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Cities of North Central Florida is a Community of Diversity

As if the soothing Gulf breezes, phenomenal natural beauty and award-winning status aren't enough to attract you to North Central Florida, homes for sale in this area definitely will.

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Just outside Gainesville, Florida, homes for sale in Newberry boast the lowest tax rates in the county.  Ownership of many local utilities allows Newberry to reduce expenses for residents. Newberry is well positioned both geographically and economically to take advantage of Alachua County's westward growth.   Infrastructure and equipment owned by the City of Newberry allows residents to receive city water and sewer, cable TV, electric power, and regular garbage pickup.   The cost of the city services is among the lowest in Alachua County because the city is debt-free.

Alachua County's school system is generally recognized as one of the top systems in the state and Newberry can further boast that it is one of the few places in Alachua County with true neighborhood schools.   The elementary, middle and high schools are all located within one mile of downtown Newberry.

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High Springs
Oozing small-town charm!  High Springs is a painted landscape of tree-lined streets, crystal clear springs, historic buildings and quaint shops.  The springs and rivers here give excellent opportunities for diving, swimming, fishing and other water sports. The people of High Springs welcome you to experience the charm of our small town. Voted the "Friendliest Small Town" in Florida, High Springs beckons you to discover History, Adventure, Recreation and Family Fun!

Located in beautiful north Florida halfway between Gainesville and Lake City, our area offers delights for the nature lover, sportsman, and historian. Canoe our pristine rivers, dive or splash into a crystal clear spring, shop till you find that item you never thought you would find, or just relax with an ice cream and admire one of our many historic buildings. Stroll our tree-lined streets and stop to enjoy our fine eateries, browse to your heart's content through our antique, specialty and gift shops. At the end of the day soothe yourself in our Spas then rest in one of our cozy Bed & Breakfast or Country Inns.

High Springs Website

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Even though the look and feel of Alachua is distinctly "small town 1950s," this three-stoplight city never holds back progress.  Amid picturesque country roads draped with Spanish moss-laden trees, you'll find high tech research firms, environmental engineering companies and other high tech organizations that bring employment opportunities to the town. Alachua from notoriety in the Wall Street Journal to local news on-line, this little city has it going on… The once referred to “bedroom” community just outside Gainesville, Florida has moved up the ladder as far as little towns go. The development within and around the city has generated high-tech, high touch, high demand and cutting edge attention from a plethora of Fortune 500 lookers.

From corner to corner, this town has something for everyone. Alachua has a population of roughly 6800 people, a diverse economic structure and a picturesque Main Street straight out of the 50’s. Small family owned shops are nestled along the serpentine street that is adorned with ever changing foliage of the Bradford Pear tree. Storefronts shine with pride; windows are filled with suggestions of garden grandeur, healthy concoctions, and a new candy store that offers the taste of yesteryear. You can enjoy the famous Monster Burger from Conestogas or stroll down the street to a café drenched in sunshine yellow walls, friendly smiling faces serving fresh baked muffins with your favorite gourmet coffee to get a morning started and catch up on all the happenings around town. You may even see a feathered friend or get to watch a new generation of Alachua taking his first steps while growing up on Main Street. A little further down the street is an Alachua icon. An old family home is now masterfully restored to the grand elegance of its glorious youth. Govinda’s restaurant showcases quintessential southern architecture. This picture perfect example, complete with white picket fence, flower-laden gardens and soft aroma from the kitchen will be forever etched into your memory.

Alachua Website

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Originally known as Dee Hammock, Archer is located southwest of Gainesville and has its history tied to the railroad. The Florida Railroad laid out the town in 1853, responsible for building the railroad from Fernandina to Cedar Key. The town was renamed by U.S. Senator and town resident, David Levy Yulee, around 1855 in memory of his friend, James T. Archer, Florida’s first Secretary of State. Archer is surrounded by nature and nature lovers.  Annually it hosts the T. Gilbert Pearson Day in November, which draws birdwatchers from far and wide to this tiny town.

