IS ST AUGUSTINE A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE?

IS ST. AUGUSTINE A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE? Well I keep getting asked that question and…obviously I’m going to say Yes!!! because I live here and love it. There’s so much to do here so I’m never bored but I’m going to give you some other reasons why.

I keep getting asked is St. Augustine a good place to live and with anywhere you live there is the good and the bad but for me St Augustine has more good than anywhere else I’ve lived so I’m going to tell you 5 reasons why St Augustine is a great place to live.

There are a lot of towns in Florida and many are touristy but none are like St. Augustine and the number one reason is the history.

#1 History

St. Augustine is the nations oldest city, established in 1565 by the Spanish, it is the longest continually inhabited European-founded city in the United States and what I love about that is of course the history. It’s everywhere but especially downtown. It really does have a European feel with  charming cobblestone streets, beautiful architecture, museums, and lots of shops and restaurants to enjoy. It’s just a wonderful area to spend time and learn a bit about the past. Of course the history expands outside of downtown and you can find many historic areas just a short drive away, so if you love history St. Augustine may be a great place for you.

#2 The Opportunity for work

St Johns county is one of the fastest growing counties in the country. Over 1200 new businesses opened in the past 10 years and we are predicted to see a lot more including some recent expansions. Northrup Grumman expanded its Aircraft integration Center of Excellence creating 400 new manufacturing jobs, PGA Tours is consolidating its headquarters in Ponte Vedra which will create 300 new jobs and Encompass Health is expanding in the county with a new Rehabilitation center that will create 119 jobs. The county is also seeing an increase in mixed use development including residential and retail. We are also full of small businesses from cafes to boutiques to distillery’s so there is even opportunity for you to start your own business if that is something you are interested in doing.

#3 Access to the water. 

St. Johns County runs from the St. Johns River to the Atlantic Ocean and there are creeks and rivers in between including the Intracoastal. This offers a variety of ways to explore the area by water either by paddle board, kayak, or boat. I Love water, I’m sailor and I couldn’t live somewhere without it, so if you love the water, fishing and being outdoors I think you’ll find the area to be a bit of haven. 

#4 Education

St. Johns county is the #1-ranked public school district in Florida  and the reason why the area attracts a lot of families which I think helps to keep the county a vibrant one.  You’ll find people of all ages here which I feel is important and an indication of all the area has to offer.

#5 Chill Vibes

It’s laid back here and the people are the nicest I’ve ever met.

St Johns County is growing and whenever there is growth, an area tends to change. The people, the vibe, the congestion. What I love about St Augustine is that it’s laid back. There is no pretentiousness to be found in St. Augustine and I really hope it stays that way. Now I know it’s hard for people fresh out of  fast paced cities to take it down a notch when they move to an area like St augustine but just try, it’s worth it and my guess is it’s one of the reasons you are moving here…so slow down, no need to rush, say hello to your neighbors and enjoy and appreciate St. Augustine for what it is. 

Remember St. Augustine is also a vacation destination. How lucky are we to be able to live and experience a place that people come to for vacation. We get to enjoy it everyday. What’s better than that?

If you are considering a move here, click the link below for my free relocation guide. You’ll find some helpful information in there to get you started. Of course I am always here to answer any questions  so feel free to email me at [email protected] or call (904) 747-0183.

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About the Author
Kim Devlin is a Realtor with RE/MAX LeadingEdge in beautiful St Augustine Florida. She enjoys sharing real estate tips and local insight on communities and life in St Augustine. Tune in weekly and be sure to subscribe to her monthly newsletter.