The Villages - The Villages, FL

Quickfacts
Price Range:Below $100k – Low $1Ms
Home Types:Single Family, Attached, Manufactured
Number of Homes:56,268
New/Resale:Resale Homes Only
Age Restriction:55+
Construction Dates:1978 – Present
Gated:Yes
Rating: 3 Reviews
 

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The Villages Overview

The Villages Florida is one of the largest age-restricted active adult communities in Florida - as well as the world. What started as a small neighborhood in 1978 has blossomed into a sprawling community that will eventually be home to an estimated 56,268 households of people aged 55 and better. The Villages Florida spans three counties, three zip codes and over 20,000 acres. The entire community is connected by over 100 miles of golf cart legal streets and trails.

The Villages Florida is an entirely self-sustaining town complete with retail establishments, restaurants, banks, post offices and countless recreational amenities. Residents of The Villages, known as Villagers, have flocked to the community from every state and several countries to be a part of what is boasted as Florida's Friendliest Hometown. The community has drawn retirees from around the world with the lure of warm weather, quality ranch homes and free golf for life. The Villages in Florida has appealed to mature adults because it offers a lifestyle unmatched by any active adult community in the country. In fact, every week a 50-page newsletter and activity guide highlights all of the various clubs, activities and events for the week.

The Villages Florida Amenities

There are more amenities per capita in The Villages Florida than any city or active adult community in the country. The community is designed around the notion that every resident should have simple and convenient access to the various amenities. To accommodate this there are a combination of town squares, retail plazas, golf courses and recreation centers spread throughout The Villages Florida.

The backbone of The Villages Florida are the two town squares. The developers of The Villages felt that the key to a great community required a special place to gather with friends and socialize with neighbors. Both Spanish Springs Town Square and Lake Sumter Landing Market Square offer free nightly entertainment 365 days a year. Plus, a colorful assortment of retail shops, restaurants, movie theaters and cafes provide the town squares at The Villages with a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Spanish Springs Town Square

The Spanish Springs Town Square has many inviting attractions including a hotel, over a dozen restaurants and more than 30 retail establishments. The Church on the Square is a beautiful southwestern style church that hosts a variety of musical productions that include choirs, quartets, gospel groups, opera and more. Katie Belle's is a resident only, two-story western-style opera house that provides great dining and dancing every night of the week. The square's movie theater, The Rialto Theater, plays all your Hollywood favorites throughout the year.

Lake Sumter Landing Market Square

Lake Sumter Landing is a charming small-town themed square nestled on the shores of Lake Sumter. It is anchored by several dozen retail shops and restaurants that overlook the square. There are also live acts and nightly entertainment in Lake Sumter Landing every night of the year. 

The Villages Florida Recreation Centers

There are amenity centers spread throughout The Villages Florida that currently include seven regional recreation centers, 16 village recreation centers and 25 neighborhood recreation centers. The regional recreation centers host the largest array of amenities and generally include a fitness center, hobby and craft studios, meeting rooms, ballrooms and a swimming pool. There are also various sport courts at the regional centers such as tennis, bocce ball, shuffleboard, pickleball and basketball.

The 16 village recreation centers throughout The Villages typically include a small clubhouse with meeting rooms, billiards, catering kitchens, bocce ball, shuffleboard and family friendly pools. The 25 neighborhood recreation centers are conveniently located in most neighborhoods and include adult only pools plus bocce ball, shuffleboard and horseshoes. The unique mix of recreation centers spread throughout the community ensures that residents always have simple and convenient access to their desired amenities.

In addition to the recreation centers, there are also countless other desirable amenities in The Villages Florida including tennis, pickleball, bocce ball, shuffleboard and basketball courts. There are several catch and release fishing lakes and nine softball fields that play host to over 200 softball teams at The Villages Florida. A polo field with grandstand seating is a particular favorite for many residents, especially since The Villages is nestled near Ocala in central Florida - the acclaimed "Horse Capital of the World".

Nearly every imaginable amenity can be found in The Villages Florida including bowling alleys, a library, woodworking shop, numerous hobby and craft studios and RV parking. There are ten places of worship in the community providing Catholic, Protestant, Methodist and Jewish services. The Villages Regional Medical Center offers medical testing, diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation. The Savannah Center in The Villages is a large southern-themed auditorium with stadium-style seating. It hosts many big name performances, touring shows, guest speakers, orchestras, comedy acts and local talent.

