Considering St Augustine as a Retirement Destination?
Whether you are looking for resort homes, new homes in Palencia, resale homes in Marsh Creek, golf communities like St Johns Country Club or World Golf Village, boating communities, waterfront homes or tennis communities, we are here to help!
People don’t talk about it a lot. But finding the right real estate agent here in St Augustine can be the difference between a happy, stress-free home buying or selling experience, and an unhappy, stressful experience.
First, you’ll want an agent ready and able to make a full-time commitment to you.
Second, you’ll want an agent with the St Augustine experience needed to know the local neighborhoods, schools, market conditions, ordinances, etc. As residents of St Augustine with over 10 years of experience in the local market we have the expertise to provide you with an agent referral well suited to your needs.
Third, you’ll want an agent who embraces the convenience of technology without losing the personal touch. You’ll love the retirement resources available on our website.
Thanks for visiting our St Augustine retirement website resource. We are looking forward to hearing about your retirement plans and real estate needs. Ask us about condos, single family homes, horse properties, townhomes in and around Jacksonville, St Augustine or the popular Palm Coast. Our target response time to inquiries is one hour or less.
Popular St Augustine and St Johns County communities and sub-divisions include:
Abbott Trace, World Golf Village, Anastasia By The Sea, Woodridge, Anastasia Dunes, Windmill Estates, Anastasia Lakes, Windjammer, Willow Walk, Whitelock Farms, White Castle Estates and Watson Woods. Other communities include Walden Chase, Palencia, Marsh Creek, Villa Del Rey, Vermont Heights, The Pines, The Meadows and The Preserve. There is plenty of choice when it comes to St Augustine area communities including The Greens, Tarpon Run, Surfwind Estates, Summerhouse, Summer Haven, Stonegate, St Johns Golf & Country Club, St Augustine Shores, Spyglass, South Hampton, Seychelles, Seranata Beach, Vilano Beach, St Augustine Beach, Ormond Beach and Seascape.
If you don’t see the community or sub-division you are looking for, just give us a call or send us an email and we’ll be back to you promptly.
What it’s Like to Retire in Saint Augustine
The City of Saint Augustine, Florida is the longest continuously occupied European settlement in the U.S. This popular retirement community was established in 1565 by the Spanish. It has been under 4 flags – Spanish, English, Confederate, and U.S. – and some of these (Spain and U.S.) more than once! Located on Florida’s northeast coast and southeast of Jacksonville, Saint Augustine has about 13,000 residents. The area is experiencing rapid growth, particularly among active adults 55+. This diverse city has a mild climate in the winter.
Several Spanish Colonial Revival Style buildings from the Spanish era still exist in the city, most notably the 1672 fort by the Spanish, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. Henry Flagler helped build St. Augustine into a winter resort for the very wealthy. Some of the mansions and palatial hotels from this period still exist and have been converted to buildings at Flagler College and in several museums. There is plenty for active adults to do in this retirement community including fabulous beaches and public golf courses such as St. John’s Golf Club. The Retired and Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP) is very active here. Saint Augustine Beach is located in St. Johns County.
Where to Retire in Saint Augustine and Home Prices
Active adults can choose from a variety of housing alternatives. In the city it tends to be single family historic homes showing Spanish influences – these are more expensive than average. Outside of the old city there are newer, less expensive choices and many condos. Single-family homes located on the Intracoastal Waterway or on Anastasia Island tend to be quite a bit higher as they are waterfront property. Further out of town there are retirement communities and a number of mobile home communities. Zillow reports the median listing price was $281,740 in late 2016.
What is special about Saint Augustine
Bridge of Lions; Casa Monica Hotel; Castillo de San Marcos; Cathedral of St. Augustine; Flagler College, part of which is the former Ponce de Leon Hotel; Lightner Museum and City Hall; Fort Matanzas National Monument
What is not special about Saint Augustine
Downtown traffic; hurricane season; living in a tourist town
Who will like retirement in Saint Augustine
Saint Augustine attracts a community of active adults who want to live in an interesting, historic community with mild winters. There is a lot to do that is connected with the cityâ€™s rich heritage.
There are plenty of opportunities for interesting volunteer and part time work due to the many historic buildings and the strength of the tourist industry.
Local economy is driven by:
Tourism, services, and real estate are important to the economy.
Climate and Physical Environment
Saint Augustine is in the northern portion of the east coast of Florida. Access to the Atlantic Ocean is via the St. Augustine Inlet of the Matanzas River. This is north Florida so winters aren’t quite as warm as further south. It rains frequently in summer.
Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Saint Augustine cultural events tend to center around Flagler College and the many museums in the city. Nearby Jacksonville tends to be the cultural center.
Crime in Saint Augustine is somewhat higher than the national average.
Flagler Hospital West
St. Augustine Airport. Jacksonville International (48 miles). There is no public transport, but Saint Augustine is above average in walkability when compared to other communities.