Hilliard Florida, a small town in Northern Florida named after Confederate Army Officer Walter Hilliard, has become an increasingly popular destination for those seeking to buy homes for the first time as well as those who are looking for more affordable real estate options.
Founded in 1881 and incorporated in 1947, Hilliard is located in Nassau County, Florida, and is a little over 30 miles from Jacksonville, and also about 30 miles from Amelia Island. It is known for its affordable real estate compared to many other Florida cities, its safe and desirable location, substantial employment opportunities locally and in nearby cities, and good schools, making it an excellent place to buy a home for those seeking to settle down or raise a family.
Hilliard is a small but bustling town with an estimated population of around 3000, making it the second most populous town in Nassau County. Those who are interested in buying or selling homes can learn more about this unique and quaint town here.
Those who are considering buying homes near Amelia Island or Jacksonville may consider Hilliard because of its uniquely convenient location. It is about 40 minutes northwest of downtown Jacksonville, Florida, and 40 minutes west of Amelia Island. This makes it possible for commuters to live in town and work in Jacksonville, and regular travel to Amelia Island is also a possibility for work or recreation.
Anyone considering buying real estate in Hilliard will want to know about employment opportunities and the job market in the area. Hilliard is home to the Federal Aviation Administration Facility which is the largest employer in the town, and one of the top 10 largest employers in Nassau County.
Several more employment opportunities exist in nearby Jacksonville and on Amelia Island. Both of these cities are a reasonable commute, so anyone working in Jacksonville or relocating to work there can certainly consider buying Hilliard properties as one of their potential home options.
Schools and Education
Hilliard is home to Hilliard Middle Senior High School and Hilliard Elementary, both of which are public schools and notable for their strong military and college preparation. The enrollment of the high school was 797 in 2010 and it serves grades 6-12. Hilliard Middle Senior High School is known for having a high graduation rate and positive reviews from parents and current and former students.
Perhaps the most attractive feature is the substantial range of affordable properties and lots. Real estate in Hilliard is currently very affordable compared to many small and large cities in Florida with similar locations. Lots/land are currently very affordable for those who want to build-to-suit. 3-4 acre lots can be purchased from anywhere from $40,000 to $60,000+.
2-3 bedroom homes start at around $80,000 and up, offering a low entry level for first time home buyers. Real estate can go up to around $500,000 for the most expensive properties. In comparison to several nearby communities in Jacksonville and Amelia Island, the real estate in Hilliard is substantially lower in price.
Things to Do
Although it’s a small town, there’s no shortage of things to do in Hilliard and in the surrounding area. Conner’s A-Maize-Ing Acres is a local family favorite that offers plenty of fun farm related activities such as barnyard animals, horseback rides, hay rides, cow trains, Easter egg hunts, great food and more. It’s open seasonally so you’ll have to check to find out the best times to visit, but it’s a perfect local spot for families to hang out and have a great time.
The town also has numerous recreation facilities including the Recreation Center and Oxford Street Park with a swimming pool and playground. As previously mentioned, the great beaches, golf courses and tourist spots in Amelia Island are just a quick 40-minute trip away. The exciting nightlife, shopping, restaurants, sports events and other activities in Jacksonville are also a similar distance.
Home Buying or Selling Recommendations
Those who are interested in buying real estate in Hilliard should speak with a realty expert at Fernandina Beach Realty for more information about the area and the best potential options for a new home. It’s certainly an excellent choice for those who are looking to settle down with a family in a home with plenty of acreage and space in a comfortable, safe small town.
It’s worth a quick visit with a Fernandina Beach Realty expert to check out some of the homes for sale in the area, speak to locals, and learn more about this unique town firsthand.
Hilliard offers a perfect opportunity for a creative home builder to design the exact home of their dreams or for a bargain seeker to purchase a great deal on a home in a welcoming, family oriented community with small town charm and a convenient location.
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