Steve Sanders

A Property Manager at Jacksonville Rentals

Steve Sanders

Jacksonville Rentals

A Property Manager based in Tarpon Springs, FL

 
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Recreation

Recreation

Steve Sanders - Property Manager

Dunedin has a lively social scene that partners great food, bars, and music. Blur Nightclub and Show Bar is the top club in Dunedin and hosts a different event every night, making it a very popular scene for the younger crowd. The Chic A Boom Room Martini Bar and Lounge offers a more relaxed atmosphere with a higher end selection of wines, beers, and cocktails. For excellent food and drinks locals go to The Dunedin Smokehouse, which has superb BBQ, live entertainment, a dog friendly patio, and a full bar.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Steve Sanders - Property Manager

Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Dunedin has a number of beaches, including Dunedin Causeway, Honeymoon Island, and Caladesi Island State Park. Caladesi Island State Park has been ranked one of the best beaches in the country: 4th in 2005, 2nd in 2006 and 2007, and 1st in 2008. The beach has nature trails, picnic areas, fishing, kayaking, boating, and many more activities that cater to all age groups. The city of Clearwater is also only six miles from Dunedin, making it very easy for residents to reach a more urban setting.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Steve Sanders - Property Manager

The overall crime rate in Palm Harbor is 50% less than the national average and 66% less than the state average. The violent crime rate in the area is far below half the national and state rates. The overall crime rate is brought up by the amount of nonviolent crimes that occur in the area such as burglary. Although all of these rates are below state and national averages, they are higher than the violent crime rates. This can most likely be attributed to the proximity to major cities and the affluent sector of the Palm Harbor area.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Steve Sanders - Property Manager

Palm Harbor has over five miles of beautiful coast and borders the southwestern edge of Lake Tarpon. Both the ocean and the lake are popular locations for boats and watersports and also offer a relaxing place to enjoy with friends or family. Many parks around Palm Harbor have tennis courts, baseball fields, playgrounds, and other fields and open green space. Fishing piers are located around the lake and off the seafront. For residents looking for more activities in a city, Palm Harbor is located about 45 minutes from Clearwater and Tampa, making Palm Harbor a perfect place to enjoy suburban and urban settings.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

Steve Sanders - Property Manager

Due to the large percentage of Greek immigrants, Tarpon Springs is home to a number of authentic Greek restaurants and is known to have the best Greek food in the area. According to reviews from intuit.com, Hellas, Costa’s and Mama’s Maria’s are the three best Greek restaurants in Tarpon Springs. Hellas Restaurant is known for their incredible gyros and service. Many of the restaurants in the area also make Greek Pastries--Hellas Bakery gets the best reviews and the only complaint is that the lines can be long because it’s so good and so many people go. Tarpon Springs is an excellent place to rent for any lover of Greek food.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Steve Sanders - Property Manager

Although the majority of residents either work within Tarpon Springs or just outside with an average commute of only 15 minutes, many residents work in Tampa. The average commute to Tampa takes about 50 minutes and will take about an hour in light traffic. The good thing about this commute is that there are three different major routes that utilize different highways, allowing commuters to alter their route if there is excessive traffic or if there is an accident on the highway. Since there are no major highways within Tarpon Springs and none just outside the city limits, there is very little traffic within the city. However, this is part of the reason why the commute takes extra time. If you plan to rent in Tarpon Springs and commute to Tampa you should weigh the costs and benefits of not having immediate access to a highway.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

Steve Sanders - Property Manager

Jacksonville has some of the most successful schools in the U.S. The Stanton College Preparatory School has ranked in the top five in Newsweek’s Top 1,000 Public Schools in the U.S. every year from 2000-2011, and ranked #1 three of those years. Another public school in the city, Paxon School for Advanced Studies, also regularly ranks high, and in 2010, Jacksonville had five other public schools on the list. So, while Jacksonville’s public education thrives, it also is home to over a hundred well-respected private schools. If you live here your children will have a lot of options for their education.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Steve Sanders - Property Manager

Jacksonville is just 12 miles from Florida’s naturally beautiful east coast. To get there, take Florida Route 228 and U.S. Route 90. There are four other U.S. Routes that are accessible to the city, and three interstates. Public transit is provided by the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, although only 2% of residents use it to get to work every day. 92.7% of them drive a vehicle instead. The average one way commute to work for people who live here is 27 minutes.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

Steve Sanders - Property Manager

There are so many apartment properties in Jacksonville that allow pets that it’s not possible to fit them all in the space provided here. However, to see for yourself, you can search MyApartmentMap’s database for all the pet friendly properties in the area, and choose the best one for yourself. Not only are housing units accommodating to pets, but so is the community and the city, which provides many amenities. For example, there are five dog friendly parks in the city, including the off-leash Dog Wood Park, which offers 42 acres, 25 of them fenced, of swimming and playing areas. This is one of the largest dog parks in the country, and was named one of the best by Dog Fancy Magazine in 2009.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Steve Sanders - Property Manager

It’s not a stretch to claim that Jacksonville has one of the best recreation systems in the entire country. For one, the city operates the largest urban park system in the U.S., as they service public space for 337 locations that span over 80,000 acres in the city. Some parks sit below downtown’s buildings, and others are perched on the waterfront next to the St. John’s River and Atlantic Ocean. Facilities range from playgrounds, green picnic areas, and sports facilities to beaches with pearly white sand and fishing docks. The city is also home to a number of trails to walk, bike, or jog on, such as the 14.5-mile long Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail.

 
Section 8 & Affordable

Section 8 & Affordable

Steve Sanders - Property Manager

The Jacksonville Housing Authority has an extensive section on their site dedicated to educating residents about Section 8. Even though as of right now the assisted housing waitlist is closed, this website is one of the best I’ve seen at making sure residents stay up to date on how Section 8 works, the requirements, the process, and its current state in Jacksonville. If there’s anything you want to know about assisted housing in the metropolitan area, be sure to visit Jacksonville Housing Authority’s website.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Steve Sanders - Property Manager

Ponte Vedra Beach is a little further from Jacksonville (24 miles) than other cities in the metropolitan area, but it’s still relatively close. The two communities are connected by Route 202 and Interstate 95 (or Route 115, depending on which way you take). 91% of the residents here drive a vehicle to work every day, as opposed to taking public transit, bicycling, carpooling, etc. Because Ponte Vedra is further from Jacksonville -- and because of traffic during rush hour -- most residents reported their commute to work is usually 30-59 minutes.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Steve Sanders - Property Manager

Because of its proximity to the city of Jacksonville and the ocean (the best of both worlds), apartments in Jacksonville Beach are on the expensive side. The average price of a two bedroom apartment here is $1205. To compare, this is how neighboring communities’ prices for the same space match up: Atlantic Beach ($741), Jacksonville ($805), Fernandina Beach ($817), Neptune Beach ($1056), and Ponte Vedra Beach ($1234).

 
Recreation

Recreation

Steve Sanders - Property Manager

There is no shortage of recreational amenities here in Jacksonville Beach. You should be able to tell from the name what the best recreation the city offers is -- the coastline and its sandy beaches. There are tons of places to lie down and tan, surf, or take kids to build sand castles on a sunny day. In addition to the beaches, there are eight great parks maintained by the city, and a fishing pier that goes out nearly a quarter of a mile into the ocean. If it’s sunny out, take a fishing rod here, and if it’s too hot, jump in the ocean.

 

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