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Best Neighborhoods in Gainesville, FL Explore the neighborhoods that make Gainesville one of the best places to live in the U.S.

Welcome to Gainesville, FL!

Gainesville is consistently rated one of the best places to live in the U.S. In 2022, Gainesville received’s top honors for best city in Florida. Education is one big reason why. The city boasts a world-class research institution in the University of Florida, and the Alachua County school district is one of the best in Florida. Combine that with warm weather and a network of beautiful parks, nature preserve, and nearby springs, and you can why more and more people are choosing to call Gainesville home.

With a population of just over 133,000, Gainesville also punches above its weight in terms of cultural attractions, including the Florida Museum of Natural History, The Harn Museum, the Hippodrome Theater, and a thriving restaurant and nightlife scene.

Gainesville’s cost of living is a bit lower than other Florida cities. You can often find great homes in the $300k range in the Alachua County School District.

Not sure which Gainesville neighborhood is right for you? Read on to get a sense of the character and real estate offerings of some of the best neighborhoods in Gainesville!

Covered in this guide:

  1. Haile Plantation
  2. Duckpond
  3. Grand Oaks
  4. Downtown Gainesville
  5. Arbor Greens
  6. Homes for Sale Near the University of Florida
  7. University Park
  8. The Town of Tioga
  9. Oakmont
  10. The Estates at Wilds Plantation
  11. Longleaf
  12. Turkey Creek
  13. High Springs
  14. Suburban Heights
  15. Cobblefield
  16. Blues Creek
  17. Micanopy

Note: If you don’t see any listings under a neighborhood, there’s still a possibility that more houses are coming to market soon. Inquire with Rabell to learn about upcoming new construction.

Haile Plantation

Haile Plantation combines a walkable, village feel with the leafy charms of a well-planned Southern town.

The 1,700 acre mixed-use development — the largest in Gainesville — features a variety of craftsman homes, town houses, apartments and condos anchored by the walkable Haile Village Center.

We may be a little biased because our offices are located in Haile Village, but we love Haile’s strong sense of community, thriving local businesses, and variety of housing options. There’s definitely something for everyone here.

Haile also offers a shopping plaza with everything you need, and a golf course/country club. The community has been recognized by Southern Living for its exemplary traditional town planning and great restaurants.

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The Duckpond’s lovingly maintained homes are situated along cozy streets shaded by live oaks. Architecturally speaking, homes range from small bungalows to Queen Anne style Victorians and the occasional new construction home.

View of the Thomas Center from the gardens in Gainesville's historic Duckpond Neighborhood
View of the Thomas Center from the gardens. Photo by LaggedOnUser | Flickr

Many of homes of the Duckpond were built in the early 20th century, with significant renovations made in recent years. Thanks to the district’s strong HOAs, upgrades are done with care to preserve the historic district’s original character and charm.

The average sale price in 2020 was in the mid $300k range, with larger historic homes going for $400k – $500k and up. Check out our guide to the Duckpond to learn more.

Grand Oaks

Grand Oaks is one Gainesville’s newest planned communities to break ground in the Southwest Gainesville area, which is zoned for some of the best schools in the city. The homes are all built by renowned builder William Weseman.

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Downtown Gainesville

Downtown Gainesville is where a lot of the magic happens. From art and music events to the farmer’s market, unique shops, great restaurants, bars and nightclubs, there’s something for everyone in Downtown Gainesville.

Within Gainesville’s urban core you’ll find a variety of unique neighborhoods, including the Historic Duckpond, Pleasant Street, the Bed and Breakfast District, the Innovation District, University Heights, Porters Community (Depot Park area), Grove Street, and more.

Cade Museum in Gainesville's Depot Park
Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention in Depot Park, Gainesville FL

Pretty much everywhere in Downtown Gainesville is walking distance to coffee, gyms, bars, restaurants, the University of Florida’s flagship downtown campus, and Santa Fe College’s new Blount Center.

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Arbor Greens

Arbor Greens is a peaceful planned community located off Newberry Road, just outside of Gainesville. The development comprises 208 single family homes anchored by a spacious clubhouse and a swimming pool.

The homes of Arbor Greens combine affordability, comfort and luxury, with most starting in the $300k range.

Check out our guide to Arbor Greens to learn more.

Homes for Sale Near the University of Florida

Relocating to Gainesville for a job or study at UF? We’ve got you covered. See below for the most recently listed homes for sale within a 20 minute drive of UF’s flagship Gainesville campus. (Go Gators!)

University Park

University Park is a neighborhood of charming single family homes just north of the University of Florida.

The neighborhood is within easy walking and biking distance to work, libraries, museums, concerts, Gator sports at Ben Griffin stadium, restaurants, and places of worship. Being one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, University Park’s walkable streets enjoy a lush tree canopy that helps keep residents cool during the summer.

Over the years many Presidents of the University of Florida and other prominent folks have called University Park home, lending the neighborhood prestige.

Learn more about University Park and the neighboring Florida Park and Palm Terrace communities here.

