55places Names The Villages as The 2014 Community of the Year

The Villages in Central Florida is named the 2014 Community of the Year by the team at 55 Places.

The Villages is celebrated as Florida’s Friendliest Hometown and with an estimated 56,268 households of residents age 55 and better, it is one of the largest active adult communities in the world. Countless amenities, daily activities, homes in every price range and a solid 5-star resident rating affirm the Villages as the 55 Places 2014 Community of the Year.


Homes at The Villages can be very affordable with sizes and styles designed to meet the needs of a wide range of homebuyers. Both new construction and pre-owned resale homes are available in approximately 100 different floor plans. From intimate villas to luxurious single-family homes, the perfect home will be easy to find at The Villages.


Retirees from world-wide embrace living the ultimate active adult lifestyle at The Villages. Multiple recreation centers and town squares support living an exceptional lifestyle. There are a staggering 25 neighborhood recreation centers, 27 village recreation centers and 8 regional recreation centers. There are three town squares where residents have access to over 200 retail establishments, over 60 restaurants, daily entertainment and plenty of opportunities to socialize.

Nearly every amenity imaginable can be found within The Villages. Just a sampling of highlights include a woodworking shop, two bowling alleys, an auditorium, three movie theaters, a medical center, ten places of worship, several fishing lakes, nine softball fields, a polo field, equestrian facilities, gardening plots, and over 50 outdoor swimming pools.


Golfers can indulge in free golf for life on any of the 32 executive courses throughout The Villages. Residents can also enhance their game with professional instruction at The Village Golf Academy and for a nominal fee, residents can play at any of the 10 championship golf courses including the famous Palmer Legends designed by Arnold Palmer or the Nancy Lopez Legacy Country Club.

Life in The Villages offers an endless array of opportunities to enjoy favorite pastimes or to try something new. Village residents enjoy access to an estimated 1,800 or more different clubs and groups that represent almost any imaginable interest or activity.

A convenient online community calendar highlights the offering of daily activities so residents can stay up-to-date on the hundreds of events and activities happening literally every single day at The Villages. If you can dream it, you can enjoy it at The Villages and it doesn’t cost a fortune.

Making the move to The Villages is an easy choice for some yet others can understandably be a bit intimated. The Villages offers a unique Lifestyle Preview Plan for potential homebuyers to get a feel for living like a Village resident with a vacation getaway of 4 to 7 days. 55places can help you learn more about the homes available in this award-winning active adult community.

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