Liz Pooley

Haile Plantation has been recognized with countless awards for community design, and for good reason. It is a terrific place to work and to play, both for the active and the contemplative.
Haile is a community of about 2700 homes built within over sixty quite distinct, yet interconnected neighborhoods. Miles of tree-lined and secluded biking and jogging paths wind throughout the neighborhoods, as do intimate wooded parks and green open common areas. The distinctive neighborhoods offer a variety of architectural styles and amenities. Homes range in price here from under $200,000 to well over $1,000,000.

The first neighborhoods built here, beginning in the early and mid 1980’s, feature homes with a craftsman flair in quiet wooded settings, and are very affordable. A few recently completed neighborhoods offer smaller homes with upscale contemporary design, built on small lots with lawn service and maintenance provided by the homeowner’s association.

Homes in the $250,000 to $600,000 price range are in neighborhoods as diverse as the Preserve, a leafy enclave that includes a 20 acre hardwood preserve, to the traditionally elegant Mills Glen and Sable Point, to Hampstead Park, a large open neighborhood where one can sometimes find a pick-up soccer or football game at one of the three open parks. In neighborhoods like William Kent Court, Benjamin’s Grove and Millington, you’ll find gorgeous homes priced from $600,000 and up on large, often acre plus settings.

The vitality and livability of the area is attributable in part to the history of development. Only select, local custom builders were chosen to build here. The builders were encouraged to maintain their individual character when building, with a view towards designing an integrated,, pedestrian friendly place to live. Haile grew at an even pace, in response to the needs of the residents.

The recreational, social and leisure opportunities available in Haile are as varied as the homes and neighborhoods:

Haile Village center is a delightful mix of residential townhomes interspersed with retail shops, and meeting places. There are wonderful restaurants and outdoor cafes, a bank, doctor and veterinarian offices, art galleries, playground, kid’s school, and clothing stores. Every Saturday morning the village center hosts a farmer’s market where local farmers, bakers, fisherman and bee-keepers bring their produce- fresh clams and seafood from nearby Cedar Key, just-picked organic greens and berries from Gainesville farms, and artisan breads and pastries.