The developer and some of the residents and the radio station are way too political...
Positive- plenty of indoor and outdoor activities but they have become crowded and hard to get into. Negative- too large
The Villages is the only place to retire. I have been living here for over 2 years and just love it. With 83+ pools, 48+ golf courses, approx 3,000 social clubs and 3 town squares were we have restaurants, shopping and have Free nightly entertainment 365 days a year. I live, I love and I sell real estate in The Villages.
I have been here since 2001. Many people come here looking for a fantasy life full of nothing but fun and games all day long. Yes, the villages has everything you could possibly want, but it is all average. There is nothing here above average except maybe a few golf courses. It is a place where HUMANS live and have HUMAN problems and HUMAN needs. It is not the land of sunshine, lollipops and rainbows. If you can accept this, you will enjoy living here very much. Just an ordinary town in the middle of nowhere.
I recently visited the Villages. A friend of mine wanted me to go in on an investment property until they can retire, so we went to visit. I saw the sign 'The Friendliest Place In Florida', but it was far from it... people were rude, nasty and ignorant. We found that people would unabashedly stare at our golf party at the clubhouse after a round of golf. I'm not sure why; because we were a group of women? If you want a place with no diversity, well then you have come to the right place.
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.
I have lived inThe Villages since 2007. It is probably the best move I have ever made. I do realize that The Villages is not for everyone but it is definitely for me and my friends that I have met here. I don't care what you are interested in doing or collecting there is a group here to join with other people who love the same thing you do. a
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!!
We have lived in The Villages for 5 years and we love this lifestyle. I play golf 3 days a week, softball 3 days a week, trivia Wednesday evening, listen to the music at Village venues a few times a week and what ever else I can fit in. My wife also plays golf, softball, Mexican train, bunco, trivia, poker, decorates cakes. We eat out 2 or 3 times a week and most of our activities and shopping are traveled to in one of our golf carts. If you are looking for a retirement community that isn't like the others come and see The Villages. Low amenity fees, low housing costs, no state income tax. Check out the amenities tab at the top of this page.
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!
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.
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.