- Price Range
- Mid $100s - High $1Ms
- Home Types
- Attached, Manufactured, Single-Family
- Number of Homes
- New / Resale
- New And Resale Homes
- Age Restrictions
- Construction Dates
- 1978 - Present
- The Villages of Lake Sumter, Inc., The Villages
The Villages® Overview
The Villages® community in Florida is one of the largest age-restricted active adult communities in the state - as well as the world. What started as a small neighborhood in 1978 became a sprawling community that will eventually be home to an estimated 70,000 households of 55+ residents. The Villages® community in 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. This 55+ community is an entirely self-sustaining town complete with retail establishments, restaurants, banks, post offices, healthcare centers, and countless recreational amenities.
Residents of The Villages®, known as Villagers, have flocked to the community from multiple states and several countries. The community has drawn retirees from around the world with the lure of warm weather, quality ranch homes, and ample opportunities for golf. This community in Central Florida has appealed to homebuyers because it offers an extremely active lifestyle as there is a 50-page newsletter and activity guide each week, which highlights all of the various clubs, activities, and events available.
The Villages® Amenities
The Villages® is known for being home to a vast selection amenities. With over 35 community centers, over 80 outdoor pools, and 41 executive golf courses, The Villages has a lot to offer its residents. The community is designed around the notion that every resident should have simple and convenient access to various amenities. To accommodate this, there is a combination of town squares, retail plazas, golf courses, and recreation centers spread throughout the development.
This 55+ community features three town squares that provide residents with numerous amenities and recreation options. The community also features multiple places to gather with friends and socialize with neighbors. Spanish Springs Town Square, Lake Sumter Landing Market Square and Brownwood Paddock Square offer free nightly entertainment 365 days a year. The assortment of retail shops, restaurants, movie theaters, and cafes provide the town squares with ample entertainment opportunity.
Spanish Springs Town Square
The Spanish Springs Town Square is reminiscent of a historic southwest setting with storefront shops and fountains decorated in a southwestern style. Spanish Springs Town Square has several attractions including a hotel, more than a dozen restaurants, and over 30 retail establishments. 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 Hollywood movie favorites throughout the year. The Sharon Morse Performing Arts Center is also located in the Spanish Springs Town Square.
Lake Sumter Landing Market Square
Lake Sumter Landing Market Square is a small-town themed square on the shores of Lake Sumter. This square features several dozen retail shops and restaurants that overlook the square. The lighthouse is also a local landmark that signals entertainment and great food in the area. Residents can take a scenic boat tour of Lake Sumter and hear about the lake’s history. Lake Sumter Landing Market Square is also home to the Old Mill Playhouse movie theater. The square features live acts and nightly entertainment every night throughout the year.
Brownwood Paddock Square
Brownwood Paddock Square resembles a cattle town and offers a variety of opportunities. This town square features the Barnstorm Theater playing the latest Hollywood movies, City Fire restaurant, an athletic club, and a barber and beauty salon. The log cabin on Paddock Square features free nightly entertainment throughout the year.
Recreation Centers in The Villages®
There are amenity centers spread throughout this age-restricted community that currently include eight regional recreation centers, 17 village recreation centers, and 35 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, and ballrooms. The regional recreation center also offers a variety of swimming pools known as sports pools where lap swimming, water aerobics, and water volleyball are held. There are also sports courts such as tennis, bocce ball, shuffleboard, pickleball, and basketball.
The 17 village recreation centers throughout the community typically include a small clubhouse with meeting rooms, billiards, catering kitchens, bocce, horseshoes, 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 horseshoe pits. The mix of recreation centers spread throughout the neighborhood ensures that residents always have simple and convenient access to the master-planned community's amenities.
In addition to the recreation centers, there are also countless other desirable amenities within the community 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. A polo field with grandstand seating is another favorite for many residents.
Additonal amenities throughout The Villages® include two bowling alleys, a library, woodworking shop, numerous hobby and craft studios, and RV parking. The Savannah Center is a spacious southern-themed auditorium with stadium-style seating. It hosts many performances, touring shows, guest speakers, orchestras, comedy acts, and local talent. There are also several places of worship throughout the community.
The Villages® community's Regional Medical Center and other healthcare centers offer medical testing, diagnostics, treatment, and rehabilitation.
