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Living in Gainesville FL: A Newcomer’s Guide



What’s it like living in Gainesville FL?


As someone who has lived in 6 states and has moved 11 times, I know how stressful and exciting it can be contemplating the move to a new place.  And I also know that having some idea of what you are getting into, and at least just an idea of what life is like, can definitely ease the transition.


Maybe you are a new UF student, or a physician new to Shands, or a new medical resident at the University of Florida – whatever brings you to Gainesville FL, you must have questions — the top one being — what is it like living in Gainesville FL?


Personally speaking, I love living in Gainesville FL.  Gainesville is a small city anchored by one of the top universities in the country – the University of Florida.


Life in Gainesville FL is a charming combination of small-town friendliness coupled with bigger-city cultural amenities.  There are plenty of things to do in Gainesville FL and surrounding areas.

If you are new to Gainesville, or are planning a move to Gainesville FL, here are some great websites for you to explore.


If you need additional information please let me know and I’ll see if I can find what you are looking for.


Living in Gainesville – helpful links

Newcomer’s Guide to Gainesville – an awesome compilation done by the Gainesville Sun in 2008 and still relevant today. A MUST VISIT website for all newcomers.

Living in Gainesville – what life is like in Gainesville FL – facts & figures – great info

Gainesville crime reports – Typing in any address will show you crimes which happened in the area.

Going to school in Gainesville FL – if you have kids, and you plan on sending them to public school, be sure to check out this website for Alachua County Public Schools. If you are looking to enroll your kids in school and are wondering how to go about that, the Alachua County Public Schools Newcomers Page has all the information you need to get started.


Here are just a few Gainesville homes for sale — click on the thumbnail photo to view more information about each home. If you would like a more specific home search designed for your needs, please feel free to fill out the contact form at the bottom left hand side of this website and I will be in touch.

Gainesville homes for sale

The Sebastian Ferrero Foundation: Building a Dream from a Tragedy

Sebastian Ferrero Foundation

The Sebastian Ferrero Foundation: Building a Dream from a Tragedy “I’m sorry. Your child has passed. There was nothing we could do to save him.” These sickening, heart wrenching, devastating words are the last any parent should hear. But 5 years ago, parents Horst and Luisa Ferrero heard them from the physicians at Shands Hospital…

Gainesville luxury homes: What’s selling?

Gainesville Luxury Home Report August 2012

Although fewer Gainesville luxury homes have sold this year vs. 2011, the median sales price for Gainesville luxury homes sold in 2012 is 12.4% higher. Gainesville luxury homes ($500,000+)  comprise a small share of homes sold in Gainesville and Alachua County. So far this year luxury homes comprise less than 3% (2.9%) of total sales…

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How is the Gainesville real estate market doing? – A look at 2013 Gainesville homes sold

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How is the Gainesville real estate market doing? An analysis of Gainesville real estate market statistics for 2013 shows that the Gainesville real estate market is experiencing a rebound. Gainesville real estate market s…[more]

Gainesville Market Report: Homes Sold Through November 2013


How are Gainesville FL home sales? This Gainesville real estate market snapshot reveals the following: Home sales in Alachua County are up 30% over 2012; Gainesville homes are selling for 6% more than they did last year;…[more]

Meadowbrook neighborhood – Gainesville FL

A home within Gainesville's Meadowbrook neighborhood

Welcome to Meadowbrook! Nestled within the links of Gainesville’s Meadowbrook Golf Club, the Meadowbrook neighborhood is just 9 miles to Shands and the University of Florida. Meadowbrook offers homes in a variety o…[more]

Gainesville Luxury Homes – What is Selling in the Gainesville Luxury Real Estate Market?

Luxury home in San Felasco Estates

How is Gainesville’s luxury home market doing? An analysis of Gainesville luxury homes sold from January – September 2013 reveals the following: 62.5% more Gainesville luxury homes sold this year compared to …[more]

Welcome to Haile Plantation Market Square

Haile Plantation Market Square

Haile Plantation Market Square is one of the newer neighborhoods in Haile Plantation. The Haile Plantation Market Square neighborhood abuts the Publix Market Square shopping center. Residents of Haile Plantation Market S…[more]

Gainesville Home Sales – How is the Gainesville Real Estate Market?

Haile Plantation - Chickasaw Way

How are Gainesville home sales? Here’s a look at Gainesville homes sold through September 2013. Gainesville Homes Sold – Number of Homes Sold We sold 36% more Gainesville homes through September 2013 when com…[more]

Alachua County Schools Report Card – 2013

Alachua County Schools Report Card - 2012

Alachua County Schools received a C for the 2013 school year according to the School Accountability Report issued by the Florida Department of Education. The individual school grades break out as follows:…[more]

Gainesville Day Trip: Kayaking Cedar Key, FL

Atsena Otie Key is one of a dozen islands comprising Cedar Keys FL, and is the closest key to Cedar Key FL, a fishing village along the Gulf of Mexico that is just an hour from Gainesville FL.

Cedar Key FL is an old fishing village along the Gulf of Mexico that is just an hour’s drive from Gainesville FL. The Cedar Keys are a collection of 13 coastal islands off the mainland and are designated as a Natio…[more]

Welcome to Haile Plantation Madison Square

A home in Haile Plantation Madison Square

The Haile Plantation Madison Square neighborhood was built between 1998 and 1999 and features custom homes built by Tommy Waters, Joyner Construction, and Paul McArthur. Haile Plantation Madison Square is close to the Ha…[more]

Welcome to Haile Plantation Hickory Walk

Haile Plantation Hickory Walk

Haile Plantation Hickory Walk is a small enclave of homes which borders the Haile Plantation golf course. Haile Plantation Hickory Walk is within easy walking distance of Haile Village Center and all it has to offer, inc…[more]

Haile Plantation homes for sale and sold September 2013

Haile Plantation Stratford Ridge

The southwest Gainesville community of Haile Plantation offers homes in a variety of styles and price points. There are 36 single-family homes for sale in Haile Plantation, ranging in price from $100,000 to $1.39 million…[more]

PRICE REDUCED TO $59,000! Charming condo close to Hippodrome

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PRICE REDUCED! Charming condo just blocks to Hippodrome **This property is a short sale. List price has not been approved by the lender** Nestled in the heart of the bed and breakfast district, this well-kept condo is ju…[more]