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Old 12-02-2012, 04:04 PM
 
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We are relocating from Pennsylvania in a few months. We have been looking at the villages, leesburg, lady lake and wildwood areas. We would like to stay close to a VA clinic as my husband is a disabled vet and has regular visits he needs to go to. Can anybody please tell me about these areas, we have no idea. We would like to know about communities. I am a horse lover and would love to be somewhere that i could have, or board one and have places to ride. My husband wants the security of a community. We have a place here in Pennsylvania that we are keeping so that we can come back up to see my children and grandchild. Our ages are 45 and 52. Could anybody please help us out with information. We are thinking about coming down and renting for a few months to get a feel for the area before we purchase our home. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Have a great evening all.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:20 AM
 
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Try Talk of The Villages - The Villages, Florida for the Villages.
It is a 55 and over community so one member has to be 55.
You might be able to rent before you are 55 but I am not sure.
Go to small and larger communities to get an idea of what size you would like.
Try this for rentals in the Villages The Villages 4 Rent, Rentals in The Villages
I would rent in the summer as it is less expensive. You can rent for a week but I would try for a month and you can always come back for another month. It is a good place to work from in your search. A lot of communities have 3 day vacation packages.
Look around Ocala. It is a short drive from the Villages.
Search for over 55 communities.
It is possible for an over 55 community to sell to someone under 55 so explain why you need an exception and you might be accepted.

I had a problem with the links but they did work. Type if you need to for the first link "http://www.talkofthevillages.com/forums/index.php"
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:41 AM
 
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I suggest you talk to a local realtor in The Villages area. There are developments in the area that are not 55+ communities, but I cannot think of one specifically.
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:23 AM
 
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There are trailer parks adjacent to the Villages, otherwise that's pretty much it for "communities" in close proximity to the VA hospital. There is no bigger community than the Villages to check in the vicinity - the Villages is one of the biggest senior communities in the world and one of the biggest private communities of any kind in the USA.

One of you would need to be 55 minimum in order to reside there (whether you buy or rent). However, you -can- rent there short-term (I believe it's a maximum of 3 months per 12-month period, but we never tried to stay there more than 2 weeks so we didn't pay that close attention).

The Villages has a Polo grounds and club, but the horses are stabled elsewhere as far as I know. There is -also- a horse farm right next to one of the Villages areas. I don't know if they just breed them, or ride them, or rent them, you could probably find out who they are with a Google satellite map search.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:04 PM
 
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For a Realtor you might try About Me - Talk of The Villages.

He seems to know the area. (Lyle Gant)
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:23 PM
 
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You might also consider the Melbourne area. My parents lived there and my dad used to go the the VA hospital in that area if it's still there. There is a 55+ older community there called Twin Lakes. and right accross the street there is another mobile home community that is not 55+ but I can't remember the name of it. There are a lot of residents in both of the parks that are from Western Pennsylvania.

Nick
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Old 12-24-2012, 02:04 PM
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there are many places to ride near to the villages. Wildwood and surrounding areas. The villages is very secure appealing to me. You can rent as long as you want. I met a man who rented a house for three years. However it can be
very expensive. The villages is one of the few places that has not decreased in value.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:33 AM
 
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there are many places to ride near to the villages. Wildwood and surrounding areas. The villages is very secure appealing to me. You can rent as long as you want. I met a man who rented a house for three years. However it can be
very expensive. The villages is one of the few places that has not decreased in value.
Ah okay I just found the information - I had "renter" confused with "guest." A guest can stay in the Villages for up to 2 months per year (they can rent - but they wouldn't be considered tenants). A tenant can rent for a -minimum- of 2 months, during a calendar year. The reason it's expensive, is because the privileges that go with residency, goes with the resident - not with the owner. So if the owner doesn't actually live in the dwelling he owns, he is not entitled to use the golf courses, or join any of the clubs, or visit Katie Bell's, etc. Only the people who actually live in the homes are allowed to do that. So the rent probably includes some, if not all, of the monthly fees.
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