Alachua is a bustling city in Alachua County, approximately 20 minutes from Gainesville. Homes for rent in Alachua allow families to be active at the Recreation Department, grab a bite to eat at Jake's Bistro or create a treasured piece of art at ThomKat Ceramics. Alachua is known for its plethora of local, successful businesses and close-knit community atmosphere.
Facts for Renters
Alachua is an Native American word meaning sink. The city got that name because of how the local Seminole Indians viewed the landscape.
Before Alachua was established, there was a town called Newnansville. By 1826, stores and a post office had emerged in the area, named after two brothers who settled in the area. The stores were renamed to Newnansville after local war hero Daniel Newnan. In 1884, a railroad was built that pulled business away from Newnansville and caused settlers to move more south, creating Alachua. By 1905, Alachua was officially a city. Hotels, businesses and banks popped up in the area, becoming a popular destination for local settlers and people passing through.
Today, Alachua is known as "The Good Life Community". Many historical buildings still sit in downtown Alachua - there's even a historical district. Farmers also still come to Alachua on Saturday to sell their crops. Despite being a prosperous city, there's still a small town feel to the area.
Resources for Renters
Interested in learning about all the bustling businesses in town and want to support them? Check out Alachua's Chamber of Commerce website.