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Last updated: May 7, 2020 • Traveling Around the World

The Villages, Florida

In central Florida, if you go by Florida’s Turnpike from Orlando, you will find a master-planned community designed to be enjoyed by active seniors in their prime. The Villages community makes sure to fulfill any desire for its retired residents by making their golden years be the best years of their lives. In this community, retirees of all ages come together from any part of the country to enjoy an active way of life in the perfect senior citizen housing. They can engage socially through various activities as well as clubs while using the amenities available in The Villages.

When the idea for a retirement community was formed back in the early 1970s there wasn’t much planning or vision involved. By the early 1980s they already managed to sell 400 homes in the area now known as the Orange Blossom neighborhood. At that point, they realized what the place could become. By investing in both commercial and residential developments as well as the amenities that keep attracting more and more senior residents, the community blossomed.

Soon they were planning expansions, by implementing those plans it became the biggest gated community for residents of 55 and older. The rest, as they say, is history. 

Neighborhoods of The Villages

Some say there are too many villages to count and too much development to keep track of. The community occupies over 20,000 acres and is spread across 3 counties in 5 zip codes. Currently, there are over 128,000 residents and the number keeps growing. At the time when this article is being written, there are a total of 78 villages from what we can gather but that number may change when you’re reading it.

There are 12 Districts altogether occupying land in Lake, Sumter and Marion counties in Florida and each District has its own board that takes care of the amenities and infrastructure in the villages. The number of villages or neighborhoods in each District ranges from only 2 to as much as 11 as the spread of each village is different. There are also different types of homes depending on the area, the landscape and budget.

Different types of homes

row of rooftops

Throughout the many villages from The Villages, Florida, there are six different types of homes. Some are villas, others are cottages but we’ll try and get more details in order to describe each type.

Patio Villas

If you are looking for a home that doesn’t require much struggle to keep in perfect shape then the Patio Villa might just be what you’re looking for. They are very low maintenance giving way to a more active lifestyle that does not need constant tidying. While they have everything one could possibly need in day to day life, they are not crowded and come in 11 options most of them being named after precious stones. They are very practical and can have one, two or three bedrooms. The choice is yours.

Starting price: $160,000

Courtyard Villas

With 15 different variations, Courtyard Villas are designed especially with the Florida weather in mind. With one of these villas you are inspired to enjoy as much of the outdoors as possible with a sliding glass door that opens towards the back yard. They are available with either two or three bedrooms and all units include two bathrooms. Privacy is another plus for these villas as they are surrounded by fences. This can be beneficial to both you and your pet as they can run around in the back yard all they want.

Starting price: $190,000

Cottage Homes

There are 9 different types of Cottage Homes available in The Villages, each type offering the perfect mix between an affordable lifestyle as well as an active lifestyle. With spacious living areas they feature two or three bedrooms. Another addition of these homes is the dens and spacious garages. If you like to explore what The Villages can offer you, this type of home won’t keep you too busy maintaining it. During that time you can very well be outside, enjoying the Florida weather and socializing with the neighbors.

Starting price: $190,000

The Verandas

With as many as 19 different types of homes, The Verandas are the perfect combination of Designer Home and Courtyard Villas. With The Verandas you get the privacy as well as the spectacular style of your own choice. The elegant fence that surrounds the property gives an extra sense of security in these homes. The three or four bedrooms, island kitchens and expanding living room space make The Veranda feel much bigger than they are. Allowing for a spacious living space is a home that could very well be your private retreat.

Starting price: $200,000

Designer Homes

The most popular type of homes in The Villages are the Designer Homes with two, three or four bedrooms they come in 34 variations. Furthermore, you can even design your dream home as the design team can be contracted to make it a reality. With the latest trends of retirement living available as features in these homes they are a mix of high style living and complementary living space. They were professionally designed to fit your specific needs and can be created uniquely just for you.

Starting price: mid $200,000

Premier Homes

With 13 options available, these homes offer the most luxurious living experience. With a grand style and having a traditional elegance, these homes will reflect your way of life and are perfectly designed for the coming adventures and the memories that you will be making. You can choose either three or four bedrooms in these spacious Premier Homes and design them with the help of the design team. The planning process is completed with your input and Florida living will be like living in Paradise in your new dream home.

Starting price: $600,000

Living in The Villages

golf ball on tee

This community reinvented retirement living and what they achieved is nothing short of amazing. Here you can live out your dreams and invest your time in your passions or hobbies. If you ever wanted to write a novel, this is the perfect place for that peace and quiet required so get in touch with the local real estate agents in The Villages especially if you’re planning for an early retirement.

The variety of amenities is just as astounding as the options. If you want complete relaxation there are neighborhoods perfect for you. If you like to be a part of everything happening in The Villages, there are homes for purchase right in the heart of town. Each way you turn you will find another pool, bowling alley, golf course or theater to enjoy.

Cost of living

If you take a look at their website you will find the cost of living perfectly laid out for you which is around $1,000 per month. This is the basic amount that you could spend while living in The Villages. This amount, however, might allow for a relatively simple and limited way of living so you might want to add to it. 

For everyday expenses like shopping, the amount of money spent is similar to other areas which keeps the prices competitive. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that you might wind up overspending on dining and other kinds of entertainment. Make sure to keep track of your usual spending habits to ensure you don’t start treating yourself too much in which increases your cost of living.

There are CDD Fees that can not be overlooked which can range from $100 to $500 per month, depending on the District you move to, the amenities within that District and also the yearly plans which can be changed at any point in case of new developments happening in that District. For this one needs to be aware of the weekly newsletter where such plans are announced.The fact that these fees can be altered at any point is one of the few negatives of living in The Villages

In regards to HOA Fees, there are none in The Villages. If you’re looking into limiting the CDD Fees or bonds expenses as much as possible, the older parts of The Villages have lower fees as well as fewer restrictions. 

That Florida weather

bright azzure sky

Can anyone ever get enough of the Florida weather? It’s like sun and breeze and just the ideal summer temperature all year round. Yes. It can be too hot sometimes but sitting on the terrace or next to the swimming pool, will make up for it. Just imagine … no more icy cold winters and ten layers of clothes before you go out. Only light weather, a dress, maybe a pair of thin pants and you’re done.

The Villages has that Florida weather where you can just take your grandchildren and go on a quick trip to Disney any time of year. Only a one hour drive and you’re at Walt Disney’s empire. Just make sure to avoid Orlando by taking the Tollway to get there extra-fast. Your visiting grandchildren will not only get to enjoy all the entertainment The Villages can offer but go to a child’s Paradise with you as well. After that trip you get to come back to the seniors equivalent of Disney World right there, in The Villages.

Conclusion

Live your best golden years in America’s friendliest hometown for retirees and one of the best places to retire in the U.S. The Villages connects everyone in the best ways through the many options for senior fun and a community that welcomes you with open arms. Fitting in with the lifestyle prompted by this great community depends on you. It can be a great place to live with many home options available. Grumpiness and sourness don’t really mix well with the way of living from the most active senior community in Florida. So let go of any old grudges and learn to have fun because there is plenty of that going around in The Villages.

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