The Villages

1000 Lake Sumter, The Villages, Florida  32162


 

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The Villages, a Huge 55+ Community in Central Florida, Boasts Endless Amenities and a Wide Range of Home Styles and Prices

The Villages, located outside of Ocala and roughly 50 miles northwest of Orlando in north central Florida, is one of the country's largest 55+ communities. Also a cenus designated place, it is home to 85,000 people, spread across 33 square mile and three counties. Booming, it has nearly tripled in size during the last decade and has been declared the fastest growing area in the country (2014). Estimates are that it will grow to 100,000 residents in the not too distant future as much of the development is still under construction. The Villages has been called Disney for adults.

 

 

The community started out as a mobile home park in the 1970s, but today it is essentially a self-contained city. Clean, well laid-out and with a fresh manufactured feeling, The Villages has 64 neighborhoods, each with a village name and distinct character. 

New and establised homes are for sale. Most are single family. Prices range from the low-$100,000s to the millions. There are still quite a few manufactured home neighborhoods, and these tend to be the least expensive sections in which to live.    The Village of Silver Lake is one such neighborhood and has residences in the low- to mid-$100,000s.    The Village of Orange Blossom Gardens also has residences in the low- to high-$100,000s.   So does the Village of Country Club Hills.

The Village of Bell Aire, the Village of Hemingway and the Village of Winifred are some of the neighborhoods with prices in the $200,000s. Homes in the $400,000 - $500,000 range are found in the Village of Bonnybrook and the Village of Fernandina, among  others. $1,000,000 and higher priced residences can be found in the Village of St. Augustine and the Village of Sanibel.

Some residences have pond views and many have golf course views.  Some homes come furnished but most do not.   Newer neighborhoods tend to have a variety of architectural styles. Parts of the Villages are gated and parts are not.

Residents enjoy three colorful town squares, Lake Sumter Landing, Spanish Springs and Brownwood Paddock, each with its own flavor, retailers and restaurants.   Events take place in the squares every day of the week. There are also several plazas and shopping areas.

This is a golf cart community, and residents really do not need a car.    Through an extensive network of paths and tunnels, everything can be reached on one of the little electric or gas-powered machines    Residents ride everywhere on their carts and have license plates on the back of them declaring from which state they hail.   Traffic jams have been known to occur at some intersections, and there are speed limit checks throughout the community. Since Orlando International Airport is too far to reach on a golf cart, The Villages Transportation provides a shuttle to the facility.

The recreation department stages 1,000 events and activities every week. There are hundreds of clubs for everything from needlework, clogging, bird watching, playing piano and playing harmonica to golf, memoir writing, cribbage, Civil War re-enactments and many, many more.

 

 

Fifty seven recreation centers of various sizes and 39 golf courses keep residents physically active. The golf courses include thirty-two 9 hole courses, four 18 hole courses and eight 27 hole courses. All homeowners play on the 9 hole courses for free and are members of the other courses, which require a fee to play. The golf academy ensures that swings can always be improved. More courses are planned.

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