Local Communities

Whatever type of community you are drawn to, Putnam County has something for you. Whether it's land, a waterfront home, a condo, a historic building, or something unique you are seeking, the agents at Coldwell Banker Ben Bates, Inc. will work to find the right home for you. Explore this page to learn more about the local communities in Putnam County. 


"The Gem City of the St. Johns River," Palatka is home to picturesque views along the St. Johns River. Palatka hosts many iconic festivals, such as the Blue Crab Festival and the Azalea Festival, as well as numerous tournaments, such as the Bassmaster Elite Series, attracting thousands of visitors nationwide. The Rodeheaver Boys Ranch hosts a Bluegrass Festival every February and November. Palatka, designated a trail town in 2019, continues to develop an extensive biking network. The Palatka Municipal Airport hosts air shows and skydiving. Palatka has the small town feel but is close to everything, being an hour or less drive to St. Augustine, Gainesville, Ocala, Daytona Beach, and Jacksonville. Orlando, home to many major amusement parks, is only a two hour drive south.



East Palatka sits along the St. Johns River and is the agriculture hub of Putnam County. It is home to numerous farms using state-of-the-art technology to grow numerous crops, such as; potatoes, corn, legumes, and cabbage. It is home to the Putnam County Fairgrounds and Expo Center.


San Mateo borders the St. Johns River and Dunns Creek. It is home to the Dunns Creek Conservation Area. It is popular for those looking for a slower, quieter lifestyle. There are plenty of outdoor activities for residents to enjoy like camping, hunting, bird watching, fishing, kayaking, boating and more.



This small town, located on the St. Johns River, is a new popular destination for those who love boating, fishing, and bird watching. Home to many waterfront homes and condos, this is a great place for those who want to enjoy picturesque views of the St. Johns River from the comfort of their home.


Crescent City's historic charm and ample fishing make it a popular destination for anglers. Crescent City, known as the bass capital, is home to Crescent Lake, one of the largest lakes in Florida. Crescent City hosts many festivals, such as to scarecrow festival, the Catfish Festival, and a Christmas festival.


Satsuma borders the St. Johns River and is a great place for those looking for a more tranquil place to call home. Interested in property in Satsuma? Click the link below to view the available properties.

Pomona Park

Pomona Park is home to a portion of Lake Broward, a spring-fed, 477-acre lake. Dunns Creek State Park is also located in Pomona Park. Visitors to the park can enjoy abundant wildlife while hiking or driving down the main drive. There is a fishing platform, floating canoe launch, restroom facilities, marked hiking and bicycling trails, and a picnic area within Dunns Creek State Park.

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Georgetown is located on the north end of Lake George, a 46,000-acre impoundment of the St. Johns River and Florida's 2nd largest lake. The Drayton Island Ferry connects Georgetown to Drayton Island. Interested in property in Georgetown? Click the link below to view available properties.



Hollister is popular for those wanting to live away from it all while still being close to town. Carl Duval Moore State Forest and Park, a 335-acre forest located between Hollister and Interlachen, includes recreational activities including hiking trails and wildlife viewing.

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Interlachen's historic, small town feel and ample lakes make it a great place for those who enjoy fishing or boating. Interlachen gets it name from a Scottish term meaning “between the lakes” and is ideal for those looking for a lakeside home away from it all.


Florahome sits along the Palatka-to-Lake Butler State Trail , a 47-mile trail providing ample opportunities for those who enjoy biking. Etonian Creek State Park provides trails for hiking and horseback riding. Palmetto Park is home to Florahome's historic clubhouse and includes a playground, picnic tables, baseball field, basketball court, and a tennis/pickleball court. Festivals are held in the park in both spring and fall. George's Lake, a 820-acre lake, is located in Florahome. Along the lake there is a 1-mile trail for those who enjoy hiking and bird-watching.

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Melrose sits at the corner of Putnam, Alachua, Clay, and Bradford county. It is halfway between Gainesville and Jacksonville. This historic town with a Victorian, artsy vibe is popular place to call home among University of Florida professors. Melrose is home to Lake Santa Fe, a 5,850-acre, spring-fed lake where residents enjoy boating and fishing. Melrose hosts many events including a farmers market, art walks, and Christmas parade and is also home to several art galleries.



Bostwick, located just north of Palatka, is home to the Bostwick Blueberry Festival, where one can enjoy fresh picked blueberries and ample blueberry baked goods every April. Bostwick is a great place for those who are looking to live away from it all but still want to be closer to Jacksonville.


Bardin is popular among those who enjoy outdoor activities and those looking to live away from it all. The Palatka-To-Lake Butler State Trail provides residents with 47-miles of bike trails. Interested in property in Bardin? Click the link below to view available properties.

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