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The Revival of Jacksonville's Greater Arlington Area- Regency Square Mall

In almost every corner of neighborhoods throughout the country, we all have witnessed to some degree, a rebound or "revival" of what once was a great area that slowly deteriorated and found it's way back. Of course, as a witness to many neighborhoods and areas that have become sought after areas, many challenges and opportunities are clearly observed during the transition process.

I personally have seen the optimism and those who are considered winners or losers as a once blighted or challenged area evolves and develops. During the past few years Arlington(a large swath of the Greater Jacksonville area has seen it's share of up's and downs). Given the sheer size of
Arlington, I do not suggest that my comments reflect the entire designated area, but many will agree that a large section has experienced problems including increased crime, stagnate property values, and commercial businesses who have bypassed the area for newer and more sought after sections of the city.

One example is the Regency Square Mall area. In the 60's thru early 80's, this area represented a major draw of shoppers, employment, residential housing and entertainment. Many middle class families lived in nearby sections of Arlington, where homes were plentiful and was considered a well respected section of Arlington. By the late 70's, the area appeared to be in decline. The following years and decades continued to show that the area was in decline and many businesses and homeowners left the area for newer sections that were expanding and offering newer and safer communities to live and work. the suburban sprawl was in full force and as a result, both businesses and residents were leaving the area.

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The Greater Jacksonville Housing Market

The Greater Jacksonville housing market is expected to experience a significant improvements in sale growth and in price appreciation in 2017. This projection has been confirmed by leading national data and analytics.

Values are expected to increase by 4- 6% and sales could increase up to 8% over 2016. This is good news for buyers and sellers, as Jacksonville is still considered to be one of the few major Florida cities offering affordable housing and a large diversity of neighborhoods to choose from.
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