This month for Pride we will be celebrating past customers that are proud members of the LGBTQ community to share their stories and celebrate the diversity in Alachua County.
Driving through the winding roads of Turkey Creek, you’re greeted by waving neighbors, golfers, and the gorgeous home of Carlos and Nicholas. Their front door swings open to reveal an expertly curated space, exuding style and personality. They’ve officially lived there just a year, but the space looks as if it was always meant to be filled with their books and art collection.
Carlos and Nicholas are social, friendly guys – this is their first home, they’re excited to finally be living in a space that’s large enough to host family dinners. The exposed beams on the ceiling and the wall to wall built in bookshelves play up the massive sectional that sprawls across their living room. They joked “we never want to leave, it’s a good thing and a bad thing.” They were brought in by the openness of the home, they saw the potential in the space, so they brightened it up with lighting and paint, and knew their luxurious sofa could fit!
When asked about their neighborhood, I was blown away by how excited they were to be in the Turkey Creek community. What do they love about it so much? “Everything. The people, everyone’s been really warm and welcoming.” The neighbors left a rose on their doorstep when they moved in, bouquets of flowers, even a bottle of scotch. “And the waving! Everyone waves!” Coming from Miami and New Jersey, the friendliness, the dark sky at night, the serenity of the country – it’s a great change of pace for these busy professionals. Carlos is an acupuncture physician in town, and Nicholas works in quality assurance and logistics at a distribution center, so they love having a relaxing oasis to return to at the end of the day.
Kristen Rabell, Broker/Owner at Rabell Realty Group, was their Agent. “We ran her around everywhere,” Carlos laughed. They appreciated her patience and perseverance in finding them their dream home, in a competitive market where homes were coming on and off the market in 2 or 3 days. She knew the history of the homes and armed them with information to make the tough decisions they needed to as potential home buyers.
To them, Pride is about the freedom to be exactly who you are. Not defined by sexuality, gender, or race, but rather what you do, how you treat people. They are so happy to be homeowners in Turkey Creek, business owners, friends, sons, uncles, brothers. Pride to them is a celebration of the freedom to be defined by their accomplishments and passions. They love living here because Alachua County is a community of like-minded people that want to grow. We care about the environment, we care about equality, and most importantly, we care about each other.
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