I am living in the Villages for almost 11 years, the board works very hard to do things to make the Villages a great place to live. If you need your gutters fixed, windows painted, driveways paved, roofs taken care of etc. they do it. Other developments you have to do it yourself. These are some of things our maintenance fee takes care of. The fee go up a very small amount compare to what they do. There are always people that complain and should live in Greenbriar or the Rivia where it is prettier and you have complete control of your house. You can fix it any time you want to pay for it.
The HOA at the villages is horrible, It took us almost 2 years to get them to sod our lawn in just one small area. More excuses and more than I can count of the number of requests, both written and verbal. The fees go up every year. And they do not make the increase change for you, they make you figure out how to do it yourself.No other association operates this way. The dues are way to high for what you pay for compared to other more expensive communities.