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Is the time nearing that you will be thinking about renting your first apartment? Is it time to leave the dorm, or are you getting ready to graduate, or do you just want to move out on your own and you feel you are ready to rent your first apartment.

The first thing you need to think about is your budget for an apartment. You can print the Monthly Budget Worksheet from our Moving Information Page https://www.gainesville-rent.com/web/movingInfoPage/15 and start your journey into finding your first apartment.

There are several budget questions you will need to answer as you do your worksheet and tour apartments.  https://www.gainesville-rent.com/web/movingInfoPage/14

  1. What is the monthly rent?
  2. What is included in the rent – electricity, water, gas, internet, cable?
  3. What is not included in the rent and what those cost will be?
  4. What are the Pet Policies if you have a pet or want one in the future?
  5. Will you need Renter’s Insurance?
  6. What will your transportation cost be?
  7. How much money will you need for a meal plan or groceries?
  8. Will there be any extra money for entertainment?
  9. What can you budget for personal management?
  10. Can you budget a little for savings for any emergencies that arise?

When you finish with your budget planning you will be better prepared to start your search for the best apartment for you.

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Gainesville-rent.com | Gainesville Apart.. by Gainesville Apartment And Condo Gui.. - 2d ago

Do you know that we have so many great parks in and around Gainesville?  The Sweetwater Wetlands Preserve is one that you have to check out if you have not already done so.

The Wetlands Preserve was developed to help filtrate the water for Gainesville.  In doing so they have created a beautiful 125 acres of ponds and wetlands.  You will discover so much wildlife here too.  From wild horses, deer, bobcats, alligators, and tons of various bird species.

There is 3.5 miles of walking trails where you will see all of the beauty that nature has to offer.  This is a great family outing as kids love to see the animals too, but it is also great for everyone.  You can get up and go for a sunrise walk, or wait until sunset to see the animals that like to come out and become active in the evening.  They host various activities you can check out too such as park ranger led tours, birding tours, etc.

The cost to go to the park is only $5 per carload.  They are open 7:00am to sunset, but check the website for hours before you go just to be sure.

https://www.sweetwaterwetlands.org

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Gainesville-rent.com | Gainesville Apart.. by Gainesville Apartment And Condo Gui.. - 1w ago

Need a Roommate or a Sublease in Gainesville, FL?

Our free roommate matching & sublease listings information for Gainesville, FL apartments makes it super easy to find the perfect roommate for your apartment.  You can even look for a sublease by following the same procedure.  Search listings or post your own for free.

To get started click on the orange button that says “Post or Edit a Listing”.  You can then create a user name and begin your post.

We have been helping people find roommates for more than 30 years with our user friendly, free web-based service.

Get started now. https://www.gainesville-rent.com/roommates

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Gainesville-rent.com | Gainesville Apart.. by Gainesville Apartment And Condo Gui.. - 1w ago

This week we are spotlighting the beautiful Hunters Crossing Apartments on NW 43rd Avenue, located next to the Hunters Crossing Publix shopping center.  This community truly feels like you are living the resort lifestyle.  And now, with the recent updates to the pool deck it feels even more like a resort.  You will love living here.

Hunters Crossing is an excellent choice in apartment homes with a great location, plenty of amenities, and floor plan options. The Hunters Crossing community has a generous selection of resources to make life easier for you on a daily basis. These resources and amenities help make your apartment feel more like home.

Floor plans are available in one, two, and three bedroom options, or a two bedroom apartment with an additional den. So whether you’re renting solo, with roommates, or with your family, you can find the right layout for your needs. You won’t need to worry either if you are short on furniture because furnished apartments are also available. Apartments at Hunters Crossing are chic and sophisticated and ready for your personal touch.

If you have pets coming along with you, both cats and dogs are allowed here with a pet deposit and small monthly fee. Lease terms are also flexible, with shorter options available if you’re not planning on staying an entire year. Aside from the options you have regarding your stay, there is a long list of amenities Hunters Crossing offers. For recreational activities, there’s a pool on site, a volleyball court, a playground, a hot tub, tennis courts, and more. A car wash area with a vacuum is one convenience often overlooked at apartment communities, but is available at Hunters Crossing.

Hunters Crossing is located close to the gorgeous Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park, where you can picnic or hike and explore the fascinating natural features of central Florida. The University of Florida and Santa Fe College are short, direct drives from Hunters Crossing, which makes it a great location for students or employees of either University. Check out Hunters Crossing and see how it can become your next home!

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Have you ever been down into a sinkhole?  You will want to put this on your list of things to do in Gainesville.  Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park is a natural sinkhole, which has been around since about 1880.  It dives down some 120 feet to a miniature rainforest environment.  Rainwater and streams trickle through the limestone formation creating water falls and sometimes filling the bottom up with a small lake.

The park has been closed since 2017 with destruction left behind with Hurricane Irma.  New boardwalks and stairs are being installed and the project is nearing completion.  The park is planning on reopening this summer.  Many locals go here for exercise  by running up and down the man flights of stairs.  This truly is a natural wonder and something everyone should see.

4732 Millhopper Rd
Gainesville, Florida
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Asbury Park

If “pristine” and “peaceful” are words that come to mind when you’re thinking about your ideal apartment, take a look at Asbury Park Apartments in southwestern Gainesville. Asbury Park is located a few minutes off Interstate 75, near the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in a secluded gated community. Apartments at Asbury Park are one to three bedroom apartment homes with garages; you’ll feel more like you’re in your own home and not in a giant complex full of other people above and below you.