Golf in The Villages®
Golf enthusiasts will find ample course options in this active adult community. Residents enjoy free golf at any of the 41 executive courses as well as 12 country club courses. The Villages® also offers a state-of-the-art golf academy. Golfers of all levels can take group or private lessons so they can improve their game with golf instruction or learn the basics.
Residents can also play at any of the 12 championship golf courses including the famous Palmer Legends designed by Arnold Palmer or the Nancy Lopez Legacy Country Club, for a fee. Most of the executive golf courses are 9-hole courses with manageable par 3 holes with the occasional par 4 or par 5. They have three sets of tees that can cater to the most serious golfer to the recreational or beginner golfer. Membership to the championship courses provides discounted golf fees and preferred tee times.
The Villages® Homes & Real Estate
The real estate market includes many types of housing options ranging from intimate villas to 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 across 70,000 homes. The floor plans are divided up into seven different categories including patio villas, courtyard villas, cottage-ranch homes, designer homes, and premier homes. Each series offers a unique set of included features and available upgrades.
There are both new construction and pre-owned resale homes in The Villages® community. Many of the resale homes 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 a variety of pre-owned resale homes for sale in The Villages® community in Florida that can provide you with the ideal opportunity to find the home that meets your needs.
The Villages® Lifestyle
The Villages® hosts an estimated 1,800 or more different clubs and groups that represent a variety of os interests or activities. A new recreation, activity, and event newsletter is delivered to residents each week. This 50-plus-page document highlights everything the community has to offer.
Artists can partake in activities such as ceramics, painting, quilting, and woodworking. Dancers can take their pick of tap, jazz, line dancing, square dancing, ballroom dancing, ballet, and more. Health enthusiats have an assortment of fitness classes, aerobics, yoga, power walking, and weight training to choose from. Those who are interested are in music and theater, might consider joining a choir group, band, or theatrical group.
This community also has an assortment of social clubs that represent many interests and ethnic groups. These clubs have resident groups from all 50 states and several countries. This age-restricted neighborhood also has special interest clubs for things like clowning, bird watching, collecting, astronomy, photography, genealogy, and scuba diving. For sports enthusiasts, there are countless sports teams, leagues, and tournaments in everything from tennis, pickleball, and golf to softball, biking, and bowling.
The community also hosts annual Camp Villages, an eight-week summer program filled with activities for residents and their grandchildren to do together. The program consists of kayaking, soccer, full swing clinics, line dancing, putting clinics, kite making, water sports, cooking demos, and more. Homeowners and grandchildren can spend quality time doing fun activities or learning new skills.
The Villages® community is located in Lady Lake in the heart of central Florida. This ideal location places the community 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, this community 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 this community. Options range from local boutiques to name-brand favorites and chain stores.
Available Models & Floor Plans
Bungalow VillasPrice RangeLow $200s - Low $500s
Bungalow Villas offer more space than the patio villas. These homes range from 1,157 to 1,667 square feet. They have two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage.
Cabana VillasPrice RangeLow $200s - High $200s
Cabana Villas offer 1,161 to 1,665 square feet of living space. They have two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached one-and-a-half-car garage.
Patio VillasPrice RangeMid $100s - Low $200s
Patio Villas offer 1,163 to 1,190 square feet of living space. These smaller homes have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached one-and-a-half-car garage.
Cottage HomesPrice RangeHigh $100s - Mid $300s
Cottage Homes offer 1,255 to 2,003 square feet of living space. They have two to four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached one-and-a-half or two-car garage.
Designer HomesPrice RangeHigh $100s - Low $700s
Designer Homes come in a variety of floor plans. These single-family homes range from 1,392 to 2,565 square feet of living space. They have two to four bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and a two or two-and-a-half-car garage.
|Model Name||Sq. Ft.||Beds||Baths||Garage|
|Begonia||1910||2 + Den||2||2.5|
|Sunflower||1910||2 + Den||2||2.5|
|Gardenia||1931||2 + Den||2||2|
Premier HomesPrice RangeLow $400s - High $1Ms
Premier Homes are the largest series of single-family homes in The Villages. They range from 2,472 to 4,705 square feet of living space. They feature three or four bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and an attached two or two-and-a-half-car garage.
Manufactured HomesPrice RangeLow $100s - High $100s
Homebuyers can choose from a selection of manufactured homes that offer two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a carport or garage for a car or golf cart. Please Note: Floor plans are not available at this time.
