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Old 03-28-2007, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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I can speak about this because we looked for land in the county just around Dec-Jan. Living in south Florida, we drove up on weekends and actually spent an entire week there during the holidays. We really like the area. Taxes are high, actually considerably higher than the surrounding counties.

You will not find acreage within your budget. You may find a lot. Please let me know if you need additional info.
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Old 03-28-2007, 11:53 AM
 
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I can speak about this because we looked for land in the county just around Dec-Jan. Living in south Florida, we drove up on weekends and actually spent an entire week there during the holidays. We really like the area. Taxes are high, actually considerably higher than the surrounding counties.

You will not find acreage within your budget. You may find a lot. Please let me know if you need additional info.
This thread prompted me to do some looking at Alachua on Realtor.com. I was very surprised to see so many developments going on there with dozens of lots for sale. The prices look out of sight, 1/4 acre lots like $125,000. Are they dreaming? I know of one development in the central eastern area of Florida.
They built a nice lake and surrounded it with 1/2 and 3/4 acre lots starting at $175,000. I don't think to date they have sold the first lot in almost a year. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next few years. Will those places just become ghost towns?
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Old 03-28-2007, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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Macguy - you are right - the prices are high. We learned a lot while up there. One scenario is that a builder will buy 40 acres or less and subdivide into 5 acre parcels - the avg was $130,000 per 5 acres and generally more. You are still on a well and septic. Land owners and/or farmers were pulling off the market their 40 acre parcels to sell to developers for $1m+ knowing the demand to purchase large and subdivide.

The 1/4, 1/2 acre lots were actually a lot lower then than what you found today. Either way, the prices have gone up.

The other thing to consider is this, we were thinking about buying in neighboring Gilchrist county. Well that's fine unless technology is important to you. Cell phones and the internet - if that is important to you - can be problematic.

But in the end, taxes are high in Alachua. We learned that it is best to purchase ag land, get the ag exemption and then build a house in order to get the best tax advantage.
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Old 03-28-2007, 01:22 PM
 
Location: a primitive state
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I know someone who is selling his house on 10 acres in Alachua Co. for just under 200K. The house is pretty much a shambles (5br block house needs gutting) but it's already set up with well, septic, and power. There are two other parcels within a mile of here that are 250K for 10 acres and no house. All of this is within a half mile of the Gainesville city limits. That's the going price these days.

I think you have to own 10 acres or more in one parcel to qualify for the ag exemption.
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Old 07-25-2007, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Northern Florida
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Default Variety of pricing around the county

I grew up on a farm near Alachua (long time ago). Property used to be reasonable even by today's standards. You may still find decent plots of property with 2-5 acres in the $50K range, in the rural areas.

Dad bought a farm in 1948, so I pretty well know the history around the Alachua, High Springs and Gainesville locales. The recent years of housing and land boon caused prices to soar, but they have leveled out some in the last year or so. They will come back though...so, find something soon if you plan to build.


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Old 07-25-2007, 07:23 PM
 
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We live in South Florida and own property in Putnam county just across the eastern Alachua county border. We are about 35 minutes east of Gainesville. We bought it 3 years ago and it has tripled in value (it's on a small lake). My son recently moved to the same area and we visit him often. It is beautiful and quiet. Development is years down the road. Gainesville itself is a beautiful town and the university keeps the town young and full of culture and fun things to do. It is ungodly hot in the summer time but there is a change of seasons. No snow but it does get cold in the winter time.
We love Gainesville but are at this moment trying to decide if we want to move there or go further north to Northern Georgia. My youngest son will attend college next fall and hopes to get into U of F so it would be nice to stay in Florida...but... as some of the posters have mentioned... work in Gainesville for educated folks is difficult. Pay scales are low. I am a veteran teacher with a Masters and would have to take a $10,000 cut in pay to teach in Alachua county! Taxes are higher in Alachua county because the University owns so much of the county's land and it does not pay taxes on that land. So... the residents pay the taxes. To build a house there is cheaper than south Florida but surprisingly expensive... about $100-$125 a square foot. (They are building them for $80 a square foot in Northern Georgia with much more in the way of extras. )
If you can get a good paying job.. it is a great place to live and raise children.
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