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Suburban Heights Neighborhood Guide An engaged suburban community in Northwest Gainseville

Welcome to Suburban Heights!

Suburban Heights is an established community of single family homes in Northwest Gainesville, situated between the University of Florida and I-75. Members of the community enjoy the comforts of suburban living and proximity to the urban core.

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.

Location

Suburban Heights is a short drive to the University of Florida, Shands, HCA Florida North Hospital, and Santa Fe College. It’s accessible to I-75 by Oaks Mall. The shops and grocery stores at Millhopper Square, great schools, a library branch, bars, cafes, and walking trails are also within walking distance.

Living in Suburban Heights

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

Millhopper Square anchors the community at the confluence of NW 23rd Ave, NW 43rd St and NW 16th Blvd. In addition to grocery stores and dining options, the shopping hub offers a number of interesting retail options, including the bookstore and chocolatier at Thornebrook Village, and a fitness center.

The community is bookended on the south by Cofrin Nature Park, a charming urban park with a shady half-mile hiking trail, a playground, and a thoughtful memorial garden.

Suburban Heights is an engaged community. The Suburban Heights Association successfully fended off proposed drive-thru businesses on NW 23rd Aven and 43rd St that would have brought more traffic to the area.

The city of Gainesville would like to see more dense development around Millhopper Square, which is well connected to transit and jobs. But any proposed development will have to reckon with the engaged residents of Suburban Heights.

Walk to Coffee

CYM Coffee Co, a convivial coffee shop in quaint digs, is withing walking distance of Suburban Heights. Not many suburban residential communities enjoy this level of convenience.

From the big couches, the bean bags, and the cat that may occasionally grace you with its presence, CYM does a good job of making its customers feel at home. The building was literally a home before it became a cafe. The atmosphere is upbeat and the staff are welcoming.

Live show on the lawn out back of CYM Coffee in Gainesville
Photo courtesy of CYM

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Things to Do In Suburban Heights

Cofrin Nature Park

Cofrin Nature Park is a forested area with a half-mile hiking trail, playground, and wetlands fed by Beville Heights Creek. Situated off NW 8th Avenue between the University of Florida’s main campus and shopping along I-75, you could easily miss this hidden gem.

Cofrin Park has one thing that no other park in Gainesville has: hills! Though the trail is brief, it’s steep for Florida and will give you a workout. It’s also thickly forested, with light pleasantly filtering through the latticework of cypresses and oaks.

Another feature unique to Cofrin Park is its memorial garden. It’s a serene place to sit and reflect. There is a poignant sculpture garden and a labyrinth whose bricks are inscribed with the names of loved one who have been lost to suicide.

Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park

A short drive from Suburban Heights, Devil’s Millhopper is an iconic Gainesville landmark. Fed by little waterfalls and slow-moving creeks, the sinkhole at the heart of this park nourishes an ecosystem found in very few other places in the world.

It gets cooler and quieter as you descend the 132 steps of the boardwalk, while the vegetation becomes more lush. Even during the hottest summer months, Devils Millhopper is an oasis of cool and tranquility. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the fox sparrow, grey treefrog and golden-banded skipper.

Devil's Millhopper near Suburban Heights in Gainesville FL
Down Into The Hopper | Photo by Wesley Hetrick

Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

The Santa Fe Teaching Zoo is a popular destination for nearby neighbors and tourists alike. The 10-acre teaching zoo is home to over 200 well cared for animals, including endangered white-handed gibbons and Matschie’s tree-kangaroo, and Asian small-clawed otters. The zoo recently welcomed the birth of 5 otter pups.

Public School Zones in Suburban Heights

Suburban Heights is zoned for the following excellent Alachua County public schools:

  • Little Elementary School
  • Fort Clarke Middle School
  • Buchholz High School

Final Thoughts

We love Suburban Heights because of its traditional suburban comforts and proximity to the urban core. The neighborhood is more engaged than most, and that’s another reason we think it’s a great place to put down roots.

Have more questions about Suburban Heights? Contact Rabell today to start your search, or click on one of the listings below to learn more about available properties!

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