Gainesville Moves West

Thinking about opening an office or perhaps expanding to a second location in Gainesville and not sure where to go? Think west.

While technically, any area west of Main Street in Gainesville is west, I’m talking west of Interstate 75. Growth has exploded on this side of town, with many new housing developments as well as businesses taking up residence.

One area that has witnessed such growth is Jonesville, the informal name for the unincorporated community near the intersection of County Road 241 and Newberry Road in west Gainesville.

Unknown to many, Jonesville is home to Jonesville Park, which includes a United States Tennis Association award-winning tennis center. In October, the Jonesville Tennis Center will host the Women’s USTA Pro Circuit, which has the potential to attract top players from around the world to compete for Women’s Tennis Association Tour ranking points.

The Jonesville Park is also home to the Gainesville Soccer Alliance soccer complex, as well as numerous baseball fields, running trails, covered and uncovered picnic areas as well as the most recent addition of an 18-hole disc golf course.

The Eye of the Eagle Sanctuary is also located in Jonesville. It houses and provides care for confiscated animals including tigers, lions, leopards, bobcats and cougars, and offers tours to the public.

An array of housing options are available for people who want to move to Jonesville, including everything from apartments to luxury homes on horse farms, and sales in this area continue to grow. Residential home sales in the Jonesville area made up more than 11 percent of all residential sales in Alachua County. The number of residential home sales in this area is more than 26 percent compared to sales from 2000 to 2005. Given such growth and the fact that many communities were recently rezoned for the new Meadowbrook Elementary School opening this fall, the demand for housing in this area is expected to increase.

Following the explosion of housing, many businesses are opening up shop in Jonesville. McDonald’s recently broke ground with a new location in front of the Publix Shopping Center just off the corner of Newberry Road and State Road 241. ProActive Tax & Accounting is also moving its office from Tower Road to office space by Sun Country Sports Center.

Commercial lease growth in the Jonesville area has increased 40 percent since 2010, compared to leases closing between 2000 and 2005, representing almost 10 percent of all commercial leases in Alachua County, according to the data in the Gainesville/Alachua County Multiple Listing Service.

Given such growth, opening an office in west Gainesville is a viable option, as this location continues to attract people and commerce.

Betsy Pepine is broker-owner of Pepine Realty, a full-service brokerage offering professional real estate services to the Gainesville community. Learn more at www.pepinerealty.com.

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