Liz Pooley

Forest Ridge describes a community of about 250 homes located just off the picturesque Northwest 16th Avenue corridor of ‘old Gainesville.’  The neighborhood is a real find for those looking for an affordable home close to the University of Florida. It is only a mile from the UF law school, and within biking distance to the university.

The homes here were built by a variety of established local builders during the 1960s and 1970s. Homes range in size from 1500 square feet up to 3000 square feet, and are priced from $170,000 up to $300.000. Although cement-block home, ranch style construction predominates, the very wide and curving streets, spacious placing of the homes ( many are on half-acre lots)  generous tree canopy and mid-century construction touches give architectural interest to the subdivision.

Popular with young families and with those affiliated with the University of Florida, it is also a great place for nature lovers. The community abuts Ring Park, (many of the homes are within walking distance of the park) a delightful 20-acre botanical preserve with over a mile of boardwalks and walking trails.