143rd St. Corridor
All roads lead to Rome…and possibly also to the 143rd St. Corridor! This scenic road, which runs north to south, connects Alachua to Gainesville to Newberry and is the end point for major thoroughfares such as Millhopper Road, 39th Avenue, and Newberry Road. Lined with stunning farmland and towering moss-filled trees, the 143rd St. Corridor is sparsely dotted with gated subdivisions that boast multi-acre homesites. Just south of its intersection with 39th Ave., as one heads to Jonesville/Newberry, you’ll find that the population is denser and the homesites are smaller, as are some of the price tags. If you want the convenience of Jonesville without having to pay a premium for a neighborhood off Newberry Road, then you’ll want to consider the southern part of the 143rd St. Corridor. Whether you’re looking for an isolated equestrian compound or a charming home with lots of neighbors, you’re likely to find it somewhere along the 143rd St. Corridor.
Jonesville / Town of Tioga
Too far west to be considered Gainesville and too far east to really be Newberry proper, this slice of the Gainesville metro has become its own little town. Considered to be the fastest growing area in Alachua County, it’s hard to turn your head without seeing a new commercial building, apartment complex, or housing development popping up. Everything is steps away, whether you need an emergency room or a routine doctor’s visit, want a gallon of designer paint or a pair of designer pants, or desire a quick bite or a cup of coffee, you won’t have to travel more than 5 minutes to get it. Homesites are typically small and the neighborhoods are large, boasting hundreds of single family homes, town houses, and apartments. Jonesville’s growth is not showing signs of slowing down, and it will likely continue to grow for years to come.
Conveniently situated close to two I-75 exits and a straight shot toward both UF and Santa Fe College, this desirable area of town is starting to again experience some growth. Mostly filled with established, well-maintained, modest neighborhoods that were built in the late-1990s to early 2000s, this part of town is surprisingly affordable given how convenient it is to so many key points of interest. Homes here sell quickly, particularly those in the under-$300k range. According to the school board of Alachua County, the schools in this area are the highest-rated in town, and some neighborhoods are conveniently situated within walking distance to some of them, adding to their immense popularity. Although grocery shopping, dining, and medical care are slightly more than 5 minutes away, they are all less than a 10 minute car ride away, as are so many other amenities, including the well-regarded Meadowbrook Golf Course.
North of Haile/SW 24th Ave
Just east of the Jonesville area, between 122nd St. and I-75, and heading south to SW 24th Avenue is this densely populated area, where you’ll find thousands of homes, a variety of price points, lot sizes and architectural styles, and a mix of terrain, including a lake created from a limestone quarry. Overall on the pricier side, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a home in this area for under $300k, with many homes soaring into the over $500k range. During the last five years or so, this area has transformed into one of the priciest in the Gainesville metro, in part due to the development of high-end neighborhoods with spectacular amenities and a bevy of luxury builders. Convenient to Haile, Jonesville/Tioga, I-75, and the southwest part of town that now includes Celebration Pointe and Butler Plaza North, it’s no wonder that this is one of the most desirable areas of Gainesville.
Almost a city unto itself, you could practically never leave Haile Plantation and still have everything you need at your fingertips. With its own village center, golf course and country club, bike and jogging trail, on-site elementary school, Publix supermarket, multiple medical facilities, restaurants, cafés, coffee shops, boutiques, and arguably the area’s best farmer’s market, there’s a reason that people seek to live in Haile. The master planned community has 64 subdivisions within it and offers everything from small, one-bedroom condos in the heart of the village all the way to multi-million dollar mansions that are barely visible beyond a set of grand gates. Also famous for its plethora of trees and a strict HOA that ensures that they – along with the homes they tower over and the lawns they sit on – are properly maintained, Haile may put off those who prefer fewer rules and regulations determining what they can and can’t do on their property. So if lawn flamingos are your favorite type of bird, then Haile may not be the ideal place to call home!
