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12 Critical Things to Know About The Villages 

The popularity of The Villages is undeniable. When it comes to 55+ communities, The Villages lead the pack.

This spacious age-restricted community has everything you need to live an active adult lifestyle. So, if you’re seriously on the lookout for a 55+ community, then you have to stop and take some time to see what The Villages have to offer you.

According to this website, The Villages is not just the largest retirement community in the state and country but in the whole world.  The same website adds that The Villages is growing fast rapidly.

If you’re wondering what’s attracting the baby boomers to come and choose The Villages, read on. Below are the 12 critical things to know about The Villages.

#1.  A Brief Background of The Villages 

Before anything else, it would be nice to have a brief background on The Villages. It’s interesting to know that land lots in Marion County were being sold via mail in the late 1920s up until the mid-1960s.

A lot of folks outside the area wanted to have a piece of the tropical paradise. They grabbed the opportunity and bought lands via mail.

One of the many businessmen who sold some lands was Harold Schwartz. The practice of selling land lots by mail eventually stopped when Congress banned it in 1968.

In 1970, Harold Schwartz partnered with Al Tarrson to embark on a mobile home park called the Orange Blossom Gardens. Located in northwest Lake County, the site would eventually be transformed into The Villages.

With just 400 homes sold, the Orange Blossoms Gardens didn’t turn out so well. Schwartz decided to buy out Tarrson.

Schwartz eventually partnered with his son. The father-son duo soon discovered the perfect formula for a thriving retirement community. They saw the need for golf courses and other recreational facilities to keep the adults active and healthy. As the years went by, state-of-the-art medical facilities were incorporated in The Villages.

The growth of The Villages was inevitable. To this day, this family-owned community is still growing … fast.

#2.  The Friendliest Hometown in Florida 

To a lot of folks, The Villages is the friendliest hometown in Florida. For the residents, The Villages is simply called TV.

There are a lot of reasons why The Villages is often called the friendliest hometown in Florida. Given the relaxed atmosphere and small-town charm of The Villages, everybody in the community always has a ready smile. It’s such a welcoming community that you feel right at home.

The Villages offer so much that the residents consider it a piece of paradise. The uniqueness of this community just makes everybody happy.

#3.  The Size of The Villages 

With a population of about 128,000, you’re probably wondering how big The Villages is. Well, it’s big. It covers 33,000 acres of land, spreading throughout three counties.  These three counties are Sumter, Marion, and Lake.

Despite the huge size, getting around The Villages is easy. You can just use a golf cart to get around.  It’s a widely used vehicle inside the community. There are about 60,000 golf carts inside The Villages.

According to this website, the self-driving taxi service is being tested in The Villages. This is another option for you to get around The Villages.

If you’re looking for a more intimate active adult community, you might think that The Villages is just too big for you. Well, think again. You see, The Villages is made up of little clusters. Call them little villages, you will be able to find a neighborhood that suits you well.

The Villages sprawls throughout three counties, you will find various neighborhoods in Marion County, Lake County, and Sumter County.

Below are The Villages’ neighborhoods situated on Marion County:

  • Woodbury
  • Chatham
  • Calumet Grove
  • Piedmont
  • Springdale
  • Briar Meadow

Below are The Villages’ neighborhoods situated on Lake County

  • Pine Hills
  • Pine Ridge
  • Hacienda
  • Country Club
  • Mira Mesa
  • Del Mar
  • El Cortez
  • Silver Lake
  • La Reynalda
  • Valle Verde
  • Orange Blossom
  • Mira Mesa

Below are The Villages’ neighborhoods situated on Sumter County 

  • Summerhill
  • Polo Ridge
  • Santiago
  • Glenbrook
  • De Allende
  • Palo Alto
  • Rio Grande
  • Tierra del Sol
  • Alhambra
  • Rio Ranchero
  • De La Vista
  • Rio Ponderosa
  • Santo Domingo

There’s just no doubt that you will be able to find an intimate neighborhood in any of the small villages within The Villages.

