Liz PooleyAmong the many reasons to visit downtown Gainesville –  brick-paved and tree-lined streets of Victorian homes re-purposed for lawyers and architects and artists, wonderful restaurants, sidewalk eateries and wine bars, live theatre and art films at the Hippodrome, the bustle of twenty-somethings going about the work of the more than two dozen innovative start-up companies housed here, there are even more reasons to live in downtown Gainesville:

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. The Palms is located just across the street from the University of Florida’s Innovation Square.