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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…

Other Recent Posts

SOLD! 603 SW 21st Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601

SOLD! 603 SW 21st Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601 in Gainesville's sought-after Kirkwood neighborhood

Under contract after only 2 days in the MLS, this lovely home in Gainesville’s sought-after Kirkwood neighborhood features 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in the main house, and 1 bedroom and 2 bathrooms in the attached…[more]

FOR SALE: 4415 SW 34th Street Unit 607 – Gainesville FL 32608

Brighton Park in Gainesville FL

Poolside condo in Gainesville’s popular Brighton Park neighborhood is light and bright and move-in ready. Two master bedroom/master bathroom suites upstairs, one overlooking the pool – great view! Less than 3…[more]

What is Gainesville Florida like?

Micanopy flamingos

Gainesville Florida is friendly … close knit … cultured … sports-oriented … educated … outdoors … involved … community focused … hip … tech forward …urban ̷…[more]

603 SW 21st Avenue, Gainesville, FL – UNDER CONTRACT IN LESS THAN A WEEK!

SOLD! 603 SW 21st Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601 in Gainesville's sought-after Kirkwood neighborhood

This lovely home in Gainesville’s Kirkwood neighborhood is under contract! Less than a week in the MLS! The spring season has arrived EARLY! Buyers are out in force! If you are considering putting your home on the …[more]

Gainesville real estate: The spring selling season is kicking into gear!

Savanna Pointe neighborhood, Gainesville, FL

Hi all! I know we are not officially at the end of the first month of 2015 yet, but I just wanted to give you a quick update — January 2015 has started out STRONG in the Gainesville real estate market. Median sales…[more]

FOR SALE: 603 SW 21st Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601

SOLD! 603 SW 21st Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601 in Gainesville's sought-after Kirkwood neighborhood

603 SW 21st Avenue, Gainesville, Florida Get Directions Click Here   Description Photos Maps & Local Schools   $ Click for current price 4 BEDROOMS 4 BATHROOMS (3 full, 1 half) 3215 Square Feet   Love…[more]

Gainesville home sales prices increased 3.85% in 2014

Haile Plantation Stratford Ridge

Gainesville and Alachua County median home sales prices rose 3.85% in 2014, to $175,000 — up from a median sales price of $168,500 in 2013. Gainesville and Alachua County home sales increased .7% in 2014 — fr…[more]

FOR SALE: 1512 NE 14th Terrace, Gainesville, FL

1512 NE 14th Terrace, Gainesville Florida

FOR SALE: 1512 NE 14th Terrace, Gainesville, FL Are you looking to buy a modestly priced Gainesville home that is close to Shands and the University of Florida? Are you looking for a Gainesville home for sale that you ca…[more]

How is the Gainesville real estate market doing? A look at the first 3 quarters of 2014

Gainesville real estate report 3Q2014

How is the Gainesville, Florida real estate market doing? An analysis of the 2014 Gainesville and Alachua County real estate market through the end of September 2014 shows that it continues its slow but steady recovery. …[more]

UNDER CONTRACT: 8267 SW 78th Lane in LongLeaf

LongLeaf Home for Sale: 8267 SW 78th Lane, Gainesville FL 32608

Looking to live in LongLeaf? Waiting to find the perfect LongLeaf home? Your wait is over — Come live in the house that Facebook built! This beautiful 2013 Lotus model by noted Gainesville builder Robinshore Homes …[more]

Alachua County Home Sales – 2004 through August 2014

Hay bales Gainesville FL

**Click on the image to enlarge** How has the Gainesville and Alachua County real estate market performed since 2004? An analysis of market statistics gathered from the Gainesville MLS reveals the following about detache…[more]

SOLD!: 10772 NW 65th Way, Alachua FL 32615

FOR SALE:  10772 NW 65th Way, Alachua FL 32615

UNDER CONTRACT: JUST 5 DAYS IN MLS! Welcome to St. Albans Wood! This 2 bedroom 2.5 bathroom 1070 square foot townhome built in 2011 by Duration Builders is open and airy and features 10′ ceilings; gorgeous kitchen …[more]