Gainesville is the epicenter of North Central Florida and home to the University of Florida and UF Health medical centers. UF is the state's premier university with an enrollment of nearly 50,000 students annually, UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. Gainesville is also called home by Santa Fe College which ranks first in Florida among public colleges in graduation rate and in the Top 10 nationally in the number of associate degrees awarded in liberal arts.
In addition to world class education centers Gainesville is a melting pot of art & culture. The city is called home by the Hippodrome State Theater, Dance Alive National Ballet, The Florida Museum of Natural history and The Harn Museum of Art just to name a few.
Even if you aren't a Gator fan and catching a "Title Town" division 1 basketball, football, volleyball or lacrosse game isn't your preference, you won't be disappointed because Gainesville is also home to the NHRA GatorNationals and a variety of local sporting venues to suit any sports fan. If golf is your game, then don't worry Gainesville sports four 18-hole courses within 10 minutes of the city.
The heart of downtown Gainesville is known for its brick paved streets and award winning local cuisine. You can take a stroll thru the farmer's market on a Saturday morning, enjoy an unforgettable meal with friends or take a horse and carriage ride thru the historic duck pond on a crisp fall evening. Just to the west of downtown is the storybook setting of the Award-winning Haile Village where you will find everything from the Village Jeweler to the local Bistro the serves a full English tea on the first Saturday of the month!
Just a few reasons why Gainesville is a GREAT place to call home!
- SmartMoney.com ranks Gainesville # 1 place to retire during an economic downturn
- Forbes ranks Gainesville in the top 25 "Smartest cities in America" and in the top 25 "Best places to do business and have a career"
- Popular Science magazine ranks Gainesville "Most Technologically Advanced City in Florida"
- National Geographic Adventure magazine ranks Gainesville among the top 10 "Best places to live and play"
- AARP ranks Gainesville in the top 20 "Best Places to Reinvent Your Life"
- Gainesville ranked #1 in the newest Sperling's "Cities Ranked & Rated: 400 Metropolitan Areas Evaluated in the U.S. and Canada."
On the western edge of Alachua County in North Central Florida, Newberry sits in the middle of one of the most picturesque, historical and fastest growing areas in the state. Founded in the early 1890′s, Newberry was officially put on the map when a post office was established in 1894, followed by incorporation in 1895. The City of Newberry celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 1995. With a population approaching 5,000 Newberry is the perfect blend of old and new, country and city, activity and tranquility; filled with friendly neighbors, Southern charm, and the natural beauty of the land.
Currently Newberry is home to a downtown in the process of revitalization and many new and established businesses, featuring exceptional recreation and employment opportunities. Outdoor lovers will enjoy the biking trails, canoeing, and camping in the greater Newberry area located just minutes from the historic Suwannee River.
Just a few reasons Newberry is a GREAT Place to call home
- Home of Easton Sports Olympic Archery Complex http://esdf.org/newberry/
- Home of Dudley Farm Historic Site https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Dudley-Farm
- Home of the Newberry Cornfield Maze www.newberrycornfieldmaze.com
Home of the Newberry Watermelon Festival www.newberrywatermelonfestival.com
Alachua is dynamic small town located in the heart of Alachua County. Alachua boasts a population of nearly 10,000 and several Fortune 500 companies call Alachua home. Alachua outstanding quality of life and self-sustainability which makes it a great place to call home. Alachua was incorporated in 1905 and encompasses 36 square miles. Alachua is home to the Babe Ruth World Softball Series and has full list of recreational leagues for any age. At the center of this picturesque town is historic Main Street where you can enjoy a gourmet dinner out or just a lazy afternoon browsing the local shops. The area comes alive during the Alachua Harvest Festival in the fall which is a fun filled event for all ages celebrating the rich agricultural history of the area.
Employment opportunities abound in Alachua. Progress Corporate Park, a 204 acre private corporate park is home to 35 companies and more than 1,000 employees and is the third largest concentration of bioscience companies in Florida. Alachua is also home to three major distribution centers.
Just a few reasons why Alachua is the GOOD LIFE COMMUNITY
- Home to the 24 acre San Felaso Preserve State Park http://www.floridastateparks.org/sanfelascohammock/
- Home of the Hal Brady Sports Complex & Splash Park http://visitalachua.org/to-do/spraysplash-park/
- Located minutes from the banks of the Suwannee River & Ginnie Springs http://www.ginniespringsoutdoors.com/