It’s easy to overlook Gainesville when thinking of Florida, which as a state is better known for its beaches and over-the-top theme parks. However, this North Central Florida city has plenty of its own to brag about, as home to a major university, booming job market, gorgeous protected land and affordable real estate. Gainesville homes for sale are currently listed at a median price of $219,900. Homes for sale in Gainesville can be found in neighborhoods like Duckpond, known for its historic architecture, or affluent Jonesville.

Outdoor enthusiasts will feel right at home in Gainesville, which features a warm, humid climate that makes outside activities a year-round possibility. In fact, the city boasts more than 30 miles worth of hiking and biking trails. Plus, local rivers can be enjoyed on the banks or by paddleboard or canoe. Gainesville also has six state parks to its credit, each of which provides a unique nature-based experience. For example, Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park has a sinkhole that measures 120 feet deep and features a miniature rainforest at the bottom. Visitors can walk down to the bottom to view a beautiful natural pool, as well as fossils and artifacts. Or, stop by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park to take in the home and property that inspired the classic book, “The Yearling.” Other state parks offer all kinds of wildlife sightings, from alligators to bison and wild horses.

As home to The University of Florida, Gainesville is a hopping college town, however it offers plenty to do for people of all ages. Visit any of the area’s fine dining options to enjoy a meal and a craft beer or two, or head out of doors for an array of festivals, like the Gainesville Jazz Festival or the Island Grove Blueberry Festival. The city also offers a summertime “Free Fridays” concert series in downtown, which is fun for the whole family.