Archer and Williston Roads
Neighborhoods throughout the Archer and Williston Road areas are sparse but increasing rapidly, although most of Archer Road remains heavily commercial and Williston Road is mostly vacant land that abuts to Paynes Prairie. West of I-75 and west of 75th Street you can find several neighborhoods built anywhere between the mid-1990s to today. As in several areas of Gainesville, new construction abounds and homes and apartments alike are popping up on every corner. Unlike other parts of Gainesville, however, you can find a new home here in the $200k range, as well as a bevy of existing homes for about the same price point. Homes in this area sell quickly due to their location, which is a straight shot to the Shands UF medical complex.
Just one exit south of Archer Road is Williston Road, which is also easily accessible via side streets. Williston Road is best known for the Gainesville Country Club, which is made up of a large residential community built in the 1970s and 80s that surrounds a lovely golf course, complete with its own private country club. Built to attract medical professionals and university professors and administrators because of its quick access to the hospitals and the university, the GCC is still popular with those who are affiliated with UF. The GCC has a totally different vibe than Haile Plantation, and golf aficionados who prefer to not have an HOA and like older or remodeled homes will probably enjoy the GCC lifestyle.
Nature, nature, and more nature! Trails, ancient sinkholes, bike paths, dog parks, and trees are just some of the things you’ll find in the Millhopper area. Known for its natural splendor, Millhopper is one of the most scenic roads in the county. Winding for miles under a canopy of oaks and Spanish moss, and flanked mostly by gated communities, describing the area as picturesque is almost an understatement. Most homes in the area are not starter homes, but there are a few neighborhoods, particularly those north of Millhopper Road itself, that are ideal for first or second-time buyers. Unlike the über-developed Jonesville/Tioga area, there is little develop-able land left in Millhopper as so much of it belongs to San Felasco State Park. The conveniences, however, are the same: supermarkets, dining, healthcare facilities, and more are right at your fingertips, and in some cases just a short walk away.
Santa Fe College / 39th Ave
The area immediately surrounding Santa Fe College is mostly commercial, with a few apartment complexes, fast food restaurants, corporate parks, and healthcare facilities sprinkled around it. Less than a mile in either direction, however, there are dozens of neighborhoods, built anywhere from the 1970s through today. Newer construction is hard to find, though, and the inventory is often limited to homes built in the 1980s and 90s. Due to 39th Avenue’s width and amount of traffic, this area feels less residential and more commercial, despite the many residential areas. Like Jonesville, however, a lot of the area is showing signs of unyielding growth and promises to continue to develop toward the west, especially given Santa Fe College’s popularity and rank as the top community college in America.
Oaks Mall / NFRMC
The area surrounding the Oaks Mall, North Florida Regional Medical Center, and the Newberry Road exit on I-75 is typically buzzing with traffic due to its location in the heart of Gainesville. Its proximity to both the highway and the university, as well as the second major hospital complex in the region, makes it a desirable area for students, who live in the dozens of student-geared housing near the mall. Behind North Florida Regional Medial Center, on the opposite side of Newberry Road, are 1970s and 80s-era neighborhoods that boast lovely homes on large lots, often one acre or more. Once upon a time, these were equestrian communities that appealed to not just horse lovers, but also to those who enjoyed the advantages of being near the hospital and UF, as well as near a major thoroughfare, but also wanted the tranquility of the country. Today, some of those homes have been renovated back to their splendor and others are waiting their turn. Not currently as popular as other areas of town due to the traffic nearby and the condition of many of the homes, this part of Gainesville could soon see a resurgence as more people migrate east of I-75 for affordability and a shorter commute.
Celebration Pointe and Butler
Right at the intersection of Archer Road and I-75 sit twin commercial behemoths that have seen an explosion of growth since 2017. Celebration Pointe and Butler North, along with the long-standing Butler Plaza area that spans from I-75 to 34th Street, have experienced such immense growth in the past three years that anyone who hasn’t visited the area recently will likely get lost.
