Indoor Plants for Beginners


Growing indoor plants can give you a sense of enjoyment and accomplishment.  Research shows they also help purify the air, increase humidity in your home, and just make you happier.

To be successful the needs of the plant must be met.

Plants require sunlight and water to live. To keep it simple start with plants that can live with little care. Aloe Vera is a plant that is easy to grow. It also has an added benefit with the juice from the leaves aiding with sunburn pain and healing of scrapes.

  1. Figure out where you want to put the plant. A sunlit window or a spot by a sliding glass door are good places. Just make sure the plant will get some direct or indirect light for a few hours a day.
  2. When you get a plant and have it placed where you want it, leave it alone. The plant may go through a period of adjustment because of conditions being different in your house than where it was grown. This is normal and Aloe is usually easy to adjust to theses changes. Watering usually once a week should be enough. With Aloe Vera the leaves dry up so it takes a long time to hurt them. Do not overwater.
  3. In a few weeks you will see new growth and thats when you know you are on the right track.

Checklist for finding the Best Apartment

After finishing your budget prep for your first apartment search, you can start your checklist for finding the best apartment for you.

You may use the Apartment Comparison Worksheet to compare the apartments you are touring and help you keep track of questions you may need to ask about the apartment and the answers you are given.

Use the following checklist to find the best apartment.

  • Review your checklist and your apartment comparison worksheet. Shop around different communities.
  • Know your budget and stay within it.
  • Create a list of needs/wants of the apartment before you start.
  • Do you need a roommate?
  • Drive around and decide what part of town you want to live in.
  • Will you need to be on a bus route?
  • Tour the communities you are interested in and meet with management.
  • Ask questions of other tenants on how management treats students, how timely they fix maintenance issues, if they ensure quiet and safety at night, etc.
  • Look for safety features. Dead bolts, security gates, lighting, sprinklers and fire extinguishers.
  • Go back to the community at night and make sure it is quiet enough for you to study, sleep, and is well lit for safety.



Budget Prep Before You Start Your First Apartment Search

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 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.

  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.

Sweetwater Wetlands Preserve


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.

Roommate Matching

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.

Hunters Crossing Apartments


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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Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park


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

Community Spotlight: Asbury Park Apartments

Asbury Park

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

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

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!  asbury-park

Berry Confections

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


Easy Strawberry Pie


Strawberry Cream Pie