Advantages to New Home Construction Living in St. Johns County
by Donny Mak
on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 at 1:00am.
Advantages to New Home Construction Living in St Johns County By: Alan Aptheker
There’s been a lot said and reported about the benefits -- cultural, social, and otherwise – about living in the hottest building boom area around: St. Johns County. Let’s put come quantifiable stats to complement, and substantiate, the buzz around the popularity of this area.
· Cost of living index in St. Johns County: 90.1 (U.S. average is 100)
· Estimated median household income: $67,056
· Estimated median house or condo value: $321,000
· Percentage of residents living in poverty: 8.2%
· Unemployment rate: 9.1%
SchoolMatch, the nation’s largest school selection consulting firm, ranks the public school system among the top 14 percent in America based on competitive scores, classroom size, and competitive teacher’s salaries. Both instructional and library/media expenditures are above the national average, and St. Johns County invests more of its operating dollar on instruction than any other Florida school district. Support from hundreds of businesses through Business Partners in Education combines with exceptional family and community involvement to ensure value-added education for every child. Students of all age can access quality higher education within the affordable and convenient community college system or at a variety of private and public colleges and universities throughout the region.
The 274-bed healthcare institution of Flagler Hospital anchors the county’s network of medical facilities, which includes several nursing homes and hundreds of offices for skilled professionals. Providing a mall concept in healthcare, the hospital’s 75-acre Health Park features nearly a half-million square feet of office space. The Patient Tower is the centerpiece of the center, where climate-controlled walkways connect visitors and patients to the various facilities and wings. The emergency room, birth unit, pediatrics unit, and new oncology center, intensive care unit, and heart and lung center are just a few of the specialties. Flagler Hospital anchors an entire network of supportive healthcare facilities and skilled professionals in every major specialty.
Combining the charm of historic St. Augustine with panoramic riverfront and 43 miles of pristine beaches, St. Johns County offers a residential paradise of crafted and natural beauty. A growing economy and affordable cost of living are further enhanced by outstanding recreational and cultural amenities. Newcomers will discover welcoming neighborhoods in friendly small towns, fine waterfront properties, and beautiful new planned communities. Freshwater and saltwater fishing, inviting cafes and wonderful restaurants, unique boutiques and convenient retail centers, private sports clubs, and velvet golf courses are just a few of the amenities in this area. Camping, hiking, swimming, water-skiing, windsailing, boating, sailing, and every imaginable water sport are common pastimes.
The leading city of St. Augustine boasts more than four centuries of history, attracting visitors from around the world. Founded in 1565, the city showcases the heritage of its founding by the Spanish in architecture, street names, cuisine, and fine art. The county enjoys a reputation as a world sports destination, home to the World Golf Village and serving as the headquarters for the Professional Golf Association and the Association of Tennis Professionals. World-class fishing tournaments and the million-dollar St. Augustine Speedway represent other major sports attractions. Active community and professional theaters, art associations, and music associations enrich the area with visual and performing arts. Whether you prefer the symphony or bass fishing, St. Johns County is a paradise waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.