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Two years after Florida became a U.S. Territory (1821), surveyors described the area of Melrose as “an uninhabited wilderness, except for a few Indian villages.” The opening of a canal in 1881 changed all that, as steamboats began hauling passengers and freight across the lakes between Melrose Bay and the railroad in Waldo, the town prospered. Melrose attracted not only settlers but also winter visitors from the north, many of whom built fine homes. The local economy went from cotton farms to orange groves, hotels and hospitality. Melrose’s “golden age” occurred during the 1890”s when many of its historic homes were built and largely ended about the turn of the century.

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The railroad created Waldo, the first English-speaking town on northeastern Alachua County, in the 1870's. Expanding on the benefits of rail transportation after the Civil War, a canal was dredged between Lake Alto and Lake Santa Fe, opening up even more opportunity for visitors and commerce. Steamboats made the journey back and forth. By 1932, the boom was over, however. Freezes had decimated crops in the region, causing many of the large farms to disappear. Waldo celebrates its railroad heritage every April with a festival, Waldo Railroad Day. Additionally, the Waldo farmers and Flea Market is North Central Florida’s largest, and is a popular weekend destination for bargain hunters.

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Hawthorne started out in the 1840’s as a tiny settlement around a grist mill owned by Daniel Morrison. In 1880 the town was named “Hawthorn” in honor of James M. Hawthorn, an Indian fighter who encouraged the growth of the town by giving the railroad land to run its line west to Johnson Lake. There are approximately 400 bodies of water within 10 miles making the area a hub of recreation. This quaint city of 1,500 supports a business population base of over 20,000.

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Cross Creek
First made famous by the books of Pulitzer Prize winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Cross Creek is a picturesque community in southwestern Alachua County. The Rawlings’ farmhouse and orange grove is now a state historic site. Little has changed in Cross Creek since Rawlings’ day. There are still tall pines and palmetto lining the road. Even a few of the original families still live in the area, which is a favorite among visitors who want to see the lush Florida of Rawlings’ novella and stories, and meet the local characters.

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Named after a Seminole chief, Micanopy was initially a Native American community. Many settlers moved here after reading of the region in the popular book, “Travels of William Bartram,” who explored the Micanopy area and nearby Payne’s Prairie. It was the filming location for the 1983 movie, “Cross Creek” and 1991 movie, “Doc Hollywood.” Today, it is home to a number of antique stores, bed and breakfast and the Micanopy Historical Society Museum, which was built around 1890 as a warehouse and is now on the National register of Historic Places.

Micanopy Website

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Developed by the railroad in the 1800s, little is left of Hague as a reminder of the past glory of the railroad towns. The railroad still runs and the old station still stands where it has been operating since 1883. Visitors interested in historical architecture will particularly enjoy the old School House-Methodist Church that was built in the 1880”s, restored in 1982.

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La Crosse
Known as the “potato district” of Alachua County, this farming community has always been low profile because it has always been directly served by the railroad. In spite of La Crosse’s relative obscurity, the area farms have thrived for nearly two centuries. Farmers produce potatoes, vegetables and tobacco, and raise cattle. No one knows where the town of La Crosse got its name. Some say it was named for La Crosse, Wisconsin, and others claim the town was named for the Indian game played with baskets and balls.

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In 1819 the U.S. Congress bought Florida from Spain, and in 1821 the Territory of Florida was organized. A 4,000-acre tract from the Spanish king’s grant to the Arredondo family of Cuba was carved out and named Windsor. In the late 1800’s, Windsor attracted many residents. It was considered a sister city of Gainesville, and it was thought that when the railroad would come through, the Eastern Florida Seminary would be built in Windsor, and a bridge across Newnan’s Lake would be constructed to link it with Gainesville. Gainesville, however, got the railroad and the seminary, and the bridge disappeared, as did the dreams of the community. Today, Windsor is enjoying a renewal. Many of the beautiful historical homes and buildings have been restored. Farming continues to play an important role in the economy of the community particularly the farming of zucchini squash.

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