Town of Tioga

Not your typical suburban subdivision, Town of Tioga is a walkable tree-lined community full of beautifully crafted homes, shops, and great amenities.

Tioga’s plan was inspired by the Duck Pond’s walkability. Tioga is a growing community, with new homes being added in new subdivisions while maintaining the communities small ecological footprint.

While the Town of Tioga is walkable and tight-knit, it also features the kind of amenities you would find in neighboring suburban communities, including:

  • Pool, cabana baths, and clubhouse
  • A playground sheltered by live oaks
  • Tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts
  • Walkable green spaces and nature trails
  • Community gardens
  • A weekly farmer’s market and community events
  • Mixed-use developments with retail

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Oakmont is a newly constructed planned community with homes by Gainesville’s top builders and some stellar community amenities.

Aerial shot of Oakmont clubhouse and pool, Gainesville, FL
Oakmont’s resort style clubhouse and pools

Check out our Oakmont neighborhood guide to learn more.

The Estates of Wilds Plantation

The Estates of Wilds Plantation is a leafy planned community tucked between Haile and Oakmont in Southwest Gainesville. The wildly popular (pun definitely intended) development comprises around 200 single family homes on large half-acre lots.

For more info, see our guide to The Estates at Wilds.


Longleaf Village is a master-planned community located off Archer Road in SW Gainesville. Combining affordability and comfort with luxury, the 550 home community is anchored by a stately clubhouse and a resort-style swimming pool.

Longleaf Gainesville
Aerial view of Longleaf community in Gainesville FL

See our Longleaf neighborhood guide for more info.

Turkey Creek

If you love golf, community, and access to well-maintained green spaces, we highly recommend Turkey Creek. Far enough from Alachua and Gainesville to have a rural feel, Turkey Creek is still close enough to enjoy all of the amenities and conveniences that Gainesville has to offer.

Aerial shot of Turkey Creek golf community in Gainesville FL
Aerial view of Turkey Creek, a golf community in Gainesville FL

The approximately 1217 single and multifamily homes of Turkey Creek are a mix of established and new construction homes and condos ranging in size from 900 to 3,000+ square feet. Larger estate and villas lots occasionally come on the market as well.

Check out our Turkey Creek neighborhood guide to learn more.

High Springs

High Springs is a town just outside of Gainesville known for its access to outdoor amenities and quaint downtown. The town of just of 5,000 is 20 miles northwest of Gainesville and close to neighboring Alachua, FL. It’s a popular place to stage a scuba excursion in the area’s many famed springs.

Homes are in the affordable for most $300k range and are typically set on large lots.

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Suburban Heights

Suburban Heights is a traditional low-rise suburban neighborhood, with tree-lined streets, a family-friendly vibe, and engaged neighbors.

Most homes were built in the 1960s and range in size from 1,750 to 3,000 sq/ft on tidy lawns. The median listing home price in 2022 was $347k, or $158 per sq ft. Learn more here.


Cobblefield is an energy-efficient community of 265 single-family homes on 120 acres of woodland, zoned for some of Alachua County’s best public schools.

The neighborhood was developed and built in the early 2000s by G.W. Robinson, a recognized pioneer in energy efficient home design. Homes range in size from 1,700 to 4,000+ square feet. Average sale price in 2021 was $529k.

Cobblefield Gainesville FL clubhouse
Cobblefield Clubhouse

All homes have access to the many neighborhood amenities and Florida-native green spaces, which are maintained with care and distinction. Visit the Cobblefield Neighborhood Guide to learn more.

Blues Creek

Blues Creek is a tight-knit community of single family homes in bucolic Northwest Gainesville. Residents enjoy the comforts of suburban living at an affordable price. The homes were built in the 1990s or early 2000s and range in size from 2,000 to 3,000 sq/ft on cozy lots.

See our Blues Creek Neighborhood Guide to learn more.


Micanopy is as quaint as they come. The small town’s lovingly preserved historic homes are situated on some of the most beautiful Spanish-moss covered roads in Florida. It’s no wonder the Huffington Post included Micanopy in its list of the 12 Cutest Small Towns in America.

Micanopy FL fall festival
Downtown Micanopy FL

Micanopy is located just off I-75, 10 miles south of Gainesville, in growing Alachua County. The town is also accessible from scenic SR 441, which runs through majestic Payne’s Prairie Preserve State Park.

Looking for Additional Information? Get In Touch With Rabell Realty Group.

At Rabell Realty Group, we believe that each and every home purchase, sale and lease is unique and deserves a skilled touch. Located in Haile Plantation’s Haile Village Center, we’re a small, local real estate firm focused on providing our customers with consistent and outstanding real estate service.

We’re honored to be recognized as the Best Real Estate Agency in Gainesville in 2022 by Gainesville Award Program. Each year, the awards go to small businesses that have achieved exceptional success in their local community and business category, and are helping make the Gainesville area a great place to live, work and play.

Feel free to call 352-559-8820 or contact us online to get in touch with a knowledgeable Gainseville realtor today. We would love to assist you in finding your dream home!