The Villages® Amenities
There are plenty of activities available in The Villages®. Here is a sample of some of the clubs, activities and classes offered here.
- Brownwood Paddock Square
- Lake Sumter Landing Town Square
- Spanish Springs Town Square
- 35 Neighborhood Recreation Centers
- 17 Village Recreation Centers
- 8 Regional Recreation Centers
- 41 Executive Golf Courses (Free)
- 12 Championship Golf Courses
- Miniature Golf Course
- 200+ Retail Establishments
- 120+ Restaurants
- 80+ Outdoor Pools
- Numerous State-of-the-Art Fitness Centers
- MVP Sports Club
- Arts & Craft Studios
- Aerobics & Dance Studios
- Card Rooms
- Ceramics Studios
- Sewing Studios
- Woodworking Shop
- Performance Theaters
- 3 Movie Theaters
- 2 Bowling Alleys
- Tennis Courts
- 202 Pickleball Courts
- 201 Bocce Ball Courts
- 174 Shuffleboard Courts
- Basketball Courts
- Volleyball Courts
- Horseshoe Pits
- 9 Softball Fields
- Polo Fields
- Equestrian Facilities
- Lifelong Learning College
- Hospitals & Healthcare Centers
- 9 Worship Centers
- Fishing Lakes
- RV & Boat Parking
- Outdoor Amphitheaters
- Gardening Plots
- Playground for Grandkids
- Walking & Biking Trails
The Villages® Clubs, Groups, Activities & Classes
There are plenty of activities available in The Villages®. Here is a sample of some of the clubs, activities and classes offered here.
- Acoustic Guitar
- African American
- Air gun
- Al Kora Ladies Shrine
- Alcoholic Anonymous
- ALS support
- Alzheimer's support
- Amateur radio
- Aquatic Dancers
- Art league
- Ballroom Dance
- Basket weavers
- Baton Twirlers
- Big Band
- Bluegrass music
- Breast cancer support
- Cancer support
- Central States
- Chicago South
- China Painting
- Christian Bible Study
- Christian Women
- Classical Music Lovers
- Cloud Chasers
- Computer Club
- Concert Band
- Country Music Club
- Country Two-Step
- Creative Writers
- Diabetes support
- Dirty Uno
- Divorce support
- Dixieland Band
- Gaelic Dance
- Gamblers Anonymous
- Genealogical Society
- Gin Rummy
- Hand & foot
- Happy Stitchers
- Heart Problem support
- In-line skating
- Independent Film
- Irish Music
- Italian Study
- Jazz 'n' Tap
- Jewish Singles
- Kings & Queens
- Knitting Guild
- Mah Jongg
- Memoir Writing
- Metal Detecting
- Michigan State Alumni
- Model Yacht Racing
- Motorcycle Club
- MS support
- New Hampshire
- NY State
- Ohio Buckeye
- Overeaters Anonymous
- Overseas living
- Peripheral Neuropathy support
- RC Flyers
- Recovery Inc.
- Rheumatoid support
- Scleroderma support
- Senior soccer
- Southeast Florida
- Southeast Massachusetts
- St. Louis
- Street hockey
- String Orchestra
- Support Groups
- Swing Dance
- Table tennis
- Three Rivers
- Trap & skeet
- Trivial Pursuit
- Village Theater Company
- Vintage Car
- Weight management support
The Villages® Reviews (19)
We have owned here for 8 years. We are seeking alternative communities because we are tired of the politics, the traffic & the attitude of many against seasonal owners & renters. Also we miss the ocean
After a bit, having many clubs does not mean as much because you only frequent a few, which you can find at most other communities
Also The Villages is in a sinkhole demographic.
19% residents are veterans and we are very patriotic which is so refreshing// truly the friendliest place I've ever lived..everyone helps and welcomes everyone else//
very little crime here as residents are retired and watching homes constantly// near to everything most people could ever want,need. MCO airport, Orlando city and attractions, cultural activities within 1 -1 1/4 hr // beaches within
1 1/2 hr/// every possible restaurant, shop, retail stores within 5-20 min and bigger cities Leesburg and Ocala with bigger retail stores within 20-30 min/// close to Ocala National forest with hiking, biking, kayaking, airboats ,lakes within 20-30 min/// 2 concert theaters centers in The Villages provide plays,concerts, international shows daily so plenty of culture right here!! All homes are privately owned and the landscaping is just gorgeous with flowers, trees, lakes, marshes, golf courses and beautiful views everywhere you look. Over 130 miles of golf cart trails make everything accessible by golf cart whether activities, rec centers,shopping, medical, restaurants, pools etc. Golfers paradise with over 43 golf courses, most of which are free. 3 town squares offer live music, dancing, happy hour every day of the year.
