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3 Reasons Gainesville Florida rocks!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors BK3216615

3 Reasons Gainesville Florida rocks!Alberta Gator University of Florida


Ever since we moved to Gainesville Florida two years ago, I began my quest to become its Number 1 fan!  There is SO MUCH to love about living in Gainesville! Here are the top 3 reasons Gainesville is a GREAT place to live!

1) The WEATHER ... well, except for the summer, which is akin to leaving your oven door open and parking yourself in front of it for the day. But if the worst thing Gainesville weather has to offer is summer heat paired with wilting humidity, no problem! I'd much rather deal with that than with snow, and ice, and slush, and scraping windshields, and shoveling, and snow. Did I mention snow? We don't get that stuff around here. 

What about hurricanes, you say? Well, for the most part, Gainesville doesn't catch the brunt of them (or so I hear). We're far enough inland that you don't have to worry about emergency trips to Home Depot for wood to nail over your windows and all that sort of stuff.  High winds and lashing rain, yes....definitely.  And Gainesville is certainly not immune to falling tree limbs, which is why it is important that you get your trees trimmed regularly so that you don't have an up close and personal encounter with tree limbs in your living room.  Sure that possibility is no fun at all....but did I mention it doesn't snow here?

2) The WILDLIFE!  I LOVE critters! Frogs, toads, anole lizards, snakes of all stripes and sizes, armadillos, gopher tortoises, owls....all have been regular visitors to our backyard....and in one house we lived in, we had tree frogs (the cute little ones with the tiny circle nubbin toes) living in our mailbox! How COOL is that?!  And that's not even counting the gators and leatherback tortoises and sandhill cranes and bison and wild boar and all other types of various and sundry creatures that we get to see just driving 15 minutes over to Paynes Prairie in Gainesville!  I tell you, it's like living a Wild Kingdom episode every day.  Way cool.

3) The WATER!  North Central Florida is blessed with numerous cold water springs which feed our rivers and streams. These cool, clear, see-your-feet-in-the-bottom aquamarine waters look like something right out of a movie. Kayaking and tubing adventures in these crystalline waters are available less than an hour from Gainesville. Manatees make many of these springs their home in winter months. MORE wildlife plus CRYSTAL BLUE waters plus a KAYAK make for one lovely adventure! Again...how cool is that??

And you know what's best of all?  If you can't find what you're looking for in Gainesville, you can most likely still get there from here! 

Gainesville is:

  • 45 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico (Cedar Key);
  • 90 minutes from America's oldest city (St. Augustine); and
  • 2 hours from Universal Studios and Walt Disney World and Epcot.

I'm not going to do a mileage map for you re distance of every city and attraction relative to Gainesville FL but you get the idea. Living in Gainesville FL puts SO much to do right in your own backyard, and I am so HAPPY that we live here!


Here is a short movie I put together about Gainesville.  Enjoy! :)



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Coleen DeGroff, MBA - REALTOR

eXp Realty

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Bob & Leilani Souza
Souza Realty 916.408.5500 - Roseville, CA
Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments

Coleen, it's great to hear why people love their town...so thanks for sharing your top 3 reasons why you love Gainesville, Florida! :)


Sep 10, 2010 10:18 PM
Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!

Coleen.....Gainesville sounds absolutely marvelous - except for the snakes - not so fond of them.  Everything else is great!

Sep 11, 2010 06:08 AM
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL
Hi Carrara - snakes never bothered me. I've always found them to be extremely cute. Spiders (even the teeny ones) and crickets and palmetto bugs though...eeeek! Thanks for stopping by. Hi leilani - I always love hearing why people enjoy where they live too...gives me a peek into their lives. Thanks for stopping by!
Sep 11, 2010 02:01 PM
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL
Carrara - sorry about the name misspelling! Coleen :)
Sep 11, 2010 02:02 PM
Debbie Walsh
SHAHAR Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Coleen I love the movie clip.  You make Gainesville sound like a terrific place to live!

Sep 12, 2010 04:31 AM
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Debra - Hi! Glad you love the movie clip. Yes, Gainesville is a terrific place to live!! Look me up if you're ever in town and I'll show you around! :) Thanks for stopping by.

Sep 13, 2010 02:41 PM
Katerina Gasset
The Gasset Group & Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Provo, UT
Amplify Your Real Estate & Life Dreams!
Hi Coleen, Gainesville Florida sure sounds like a good place to live in. Great video by the way. Thank you for sharing and keep up the good work!
Apr 13, 2013 07:16 PM
Erika Rogers
Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage - Saint George, UT
St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist
Hello Coleen, great insight on the top three reasons why Gainesville Florida rocks!. I'm sure potential buyers will come your way after reading this great article of yours. All the best and keep up the good work!
Apr 22, 2013 08:49 PM
Pat and Ed Okenica
DRAKE REALTY Lake Oconee Ga - Greensboro, GA
Lake Oconee Ga Real Estate
What better way to promote Gainesville Florida than to provide it's offering to the buying public.. The weather, wildlife and the water.  Well done Coleen. Keep it up!
Apr 22, 2013 09:01 PM
Petra Norris
Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
Liked the video Coleen. A good way of promoting Gainesville as one of the best place to settle in Florida. Wishing you all the best with your listing. 
Apr 22, 2013 11:39 PM
Melissa Muse Wiggans
Real Estate Muses - San Antonio, TX
CRS, GRI, ABR - Real Estate Muses
Gainsville is strategically located 45 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico, 90 minutes from St. Augustine and my personal favorite, 2 hours from Universal Studios and Walt Disney World and Epcot. What more could you ask for? Coleen is definitely the perfect candidate to represent potential clients if they are looking for a property in Gainsville, Florida.
Apr 22, 2013 11:49 PM
Waynette Hoover Araj
Keller Williams Realty - Asheboro, NC
Connecting your Dreams with the Right Real Estate
Great job Coleen, your expertise and experience as a realtor in Gainsville sets you apart from the competition. All the best and continue to become one of the most trusted Gainsville real estate consultant.
Apr 22, 2013 11:56 PM