Asbury Park

If you take a look inside the apartments at Asbury Park, you’ll see open airy spaces with high cathedral-style ceilings. You’ll also see large, fully equipped kitchens, a washer and dryer in every unit, and a nice screened in porch for enjoying the outdoors without having to leave your apartment. Safety is a priority at Asbury Park and not only is the community gated, but each unit has its own individual alarm system.

Asbury Park

Outside on the grounds, there are a number of great amenities for residents to take advantage of! If you love to spend time outside, there are plenty of places for you to enjoy a sunny Florida day in the serene atmosphere at Asbury Park.   Depending on how you like to spend your times outside, there is a beautiful pool with a jacuzzi, there are lighted tennis and basketball courts, a 24-hour fitness center, and a playground.

Leases at Asbury Park start at 7 months and go up and pets are allowed, so schedule an appointment to see this charming community today!  

https://www.gainesville-rent.com/Asbury-Park-Apartments

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Gainesville-rent.com | Gainesville Apart.. by Gainesville Apartment And Condo Gui.. - 2w ago

This is berry season time of the year and if you have been to the Gainesville Farmers Markets or U-Pick farms for produce and berries, you may enjoy new recipes to serve your berries. Even if you can’t get to the farms to get the berries, there are good fresh berries at the supermarkets that you can use in the recipes. Two of the recipes you can use both blueberries and strawberries and one is a great favorite of many who like strawberries, Strawberry Pie.

Blueberry Strawberry Trifle  https://addapinch.com/blueberry-strawberry-trifle-recipe/

Easy Strawberry Pie  https://cincyshopper.com/easy-strawberry-pie-like-frischs-and-shoneys/

Strawberry Cream Pie  https://www.lifeloveandsugar.com/strawberry-cream-pie/

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Huntington Lakes Apartments is a great choice when you are in the market for a new apartment home.  This is a lovely community that feels like home right away.  It is also located in the highly sought after NW area of Gainesville.  Nestled between a number of Gainesville destinations: the University of Florida, Santa Fe College, Devil’s Millhopper State Geological Park, and the Oaks Mall, makes this location very convenient.

The Huntington Lakes community is made up of lovely two-story apartment homes surrounded by lush green space. If you love spending time outside, the grounds at Huntington Lakes are perfect for you – the outdoor space includes two pools, sun decks, a basketball court, playground, and tennis courts for spending an afternoon in the Florida sunshine. No worries if you’re more of an indoor enthusiast, especially in the heat of the summer, because the interior spaces at Huntington Lakes are just as appealing as the outside!

A look inside one of the Huntington Lakes Apartments shows the great attention put into each living space. The high, vaulted ceilings create an airy, open environment that’s comfortable and inviting. Features like walk-in closets, individual washer and dryer units, and double sinks in the master bathrooms make everyday activities more convenient. Attention to details like crown molding and ceramic tiles in bathrooms are what makes the apartments at Huntington Lakes go the extra mile. All of the layouts, from one to three bedrooms include a patio space so you can bring the outdoors in or enjoy some fresh air from the comfort of your home.

If you’re looking for a new place and have pets in tow, Huntington Lakes is an excellent choice. Both cats and dogs are allowed and you don’t have to worry about a weight limit for your dog – all breeds are welcome! The application process is affordable and lease options are flexible, ranging from three to twelve months. Stop by Huntington Lakes to tour what could be your new apartment!

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Gainesville-rent.com | Gainesville Apart.. by Gainesville Apartment And Condo Gui.. - 1M ago

If you have experienced the Farmers Markets in Gainesville but still want a little more hands on experience shopping for produce, you should try the U-Pic farms for strawberries and blueberries before the season is over.

Strawberry season is almost over and blueberry season is in full swing so be sure and call and make sure the farms still have strawberries or blueberries coming in before you go.  A fun day experience for the whole family.

Roger’s Farm
3831 NW 156thAve
Gainesville, FL 32609
www.rogersfarmfl.com
386-462-2406

The Family Garden
1655 SE 23rd Place
Gainesville, FL 32641
www.thefamilygardencsa,com/csa
352-559-2172

Brown’s Farm
18120 NE State Road 26
Hawthorne, FL  32640
www.brownsfarmstand.com
352-475 2015

Hipp Farms
7940 SW 49thAve.
Lake Butler, FL  32054
https://www.hippblueberries.com
352-222-1515

Red White and Blue Farm
3250 NE 140 Ave.
Williston, FL  32696
www.redwhiteandbluesfarm.com
352-529-0594

Southland Blueberry Farm
NE County Road 1469
Earleton, FL 32631
https://www.yelp.com/biz/southland-berry-plantation-earleton
352-468-2087

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This week’s spotlight community is Sweetwater on 16th, formerly known as Aviara Apartments.  The community is under new management and ownership and they are currently making some great updates to the community.  We recently stopped by for a visit and we think you should too.  They offer 1, 2, and 3 bedroom floor plan options that have been totally renovated with ceramic tile, new cabinets, new appliances and counter tops.  This community is located in a natural wooded setting making for a peaceful place to call home.  There are two swimming pools, an outdoor grill area, sand volleyball, fitness center with one room for weight training and another room for cardio.  They are close to Sweetwater Preserve where you can go for a hike and see lots of pretty plants, birds, and other animals.

Stop by and see this great community.  The address is 205 SE 16th Avenue, Gainesville, FL.  352.436.8199

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