I’ve made a few observations about living in Deerwood over the previous months that I thought might be of value for the buyer weighing their options in regards to what Jacksonville neighborhood to buy in.
The average lot size in Deerwood is .62 acres
And, this doesn’t include the Estates section. Compare that to Hampton Park at .3 acres, Jax Golf & Country Club at .37 acres, or Deercreek at .52 acres and it becomes apparent why things feel more spacious when you’re driving through the neighborhood. Even Glen Kernan, with a starting price point significantly higher than Deerwood’s, only has an average parcel size of .64 acres.
No two homes look alike. Well, this isn’t entirely true but the point is this. You could easily walk down a street and see a mid-century modern home, next to a Spanish villa, that sits across from a brick ranch. The neighborhood is very eclectic, due in large part to the fact that it was developed (and there are still a few build-able lots left) over 50 years with a very well thought out plan. This is an asset that is especially hard to find in Jacksonville. As most neighborhoods are developed and built out within a few years, the inventory of homes look basically the same.
The scenery is unbeatable
So, in most Southside neighborhoods you have a fairly cookie cutter arrangement of homes, trees, roads, and lakes. Not Deerwood. it feels like you’re walking through a forest and there just happened to be a few homes situated within it. There are magnolia and oak trees in the neighborhood that I’m pretty sure are taking steroids! It’s clear that the priority when developing the neighborhood was to build around the existing landscape and not the other way around.
Location, location, location
There are no sidewalks
While there’s a great park for kids, several other “dog-walk” open areas, and lots of beautiful scenery… You’ll need to walk on the road. It’s not a big deal (we’ve done plenty as a family) because most drivers are cautious and aware, but make sure you have both eyes open in case you need to do a quick dive behind a bush.
Deferred maintenance may be waiting around the corner
Let me say this first, there is no such thing as a perfect home. Whether you’re buying new construction or something that’s been around for 100 years, you’ll find issues. While most homes in Deerwood are meticulously kept, there’s a greater likelihood repair issues will rear their ugly head when the home is 30+ years old. The average year built for existing homes is 1978. So, pay extra close attention when your home inspector gives you the break down on things like the: roof, A/C, electrical (watch out for aluminum), plumbing (copper piping), etc.
At $1900 per year (roughly) I wouldn’t say you get a lot of bang for your buck. There is a great playground, basketball courts, soccer field, and picnic area, but you do not have access to the pool, fitness center, or golf/tennis facilities. Comparably, Hampton Glen (while there is not a guard gate) has an annual HOA fee of $1200 with access to a pool, tennis court, playground, basketball court, etc. That said, the grounds at Deerwood are always well kept and maintenance seems to be very well attended to.
Hope this helps with your decision on where to buy in Jacksonville. Feel free to email or call me any time! (phone number at the bottom of the site)
Check out homes for sale in Deerwood currently:Deerwood Country Club Homes For Sale
Originally posted 2016-03-08 16:00:36.