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Gainesville FL Real Estate

Nestled in the heart of beautiful North Central Florida, Gainesville has the best of everything the Sunshine State has to offer. A mild climate, an active cultural community, a healthy economy and an abundance of natural beauty are just a few of the reasons Gainesville has been consistently recognized as one of Florida's most livable cities.

A wide variety of home types and styles in Gainesville and Alachua County offer something for everyone. Single family homes for professionals and families, apartments, and condominiums with generous amenities are just a few of the housing choices available. Several retirement communities are in the county, which has often been ranked as one of the leading retirement areas in the nation

Gainesville’s latest honor is to have been named 47 th in’s “Top 100 Places to Live and Launch” for 2008.  Gainesville was also voted best place to live in America in the “2007 Cities Ranked and Rated” .


Wildlife areas in and around Alachua County are plentiful as are lakes, rivers and springs. In addition to fishing, hiking and biking, the favorable weather makes golf, tennis, running and other outdoor pursuits popular with residents as well. Areas of interest are Bivens Arm Nature Park, Devil’s Millhopper, Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Paynes Prairie State Preserve, and Santa Fe Community College Teaching Zoo, to name just a few. Patrons of the arts and culture will find no shortage of things to do and see in the area. Dance, music, theater, visual arts, and folklore are an integral part of the community. The presence of a diverse student body and faculty at the University of Florida contributes to the social and cultural life of Gainesville.

Several small nearby communities, such as High Springs, Alachua, Micanopy, Archer, Hawthorne, Keystone Heights, Newberry and McIntosh are unusually rich in historical sites and structures. Like any college town, the nightlife scene is always buzzing with dance clubs, jazz clubs, and theatrical productions. Major collegiate spectator sports are another recreational option, especially when any sports team for the University of Florida Gators has a home game.

Economy and Employment

The Gainesville/Alachua County area is North Central Florida’s employment hub.  Its diversified labor force of more than 100,000 employees has overall education levels significantly higher than the state averages. U.F., along with government agencies, is the largest employer in the county. Healthcare is second, with world renowned facilities at Shands and the V.A. Hospitals, followed by retail and service jobs, plus a growing number of high-tech, research, environmental, engineering and agricultural interests.

Local real estate has remained steady. Despite a downturn in the housing market in other areas nationwide, buyers still get plenty for their money in Gainesville/Alachua County.

There are many wonderful homes in this area, but you need a local market expert to help you. Watson Realty Corp is a locally owned company with over 40 years experience selling homes in the area. Call the Watson experts at 800-257-5143.

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1605 Northwest 45
Newberry, FL

1605 Northwest 45 Newberry, FL

0 Bed, Bath – Sq Ft
MLS: 331040 – Status: Active
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17469 Northwest 251St Drive
High Springs, FL

17469 Northwest 251St Drive High Springs, FL

4 Bed, 2|0 Bath – 2014 Sq Ft
MLS: 372651 – Status: Active
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8516 Southwest 20Th Lane
Gainesville, FL

8516 Southwest 20Th Lane Gainesville, FL

4 Bed, 3|1 Bath – 2999 Sq Ft
MLS: 365737 – Status: Active
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8929 Southwest 64Th Lane
Gainesville, FL

8929 Southwest 64Th Lane Gainesville, FL

3 Bed, 2|1 Bath – 2208 Sq Ft
MLS: 372093 – Status: Active
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141 Southwest Emorywood
Lake City, FL

141 Southwest Emorywood Lake City, FL

4 Bed, 2|1 Bath – 2310 Sq Ft
MLS: 372318 – Status: Active
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3444 Southwest 74Th Lot 3A Way
Gainesville, FL

3444 Southwest 74Th Lot 3A Way Gainesville, FL

3 Bed, 3|1 Bath – 2429 Sq Ft
MLS: 372466 – Status: Active
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