The Villages Florida Golf

Golf enthusiasts will find a golfer's paradise at The Villages in Florida. Residents enjoy free golf for life at any of the 26 executive courses. Plus, for nominal fees, Villages residents can play any of the nine championship courses including famous courses like The Villages Palmer Legends designed by Arnold Palmer or the Nancy Lopez Legacy Country Club.

Most of the executive golf courses are 9-hole courses with manageable par 3 and par 4 holes with an occasional par 5. Serious golfers can join any of the nine championship courses for free. Membership to the championship courses provides discounted golf fees and preferred tee times.

The Villages Florida Lifestyle

Life in The Villages is a never-ending assortment of fun and activity. Ask any Villager about their experiences in the community and you are sure to get an earful about how exciting it is to live in The Villages Florida. Many compare it to being a kid all over again, others say it is like living in a resort all year round and some remark it is like going back to college - without the responsibility of going to class. Such suggestions are well founded. After all, there are an estimated 1,000 or more different clubs and groups that represent almost any imaginable interest or activity. 

Each week a new recreation, activity and event newsletter is delivered to the residents of The Villages Florida. This 50-plus page document highlights everything the community has to offer. Arts and crafts enthusiasts can partake in activities such as ceramics, painting, quilting and woodworking. Dancers can take their pick of tap, jazz, line dancing, ballroom dancing, ballet and more. Health nuts have a never-ending assortment of fitness classes, aerobics, yoga, pilates, power walking and weight training. 

If your interests are in music and theater, you might consider joining a choir group, band or theatrical group. Most social and ethnic groups are represented by a club and there are resident groups from all 50 states and several countries. There are dozens of clubs for different nationalities and even sports clubs for various college and pro teams. There are even special interest clubs for things like bird watching, astronomy, photography and SCUBA diving. For the sports enthusiasts, there are countless sports teams, leagues and tournaments in everything from tennis, pickleball and golf to softball, biking and bowling. Regardless of your interests or passions, you will surely find other Villagers who share your zest for getting the most out of life.

The Villages Florida Real Estate & Homes

The Villages Florida real estate market includes many types of housing options ranging from intimate villas to luxurious single-family homes with golf course views and everything in between. There is a housing type, size and price to suit the needs of almost any active adult buyer. Since the community started construction in 1978, approximately 100 different floor plans have been offered.

The Villages floor plans are divided up into seven different categories including manufactured, patio villas, cottages, ranch homes, designer homes, courtyard villas and premier homes. Each series offers a unique set of included features and available upgrades. There are smaller, less-expensive homes designed for simplistic living at a reasonable price or larger units, which offer highly upgraded finishes tailored for residents who want luxury living.

There are both new construction and pre-owned resale homes in The Villages Florida. Many of the resale homes on The Villages real estate market are highly desirable for their reasonable prices and already included upgrades such as landscaping, window treatments, screened lanais and other popular add-ons. There are currently several hundred pre-owned resale homes on the real estate market in The Villages Florida, which can provide you the ideal opportunity to find the home of your dreams at the lowest possible price. Prior to making a home purchase in The Villages, it is advisable to entertain all of your options by previewing the many available resale homes.

Area

The Villages is located in Lady Lake in the heart of central Florida. This ideal location places The Villages within 90 minutes to some of the most desirable attractions in Florida including Tampa, Orlando, the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coast beaches. There are many popular surrounding destinations including the quaint lakefront towns of Leesburg and Mount Dora 20 minutes south. The Ocala National Forest 20 minutes to the northeast offers fun activities like canoeing, boating, fishing, hiking and biking.

When grandchildren come to visit, there are many great nearby attractions like the Florida Horse Park, which offers fun rodeos, tractor pulls and 4H shows. Places like the Kennedy Space Center, Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios are accessible in less than 90 minutes.

Closer to home, The Villages is surrounded by an enviable array of shopping and dining outlets. There are approximately 200 retail stores and 60 restaurants accessible via golf cart in and around The Villages. Options range from local boutiques to name brand favorites and chain stores. Whatever your interest, The Villages Florida has everything to offer -- just a golf cart ride away. 

