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Walk to downtown Gainesville- gorgeous 2 bedroom house

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,250 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

This 2 bedroom, 2 bath house has a gorgeous kitchen, dining, and living room.

Great for families and very peaceful surroundings.

Visiting Gainesville for UF sports, graduation, Shands, or sightseeing? We have the perfect place for you. Come back and relax after your event- or watch your event from the flat-screen TVs in the living room and bedroom. The house is newly renovated as of the summer of 2012 (it's 1250 SF heated/ cooled).

You can walk to downtown bars and restaurants. The historic Thomas Center is just 3 short blocks away. We are also just a 10 minutes drive from La Chua Trail (a Florida State Park) where you are guaranteed to see 1 to 100 alligators.

We are also just 2 miles from UF campus, the Swamp, and the O'Connell Center.

The owners live next door to the house, and can be easily reached via phone and e-mail.

One bedroom has a king bed and the other bedroom has a queen bed- perfect for families or for friends sharing a home.

The backyard is fenced in and maintained by the owners, and connects to the backyard of the owners (the backyard is meticulously maintained with beautiful seasonal flowers and greenery).

*Please note that football weekends, Gator Nationals, and Graduation weekends are considered special event weekends (up to 3 nights, or early check-in/ late-check out for a Friday arrival and Sunday departure).

More Details

Susannah Peddie
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 May, 2018

About Susannah Peddie

Brian and Susannah are both Florida natives. They have lived in Gainesville since 2002 and know the area quite well. Susannah is an avid nature photographer and full-time manager of her 19 short-term rental properties in Gainesville.

Susannah Peddie purchased this house in 2008

Why Susannah Peddie chose Duckpond

Downtown living is fantastic! We love being able to talk to all of the local, delicious restaurants.

What makes this house unique

We share a backyard with the house and it is perfectly manicured.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Duckpond in Gainesville

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
  • One full bathroom has a shower, and the other full bathroom has a claw-foot bathtub.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • The home has 2 bedrooms (one king bed and one queen bed). Queen blow-up mattress (with sheets and pillows) provided as well to comfortably sleep a total of 6.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • tennis


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(15 traveller reviews)

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Walk to downtown Gainesville- gorgeous 2 bedroom house
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews
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Best Neighborhood in Gainesville!

  • 5 of 5

We didn't come to Gainesville to cheer on the Gators at a football game or for a wonderful parents weekend celebration but to avail ourselves of the excellent medical care at Shands Hospital. My family needed a place to stay while my father was in the hospital, and a place he could come back to recuperate.

We are so lucky we found this charming little house. It was our home away from home for three weeks and every thing we needed was there to make our stay comfortable. The location close to downtown made it easy to get around Gainesville but the Duckpond is the most lovely and tranquil residential neighborhood. The house is really well appointed with all of the essentials and many of the comforts of home.

Susannah, the owner, lives right next door and was very hands on and helpful in fulfilling our needs. In the middle of our stay, we were caught up in one of Florida's worst disasters, Hurricane Irma, and she did everything she could to make sure we were safe and comfortable- she really went out of her way for us.

I would highly recommend this property and happily give it a five star rating!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Red House

  • 5 of 5

Very tranquil area of Gainesville, and not far from shops & UF.

I loved the furniture in the house and paintings. There is also a garden. You will feel right at home, it is very clean and quiet.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Gainesville Stay!

  • 5 of 5

For Jan 1-March 31, 2017, my wife and I stayed in Palms 304 for approximately six weeks followed by the Red House (603018) for approximately six weeks. We found both rentals to be very comfortable and very well situated with respect to the downtown area. Both are within very reasonable walking distance of the old town restaurants and entertainment district including the Hippodrome. Parking is easily accessed for both properties and there is a city bus stop within a few hundred feet of the Palms with direct access to the University of Florida.

Both properties are extremely clean and very comfortably furnished. Both have full kitchen utensils including a Keurig coffeemaker at the house, a surprise that we enjoyed. Beds and pillows are very comfortable. The showers at both properties were first rate with rapid hot water and a strong water stream. We particularly appreciate this feature. The house has access to a very comfortable backyard and has a screened patio that we used for our morning coffee. We found the pictures on the website to be useful and accurate.

Of greatest importance to us is the attitude of the owner, Susannah, and her staff. They are all extremely friendly and most accommodating and helpful. Small problems inevitably arise over 12 weeks and they are almost immediate in resolving and fixing these issues. For example they helped to move us from the Palms to the house, highly appreciated! They took all the anxieties out of being away from home and truly made us feel as if we were at home. We have already reserved for next season and we hope to continue into the foreseeable future.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hands Down Best in Gainesville

  • 5 of 5

Upon arrival you can immediately relax. My parents came for the Holidays and it felt just like home to them. Everything is provided that you could possibly need. The outdoor cabana was one of our favorite hang outs. Lots of sunshine and relaxation! The home is immaculately clean and beautifully decorated. There are restaurants, bakeries and grocery stores within walking distance. The Thomas Center, a couple blocks away is a wonderful park setting and green space. Gainesville's newest Depot Park is within walking distance and close to downtown Gainesville,

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house, beautifully maintained!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great, traditional-style, Gainesville house with lots of great features. The backyard is awesome, and is set up to easily enjoy your stay. The house is only a short walk to downtown restaurants (we had great meals at Emiliano's and Dragon Lily, and very good pizza at Big Lou's). If you are looking for something different besides a small hotel room for a football weekend, this is the place to go.

The owner was incredibly responsive, and made sure we enjoyed all of the amenities.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this home! Spent a few days with our daughter for family weekend at UF. Beautifully decorated historic home. We will definitely consider for future visits.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Gainesville Airport (GNV)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
All of downtown Gainesville
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Tons in downtown Gainesville
Car: recommended

The house is in a central location for downtown, the University, the hospitals, and nature attractions (La Chua Trail, Hawthorne Trail, Paynes Prairie).


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £74.26

Rates are subject to change until property is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.