Equine Friendly areas Surrounding Gainesville
Since it's increasingly difficult to find large parcels of land in Gainesville proper, many of the surround towns have become popular havens for horse farms, equine communities or large private estates. The higher taxes of Alachua County have also pushed private horse farms into other counties. Many properties in Levy, Gilchrist, Putnam, Columbia and Marion County remain close enough for homeowners to enjoy all the of benefits Gainesville. Many even find the commute to UF to be an easy payoff for the benefits of living farther away in one of the several surrounding areas.
Some of these towns include:
Archer- Located SW of Gainesville only 10 minutes from I-75, this area is well situated for equestrians who need easy access UF. There are plenty of larger acreage parcels and farm prices range from 100k up. With plenty of dirt roads, easements and preserves there is no shortage of places to trail ride with beautiful views.
Click here for the cities website http://www.archerchamber.com/
Jonesville- This unincorporated community is located in between Gainesville and Newberry at the intersection of CR 241 and St. Rd 26 (Newberry Rd). This informal region has become increasingly desirable for real estate as growth has moved west away from the more densly populated neighborhoods in Gainesville. Jonesville has also seen a huge influx of business and now serves as a major shopping hub for residents in the west side of Gainesville and residents of Newberry, Archer and Trenton. Since the popularity of the area has increased, so have the real estate prices and population density, however, it still servers as an equestrian oriented region as shown in the chosen name of the largest shopping complex, Steeple Chase Shopping Plaza.
Alachua- Located minutes from Gainesville, the town of Alachua is one of the most popular areas for horse farms. The pastures in this area are well established because of the popularity of cattle farming and the soil is far less sandy and more nutrient rich than many other areas in the county. The historic main street features wonderful shops and restaurants set in antique buildings. Dining choices include Italian, Mexican, Seafood, fine dining and a steak house. The downtown area also has a feed and supply with almost anything you would need to perfect your equestrian homestead.
Click this link find out more about the history of Alachua and all the city has to offer http://www.cityofalachua.com/index.php/for-fvisitors/about-the-city-of-alachua
High Springs - Located north of Alachua on Highway 27/441. Famous for it's rivers and springs, the area has become a popular tourist destination for canoeing, kayaking and diving. The land is also blessed with rolling pasture and has become a chosen area for horse farms of all sizes. The downtown main street features a tack and feed shop, several dining options, a farmers market and is well known for it's antique stores.
Find out more at http://highsprings.us/site/visitors.html
Ft. White/O'brien - Both are located outside of High Springs and have nature parks and rivers. The property is relatively affordable for horse farm owners who decide to settle this far away from Gainesville. The drive to UF is still only about 40 minutes.
Town of Ft White http://townoffortwhitefl.com/
Newberry- Close enough to Jonesville where shopping and dining are 10 minutes away. Also, where Canterbury Showplace hosts events for every many disciplines and breed shows.
Newberry City website http://www.cityofnewberryfl.com/
Find out more about the show place click here www.canterburyshowplace.com
Trenton- Located right outside of Newberry and remains very affordable.
Click on this link to find out more about Trenton http://www.trentonflorida.org/
Williston- Conveniently located in between Gainesville and Ocala, this area is not as well established as some of the other towns so the price of land is still relatively low. It has a quaint downtown and Goeth State Park is nearby for trail riders.
Click here to get more info on Williston http://www.willistonfl.com/index_city.html
Melrose/Hawthorne- The land of a thousand lakes! Popular destination for boaters, fishers and water sports enthusiasts. There are plenty of large parcels within 30 Minutes from UF that are great equestrian properties. It's even possible to have a horse farm on a lake lot or with lake access.
Find out more at http://melrosefl.com/
Micanopy/Citra- Only 20 minutes form UF, Micanopy exemplifies historic Florida with its charming downtown full of antique buildings and shops. The area has a rural feel and is surrounded by lakes and preserves perfect for fishing, canoeing and rarely traveled unpaved roads beckoning for a trail Ride. Citra is also a friendly equestrian area. Its location in between Gainesville and Ocala offers the perfect solution for families needing easy access to both areas.
Check out the Micanopy website for more info on the area http://welcometomicanopy.com/