The Sorority Row & South Gainesville neighborhoods start with Sorority Row, between SW 8th Ave. and SW 9th Ave. and extends east until you reach the Downtown Gainesville neighborhood. It continues along the southeast corner of campus, encompassing the area south of UF Health along 13th Street all the way past Waldo Road. Some areas are not as densely populated or commercialized, but it is an up-and-coming area that is close to multiple hot-spots.
Although Sorority Row and South Gainesville is not as highly developed as some areas of town, this area provides easy access to Downtown, Midtown and Archer Road where you'll find tons of stores and restaurants. It also includes some nice houses, condos, apartments and nature destinations.
Many who live in this area enjoy the location for the close proximity to UF's sorority houses and the University of Florida campus, UF Health or the quiet natural surroundings of Paynes Prairie to the south.
Since the area is not as crowded as other areas with rental apartments, residents enjoy less traffic than other parts of Gainesville. The speed limit along US 441 (SW 13th Street) is faster than most other areas of town, and the road provides easy access to the Micanopy I-75 on/off ramps, which do not back up with traffic like the Williston, Archer Road, and Newberry ramps. There is a push towards redevelopment, so you can expect lots of new businesses in the next couple of years.
Things to Consider
Some sections of this town are less developed and more remote, so although they are close geographically to many more populated regions, there isn't the hustle and bustle of other neighboring zones. And although some apartments in this region directly border UF, others require a bike, bus or car ride.
How to Get to School
Getting to school in this region usually can involve either a walk across 13th Street, or a short ride on 13th Street. Buses that service this area are the 43, 13, 17, 16, and in some places, the 29. Take the RTS bus directly to and from the Reitz Union and Rosa Parks Transfer Station for the ultimate in an easy commute.
As a local, this area of town is a way to be close to campus and other Gainesville favorites but with a "nature view". Popular destinations in and around this region include:
- Sweet Water Preserve - Sweetwater Preserve is adjacent to Paynes Prairie , and offers 3 miles of unpaved trails, served by two separate trail heads, perfect for a hike, walk, or run.
- Depot Park - Depot Park is the ultimate recreation location near Sorority Row. Rollerblade, run, or walk along the promenade, attend events on the lawn, and enjoy other great community events year-round. Grab a drink and a snack and enjoy open air relaxation in the old depot station.
- Heartwood Sound Stage - If music is your jam, visit Heartwood Soundstage, a local venue that connects musical artists and audiences. Are you an aspiring performer, check out their audio and video production capability.
- Cade Museum - The Cade Museum explores STEAM concepts through a multitude of exhibits and hands on activities. Explore emerging technologies and inventions. If you're a student, there are volunteer, internship, and employment opportunities to consider that will help jumpstart a rewarding career.
- First Magnitude Brewery - This craft brewery is located near Sorority Row and serves up excellent craft beer for those of age. It's become an iconic spot in Gainesville and has become a great place to be an active, social part of the community.
- Paynes Prairie - Located just down SW 13th, Street that provide beautiful vistas of North Florida's natural flora and fauna, as well as walking and biking trails, like the Bivens Arm Nature Park Trail.
- Lake Wauberg - Lake Wauberg is located in this region and offers students all sorts of fun activities in and around the lake from paddle sports to picnics.
Where to Eat and Shop
The Sorority Row and South Neighborhood is situated between three of the best neighborhoods in Gainesville for shopping, dining, and entertainment - Downtown, Midtown, and Archer Road. You won't want for anything to do living in this area. Whether you're a foodie, love to catch a live show, or like to scour the racks for the latest trends, you'll be able to find an afternoon or evening of activity to keep you busy.
Be sure to check out the incredible development happening in the Celebration Pointe and Butler Town Center developments. Shop at Anthropologie, Lululemon, and Agapanthus. Find Tory Burch at Pink Narcissus and grab your game day gear at Alumni Hall. When you're ready to grab dinner and drinks, enjoy P.F. Changs, Cheesecake Factory, Bahama Breeze, and dessert at Kilwin's to name a few. In the mood for a movie? Enjoy the ultimate experience at Regal Cinemas at Celebration Pointe.
This neighborhood is close to campus and has great spots to grab a bite to eat between classes or as a break from library west. Be sure to try Bagels and Noodles and Relish Midtown. And it wouldn't be college without a visit to The Grog House.
While there isn't much notable in the way of shopping downtown, the foodie's among us will love the dining and nightlife options. Be sure to make time to try local favorites like The Top and Dragonfly Sushi and Sake for great entree's and cocktails. If you're in the mood for a taste of NY, grab a slice at Big Lou's or a traditional bagel (trust us) from Luke's NY Bagel Shop. Need a jolt of caffeine? Keep it local with a cup from Volta or Wyatt's Coffee to fuel a study session.These are the opinions of writers and not the opinions of SwampRentals.com or any of our advertising partners.