Life in Haile Plantation Gainesville FL

The origins of Haile Plantation in Gainesville FL began in 1854 when Thomas Evans Haile and his wife Serena Esther Haile brought their 5 children and 66 slaves  to Alachua County from Camden, South Carolina to establish a Sea Island cotton plantation which they named Kanapaha.

The cotton plantation was very successful, and Thomas Haile became a wealthy Florida planter as a result.  His mother Amelia was the richest planter in Alachua County.

“A strong supporter of secession and the Confederacy, Thomas Haile participated in the Civil War as a cavalry officer and his oldest son, John, served as a private. Following the war, Haile returned to Kanapaha to grow cotton. A disastrous harvest soon thereafter forced him to declare bankruptcy in 1868. His brother, Edward, purchased Kanapaha and some of the surrounding lands as well. In 1873 Ester Serena Haile inherited Kanapaha and the family lands.”

A Guide to the Savage and Haile Plantation Ledgers

Built by slaves over a period of 18 months, the Historic Haile Homestead still stands today and is open for tours on weekends.

Life in Haile Plantation Gainesville FL: Current Day

Begun in the early 1970’s, the New Urbanism community of Haile Plantation in Gainesville FL was conceived by The Fleeman Family, Robert B. Kramer, and Matthew Kaskel. 

“The name, Haile Plantation, comes from the fact that we bought 1,100 of the 1,700 acres from the Haile family. The Haile family built this plantation house in 1850 on the property. They had acquired the property from an owner who owned much of Alachua County, and had acquired that from the original land grant from the king of Spain.”

Robert Kramer
Haile Plantation Farmer's Market is held in Haile Village every Saturday morning rain or shine
The Haile Plantation Farmer’s Market in Gainesville, Florida happens every Saturday morning in Haile Village
A home in Haile Plantation's Haile Village neighborhood - Gainesville, Florida
A home in Haile Plantation’s Haile Village neighborhood

The  founders of Haile Plantation in Southwest Gainesville shied away from designing the typical suburban neighborhood, opting instead for a special place which features miles of walking and biking trails, swaths of greenspace throughout its 1700 acres, and a village center of residences, retail shops and restaurants at its heart.

Located less than 10 miles southwest of UF Health Shands Hospital and the University of Florida, this 2600 household development in Southwest Gainesville is more than just a collection of houses. Haile Plantation is a community.

In terms of public schools, Haile Plantation is served by two elementary schools (Kimball Wiles Elementary and Lawton Chiles Elementary) as well as by Kanapaha Middle School and Buchholz High School.

Biking in Haile Plantation

Joggers and bikers can often be found navigating  the Haile Village Loop, a 3 mile paved loop that encircles the community. It’s not unusual to find 5K fundraisers hosted here on the Haile Village loop – a great way to get involved in community causes while enjoying Haile Plantation’s scenery at the same time. Cyclists also enjoy access to the Archer Braid Trail, a 6.2 mile bike trail that connects the cities of Archer and Gainesville and winds through Haile Plantation.

Haile Plantation Farmer’s Market

Every Saturday morning throughout the year, rain or shine, you can enjoy the Haile Plantation Farmer’s Market in  Haile Village Center featuring dozens of vendors. Farmers market day is a bustling community affair drawing people from all over Gainesville. Shoppers thread through the various open-air booths offering farm-fresh produce, organic meats, landscaping plants, baked goods, and more. It’s a great place to catch up with friends, stock up on organic goodies, and stop into one of Haile Village’s restaurants for a relaxing lunch afterwards.

Haile Market Square

Publix Supermarket anchors Haile Plantation’s other retail center, Haile Market Square. UF Health has established a major presence in Haile Market Square. UF Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, UF Health Rehab Center, UF Health Family Medicine, and UF Health Women’s Center all have offices here.

Haile Plantation restaurants

Haile Plantation restaurants are located in both Haile Village and Haile Market Square. Whether you are in the mood for New York style Chinese food, pizza, designer cupcakes, or some of the best sushi in town, you will find what you are looking for in Haile Plantation restaurants.

Haile Village restaurants

  • The Queen’s Arms – serving traditional English pub food. Wonderful Shepherd’s Pie and fish and chips. Trivia Nights every Wednesday are quite popular.
  • Haile Village Bistro – good food, great desserts. Lovely outdoor seating, dog friendly. Fun place to go for Saturday brunch after the farmer’s market. Since the bistro is right next door to the Queen’s Arms, you can get their pub food here as well.
  • Fresco Pizza and Pasta – cute Italian restaurant featuring favorites like Sicilian Chicken Pasta and Chicken Montego. Dog-friendly outdoor patio. Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Limerock Road Grill – Burgers, sandwiches, and beer headline the menu at Limerock Road. Outdoor seating is dog-friendly. Don’t miss the herb-roasted prime rib sandwich and the gator bites appetizer.
  • Volcanic Sushi and Sake – fantastic sushi rivaling Dragonfly’s (and I would go as far as to suggest their sushi is even better than Dragonfly’s). Can’t miss dishes include their tuna tataki and Haile roll. More seating outside than inside. Their outdoor patio is pet-friendly.
  • Patticakes in the Village – perfect place to stop if you’re in the mood for a jolt of caffeine and a cupcake.

Haile Market Square restaurants

  • Loosey’s – beers, live music, burgers, and other yummy food. Their blackened dry rub chicken wings and truffled cheese fries are NOT to be missed!
  • I Love NY Pizza – great NY style pizza, stromboli’s, calzones, and more.
  • Bamboos – New York Style Chinese fast food
  • Subway

Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club

Haile Plantation is also home to the Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club, which features an 18-hole Gary Player Signature golf course.  Becoming a member of the club also gives you access to the clay tennis courts, two swimming pools, a restaurant, a fitness center, and a variety of classes and clubs for youth and adults alike. You do not have to live in Haile Plantation to become a member of the Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club.

Haile Equestrian Center

If you are interested in horseback riding, the Haile Equestrian Center is a great place to go for horseback riding lessons. Haile Equestrian also offers horse leasing, horse camps, casual horseback rides, and pony parties.

Haile Equestrian Center provides a pastoral scene at the entrance to Haile Plantation in Gainesville Florida
Haile Equestrian Center creates a pastoral scene at the entrance to Haile Plantation in Gainesville, Florida

Haile Plantation Homes for Sale

There are dozens of Haile Plantation neighborhoods dotted with homes in a wide variety of styles and price points. Whether you are in the market for a one bedroom condo or a luxury home, you can find it here in Haile Plantation. Here is a quick look at some of the houses and condos that are currently for sale in Haile Plantation.

Haile Plantation Houses for Sale

Haile Plantation Condos for Sale