The climate of North Central Florida is mild throughout. Unlike most of Florida, there are distinct winters here, with temperatures dipping below freezing on occasion. The unusual climate is reflected in the different types of plants that grow in our region as compared to the balance of Florida, which is largely subtropical in its climate and flora.
The University of Florida, Gainesville is the largest university in the state and a major source of higher education to all Floridians. Other institutions of higher education located in or near our region include Santa Fe Community College, Central Florida Community College and Saint Johns River Community College.
Health care is offered by a number of facilities that include North Florida Regional Medical Center, Shands Hospital at the University of Florida Gainesville, Nature Coast Hospital and others.
Gainesville Regional Airport provides both smaller commercial flights and local air services.
There are loads of lakes in North Central Florida that enable locals and visitors to boat and fish to their heart's content. Orange Lake spans 12,700+ acres, Lake Lochloosa covers 8,347 acres, and Levy Lake has a surface of 4,557 acres. And these are just a few of the many lakes found in the area! The region's lakes contain plenty of largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and redear for you to reel in.
The University of Florida's Gators in Gainesville offer athletic excitement throughout the year, with great football and basketball teams. Gainesville is also host to a likely music scene as well as other arts such as theatre troupes and local comedians.
Students of history will want to visit some of the older buildings in the nearby city of Trenton, FL. The historic Gilchrist County Courthouse was built in 1933 and is still used to this day. The Trenton Depot is another historic structure in town. It was completed around 1905 and was a station along the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad until 2004.
The tranquil and hometown community of Newberry sits between Gainesville and Trenton. Newberry is located on the southwest side of Alachua County, Florida. Much of the city borders the neighboring Gilchrist County to the west. The community support unique agriculture and was particularly successful at producing watermelons. The Watermelon Festival, first held in 1946, continues to be a very popular annual event for locals and visitors from Gainesville and beyond. In 1987 Newberry's Historic District was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The town of Chiefland, FL is about 10 minutes south of Trenton. Chiefland is extremely close to the Gulf of Mexico and even closer to Manatee Springs State Park, a recreational destination where you can swim, hike and watch the manatees swimming in the spring waters.
Chiefland, FL in turn, sits roughly 20 minutes west of Williston. This town is known as the "Gateway to the Nature Coast" and features a couple of popular diving spots for those seeking to explore nature as it exists underwater.
Florida was inhabited by Paleo-Indians as early as 14 thousand years ago. The earliest known European explorers came with the Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León in 1513. De León dubbed the land "La Florida" due to the flowery vegetation that was in full blown upon his arrival. Over the following century, the Spanish and the French established settlements in Florida. English colonies came not long afterwards.
Great Britain established control of the region diplomatically through the Peace of Paris in 1763. From there it shifted back to Spain after the American Revolutionary War and then was controlled by American forces after the First Seminole War. Finally, Florida became the 27th state in 1845.
If you're ready to learn more about the benefits of living in North Central Florida, contact us today. We'll be happy to give you more information about Gainesville, Trenton, Newberry, Chiefland, Williston and the properties we currently have available. Whatever your real estate dreams may be, we'll help make them into reality.