You may want to consider one of the many Retirement communities in Jacksonville Florida if you are looking for a great, affordable retirement spot in Florida.
Located in northeast Florida along the Atlantic coast, Jacksonville enjoys a temperate climate with summertime temperatures usually ranging from 80 to 100 degrees F but the cool breeze from the Atlantic makes the temperature very livable. Wintertime temperatures are in the low 30’s but they only last from November through February.
The 310-mile long St Johns River runs through the middle of the city. It is one of only three rivers in the entire country that run from the south to the north. It is not uncommon to see dolphins in the river east of Jacksonville and manatees in the springtime when the water warms up. Alligators, bald eagles, ospreys, stingrays, and many species of fish—both salt and fresh water—are found living in the river and on its banks.
One of Jacksonville's many natural assets is one of the largest urban park systems in the country. The active and passive parks and preservation lands are a key part of Jacksonville's quality of life. There are the miles of beaches and waterways, a major symphony orchestra, a sports and entertainment complex downtown and a variety of special events that the city hosts each year.
No matter where you go in Jacksonville, you are never more than 40 minutes from what seems to be endless stretches of pristine beaches. The neighboring communities of Amelia Island (Fernandina Beach), Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach are all included in Jacksonville’s metro area. You can enjoy watching porpoise swim year-round off the coast or catch a glimpse of the northern right whales that winter off the coast of Jacksonville. You can see the just hatched sea turtles making their way to the ocean in late summer or take a bike ride or go for a stroll along the beach and collect sea shells.
Recently, Jacksonville and the Retirement communities in Jacksonville Florida were named by Money magazine as one of the top 35 large metro best areas to retire. The metro area covers an area of about 1120 square miles which makes it largest city when it comes to overall area in the lower 48.
The most popular Retirement communities in Jacksonville Florida in the metro area is the Avondale/Riverside area. There are countless condos and apartments as well as great shopping and plenty of restaurants. TheRiverside/Avondale area is a historic district that offers middle and upper income taste in the residential architecture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. At night you can dine in the moonlit atmosphere while sounds of jazz play in the background all along the streets. All this while you are only minutes from downtown Jacksonville.
As with other areas of Florida, golf is at a premium. There are more than 70 public and private golf courses. You can get a discount on green fees at many of the courses by using the Players Pass.
Heathcare is also at a premium. With the large number of senior citizens, Jacksonville has become a premier location for medical centers that focus on gerontology, heart disease, and cancer. There are 37 hospitals and 137 clinics. In 2004, US News and World Report ranked Shands Healthcare as one of the top 50 hospitals in the country.
The biggest downfall to retirement here is of course the treat of hurricanes. The area is affected by hurricanes on average once every 3 years with direct hits averaging a little over 11 years but, keep in mind, that these are only averages.
All-in-all, it’s easy to see why retirement communities is Jacksonville Florida are becoming such a “hot spot”. The cost of living is below the national average and one of most budget friendly cities to live in the southeast with a median home price of $161,900.
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