Although a very large community, I've found it's actually just many smaller groups all working within this larger development sharing the same goal to live a healthy active lifestyle, socialize and have fun every day, This lifestyle may not be for everyone, but if you want to stay healthy, keep your body and mind active and feel like you're on vacation every day, this is the place for you!! Every day I wake up and look outside to my "PARADISE" and count my blessings that i live in the best retirement community in the world!
They say that it’s common for people to go into a home sales contract on their first visit. But that’s easy to understand. If you live out of state and have a limited amount of time to visit, The Villages holds all the cards. Their bus tour followed by a Villages realtor home tour, along with the multitudes of country clubs, rec centers, hobby clubs, 3 squares, can be a compelling experience for a short period of time. But after living here I really don’t care that there are 15 country clubs or 40+ pools within 5 miles of me. All I really care about is what is closer to me. The Squares included.
With a population of over 150,000 retired residents there is a massive service machine that has grown to meet the demands of people that no longer want to do yardwork, home repairs, insect treatments, lawn treatments, and nearly everything else. The hundreds of yard crews (which the owner must find themselves) fly around like bumblebees to each house in each neighborhood (Village) mowing, edging, trimming, fixing, cleaning, and blowing. It can get noisy early in the mornings and since most homes are very close to each other even your neighbor’s crew can wake you at times. The Villages can be a VERY busy place.
The location in the state is very rural. Landlocked of course. The Villages border 2 small towns, Wildwood and Lady Lake. It is close to the larger city/town of Leesburg. But the Villages based on its population and size has the spotlight. There is very little local “culture” here besides what is driven or flown in. They do have concerts, shows, and festivals on their squares. But all of it might as well have been airdropped in. There is no indigenous city to go to to enjoy yourself or participate in any of their activities or festivals unless you drive 30-50 minutes away. Outside of the entertainment, shows etc, chain restaurants like Bob Evans, Golden Corral, & Red Lobster are the mainstays.
During “snowbird” season November-April the population grows by about 40%. It gets very crowded as golf vacationers come down and many bring their sons and daughters and their kids down during many parts of that period to visit them as well. Traffic, lines for restaurants, driving accidents, DUIs in golf carts, and just crowds for nearly everything can be cumbersome. There can be some contention/resentment between the visiting seasonal “snowbirds” and the “frogs” (full-timers). As stated, it is a substantial population increase and subsequent demands on the facilities.
In terms of homes if you like varieties of earth tones cast in siding and stucco you’ll like it here. Uniformity is key. But many homeowners have large disposable retirement incomes so outdoor projects from driveway designs, to edging creations, bird cages with swimming pools and much more drive the Jones to try and outdo one another. The Villages IS NOT a gated community. The gates are primarily for traffic and flow control. There are no controls for entry to any of the gates and Villages. Simply press a button and you’ll be let in. No questions asked.
In summary there is much to do here. But as many have coined the term, it’s a “bubble” and many residents would have it no other way. If/when you come to visit don’t let the hoopla overwhelm you into a rash decision. Florida has numerous 55+ communities many that are closer to the coasts and larger cities. While 150,000 residents may sound appealing the “bubble” can get tiresome. Driving through traffic circles back and forth to get nearly everywhere amongst many elderly drivers can get old quick if you are planted by living there. There is a lot of like for sure but a lot to dislike also. The entire state of Florida is popular for retirees look around carefully. Bigger is not always better. It can be worse.
An older white man wanted to know why our group of women 'wasn't home washing dishes' instead of playing golf. I do not recommend this place for vacation. It was not a good experience at all.
An unbelievable wood shop with every tool known to man or woman that you can join if wood working is your passion. Old cars?? Cruise night in Spanish Springs will keep you entertained. I work in the Property management business here and I love meeting the first timers that come to stay with us for one to three months in the winter. Believe me they come back year after year and this year as in previous years I will be assisting some in purchasing their first Villages home. It is so much fun!! Love it here. We are FROGS. Here til we croak!!
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.
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