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Alachua Real Estate

Alachua is situated at the intersection of 1-75 and US 441, about a 25 minute drive to the University of Florida and downtown Gainesville. In Alachua, suburbia blends into the  wetlands and pines of San Felasco State Park. A former railroad town, Alachua is better known these days for its small town charms, many outdoor amenities, and the beloved Mill Creek Farm, a retiree community…for horses!

With a population of around 10,000 and an average age of 35, Alachua is a great community for young families and folks who enjoy small-town life and being close to nature. The median home price in Alachua is in the mid 200,000s.

Lest you get the impression that Alachua is all small-town nostalgia and rural charms, the town is also home to a 204-acre corporate park where cutting-edge biotech companies affiliated with the University of Florida have offices.

What’s It Like Living in Alachua

Alachua’s compact historic downtown is one of North Central Florida’s hidden gems. Pear trees and vintage lampposts line its walkable streets. The two-story brick buildings with Romanesque arches over the windows were built in the early 20th century and hark back to Alachua’s days as a railroad hub. Today Main Street supports a variety of shops, cafes, restaurants, and personal services.

Alachua is a destination for outdoor adventure. San Felasco State Park connects visitors to 7,000 acres of horseback and bike trails. The town is also blessed with pristine springs that remain cool year-round. And with High Springs nearby, there is never a shortage of fun on the water, from underwater cave exploration to a relaxing tube float down the Ichetucknee River.

Turkey Creek, a 1,1000-acre golf development on the edge of San Felasco State Park, is experiencing a renaissance thanks to volunteer efforts to restore the golf course to its former glory. Golf Digest wrote about the Miracle at Turkey Creek earlier this year.

Cool Stuff to Do in Alachua

Mill Creek Farm Retirement Home for Horses

20307 NW Co Rd 235A, Alachua, FL 32615

The Mill Creek Farm is a horse sanctuary for elderly horses that have been neglected, abused or abandoned and rescued by SPCAs and other frontline rescue organizations. Police and military horses also live out their golden years at Mill Creek. The beautiful animals are never put to work; they roam freely with other horses in spacious, tree-lined pastures. The farm is open to the public on Saturdays from 11am-3pm. So stop by and say hi, and don’t forget to bring a bag of carrots.

Directions:

  1. Heading north or south on I-75:
  2. Take Exit 399 (High Springs/Alachua exit) (US 441) off  I-75
  3. Turn Right (West) on US 441 and follow 3/4 of a mile to traffic light at 235A
    (passing High School on your right)
  4. Turn Right on 235A and follow 2.5 mi.You will cross the I-75 overpass
  5. After crossing overpass, turn RIGHT at GREEN SIGN marking entrance to farm

Admission: literally two carrots (but a 5 lb. bag is even better).

Be sure to check their Visitor Info page before you go.

San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park

This sprawling nature preserve offers serene walks through wetlands and mature forests, as well as outdoor adventures for horseback riders and off-road cyclists. Two-thirds of the park is set aside for hiking only, to maintain the delicate hammock ecosystem and ensure a true wilderness experience for human visitors.

  • The hiking trailhead is located 4 miles NW of Gainesville on State Rd 232 at 11101 Millhopper Rd
  • The horseback and bicycle trailheads are located just south of Alachua off US 441.

Admission: $4 per vehicle, $2 for pedestrians and cyclists

Alachua Splash and Skate Park

14300 NW 146 Terrace

The splash park is a great place to bring young kids on a hot day. It features water fountains shooting up from the ground and sprinklers and buckets that dump water from above. There’s also a sand box area and several picnic tables located under a big shady tree, a skate park for the older kids, and a basketball court.

Admission: free

Alachua Public Schools

Alachua is zoned for Irby Elementary, Alachua Elementary, Mebane Middle School and Santa Fe high school. All of the schools belong to the Alachua County School District, one of the best in the state of Florida.

Final Thoughts

Alachua is big on small-town charms and opportunities to get lost in nature, yet you’re just a stone’s throw from regional employers and nightlife in neighboring Gainesville. And with a variety of neighborhoods to choose from, from the charming ranchers of the downtown area, to the golf-crazy community at Turkey Creek, to large luxury estates surrounded by beautiful forests, there’s something for everyone in Alachua.

Looking to put down roots in Alachua? Talk to your real estate agent at Rabell to learn more about what’s available.

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