Welcome to Jacksonville! We’ve compiled a list of great resources to help you figure out where you want to live and how to find homes in the area. There are so many great neighborhoods and areas to live here in Jacksonville, from the Beaches, to St. Johns County, to Riverside, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re stationed at NS Mayport or NAS JAX, there’s a perfect neighborhood just for you. Here’s a list of great resources to help you decide:
WHERE TO LIVE:
Moving to Jacksonville? Our friends at MilitaryTownAdvisor.com have put together an excellent PCS Guide for Jacksonville and Mayport. This guide details all of the potential neighborhoods you could live in, distance to each base, NS Mayport and NAS JAX, as well as a great map to help you get a better feel of the city. This site also has great resources on things to do in Jacksonville.
HOW TO FIND A PLACE TO LIVE.
Whether you’re looking to buy or rent, the following websites are a great place to start when finding a place here in Jacksonville:
2. Facebook Groups: Many military families put their house up for sale or rent on Facebook groups. You will want to check out the local pages for your base as well groups such as “Oh, the Places We Go,” “Navy Home Search,” “Moving House for the Military Spouse.” Search for the group names in your search toolbar on Facebook.
6. AHRN Automated Housing Referral Network for Military
5. Property Management Companies: Here are a few local property management companies you can check out to see if they have any properties available:
Hover Girl Properties (A military spouse owned company)
6. USAA’s Movers Advantage Guide-I’m mentioning this because we used it when we bought our house in Jax. If you use this program from USAA to buy a house, they set you up with a realtor, give you step by step help in the home buying process (even if you don’t finance with them) and, most importantly…they’ll send you a check after closing. We used it, they were really helpful and we got a check at the end of the process. Update: Local companies, like Hover Girl Properties also offer the same, if not better incentive so check out their programs too. Plus, THEY KNOW JAX.
WHERE TO STAY WHEN HOUSE HUNTING
Navy Lodge Mayport Located on base (on the beach)
Navy Gateway Inn and Suites Mayport Located on base
Navy Lodge NAS Jacksonville Located on base
Navy Gateway Inn and Suites NAS JAX Located on base
Marriott Residence Inn Town Center This hotel is located in the center of Jacksonville close to shopping and all major highways. It’s great for families because it has a suite set up with a kitchen. Make sure to click on “Government/Military” rate. Rates can even be comparable to Navy Lodge on select dates.
Good luck! I hope you find a great place to live.
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