What makes the Gainesville area such an ideal setting to establish your equestrian homestead? The answer lies in mild winters, abundant natural riding trails, a welcoming equestrian community and state of the art equestrian facilities and veterinarian clinics. The city of Gainesville blends a small town atmosphere with the educational benefits, exceptional health care, and jobs brought by the University of Florida. This dynamic combination explains why Gainesville was recently chosen as "the best place to live" by the second edition of Cities Ranked and Rated. If you have school aged children to consider, the Gainesville school systems is one of the highest regarded in the state and produces more gifted students than the any other school system in Florida. The outstanding aesthetics of the Gainesville area enhance an equestrians experience when trail riding or simply sitting on your porch watching your horses graze. The area offers mile upon mile of horse communities, equestrian estates and thousands of acres in nature preserves easily accessed through scenic horse trails. Many trails are covered with an oak tree hammock and lined with native vegetation and wildlife. Plus, they can be enjoyed year round due to Florida's mild climate.
Gainesville area horse properties can range in price from one hundred thousand to several million depending on location, size and amenities. Fortunately, compared to other areas of the country, Gainesville real estate is still considered relatively affordable. Properties commonly offer scenic pastures with rolling hills and antique oak trees majestically draped in flowing moss. Other amenities include horse barns, pools, ponds and extensive fencing.
The towns surrounding Gainesville offer larger equestrian estates, horse communities and agricultural settings and many are within fifteen to twenty minutes of The University of Florida providing an easy commute. They include the towns of Newberry, Jonesville, Alachua, High Springs, Archer, Williston, Micanopy, Citra and many more.
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