic, over-crowding, hurricanes, high insurance rates, high rises, congested beaches, etc.

Life is slower in St. Augustine and I like it like that! We know our neighbors and members in the community. St. Augustine has a small town feel, but with so much culture, history, events, great independent restaurants, schools and health care. Here are some of the things I think make St. Augustine and St. Johns County a great place to live:

•·     St. Johns County is the #1 school district in the state of Florida

•·     Multiple seasons

•·     Historic lack of hurricanes

•·     Fabulous Health Care

•·     An active artists' colony with many art galleries and museums and a wonderful St. Johns Cultural Council

•·     Flagler College - a top ranked college

•·     42 Miles of beaches, plus the St. Johns River, and theIntracoastal Waterway --- tons of recreational activities.

•·     Activities every weekend for visitors and residents to enjoy

•·     Lower property tax rate than neighboring Jacksonville (Duval County); lowest sales tax rate in Florida

•·     Minimal traffic

•·     Access to Jacksonvillefor Jacksonville Symphony, Jaguars, Jacksonville Suns, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, etc.

•·     EMMA Concert Series - quality music & dance performances at modest prices

•·     St. Augustine Amphitheater - top acts performing in one of the best outdoor venues in the U.S.

•·     Flagler Forum on Government & Public Policy - top speakers presenting insights to the community

Barbara Jenness takes joy in assisting people in buying or selling their home or land in northeast Florida (St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra,  and Jacksonville). She is a community activist and leader serving as President of Friends of A1A 2008-2010, Past President of Scenic & Historic A1A in St. Johns County for over 10 years, and past vice-president of Vilano Beach Main Street (North Shores Improvement Association). She is a past president for WCR in St. Augustine and a member of South Ponte Vedra Civic Association, Porpoise Point, Serenata Beach Club, and Palencia. She founded and is a Past President of the St. Augustine Regional Council (StAR Council) to promote the St. Augustine area to individuals outside the region.

Awards: REALTOR of the Year, Businesswoman of the Year, SPIRIT Award Passion, Five-Star Best in Client Satisfaction-7 Years Winner

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Comment balloon 6 commentsBarbara Jenness • October 14 2010 08:52AM


I love the historical section of Sy Augustine, beautiful!!

I drank from the fountain of youth... didn't work. Or maybe it did, and I would look much older if I hadn't.... Hmmmm

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) almost 9 years ago

Barbara, After reading this, you've made a believer out of me!

Posted by Jeana Cowie, Broker Associate, ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES (RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) almost 9 years ago

Barbara, wonderful post on the benefits of moving to and living in your community - sounds lovely!  ~ Susan

Posted by Susan Laxson CRS, Local Knowledge & Global Network (HomeSmart Professionals) almost 9 years ago

Fred-I am happy you like St. Augustine. Do you have a picture in your closet?

Jeana - I am glad you are a believer!

Posted by Barbara Jenness, St. Augustine FL Real Estate (Barbara B. Jenness, P.A. - St. Augustine, FL) almost 9 years ago

I agree Barbara, you are going to make people want to come and vist....AND STAY.

Posted by Beth Ruggeri (Watson Realty) almost 9 years ago

i was told when i moved there  st augustine that if you stayed 6 months you would not leave or would come back been gone 5 years and am very home sick  i had never had so many good friends real ones i  am consulting w/ attorney any day  hope i can afford upper area plenty of reasonabe price places getting older but feel safe alone any where there  Was in flager hospitial 2005 and nurse station was marveld at all my visitors had heart attack with complications but the love even more than the dr orderd help pull me through Thanks to all

Posted by hollis over 7 years ago