West of I-75 is Celebration Pointe, which offers a mix of residential and commercial real estate, Class A office space, lodging, and dining options and is quickly becoming a destination for locals and visitors alike. With a luxury movie theater, a town square with a giant fire pit, outdoor seating, and free concerts, and a host of restaurants and dessert shops, this is a great spot for date night, girls’ night, and family night alike. New luxury urban townhomes in the $600k range are available, and luxury condos and apartments are under construction.
Connected by a bridge over I-75 that was built specifically to connect the two areas is Butler North, which sits on the east side of the highway. Here you’ll find nearly every chain restaurant you can dream of, as well as big-box retailers like Walmart, Sam’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and dozens more. Keep heading east and you’ll find Butler Plaza and Butler Town Center. Butler Town Center is the newest of the three, and it offers a bevy of higher-end retail, such as a Whole Foods, Sephora, and an REI (under construction, coming soon), and boutique shops, as well as popular restaurants like PF Chang’s and The Cheesecake Factory, with new shops and restaurants being added almost weekly. Residential options will also be coming in 2020, which will add to the live, work, play experience.
Northwest Gainesville – 34th Street
This more mature area of Gainesville is still desirable due to its relative proximity to the university as well as to companies located north of 441, such as Exactech, and in Alachua. Smaller, well-established neighborhoods built mostly in the 1960s through the 1990s are the norm. This area is experiencing a resurgence due to its affordability for first-time buyers or for those who seek to find a comfortable home that may need updating but is close to town. Buyers may find a home here anywhere from about $175k all the way to close to $300k, with the norm being somewhere in the mid $200k range.
Just west of the University and south of Millhopper is Thornebrooke, which provides a mix of commercial and residential areas. Homes here are reasonably priced, although many are outdated and lack bells and whistles. But what homeowners give up in frills they make up for in convenience since Thornebrook is close to the university, North Florida Regional Medical Center, a multitude of office parks, the critically-acclaimed Gainesville Community Playhouse, and higher-end retail, such as The Fresh Market, Uppercrust Bakery, and Thornebrooke Chocolates. Like most of Gainesville that sits east of I-75, this area is again blooming due to its reasonable prices and convenient location in the heart of the city.
North of the University
Driving north from University Avenue, once you escape the less manicured homes that are indicative of student rentals, you’ll enter into a strictly residential area of town. This very desirable area, originally designed with professors and physicians – and their grand homes – in mind, is filled with trees, hills, and a variety of home styles and lot sizes. If cookie cutter is your style, then you’ll want to skip this area as no home is identical to another. From mid-century modern to colonial to Spanish, there is a style to suit every taste. While some MCM homes still boast Mad Men-era shag carpet and avocado appliances, most have been remodeled at least a bit over the years. You can expect to find a home in this area somewhere from the high $200k price point, with some remodeled and grand homes hovering around $1 million. Due to its biking distance to UF, the medical centers, and downtown, homes in this area sell quickly.
UF and Shands
Typical of college towns, the area surrounding the main UF campus is filled with energy, co-eds, bars, restaurants, and nearly as many scooters as Rome! The real estate market in that area is teeming with student rentals, ranging from 6 bedroom homes to 1 bedroom apartments. The older residential areas date back to the 1940s or so, but during the past decade, and specifically during the past 3-5 years, many older dwellings have been demolished and replaced with luxury student housing that rivals a grand Las Vegas resort. With rooftop swimming pools, fitness centers, and well-appointed common areas, these apartments (and their residents) are the envy of non-students and students alike.
On the south side of campus is the Shands medical complex. It includes a Level 1 trauma center and general hospital, as well as cardiovascular, cancer, children’s, neurological disorders, dental and oral surgery, veterinary, and veteran’s hospitals. Needless to say, this area, which flanks about a mile of Archer Road and spills onto the university’s campus and beyond, is buzzing 24/7.
South of University
Not picturesque, charming, or very walkable, this area is mostly functional, serving up a plethora of apartments at a variety of price points and with a host of different amenities. There is likely an apartment here to suit anyone’s needs, although you’ll mostly find that those who live in this area are students. Buses providing service to UF, Santa Fe College, and the Shands medical complex are frequent and most complexes have bus stops onsite. With easy access to I-75, Butler and Celebration Pointe, and UF and Shands, this area’s popularity is high and will continue to be strong for the foreseeable future.
