Gainesville, Florida offers many housing options, no matter what lifestyle you are looking for. Downtown offers a city/urban feel but within minutes you can be in a more rural area, if you like more of a country feel. Some home choices include historic neighborhoods, swim/tennis communities, homes on acreage, golf communities, condos, townhomes and even horse farms. Gainesville, Florida is home to the University of Florida, Santa Fe College, Shands Teaching Hospital, Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center, North Florida Regional Medical Center, Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens and the 21,000 acre Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. There is something for everyone here, as Gainesville offers many diverse things to do, including live theater and music venues, museums, a wonderful downtown area, various art galleries, a multitude of outdoor parks with walking and bike riding trails, a large number of delicious local restaurants, loads of kid friendly activities and many A-rated schools. With all of its wonderful attributes, Gainesville is a great place to live and build memories!
Ocala, Florida provides a wide range of home options, including affordable 55+ /retirement communities, gated communities, golf communities, waterfront properties, horse friendly communities, condos, villas, townhomes and more. Ocala has long been called the “Kingdom of the Sun” and on average boasts 233 sunny days per year, and Ocala is also referred to as the “Horse Capital of the World.” Among the beautiful rolling hills, dotted with magnificent Live Oak trees draped in Spanish moss, you can find almost every breed of horse here. Ocala is most famous for its Thoroughbred horse industry, and there are close to 1000 Thoroughbred farms in the area. Ocala is also home to a winter horse show circuit called HITS (Horse Shows in the Sun) which runs for 10 consecutive weeks and draws in riders, from all over the world, who compete in classes offering over $4 million in prize money. Ocala is also home to Florida’s oldest attraction, Silver Springs State Park. Silver Springs is the largest artesian spring formation in the world and it is famous for its glass-bottom boats, which were invented and launched there in the 1870s. Ocala is also home to the Appleton Museum, the Ocala Civic Theatre, the College of Central Florida, the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, and the Ocala National Forest, which covers 607 square miles and is the second largest nationally protected forest in Florida. In the Ocala National Forest, you will find rivers, natural springs that are great for snorkeling and diving, and over 600 natural ponds and lakes. When it comes to dining out, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from in the Ocala area. Downtown Ocala offers shops, restaurants, art galleries, music and various events on the square throughout the year, including a farmer’s market every Saturday. With its beautiful countryside and its small town feel, Ocala is a great place to call home!
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