#4.  The Restrictions of Living in The Villages     

Yes, The Villages is a restricted community. What that means is that the homeowner should be 55 years old and above. The law states that eighty percent of the homes inside The Villages should be occupied by one who is 55 years and above.

There are smaller neighborhoods inside The Villages that allow kids (19 years old and below) to stay for 30 days. This is a great option for some folks who want their grandkids to come and visit.

A family unit is another kind of neighborhood you will find inside The Villages. Three neighborhoods have been designated as such. Kids below 19 years old are welcome to stay in these neighborhoods.

#5.  The Perks of Living in The Villages

Yes, there are perks of living inside The Villages. One such perk will make every golfer love this place. Golf inside The Villages is FREE. Yes, you read right. FREE!

Once you become a resident of The Villages, there’s no need for you to pay to play golf. How awesome is that? This might be the only place on earth with such privilege.

There are enough golf courses inside The Villages for everybody. These aren’t just ordinary golf courses. These are championship golf courses designed by the best golfers in the world.

For example, two of the championship golf courses inside The Villages were designed by Nancy Lopez and Arnold Palmer. There are also executive golf courses inside The Villages for a quick game.

Now, you might be thinking to yourself, I don’t play golf. That’s okay. A lot of folks who moved into The Villages weren’t too crazy about golf as well. Since they had so much access to the sport, they decided to take it up. They found that learning the sport was pretty fun.

Thanks to the golf academy inside The Villages, everybody can easily learn the sport. Even the grandkids can come over to learn it. How cool is that?

#6.  Golf isn’t the only Sport in The Villages       

Now, don’t think that golf is the only sport in The Villages. It’s not. The Villages is a great place to live an active adult lifestyle. Thanks to the year-long Florida sunshine, you can play all the outdoor sports that you want.

There are about a hundred recreation centers inside The Villages. These centers feature recreational facilities for various sports like tennis, cornhole toss, horseshoe, archery, shuffleboard, croquet, swimming, bocce, air gun shooting, fishing, bowling, and of course the famous pickleball.

Speaking of pickleball, rumor has it that this sport was invented inside The Villages. Well, it wasn’t but it’s easy to think that it was because of the 100 pickleball courts inside The Villages.

Some folks even call The Villages a haven for pickleball. Now, if you’re still not familiar with the game, then it’s time you learn more about it. It’s a fun racket game that combines badminton, tennis, and ping pong.

At a glance, you might think that’s tennis but it’s not.  For starters, the courts are a lot smaller than the ones used for tennis. Hence, you can easily get to the ball.

Speaking of the ball, it’s just made out of plastic. You don’t have to worry about getting hurt if it hits you. Pickleball is also like ping pong since the racket is pretty much just a paddle.

Pickleball is a fun game to play. It provides you the exercise without straining your body. It’s a sport that’s very appropriate for an active adult like you.

There is also another kind of tennis that’s played inside The Villages and it’s called platform tennis.  It’s pretty different from pickleball.

With platform tennis, you can hit from the net. You can’t do that in pickleball. Furthermore, platform tennis has a higher net.

There are about 12 platform tennis courts inside The Villages. It’s worth noting that these are the only platform tennis courts in Florida. So, if you’re more of a racket person, you’ll definitely find a sport that suits you inside The Villages.

Since The Villages is situated in the horse capital of the world, Ocala, it’s but fitting to have polo field right inside the community.  While these aren’t exactly amenities for the residents, you get to watch polo matches and see beautiful horses.

There are also parks and trails inside The Villages. You can do all the walking and biking that you want without worrying about your safety.

You will never have to worry about crowded sports facilities inside The Villages. Aside from the fact that there are a lot (and I mean, a lot!), there are dedicated facilities for visiting family members.

#7.  The Recreation Activities in The Villages    

When it comes to recreation activities inside The Villages, you’re going to have a lot of options to choose from.

