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Top 10 Reasons to Live In St Johns, FL

There are so many reasons that people choose to live in St. Johns, FL that listing them all would be nearly impossible. Here are ten of them:

LocationLocation, Location St. Johns is within easy commuting distance of both downtown Jacksonville to the north and historic St. Augustine to the south. By automobile you can travel less than 2 hours to Amelia Island, Savannah, Hilton Head, Daytona Beach, Orlando, and the University of Florida. Destinations like Atlanta, Charleston, Miami and Florida’s gulf coast are also within a half day’s drive.

family at the beachBeaches and River St. Johns boasts 40+ miles of beautiful beaches which provide opportunities for surfing, fishing, swimming, wildlife-viewing, paddle boarding, picnicking, shell and shark tooth collecting and relaxing. Many beaches have picnic areas and rest room facilities and you can even drive your car on some of them. The St. Johns River also passes through St. Johns County on its journey north and is widely used for boating, tubing, kayaking and fishing.

Award Winning Public Schools The St. Johns County School District is the highest rated school system in the state of Florida based upon student achievement. Among other distinctions, SJCSD also has ranked first overall out of 67 school counties on FCAT (state assesments) for several consecutive years and is one of only 2 districts in Florida that remains "A" rated as of 2018.

Homes for All Budgets and Tastes No matter what your dream home looks like it can likely be found in St. Johns County. From townhomes and condos to waterfront estate homes and everything in between, St Johns, FL has a wide variety of housing options. Horse property in a rural setting? Yes. A family home in a planned community with resort-style amenities? Sure thing. A home on the golf course? Yup. Active Adult Communities? Mm Hm. Ocean or Riverfront Property? We have that too. The possibilities are endless and I invite you to begin your search here.

Access To Top-Notch Medical Facilities In addition to St. Johns’ own award winning Flagler Hospital, there are 17 hospitals and medical centers in the greater Jacksonville area covering a wide array of medical specialties. Each of these hospitals is an easy commute from St. Johns County and 5 of the 17 hospitals are nationally ranked: Mayo Clinic, surgeon and teamBaptist Medical Center, Shands Jacksonville, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Memorial Hospital, St. Vincent’s Medical Center.

Weather The climate in Saint Johns, FL offers the best of both worlds: mostly warm weather but with just enough temperature and humidity fluctuations that you can actually experience changes of seasons. January is the coldest month with an average low temp. of 47° F and average high of 64° F; July is the hottest month with an average low of 75° F and average high of 90° F. Yes, it is hot and humid in the summer, but the weather during the rest of the year makes up for it and outdoor activities can be enjoyed year-round.

Outdoor Activities In addition to water sports there are plenty of things to do on land. Without ever leaving St. Johns County you can golf, go horseback riding, run and ride bicycles, hike on trails and through parks and participate in recreational adult sports leagues. Got kids? There are also manfarmers market produce stallyouth sports leagues in St. Johns County catering to kids of all ages and abilities.

Festivals, Fairs, Markets and Concerts On most weekends throughout the year you can find a fair, festival, farmer’s market or concert in St. Johns. Art walks, food festivals, craft fairs, pirate gatherings, charity runs and boat parades are just some of the fun weekend events scattered throughout the county. If you enjoy music you will also want to check out the Music By The Sea Concert Series, St. Augustine Ampitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.

Attractions Historic St. Augustine is the cultural center of St. Johns County and hosts museums, historic sites, galleries, restaurants, shopping, a winery and a variety of tours . Other St. Johns County attractions include the World Golf Hall of Fame, Marineland, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, Adventure Landing, and outlet malls.

Taxes There is no state income tax in Florida and many people relocating to St. Johns from other areas of the country are pleased to find that their property taxes are considerably lower here. This last reason isn't a 'fun' one but the savings you may realize on taxes can sure help you have fun doing other things!

Are you ready to begin living the St. Johns, FL lifestyle? Call me at 904-576-0706 and let's get started by finding you a great place to live. 

Julie Bentley relocated to St. Johns, Florida in 2010 and joined Watson Realty Corp a year later. She and her family quickly grew to love all that Northeast Florida has to offer and she enjoys sharing those things with people not familair with the area.