One of the most historic and naturally lovely areas in Gainesville, the Northeast sadly saw a decline during the last few decades. Today, it’s on the rise as a popular place for first time buyers seeking to live relatively close to UF. Home prices in the Northeast have seen a steady incline during the past five years, and homes and neighborhoods are being revamped to reflect its growing popularity. Home of two of Gainesville’s most treasured eating spots, Satchel’s and Public & General, the Eastside is attracting more and more people from the Westside, which is only adding to its new appeal.
Considered one of the most picturesque areas in Gainesville, this historic neighborhood is known for its gingerbread Victorians, as well as lovely colonials and Florida Cracker-style homes, several of which are on the register for historic places. Just north of downtown, the neighborhood appeals to those who value walkability and enjoy strolling to some of Gainesville’s best downtown restaurants and cafes.
Duckpond residents love living here and take great pride in their homes and gardens. At the heart is an actual duck pond, where you can find ducks and swans swimming about or soaking in the sunshine. You’ll also find the historic Thomas Center and Gardens, a Mediterranean Revival-style icon which transitioned from private home to hotel to educational facility to the treasured cultural hub it is today.
No two homes in the Duckpond are identical, and some need extensive renovation. Nevertheless, Duckpond prices rarely go under $300k for a home that needs work to nearly $1 million for a renovated masterpiece. In fact, the Duckpond is so desirable that it was one of the few neighborhoods that was not badly affected by the 2007-2014 housing price shift.
HUB / Innovation District
Did you know that Gainesville and UF are big tech supporters? In fact, the university’s tech incubator downtown, UF Innovate/The HUB, has sparked the development of the Innovation District, which straddles SW 2nd Avenue from 6th Street all the way to the university. Here, you’ll find both startups and established tech companies, many of which grew out of the incubator. Most are affiliated with the university, and those that are not have been drawn to the area due to its talent pool, low cost of living, and lab space, among other factors. Many exciting projects are being planned for this area, so be on the lookout for more info and announcements soon.
On a side note, Segway Group is a HUB supporter and you can find us at Thirsty Thursdays at the HUB every third Thursday of the month!
Eclectic, electric, and filled with personality, Gainesville’s downtown is the place to be for outdoor concerts on the Bo Diddley plaza stage, the weekly farmer’s market, monthly art walks, top-notch local restaurants, bars, and entertainment year-round.
The jewel of the downtown area is Depot Park. With the original train depot as it’s anchor, the park winds around several man-made ponds and paved trails. The old train depot serves as an event space, beer and wine garden, and general store, and offers dining options, such as a wood fired pizza food truck that’s always there, to salad, sandwich, and small plate options. Plus, seating is abundant, so you can bring your own munchies if you prefer.
The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention, which sits on the west side of the park, was created in honor of Dr. Robert Cade, who invented Gatorade at the University of Florida. The museum has standing and traveling exhibits, a hands-on creativity lab, and guest speakers who share their inventions and how they discovered them.
Lastly, the park boasts the largest and newest children’s play space in town, complete with a splash park and dozens of swings, slides, and climbing structures, all celebrating Rails to Trails, a movement that changed our old railroad tracks into biking and walking trails.
Housing in the heart of downtown isn’t yet abundant and when a gem does pop up it tends to move quickly. You will find a lot of student housing and rentals in the area, though. The good news is that there are plans for non-student condos in the works!
This may be a small blurb on the map, but Exactech is important to the Gainesville economy and to our relocation community. Founded in 1985 with the mission of helping to improve the lives of patients requiring joint care from conditions like arthritis, Exactech has expanded from a lab to a multi-building campus. The orthopaedic implant and instrument company brings hundreds of jobs to the area and many of Segway Group’s customers and friends stemmed from Exactech. Therefore, we felt that our map wouldn’t be complete without mentioning a community partner whose recruits and new hires need help finding their way around. Now they can find Exactech on the map and know where the other areas of town are in relation to work!