The University of Florida, located in Gainesville, was established in 1853 and is therefore the oldest and largest university with 50,000 students in the Sunshine State. Some might argue that all residents of Gainesville - 198,964 in total - have at least some Gator pride in them, even if they are transplants from outside of the area. In the Fall, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, also known as "The Swamp" to locals, holds 90,000 cheering fans. But Gainesville is more than a college town, too. Residents can enjoy the Florida Museum of Natural History, complete with a Butterfly Rainforest exhibit, or the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. The Hippodrom State Theatre offers live, professional shows downtown, while Haile Homestead gives Gainesville visitors and residents a taste of history via museum tours through an old plantation home. Ichetucknee Springs State Park in nearby Fort White has a six-mile river perfect for tubing in the summertime.
Gainesville might have something to offer all ages and interests, but price is continually a factor. Although the average list price in Gainesville increased 11.14 percent year-over-year, the market is largely attainable at $206,493. However, listing inventory declined steeply in 2015, with a 42.71 percent decrease in number of homes on the market. In 2014, Gainesville had 960 listings, and last year, only featured 550 homes for sale. If considering moving to the area, keep the tighter market in mind, especially as asking prices steadily increase.