Spotlight Community: Arbor Park Apartments


Visit Arbor Park Apartments in SW Gainesville and we know you will be impressed with their huge floor plans, amenities, and location.

This pet friendly community is close to everything you need.  Arbor Park is centrally located making it only 1 mile to the University of Florida and Shands Hospital, as well as close to Depot Park, Downtown Gainesville, Archer Road and Butler Plaza.

You will love their amenity offerings of a beautiful swimming pool, pet walk area, car wash area, basketball court, and 2-24 hour laundry facilities.  You can choose from 1, 2, or 3 bedroom apartment.

You will love the convenience and everything Arbor Park has to offer.  Stop by to see for yourself.  They are located at 309 SW 16th Avenue. Or, give them a call at 352.335.7275.

Spotlight Community: Pinetree Gardens Apartments


This week’s spotlight community is Pinetree Gardens, which is conveniently located in SW Gainesville.  Living here puts you close to an abundance of eateries, entertainment, shopping, Archer Road, the University of Florida, Shands Hospital, VA Hospital, the Mall, and more.

There are lots of options when it comes to choosing an apartment. These spacious apartments come in studio, 1 bedroom, 2 bedrooms, 3 bedrooms, and 4 bedrooms.  They have fully equipped kitchens, walk-in closets, ceiling fans and intrusion alarms.

You will love floating in the gorgeous swimming pool with sundeck, or playing a friendly game on either the lighted tennis court, or the lighted basketball court. Beautifully landscaped grounds make Pinetree Gardens feel even more like home.  And, they are pet friendly so your furry friend will be at home too.

Stop by and visit with them to see for yourself how great Pinetree Gardens is. Their address is 4100 SW 20th Avenue.  352-376-4002.

Spotlight Community: 23West Apartments



Gainesville’s newest luxury community is coming to NW Gainesville on the corner of NW 23rd Avenue and NW 98th Street. Residents will experience the perfect blend of style and comfort at 23West, a community of luxury apartments in Gainesville featuring one, two or three bedroom floorplans ALL with direct-entry GARAGES. Your lifestyle at 23West starts with convenience, just five minutes from The Oaks Mall, Newberry Road, and quick access to Interstate-75 and major highways for stress-free commutes.

23West is a pet-friendly community with modern appliances, gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances, a full-size washer and dryer, and direct-entry garages, plus on-site amenities that include a fitness center, pool, and sun deck, 23West is a community designed for renters of all lifestyles, from professionals to families. Discover how 23West has redefined what an apartment community can be.

Stop by and discover how 23West has redefined what an apartment community can be. Temporary Leasing office is currently located at the Meadowbrook Golf Clubhouse at 3200 NW 98 Street.  The property is located at 2501 NW 97th Way. 352-872-5343.

Spotlight Community: Oxford Manor Apartments


This week’s spotlight community is Oxford Manor Apartments in SW Gainesville.  This community is located on the highly desirable Archer Road. If you are looking for convenience, then this is the community for you. Oxford Manor is less than 1.5 miles from the University of Florida, Butler Plaza, Shands Hospital and the VA Hospital.

This pet friendly community offers 1 and 2 bedroom apartments as well as 3 bedroom townhomes.  Your rent will include cable tv with HBO as well as high-speed internet. Amenities are numerous with things like 24-hour fitness center and rock wall, cardio room, 2 swimming pools, basketball court, tennis court, sand volleyball court, sauna and business center with free printing just to name a few.

Stop by and visit with them to see how you can call Oxford Manor home. Their address is 2777 SW Archer Road.  352-377-2777.

Spotlight Community: The Polos of Gainesville


This week’s spotlight community is The Polos of Gainesville. This beautiful community offers 1, 2, and 3 bedroom spacious apartment homes situated in a lush, resort-style setting.  It is conveniently located between Shands Hospital at UF Health, The University of Florida, Santa Fe College, and downtown Gainesville. It is less than a 10 minute drive to Butler Plaza, Celebration Pointe, The Oaks Mall as well as downtown Gainesville, which offers an abundance of dining, shopping, and entertainment.

The Polos is also currently offering newly renovated units.  Select units have been upgraded with Quartz countertops, undated lighting fixtures, sinks, and wood flooring.  These are beautifully appointed apartments with everything you could ask for.

The amenities list is extensive. There are 3 swimming pools, poolside wi-fi, poolside grill, 24-hour fitness center, hot tub, 2 lighted tennis courts, pet friendly with a fenced in dog park, clubhouse with billiards, and a computer lab with free printing just to name a few.

You will love the convenience and everything The Polos has to offer.  Stop by to see for yourself.  They are located at 2330 SW Williston Road. Or, give them a call at 352.335.7656.

