Liz PooleyWelcome to Gainesville!

Those of us who are lucky enough to have lived in Gainesville ThomasCenterfor a while note the array of recent top-ten city national awards we’ve received, e.g., Best Place to Live and Play (National Geographic), Most Well-Read City (Amazon) and Happiest City (Gallup), with a sense of proprietary delight.

Gainesville’s unique and wonderful character comes both from our fortuitous location in North Florida and as home of the University of Florida and Santa Fe College. Situated among rolling Gainesville_drawinghills, mossy live oaks and first-order magnitude springs, we are within an hour’s drive of Cedar Key and the Gulf of Mexico to the west, and within a 75-minute drive to the east coast beaches of the Atlantic.downtown01

In Gainesville, community-enhancing partnerships between the university, local government and private business is the norm. There are more start-up business incubations per capita here than in any other city in America, and the University of Florida leads all public universities in the nation in transferring research discoveries to use in the market place. Two international software firms, SumTotal Systems and Mindtree, have recently headquartered here. Our beautiful and renovated downtown is a vibrant flux of business activity, great restaurants (we have become something of a mecca for foodies), art galleries, music and performance theatres.

Housing in Gainesville reflects the diversity of the community and remains surprisingly affordable

  • Our large historic district, with turn-of-the-century Victorian homes, is within walking distance of downtown where you will find elegant and new brownstone townhomes and contemporary condominiums.
  • There are also several planned communities with fabulous amenities incuding Haile Plantation, a nationally recognized new-urbanism community that includes miles of wooded hiking and biking trails, and a variety of locally owned shops.
  • In the centrally located University District, mid-century architecture dominates and provides easy access to the University, downtown, as well as shopping districts to the west.
  • There are well-appointed, low-maintenance homes available UF_stadiumthroughout the city for retirees and those interested in downsizing, as well as elegant, multi-acre estate homes built by local custom builders.

Liz Pooley, REALTOR®