We have owls in Gainesville!
I live in the historic Duckpond neighborhood, where 2 of our rental houses are located as well. The other night at 12:25 AM I heard 2 super loud owls. I wasn't quick enough to record it on my phone, but then realized the next morning that our front door camera probably recorded the sounds. It did! You can see only my front porch in the video, but you can hear the owls hooting (but they sounds like howler monkeys!).
Also, we currently have a great horned owl nest in Paynes Prairie- check out the article in the local newpaper: https://www.gainesville.com/news/20190310/great-horned-owl-makes-rare-nest-at-paynes-prairie