The Villages Amenities
  • Lake Sumter Landing Town Square
  • Spanish Springs Town Square
  • 25 Neighborhood Recreation Centers
  • 16 Village Recreation Centers
  • 7 Regional Recreation Centers
  • 26 Executive Golf Courses (Free)
  • 9 Championship Golf Courses
  • 200+ Retail Establishments
  • 60+ Restaurants
  • 50+ Outdoor Pools
  • Numerous State-of-the-Art Fitness Centers
  • Aerobics & Dance Studios
  • Walking & Biking Trails
  • Tennis Courts
  • Pickleball Courts
  • Bocce Ball Courts
  • Shuffleboard Courts
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Basketball Courts
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Softball Fields
  • Bowling Alleys
  • Polo Fields
  • Equestrian Facilities
  • Hospital
  • 10 Worship Centers
  • Card Rooms
  • Ceramics Studios
  • Arts & Craft Studios
  • Sewing Studios
  • Movie Theaters
  • Performance Theaters
  • Fishing Lakes
  • RV & Boat Parking
  • Library
  • Outdoor Amphitheaters
  • Gardening Plots
  • Playground for Grandkids
Patio Villas
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Model Name Sq. Ft. Beds Baths Garage
Colony Villa 1,163 2 2 1.5
Cabot Cove Villa 1,190 2 2 1.5
Bungalow Villas
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Model Name Sq. Ft. Beds Baths Garage
Durham 1,157 2 2 2
Cambridge 1,197 2 2 2
Anaheim 1,395 3 2 2
Charlotte 1,431 3 2 2
Fairmont 1,586 3 2 2
Avondale 1,596 3 2 2
Arlington 1,667 3 2 2
Cabana Villas
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Model Name Sq. Ft. Beds Baths Garage
Carrabelle 1,161 2 2 1.5
Callaway 1,190 2 2 1.5
Valparaiso 1,395 3 2 1.5
Bonifay 1,427 3 2 1.5
Melrose 1,586 3 2 1.5
Belmore 1,597 3 2 1.5
Monticello 1,665 3 2 1.5
Cottage Homes
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Model Name Sq. Ft. Beds Baths Garage
Sand Dollar 1,255 2 2 1.5
Sand Castle 1,302 3 2 1.5
Pearl 1,320 2 2 1.5
Sun Kissed 1,392 3 2 1.5
Tuckett Inn 1,453 3 2 1.5
At Ease 1,481 3 2 2
Sea Breeze 1,553 3 2 2
Hammock 1,635 3 2 2
Designer Homes
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Model Name Sq. Ft. Beds Baths Garage
Bougainvillea 1,392 3 2 2
Allamanda 1,543 3 2 2
Wisteria 1,561 3 2 2
Jasmine 1,564 3 2 2
Whispering Pine 1,702 3 2 2
Fern 1,844 3 2 2
Cedar 1,852 3 2 2
Sunflower 1,910 2 + Den 2 2.5
Begonia 1,910 2 + Den 2 2.5
Aspen 1,921 3 2 2
Gardenia 1,931 2 + Den 2 2
Lilac 1,954 3 2 2.5
Iris 1,962 3 2 2.5
Pondersoa Pine 1,972 4 2 2
Elm 1,984 3 2 2
Lily 1,998 3 2 2
Zinnia 2,021 3 3 2
Lantana 2,039 3 2 2
Orchid 2,087 4 2 2
Bridgeport 2,099 3 2.5 2
Holly 2,108 3 2 2
Ivy 2,565 4 2 2

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The Villages Clubs, Groups, Activities & Classes

There are over 1,000 activities and clubs available in The Villages. Here is a just a sample of what you can enjoy as a Villager:

