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Ed Leavy

Sales Associate

Top 10 Reasons for Coastal Georgia for Relocation and/or Retirement.

1. Unspoiled and uncrowded – We have miles and miles of beaches close by, many times deserted – (http://www.nps.gov/cuis/index.htm). Camden County has less than 60,000 people, where as many counties in FL have north of 400,000, and that numbers swells to crazy levels in the winter.

2. Airport access – from Osprey Cove, St. Mary, Cumberland Harbour, and the area, we are less than 20-25 minutes to a major airport (www.flyjax.com). When friends and family visit you move here – or you simply want to travel to Europe, direct to New York, or head to the West coast – time and again Jacksonville International Airport makes travel easy and inexpensive.

3. World Class Healthcare – Whether you fought life threatening disease, or simply want to be assured of terrific options for the future, Jacksonville is home to Mayo Clinic (www.mayoclinic.org/jacksonville/), UF-Shands (www.ufandshandsjax.org/), Baptist Medical Centers (www.baptistjax.com/locations/baptist-medical-center-jacksonville/), and St. Vincent (http://www.jaxhealth.com/). The local Southeast Georgia Health system (http://www.sghs.org/) has doubled in size and will handle your week to week or annual health issues.

4. Tax Friendly State – Georgia continues to have a warm and generous attitude toward new residents, especially retirees (http://www.kiplinger.com/tool/retirement/T055-S001-state-by-state-guide-to-taxes-on-retirees/index.php?map=&state_id=11&state=Georgia)

5. Military Relocation and Retirement – Camden County is extremely military friends with Kings Bay Naval Base near by our fine developments and downtown historic St. Marys. (http://www.cnic.navy.mil/kingsbay/index.htm) The base continues to grow and provides a major economic impact as well as long term stability. For military retirees, this area continues to rank in the top3 or 4 to consider and one can have access to the benefits of the base coupled with very low cost of living (unlike Connecticut, San Diego, etc).

6. Perfect climate – Three seasons plus some light frosts. Local transplants state it’s like a mid-Atlantic Spring – for 9 MONTHS!. Yes, it peaks at 95 in June-August, but that’s when you hit the beach or swim in your pool.

St. Marys, GA climate is hot during summer when temperatures tend to be in the 80's and cool during winter when temperatures tend to be in the 50's.

The warmest month of the year is July with an average maximum temperature of 89.80 degrees Fahrenheit, while the coldest month of the year is January with an average minimum temperature of 44.50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Temperature variations between night and day tend to be fairly limited during summer with a difference that can reach 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and fairly limited during winter with an average difference of 18 degrees Fahrenheit.

The annual average precipitation at St. Marys is 50.39 Inches. Summer months tend to be wetter than winter months. The wettest month of the year is September with an average rainfall of 7.73 Inches.

(Go to: http://www.idcide.com/weather/ga/st-marys.htm)

7. Resort-type atmosphere. No crowds. There is a reason we have many relocate here after relocating elsewhere (Florida is our #1 state for relos). These people discover what many of us know: most of Florida, Hilton Head, St. Augustine etc are resort destinations often completely floated by tourism and weekly rental properties, many of which vacate in off seasons. One sees wild population swings – and new renters move in weekly during the winter – and then becoming ghost communities in the off season. For primary home owners, Osprey Cove (www.ospreycove.com) and similar communities allow no daily or weekly rentals. You’ll feel like you’re on vacation every day.

8. Cultural Activities abound: from the Jacksonville Symphony (http://www.jaxsymphony.org/), to Pro Sports (www.jaguars.com) to Theatre and Concerts (www.floridatheatre.com) – the action is just minutes away down Interstate 95.

9. Just 90 minutes away: We always talk about getaway weekends and fun trips! Savannah and St. Augustine are less than 90 minutes! Charleston, SC is 2.5 hours. Orlando is under 3 hours. Travel and park at most Florida cruise cities in hours. Whatever your pleasure!

10. Great Neighbors, Great Luxury Homes: Whether you buy new or a resale, there are many luxury homes that are custom built for a fraction of what can sell ones home for in Maryland, DC, Pennsylvania, Illinois, California and the like. Osprey and other communities have residents from most of the 50 states – and many with international experience and travel! Check out the options – you won’t be disappointed.