Thinking of moving to the St. Augustine, Florida area? This southeastern coastal town is the nation’s oldest. When you move to St. Augustine you will experience a taste of history, cultures, and the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean. This area is well known for its tourist attractions, yet people do make St. Augustine their permanent residence. With a population of 14,280, St. Augustine has a small town feel to it that is inviting.
In order to make your move to a new town flow more smoothly, we’ve put together a real estate and homeowner resources guide.
Real estate market
Zillow predicts that home values should increase by 2.1 % in the upcoming year. That’s a few percentage points less than the increase from last year, which was at 4.5 %. The median value of a home in this area is $234,500, and the median price is sitting at $299,900 – $325,000.
As you prepare to move into your dream home in St. Augustine, Florida, you’ll need to have resources to assist you along the way. Here are some of the most necessary ones.
St. John’s County Utility Department handles the water, sewer, and water treatment for the St. Augustine area. They will also be responsible for reading your meter. You can contact them or check out their website here.
Every year you will need to pay your property taxes. You can make your payment online here or mail the bottom portion of your bill. The main postal address for the tax office is: P.O. Box 9001, St. Augustine, FL 32085-9001. If you’d like to receive information about your bill by email, simply complete the form on the following link.
Driver’s license and vehicle registration
For driver’s license and motor vehicle registration services, you can go to 4030 Lewis Speedway, St. Augustine. For more information about what you will need to bring or about what services they cover, check out this website here. There are other DMV locations, but their services are limited. The location on Lewis Speedway is a full-service facility. However, if you think you only need limited services and this location is not close to you, you can check out the other addresses and services here.
Police, fire, and ambulance numbers
Always keep the following telephone numbers handy:
- Police: (904) 825-1070 (non-emergency)
- Fire Department: (904) 825-1098 (non-emergency)
- Ambulance: (904) 356-2828
Flagler Hospital is located at 400 Health Park Blvd. For more information call (904) 819-5155 or visit their website at flaglerhospital.org.
Places of interest
Living in a historical, coastal town means you will have plenty of attractions to visit. Some of which include:
This historical jail housed criminals from the late 1800’s to mid-1900’s. It’s located at 167 San Marco Avenue.
Spanish Military Hospital Museum
Located at 3 Aviles Street, this museum will shed light on colonial medicine.
Castillo de San Marcos
Walk through the oldest fort in the U.S. and examine the wonderful architecture. Also, on some days of the week, you can enjoy living history demonstrations. The location for this fort is 1 South Castillo Drive.
If you love a gorgeous bird’s eye view of the ocean, then you’ll enjoy climbing up to the top of St. Augustine’s Lighthouse. Find your way to the 219 steps at 100 Red Cox Road.
Upcoming events 2018
If you plan on being in St. Augustine this year, consider joining the residents in one of these upcoming activities:
Drake’s Raid Reenactment features an “exciting historical reenactments” which “brings to life the siege of San Agustin by Sir Francis Drake in 1586.” This event takes place on June 2nd at 11 Magnolia Avenue. You can partake in activities from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm and the reenactment of the burning of the town will occur at 7:00 pm.
Night of Lights will dazzle and brighten up the entire city from November 17 until January 31 for the holidays. Three million lights will deck the streets of historic St. Augustine for a truly splendid view. In addition, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the town to enjoy the sights. For more information, visit here.
As you prepare to move into your new home, don’t forget to find a home inspector you can trust. Inside & Out Property Inspectors are standing by to give your new place a thorough inspection. Contact us for more information.