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Old 11-06-2012, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Morrison TN
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We are actively looking to buy real estate in Alachua County and would like assistance, while respecting the rules of the forum. I don't want to write the wrong thing!
I've been researching all sorts of websites, and not having the greatest success (Gville MLS, Zillow, Trulia, Realtor, etc.)
We are out of state and do not have an agent.
Making monthly driving trips to research.
We are looking for a deal on 5-10 acres outside the Gainesville city limits.
Want to create a sustainable homestead and organic farm.
Do you have suggestions for how to proceed?
Thanks for sharing your expertise.
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:03 PM
 
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I know of a parcel that will go on sale by March. It is 13 hilly acres near Micanopy, 4 miles from the I-75 exit. It has a small seasonal creek, two small year round ponds and is wooded by a lush hardwood hammock. There are 3 beautiful home sites with older Mobile homes on them. The MHs used to be rented for 500 a month but now are in disrepair and need a lot of work or demolition.It will be priced to sell.
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Morrison TN
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Hey thanks for the reply!
please PM me with more info when you have it. Address would be great.
Micanopy area would be desirable.
We are doing most of our research online, looking at sat images, etc. to help decide what to see when we visit. We were just there over Christmas (looked at 20+ props but no love), so it will be a little while before we are back.
I never even had a real estate agent contact me through this post, which surprised me because i thought many RE people were on here.
Through my own research in google, I did find a Gville agent or two who could help with sending me MLS listings.
Sure appreciate your time!
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:42 PM
 
Location: FLORIDA
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Would you be interested in buying Swamp land ?
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Look at Gilchrist County. It is an agriculturally-driven county, and there is a strong support base, especially for those that want to meet USDA standards for organic farming.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Morrison TN
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Would you be interested in buying Swamp land ?
no thanks!
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Morrison TN
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Look at Gilchrist County. It is an agriculturally-driven county, and there is a strong support base, especially for those that want to meet USDA standards for organic farming.
Thanks for the idea about Gilchrist Co. We looked at a couple props past Newberry in Gilchrist. We'd like to be closer to Gville, but if that doesn't work out, Gilchrist ranks high.
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Once you're on the other side of Newberry you're pretty much there. My uncle raises organic chickens at his farm near Bell; I had no idea egg yolks could have such a vibrant shade of yellow. It's nice to be out in the middle of nowhere, but I'm a big city kind of guy
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:15 PM
 
Location: FLORIDA
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Gainesville = Young Families and College Kids.

If you don't fit the above, don't move there, because you will be miserable.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:49 AM
 
Location: Morrison TN
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My husband and I are child free, and still 20 years til retirement age, and Gainesville/Alachua Co is very appealing to us.
Lots of outdoorsy activities within an easy drive.
Bike lanes and paths.
Natural foods stores and Trader Joes and farmers markets.
Independently owned restaurants that source local ingredients.
Culture...live music, free museums.
Lots of massage and yoga.
Non sprawl planning...no theme parks.
The only drawbacks for us are higher taxes, higher humidity, and more challenging income production.
Hope you found the perfect FL location for you.
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