  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bicycle
  • Croquet
  • Golf
  • In-line skating
  • Senior soccer
  • Shuffleboard
  • Street hockey
  • Tai-Chi
  • Table tennis
  • Trap & skeet
  • Volleyball
  • Mah Jongg
  • Bingo
  • Euchre
  • Bunco
  • Chess
  • Cribbage
  • Dirty Uno
  • Gin Rummy
  • Hand & foot
  • Hearts
  • Kings & Queens
  • Pinochle
  • Scrabble
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Whist
  • Overseas living
  • Bronx
  • Brooklyn
  • Central States
  • Dakota
  • Chicagoland
  • Michigan State Alumni
  • Chicago South
  • Florida
  • NY State
  • Pennsylvania
  • Indiana
  • New Hampshire
  • Southeast Massachusetts
  • St. Louis
  • Virginia
  • Three Rivers
  • Southeast Florida
  • Ohio Buckeye
  • Wisconsin
  • African American
  • Filipino-American
  • Italian-American
  • German-American
  • British-American
  • Amateur radio
  • Art league
  • Basket weavers
  • Beading
  • Ceramics
  • China Painting
  • RC Flyers
  • Quilters
  • Happy Stitchers
  • Knitting Guild
  • Model Yacht Racing
  • Needlework
  • Pottery
  • Scrappers
  • Stamping
  • Computer Club
  • Creative Writers
  • Italian Study
  • Journalism
  • Photography
  • Philosophy
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Aquatic Dancers
  • Ballet
  • Ballroom Dance
  • Baton Twirlers
  • Big Band
  • Bluegrass music
  • Classical Music Lovers
  • Concert Band
  • Country Music Club
  • Country Two-Step
  • Dixieland Band
  • Tappers
  • Gaelic Dance
  • Harmonica
  • Guitar
  • Irish Music
  • Jazz 'n' Tap
  • String Orchestra
  • Swing Dance
  • Village Theater Company
  • Christian Bible Study
  • Christian Women
  • Alcoholic Anonymous
  • Alzheimer's support
  • Cancer support
  • Divorce support
  • Scleroderma support
  • ALS support
  • Weight management support
  • Recovery Inc.
  • Heart Problem support
  • Gamblers Anonymous
  • Peripheral Neuropathy support
  • Diabetes support
  • MS support
  • Breast cancer support
  • Overeaters Anonymous
  • Rheumatoid support
  • Air gun
  • VAA
  • Al Kora Ladies Shrine
  • Vintage Car
  • Cloud Chasers
  • Genealogical Society
  • Goldwing
  • Jewish Singles
  • Karaoke
  • Independent Film
  • Metal Detecting
  • Memoir Writing
  • Poetry
  • Republicans
  • Democrats
  • Scooter
  • SCUBA
  • Singles
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Community Address: Main St., The Villages, FL, 32162, USA
The Villages Rating:  5 out of 5.0
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April 15, 2014 5:59 AM by mrNmrsC (Resident/Homeowner)5.0
The last thing I wanted to be was a "typical" Florida retiree but buckled under pressure to at least visit "The Friendliest Hometown" so that I might scratch it once and for all off my "to do" list. I was absolutely wowed from the first day we arrived! Moving here was not a snap decision, though. We visited at least 4 times before deciding that this was the active social lifestyle that was right for us. 5 years later, we are still watching it grow and ave never been more active, physically and socially. Seasonal activities previously done a few months a year in the North, can be done year round. We now bike, kayak, dance, play bocce, bowl, golf and attend various types of exercise classes. Wish we could keep The Villages a well guarded secret but it is everything we could want and more! Thank you Mr. Schwartz and Mr. Morse!! You have amazing vision!
January 14, 2013 5:52 AM by Jon (Resident/Homeowner)5.0
We moved her from Tennessee nearly 6 years ago. Since that time, we have kicked ourselves for not moving here earlier.

This is truly a remarkable place that is hard to describe. Nonstop activities, great people and great weather. If you are retired and living anywhere but here, you are truly missing the boat.
May 22, 2012 11:04 AM by Doctor Bob (Resident/Homeowner)5.0
You cannot imagine the actual scope and quality of life in The Villages. You can read all the material here about it but you have to really see it with your own eyes to comprehend it. The place is amazing; there are over 1944 'clubs or interest groups'. If you are bored here, it is your own fault. It's beautiful; they change the flowers 4 times a year. It's fun, there are over 500 holes of golf - even if you don't play, there is more to do than you can fit on your calendar. It's a complete community with a build out population of about 100,000 people. If you wanted to start a group that was interested in collecting Peruvian air mail stamps issued before 1940, I'm pretty sure there would be at least a dozen other people interested. We have our own hospital, 3 town squares, Philharmonic Orchestra, choral group, - you name it, we've got it. You will not be just buying a home, you're buying a life style. Try it, you'll like it.

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The Villages, FL 32162
Lake County

 

 

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