Rebecca is an equestrian. She owns, rides, gives lessons and trains. She has over 20 years of horse ownership and breeding experience. She’s been riding and involved with horses since she was six.
Therefore, finding a suitable horse property in the Gainesville area is easier than you think. There are many horse properties in Gainesville and its surrounding communities, as well as Williston, Reddick, Ocala and Lake City areas.
Hayes Glen and Cheney Walk Estates are two neighborhoods zoned for horses inside Gainesville. There are many others surrounding Gainesville, including Alachua, High Springs, Jonesville, Newberry and Williston also offer horse properties for sale. Each community has its own flavor so it’s best to look around to get a good feel for what you want.
Here are just some of the horse properties currently for sale in Gainesville and its surrounding communities. This is by no means an exhaustive list. If you would like to be set up to receive regular emails when Gainesville horse properties become available, just give me a shout. And if any of the horse properties featured here catch your interest let me know and we will make arrangements to go visit.
Equine Friendly areas Surrounding Gainesville
Since it’s increasingly difficult to find large parcels of land in Gainesville, many of the surrounding towns have become popular havens for horse farms, equine communities or large private estates. The higher taxes of Alachua County have also pushed private horse farms into other counties. Many properties in Levy, Gilchrist, Putnam, Columbia and Marion County remain close enough for homeowners to enjoy all the of benefits Gainesville has to offer. Many even find the commute to UF to be an easy payoff for the benefits of living farther away in one of the several surrounding areas.
Some of these towns include:
ARCHER– Located SW of Gainesville only 10 minutes from I-75, this area is well situated for equestrians who need easy access UF. There are plenty of larger acreage parcels and farm prices range from 100k up. With plenty of dirt roads, easements and preserves there is no shortage of places to trail ride with beautiful views.
JONESVILLE – This unincorporated community is located in between Gainesville and Newberry at the intersection of CR 241 and St. Rd 26 (Newberry Road) often referred to as the “Dusty Trails” area. This informal region has become increasingly desirable for real estate as growth has moved west away from the more densely populated neighborhoods in Gainesville. Jonesville has also seen a huge influx of business and now serves as a major shopping hub for residents in the west side of Gainesville and residents of Newberry, Archer and Trenton. Since the popularity of the area has increased, so have the real estate prices and population density, however, it still servers as an equestrian oriented region as shown in the chosen name of the largest shopping complex, Steeple Chase Shopping Plaza.
ALACHUA– Located about 15 minutes north of Gainesville, the town of Alachua (the Good Life Community) is one of the most popular areas for horse farms. The pastures in this area are well established because of the popularity of cattle farming and the soil is far less sandy and more nutrient rich than many other areas in the county. The historic main street features wonderful shops and restaurants set in antique buildings. Dining choices include Italian, Mexican, Seafood, fine dining and a steak house. The downtown area also has a feed and supply with almost anything you would need to perfect your equestrian homestead.
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HIGH SPRINGS – Located north of Alachua on Highway 27/441. Famous for it’s rivers and springs, the area has become a popular tourist destination for canoeing, kayaking and diving. The land is also blessed with rolling pasture and has become a chosen area for horse farms of all sizes. The downtown main street features a tack and feed shop, several dining options, a farmers market and is well known for it’s antique stores.
FT. WHITE/O’BRIEN – Both are located outside of High Springs and have nature parks and rivers. The property is relatively affordable for horse farm owners who decide to settle this far away from Gainesville. The drive to UF is still only about 40 minutes.
NEWBERRY – Close enough to Gainesville, High Springs and Alachua where shopping and dining are 10 minutes away. It is the location of Canterbury Equestrian Showplace where horse enthusiasts looking for dressage, jumping, reining, halter shows for English and Western riders abounds. Robert Duval, Monty Roberts, Robert Redford, Buck Brannaman, among other famous horse people, have walked here. Check their calendar to find the show that interests you as a rider or spectator. It’s free to watch horse shows!
TRENTON – Located right outside of Newberry and remains very affordable. Many people choose to commute to Gainesville from the Trenton area as it affords private, quiet country living.
WILLISTON – Conveniently located in between Gainesville and Ocala. Many professional riders and breeders are moving their farms to Levy County. Warmblood breeders, Dressage, Hunters, Jumpers and the TB Racing industries are relocating here. Williston is convenient to the beautiful Crystal River for fishing, scalloping and water enjoyment.
MELROSE/HAWTHORNE – This area is on the eastern edge of the Alachua county line on the way to the Atlantic Ocean or St. Augustine Beach area. This is the land of a thousand lakes! It’s a popular destination for boaters, fishers and water sports enthusiasts. There are plenty of large parcels 30 minutes from UF that make great equestrian properties. It’s even possible to have a horse farm on a lake lot or with like access.
MICANOPY/CITRA – Only 20 minutes south of UF, Micanopy exemplifies historic Florida with its charming downtown full of antique buildings and shops. The area has a rural feel and is surrounded by lakes and preserves perfect for fishing, canoeing, rarely traveled dirt roads beckoning you to a trail ride. Many antique stores are located in this town for your shopping enjoyment. Citra is also a friendly equestrian area. Its location in between Gainesville and Ocala offers the perfect solution for families who need easy access to both areas. Jon Anderson sang a well known song about Micanopy and Doc Hollywood was filmed here.