For starters, there are a lot of friendly tournaments inside The Villages. Everybody is welcome to join the various tournaments in The Villages.

Considering all the outdoor sports The Villages has to offer, you have more than enough opportunities to enjoy the sunny weather of Florida. However, The Villages also offer indoor activities to keep up with your active adult lifestyle.

There’s just so much to do in The Villages. You can join one of their many clubs or even learn something new. There are a lot of learning opportunities inside The Villages.

If you’re leaning towards the arts, you can sign up for some painting or drawing classes. You can even join the various performance groups in the community. A lot of the residents in The Villages have unleashed their hidden passion to perform.

There are also a lot of pottery, ceramics, sewing, and knitting classes to consider. Woodworking classes are also available. Dancing classes are also available.

One thing that’s worth noting is that The Villages offer a lot of support groups for various medical issues such as cancer and diabetes. They even have a weight management support group.

#8.  State-Of-The-Art Medical Facilities 

While other 55+ communities are built near top-notch medical facilities, The Villages have their own. Right inside The Villages are state-of-the-art medical facilities. That means there’s no need for you to leave the community for your healthcare needs.

There’s definitely a medical facility that’s near your neighborhood. Below are just some of the medical facilities available for the residents of The Villages.

  • The Villages Health Specialty Care Center at Spanish Springs
  • UF Health The Villages Hospital
  • The Villages Health Pinellas Care Center
  • The Villages Health Brownwood Care Center
  • The Villages Health Colony Care Center
  • The Villages Health Creekside Care Center
  • Lakeview Healthcare System

#9.  Unlimited Entertainment Options in The Villages  

You have unlimited entertainment options in The Villages. Concerts, movie shows, and theatre performances are abundant inside The Villages.

The Villages have three major town squares for your endless entertainment options. You can watch some outdoor shows while sipping some coffee in the Spanish Springs Town Square. This is a great place to just walk around and enjoy the balmy breeze of The Villages. There are also a couple of shops here but the highlight of it all is the amazing display of waterfalls from the Spanish Springs.

The second and the newest town square is the Brownwood Paddock Square. This part of The Villages will give you a southern feel. You can watch movies in their barn-like theatres and watch concerts in their log cabin stage.

The third town square inside The Villages is Lake Sumter Landing. There are a lot of retail stores in this area plus a dozen of restaurants. The coolest thing about Lake Sumter Landing is that it has amazing views. It isn’t surprising to know that a lot of residents and visiting folks find Lake Sumter Landing the best town square out of the three.

It’s also worth noting that The Villages is a favorite venue for both local and international artists. There is always a great show to entertain you at The Villages.

#10.  What’s Offered Outside The Villages           

While it does seem that everything is well-provided for in The Villages, the surrounding areas provide great support for all your needs as well.

Huge retail stores, like the Walmart Supercenter, is just a few meters down the road from The Villages. There are restaurants, banks, and more medical facilities outside the vicinity of The Villages.

Since The Villages provide easy access to Interstate-75 and other major thoroughfares, getting to the nearby cities is not hard at all.

#11.  Homes and Villas of The Villages 

When it comes to the homes and villas of The Villages, you have a lot of options as well. The Villages offer six home collections for you to choose from. These home collections are the following:

  • Courtyard Villas
  • Patio Villas
  • Cottage Villas
  • The Verandas
  • Designer Homes
  • Premier Homes

Homes are available on both resale and new construct bases. Either way, The Villages provide you superb service so that you can have the exact home that you want.

#12.  Experience The Life in The Villages Before Moving In

Another cool thing about The Villages is that it allows you to experience life inside the community first before making the big decision to move in.

The Villages offer a Lifestyle Preview Program that allows you to experience how it is to live inside the community.  You can stay for a couple of nights inside The Villages. The rate per night depends on the season.

So, if you want to check out how awesome life is at The Villages, give us a call now. We would love to provide you more information and at the same time, take you around. Nothing beats seeing The Villages yourself.

 

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