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Nestled in the heartland of North Central Florida, between rolling hills, rivers and pure, natural springs, lies Gainesville, the seat of Alachua County. Designated as Tree City USA, the area boasts one of the most beautiful tree canopies in the nation along with myriad cultural events, thanks to the University of Florida. The primary travel corridors through Alachua County are US Highway 441 and Interstate 75, just 1 hour south of the I-75 and I-10 intersection. It’s easy to get here, but once you do, you may find it difficult to leave.

The Gainesville area includes numerous small rural communities and expanses of open lands and farms, ranches and timberland. Rolling hills and timberland, majestic moss-laden oaks, abundant wildlife, and recreational pursuits … all enhance your lifestyle. Close enough to town for cultural activities and convenience, rural enough for peace and quiet.

North Florida is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream destination. It contains the largest number of high-magnitude crystal clear springs in the world, all nestled in and amongst a huge array of large and small rivers. The most famous river is the Suwannee River; it supports a wide array of recreation activities ranging from houseboats and water skiing to fishing and camping.


Backpackers and hikers can follow the Suwannee River along its high bluffs on the nationally recognized Florida Trail. For the saltwater enthusiasts, fishing and the beaches are an hour’s drive to either the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico. Hidden gems such as Cedar Key and Steinhatchee wait to be explored, as does the 21,000-acre Paynes Prairie teaming with wild bison and wild horses or the 7,000-acre San Felasco Hammock Preserve with its fabulous rolling hills, unique sinkholes, pristine upland forests, and gorgeous river walks. Its natural wildlife population are a thing of extraordinary beauty. For the hunter, wild bore, deer, turkey, and quail abound. The antique enthusiast, equestrian lover, cyclists, jogger… all can find their dream destination in North Florida.

Alachua County is host to the prestigious University of Florida, the state’s flagship university and home to the Fighting Gators as well as the birthplace of Gatorade. The sports enthusiast can enjoy all levels of collegiate activities and the academic enthusiast can enjoy an endless buffet of classes. Closely associated with the University is Shands Healthcare, a private not-for-profit hospital that is one of the leading referral medical centers in the Southeast. Shands is a comprehensive hospital employing over 500 physicians representing over 110 medical specialists, and is affiliated with the Shands Cancer hospital. This highly established health care institution, along with the established cultural and academic opportunities has lead the way in making North Central Florida a prime retirement destination for active retirees.


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The presence of the University of Florida provides unique business and economic opportunities for innovate entrepreneurs such as the burgeoning biotechnology community and research triangle situated near the City of Alachua. The Small Business Development Center provides a catalyst for potential business development. The Gainesville Regional Airport is located just fifteen minutes from downtown.

Residences of North Florida enjoy the sub-tropical climate year round with mild winter averages in the upper 50’s to mid 60’s, and warm summer temperature in the upper 80’s. Yards and gardens are kept moist with 35-40 inches of annual rainfall.

Flexibility is the key to finding your lifestyle in North Central Florida. There is a reason that Money Magazine selected Gainesville as its number one place to live in America, Carnegie Mellon ranked Gainesville as its number two city in creativity in the United States, Forbes Magazine said Gainesville is one of the best places to do business and have a career, National Geographic Adventure Magazine said it the fifth best place to live and play in the U.S., and the list of critically acclaimed accolades goes on.


Maybe the reason is attending the traditional UF football games or attending a wonderful play or music venue at the Performing Arts Center. Or maybe, just maybe, you can choose your lifestyle property and find your freedom in North Central Florida by calling us today.




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