Retire in St. Augustine

Meet Gwen

Want to know what it's like to retire in St. Augustine?

I am originally from Chicago. After marrying my husband, we then transferred to New York, followed by Miami where we lived in South Florida for 22 years with his job at Siemens in the nuclear medicine department. After a few more transfers, I finally moved to Jacksonville, which was our ultimate goal since our son went to Flagler College. While he was in college and we visited often, we fell in love with the city and often talked about retiring in St. Augustine. As luck would have it, my last transfer for work was Jacksonville.

So Gwen, what about St. Augustine initially appealed to you?

I've always loved how St. Augustine is close in proximity to a large city, as well as being close to an airport since my husband and I love to travel. St. Augustine is also less crowded than other cities that are close to airports (Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and especially Orlando) but are still populated enough that there are plenty of activities. Maybe a more obvious appeal, the beach is also a big pull.

What is an aspect of the area that you, or other retirees may dislike?

Parking is often difficult to find. There is a large lot, but it is a bit pricey. Shopping is not very extensive, although Jacksonville is close enough to remedy that issue.

What is an aspect of your daily life in the area that you weren't expecting before you moved?

The streets can occasionally flood when there's a lot of rain.

If you ever left St. Augustine, what would you miss the most?

The people in my community and the many activities available to us.

What advice would you have for people moving to this community?

Rent first - make sure you like where you want to live. Try different areas.

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