Liz Pooley

A few of the many reasons to visit downtown Gainesville include
the  brick-paved and tree-lined streets of Victorian homes, wonderful restaurants with outdoor cafes and wine bars and the hum of twenty-somethings going about the work of more than two dozen innovative start-up companies. Some innovative housing options that provide  great places to live and that are an easy walk to downtown attractions include:

Union Street Station, built in 2000, offers 1, 2 and three bedroom flats and townhomes at a cost from about $150,000 to just under $300,000. Residents of these 3rd and 4th floor condominiums enjoy a delightful central courtyard, a balcony overlooking the town, secure key-coded access to the building, and private parking.

Regents Park, built in 2007 in the style of the uptown urban brownstone, is a small,handsome collection of   1, 2 and 3 bedroom condominium flats and walk-up townhomes that also sell from about $150,000 to $300,000.  All of the units here include an attached garage.

The  Palms, built in 2008, offers 2 bedroom flats in the low $200,000s. The south Florida styled building includes a pool for residents, secure keyed building entry and private parking.