Get Happy in These Gainesville Neighborhoods

Author: Alecia Pirulis

University of Florida

I found an article that lists the happiest cities in the country and Gainesville, Florida came in at number eight. Being a Florida native, it was nice to see a nod to this great city. Gainesville is more than just a college town. Gainesville is a mixture of small-town Southern style and urban flair with a sprinkle of history and culture. It offers museums, nightlife, a walkable downtown, great weather, and football – specifically, the University of Florida football (go, Gators!).

Find your happiness in one of these great neighborhoods:

Fifth Avenue: This historic district is home to stately Victorians that date back to the late 1800s. Notable homes along Fifth Avenue include the McKinstry-Bowman House, built in the 1880s, and the H.L. Phifer House, which features lacy gingerbread and elegant gables.

Duckpond: As part of the Northeast Historic District, Duckpond features Victorian architecture and massive Live Oak trees. It is a pretty neighborhood with nearly 200 historic homes (and yes, there is a duck pond).

Sugar Hill: A quaint little neighborhood with a charming park complete with picnic areas and barbeque grills, Sugar Hill is located along Sweetwater Branch Creek. Living in this neighborhood is a cake walk – you’ll be king of the Sugar Hill when you take a bite out of this honey of a neighborhood. (I just couldn’t resist.)

Grove Street: Fun, funky Grove Street is in the heart of it all – it is near both downtown and UF, features a community garden, and is within walking distance to museums, cafes, and boutiques.

Porters Community: Dating back to the late 1800s, the Porters Community is near several major landmarks including the historic Hippodrome theater. There are also several shops and a farmer’s market in the area.

Stephen Foster: Charming and private, this neighborhood enjoys a natural setting. It is close to businesses, shops, and UF, and public transportation is available.

Oakview: The live oak trees are the exclamation point to this neighborhood. They stand majestically along the roadways, forming a canopy of twisted branches and cascading moss. Oakview is also close to both UF and downtown.

Phoenix: Phoenix is popular with students and teachers. It is an eclectic neighborhood with a great mix of housing options and businesses.