Recreation

Bookmark Your Fun: Gainesville-Area Festivals to Enjoy

There are more than a few reasons why the city of Gainesville is a great place to live.

Its convenient north-central Florida location is one, along with being the hometown of the University of Florida, a center for nationally-recognized healthcare facilities, and a beautiful, historic region full of immense natural resources.

But, know what else makes Gainesville an awesome place to live? Festivals!

There’s never a shortage of celebrations, parties and special events in the Gainesville area. The influence of higher education, museums, gardens, historic sites and a strong arts and crafts community, keeps the fun going year-round.

And, when you buy a […]

Here’s Why You Want to Live in Oakmont

If you’re moving to Gainesville, Florida, you probably already know that Oakmont should be on your short list of communities.

Cruise by and you’ll easily spot all the great reasons to buy or build here. Including an amazing landscape dotted with preserved old oaks, a huge choice of floor plans from six distinguished builders, and location, location, location on Gainesville’s booming southwest side.

Part of that location, location, location thing is the fact Oakmont is zoned for three of Alachua County’s top schools — Chiles Elementary School, Kanapaha Middle School and Buchholz High School.

Plus, you’re only minutes from the University of […]

Moving to Oakmont? Set Your Monthly Calendar for Fun

In the old days, if you were lucky, your “subdivision” amenities might’ve been only a community swimming pool. We’re generalizing for fun here, but decades ago, resident amenities weren’t the must-have options they are for today’s home buyers.

It’s a good thing that trend has changed. Because if you build or a buy a new custom Florida home at Oakmont, in Gainesville, you’ll have so many resident amenities, you’ll likely have to clear your calendar to enjoy them!

How about monthly activities such as family movie night, and bunco and bingo nights? Seasonal fun such as trunk-or-treating at Halloween and Easter […]

Activities For All Ages at Oakmont

Moving to Oakmont, the master-planned community in Gainesville, means you and your household will have more amenity options that simply sitting around a swimming pool.

Although we’ve got an awfully cool one, and pool lounging is never a bad idea.

The truth is, Oakmont’s amenity center, anchored by a beautiful, multi-purpose residents club, is unparalleled in greater Gainesville. So are the activities for all ages. There’s no shortage of inspiration for families or kids — just ask Kaytlan Forret, Oakmont’s lifestyle coordinator. But Kaytlan hasn’t forgotten the hundreds of moms, dads, grandparents, single folks and other adults who call Oakmont home.

Here […]

Hardly a Swamp: Take Advantage of Oakmont’s Location

You’re moving to north central Florida and you’ve got your sights set on the city of Gainesville.

It’s hardly “the swamp,” as some of your misinformed friends and family members may call it. But you can tell them the real thing’s only a short drive away!

We’ll explain in a moment.

For now, know that Gainesville is a cool place. It’s loaded with history, culture, a big arts scene and two state-supported institutions of higher learning — Santa Fe College and the University of Florida. Businesses, student enrollments and research centers are multiplying here, and so are the number of new Gainesville […]

Oakmont and Gainesville: One-of-a-Kind Communities

Gainesville, Florida might not be on your radar for a traditional Florida-style vacation, but chances are that it could be for several residential reasons.

If you seek a new Central Florida home a bit removed from Orlando’s bustle, yet still loaded with today’s requisite services and resources, then Gainesville may be your place.

Not only is it the home of the University of Florida, the state’s Museum of National History and the renowned UF Health Shands Hospital, it’s a thriving city of its own. The nationally-ranked institutions play a role by constantly attracting bright and diverse students, faculty, staff and researchers. […]

Nature Makes a Difference at Oakmont

Florida’s natural beauty takes many forms, depending where that beauty is located. It’s a big state! But some of its most striking landscapes aren’t found near its beaches. And yes, we know how gorgeous those are. We at ICI Homes live here too.

For proof, go west — and inland — by a couple hours from Florida’s northeast Atlantic Coast beaches. Here, you’ll find the city of Gainesville smack dab in the midst of northern Central Florida and Alachua County. This is Gator country, home to the University of Florida and its namesake athletic teams.

Although the Gainesville area shines as […]