Living in the Heart of Gainesville
My husband Art and I have lived in the Duckpond Neighborhood in Downtown Gainesville since 2005 and can’t imagine living anywhere else. We actually did live in suburban Gainesville for 9 years, but were always yearning to be here. When we got the chance to move, we jumped on it and felt completely at home from day one.
We love our quirky historic rock house, with wood floors, old ceramic tile and lath and plaster walls. We love having a neighborhood with sidewalks and slow streets where you can walk, run or bike ride with the kids and feel safe. We love the open, friendly atmosphere, where neighbors know each other and have community events, block parties and picnics. We love being able to walk to dinner or a show at the Hippodrome and not have to worry about parking (the walk each way makes us not feel guilty for ordering dessert after dinner!). There are concerts on the plaza all summer, nice local shops, two nationally ranked arts festivals, a weekly farmers’ market, and the Thelma Bolton Center, which has activities for seniors and also houses weekly contra dances.
We love walking our dogs through the stately Thomas Center gardens, especially in the spring when everything is blooming. We love this social neighborhood; people are outside doing things! They ride bikes, sit on their front porches, play and garden in their yards, walk to the store, and take time to chat. We love the old granddaddy oak trees and urban wildlife, such as owls, raccoons and pond frogs. The actual Duckpond has a resident river otter! We love the diverse mix of income, age and ethnicity. Residents include business owners and their employees, the very old and very young, college professors and students, rich and poor. We love the individual character of each of the houses. No cookie cutter homes here! Every year there is a tour of historic homes so we can show the community the places we love so well. I could go on, but in a nutshell, living in the heart of Gainesville is fantastic!
Story Submitted by downtown Gainesville residents Katherine and Art Edison