New Bus


Did you hear about the new bus coming to town?  RTS is teaming up with the Florida Department of Transportaion and the University of Florida to test out a “Driverless” bus.  It will hold 12 passengers and will go from downtown Gainesville to Innovation Square.  There are future plans to add an additional route from Depot Park to UF.   The city has teamed with the Florida Department of Transportation who is funding the project for well over $2 million.  The cost will cover the shuttle and operation for three years.



Spotlight Community: The Laurels Apartments

The Laurels

This week’s spotlight community is The Laurels Apartments. This beautiful community is a sanctuary located in desirable SW Gainesville just minutes from the University of Florida, Shands, VA Hospital, and the bustling Butler Plaza.  This property is 30 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds offering tranquility while only being minutes from everything you desire.

The Laurels offers one, two, and three bedroom floor plans. These luxurious apartments are well-appointed with granite countertops, fully equipped kitchens, walk-in closets, private patios, wood inspired flooring, washer and dryers, and cable with HBO just to name a few.

Speaking of amenities, you will love all that The Laurels has to offer.  Gated entry, beautiful swimming pool, recently renovated 24- hour fitness center, sauna, clubhouse with billiards and Wi-Fi, Business center with free printing, sand volleyball, tennis courts, basketball court, tanning bed, valet trash pick up and free parking.  What more could anyone ask for.  You will definitely want to stop by The Laurels Apartments and see for yourself how you can call this Home.  352-335-4455. 4455 SW 34thStreet, Gainesville, FL 32608.

Ready to Move Out of your Apartment?

When you are planning on moving out of your apartment there are a few things you can do to make this process go smoothly.  Some of the stress from moving out can comes from not being sure if you will have your security deposit refunded to you.  Here are some things you can do to help ensure you will.

Notify you Landlord of your intentions to move out or renew your lease.  Your lease will specify the time frame in which you must give notice.  Landlords need time to make your apartment ready and find a new tenant.  Be sure you are aware of this time frame and give notice before the deadline.

Clean your apartment back to the state it was when you moved in.  This will prevent anything from being deducted from your deposit to pay for a cleaning crew.   Take time to repair anything you may have damaged such as marks on the floors, walls or baseboards.  Another thing that helps is to have photos available from when you moved in.  This documents you are leaving the apartment in the same condition in which you leased it, as well as shows any damage that may have already been there.

If you have cleaned your apartment, made necessary repairs, and removed all of your belongings and trash you should have no worries in recouping your deposit.  It may take a few weeks to receive a check, but you will be happy you made the extra effort.

Spotlight Community – The Continuum


Are you looking for a Convenient Location with Exceptional Amenities? The Continuum is situated between the University of Florida and the hip Downtown Gainesville area. The Continuum offers all-inclusive pricing with exceptional amenities so that you can focus on your graduate studies or career. The Continuum is the official graduate and professional housing partner of the University of Florida.
The amenities you can expect to enjoy are:
  • Pet Friendly with a gated Dog Park
  • Resort-style swimming pool with a picnic and grilling area
  • 24/7 Fitness Center, rec room and business lounge with FREE printing
  • Free Wi-Fi access community wide
  • High-Speed Internet
  • 24-hour emergency maintenance
  • FREE parking in their 5 floor covered parking garage
Fully furnished apartment homes range from one bedrooms to four bedrooms with roommate matching services available. The apartments include common areas with modern, colorful furnishings, as well as stainless steel kitchen appliances, remote controlled air conditioning, faux wood flooring and cabinetry, large walk-in closets, private bathrooms and locking bedroom doors. All utilities are included in your rent with no caps.
Another feature you may find advantageous are the lease options offered. Semester length leases are available and are offered by an end date rather than lease length.  Individual Leases are offered meaning you are only responsible for your portion of the rent and not for the entire apartment.
If you are a graduate student or professor you will definitely want to check out The Continuum. Such a great location to call home and very convenient as well. 888.817.1592

Individual Leases vs Traditional Leases

As you may have already discovered there are two variations of leases offered when looking for an apartment. There is an Individual Lease and a Traditional Lease.

Individual Leases, sometimes referred to as “By the Bed” leases offer students the flexibility of sharing a 2, 3, or 4 bedroom apartment with roommates, while only being responsible to pay your share of the rent for your bedroom. The advantages of this type of lease is that if a roommate cannot pay their portion of the rent, you are not responsible for it. If they move out, you are also not responsible to cover their portion. Many of these type of leases are for a private bedroom as well as a private bathroom. You share the common areas of that apartment with roommates such as the kitchen and living areas. The management staff may offer to find the roommates for you, or they may offer the renter to bring in their desired roommates.
Traditional Leases, or “By the Apartment” leases, are for the entire apartment, not just the bedroom. If you choose to live with roommates, it is up to you to split the costs associated with rent. If a roommate cannot pay their portion one month you are responsible to cover their share as well.
There are many communities around Gainesville offering both of these leases. Do your homework and decide what is best for you before you sign a lease.