Micanopy, FL: The Little Town to Retire to

Miconopy Retirement

The median home value in Micanopy, FL is $127,300.  Certanly a good sign for those looking for a retirement home and Micanopy is only a twenty minute  drive from University of Foprida. This is lower than the county median home value of $128,900. The national median home value is $170,100. The average price of homes sold in Micanopy, FL is $127,300. Approximately 74.07% of Micanopy homes are owned, compared to 18.75% rented, while 7.18% are vacant. Micanopy real estate listings include condos, townhomes and single family homes for sale.


Retire to a small town

Retirees  can enjoy antiquing and site-seeing in one of the best preserved examples of Old Florida culture. If you are looking for small town to retire to, his may be it. Far enough away to be quiet with that home town feel, but close to Gainesville and Ocala when you need them.

In a state where good antiquing can sometimes be hard to come by — many folks sell off their old stuff before moving to Florida — Micanopy is an antiquing mecca. But you can also stroll through the town and enjoy its historic architecture, featuring Queen Anne’s, Greek Revival and even Florida Vernacular, which includes some wooden Florida Cracker style homes.

Complimenting the old southern charm of the town are the majestic oaks covered in hanging Spanish Moss, which provides plenty of shade for visitors, especially in the hot summer months. The beautiful town has also served as the set for many movies including Doc Hollywood and Crosscreek. It’s no wonder that Micanopy’s downtown is now a designated Historic District.

Cholokka Boulevard is the Main Street through Micanopy’s commercial district. Most of the shopping can be found along there. In the heart of town, the road splits, and a large swath of wooded park-like space, complete with benches, separates the two sides of Cholokka Boulevard, giving the entire area much more shade and a more “hidden in the woods” feel than you would normally see.


Sometimes called “the little town that time forgot,” Micanopy is located in north central Florida just twenty minutes south of Gainesville near Tuscawilla Lake and the National Natural Landmark Paynes Prairie Preserve. As early as 1539 Spanish explorer and conquistador Hernando De Soto recorded a village inhabited by the Timucuan tribe on the site of modern day Micanopy. Over two hundred years later, an American naturalist and artist from Pennsylvania named William Bartram encountered a Seminole village named Cuscowilla on the site. The Seminole people were remnants of the Southern Creek Nation whose name is derived from a Creek word meaning “runaway.” The Seminoles had become wealthy by raising cattle and horses on land now known as Paynes Prairie (2). In 1774 Bartram was exploring the predominantly uncharted American southeast and travelled inland from the St. John’s River to what he called the Alachua Savanna, which was the present-day Paynes Prairie Preserve.

From Micanopy, FL: The Little Town that Time Forgot


Main Street Micanopy


Interior view of museum


Photos by Lesa N. Lorusso

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