A brilliant sunrise over the Bridge of Lions and St. Augustine City Marina


Thinking about moving to St. Augustine?

An unscientific survey indicates that most people who've moved to St. Augustine first visited as tourists. There's a long history of that pattern, beginning with Ponce de Leon, including Henry Flagler and a colony of artists in the late 1800s, and through to today's college grads, families, and snowbirds.

As a visitor, you may know your favorite shops, restaurants, musicians, attractions, and beaches, but moving to the Ancient City requires a whole new set of information. Where are the best schools for your kids? What neighborhoods are close to grocery stores? Who will you call for yard work and electrical issues? Which is best for you, an HOA community or a stand-alone house?

Learn about St. Augustine and the whole of St. Johns County, where we've identified 20 regions, ranging along the coast from Crescent Beach to Ponte Vedra Beach and along the St. Johns River from Hastings to Fruit Cove. Will you rent, buy an existing home, or build one? Our "Home Type" section has information about all the options. We provide lists of commercial services and government agencies — the things you need to know before you move and the services and companies you may need once you've settled.

Love St. Augustine, and thinking about moving here? Then our Relocation section is for you.

All You Need to Know to Move to Here

Helpful tools and tips to make your St. Augustine move a smooth one.

We start with ten reasons to move to St. Augustine and then offer information for dog lovers and families. We tackle the hard stuff, such as HOAs, CCDs, and the red tape and paperwork involved in moving. We take a tour through old and new neighborhoods, searching for apartments to rent and houses to buy, and if you aren't familiar with condos and gated communities, we offer a few insights.

To learn more about your new zip code and the surrounding areas, you can check out all of our articles. There, you'll find information on everything from the Easter Parade to America's real first Thanksgiving. Foodies can learn about our farmer's markets and our famous datil pepper and begin discovering some of the area's best tacos and most popular breakfasts. Those who like the outdoors can learn all about fishing in St. Johns County, plan hikes in our state and county parks, and do the deep dive into our 42 miles of beaches.

There's much to learn about living in St. Augustine, and we're here to help.

Where To Find Your Perfect Home

Do you want a new home in a new community, or older home in an established neighborhood?

Moving can offer a wealth of options. That's great, but it also means you have to make a vast number of decisions, quickly. 

Location, type of home, type of neighborhood, walkability, schools, commute —  we try to make it easy, by providing information about the area, the new communities, and the established neighborhoods.

Here are five communities to get you dreaming about living here. For more choices, visit these communities too, and see which best fits your needs.


Reimagine recreational living with a balance of luxury and nature.

The TrailMark community presents a perfect blend of luxury and outdoor living. Residents enjoy access to its lakeside pavilion, resort-style swimming pool, natural oak hammocks, and upscale amenities.


Discover 11,000 acres of community living amidst Florida's natural beauty.

This family-friendly community is set to become one of the region's largest, offering a range of high-quality amenities, diverse housing choices, and easy access to the natural beauty of Northeast Florida — all within its sprawling 11,000-acre expanse, featuring miles of parks and trails and more than 4,000 acres of nature preserves.


An award-winning community with a world of amenities, connectivity, and leisure.

A best selling community with 12 distinct subdivisions, Nocatee is located in Ponte Vedra, close to beaches, golf courses, business parks, and major airports.


Tee off on a new chapter in this active lifestyle community.

This master-planned community inspired by Historic Downtown offers community living and a wealth of amenities. Palencia boasts three swimming pools, athletic fields, tennis courts, a fitness center, pocket parks, and a 30-acre park system interconnected by boardwalks and fitness trails.


Reside and rejuvenate in this waterfront luxury oasis.

An award-winning community in St. Johns County, Beachwalk reinvents residential living with luxurious amenities and a unique community experience. Strategically situated on Route 210, Beachwalk gives residents excellent accessibility, with quick and convenient routes to both U.S. 1 and I-95.

Local Knowledge

Play like a local and enjoy everything the area has to offer.

There's more to moving than finding a home, packing, unpacking, and getting the utilities hooked up. The best part of the whole experience is getting to know your new neighborhood. There's something to discover in every corner of the county, from the ocean on the east to the St. Johns River on the west

Let's start to the east, with 42 miles of beaches from Ponte Vedra to Matanzas Inlet. Along these barrier islands, you'll find apartments, condos, new planned communities, and established stand-alone homes. You'll also find many attractions and parks including the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTMNERR), TPC Sawgrass, the St. Augustine Lighthouse, the Alligator Farm, and Washington Oaks Gardens.

On the other side of the Intercoastal Waterway, the planned community of Nocatee lies to the north. Driving south from there on U.S. 1, you'll pass shopping and business complexes, established neighborhoods, more new planned communities, the Northeast Florida Regional Airport, Fort Mose State Park, the Historic Downtown, and more businesses, attractions, parks, places to eat, communities, and neighborhoods to the south.

West of St. Augustine is a true mix of family farms, schools, businesses, the St. Augustine Premium Outlets, communities, and homes on two or more acres. Hastings, in the south, was once St. Augustine's "bread basket," providing much of the produce used to feed the winter tourists who stayed in Flagler's hotels. Now their main street is being revitalized and the region is the home of St. Johns County Botanical Gardens and Nature Preserve.

We suggest you drive around — north to south and east to west. Visit the state and county parks, check the produce at County Line Market (open seasonally), explore S.R. 13 and the Bartram & C.R. 210 Region, Alpine Groves Park in the old community of Switzerland, and the new community and business center at Durbin Park. 

We've identified 20 regions, spreading out from Historic Downtown.  Click on any one of them to see what to eat and where to play in that area.