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Old 10-19-2010, 02:16 PM
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We Northeasterners are thinking of retiring to central FL. Any comments on people who live in The Villages or Victoria Gardens in Deland, FL.? Thanks much
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Old 10-19-2010, 03:21 PM
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Hi, I rem. you from the DE forum which was our original destination but sometimes things have a way of changing. You might want to post in the Ocala FL forum for info on The Villages, we visited not long ago and it and it was very very nice, huge w/ lots of activities and everyone was friendly. You can do a search (the upper blue line says Search This THread). Would recommend doing a lifestyle visit - we did and also visited other communities in central FL (also on the E coast) - had a very good time. Have heard good things about Vic. Gardens but haven't been there personally.
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Old 10-19-2010, 06:59 PM
Location: Lake Mary, Florida
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Sold a property to a couple retiring for the second time (yea right) in the Villages and they are having the time of their lives. We keep in touch and when they drive through Orlando we meet and chat, they made the right decision.

Although Victory Gardens has amenities (I've sold properties there also) it doesn't match the Villages.

Hope this helps,
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:59 AM
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Actually DeLand itself is a great small college town (Stetson University) that would make for a nice place to retire. If you're more independent and less into newer cookie-cutter style living, it could be for you.

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Old 10-21-2010, 11:04 AM
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Default Thanks for the feedback

Thanks for the feedback. I think my husband and I will take a trip to FL in February to see both the Villages and Victoria Gardens. We need to stay in the $250,000 or lower so I don't know what will be available, if anything.

We were looking in the Delaware area, but been thinking about winter coming and not crazy about the cold and snow.
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Old 06-05-2011, 04:04 PM
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Default Mount Dora or Deland

My husband and I are planning to retire soon to florida and after our first visit thought Mount Dora would be great. But we have now found out about Victoria Gardens in Deland. Has anyone visited or bought there? What are your thoughts on the community as well as the surrounding area, crime rates, etc. The homes online really look great! Thanks for any information you can provide.
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:40 PM
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Smile Victoria Gardens

Any residents out there? Would like to hear more about this & the new Cresswinds area? The idea of living near a college town (Deland) is appealing.

Also, there seem to be TONS of resales in VG right now. Is something going on (like a huge increase in HOA fees) ???
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:20 PM
Location: Thornton Park, Orlando
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I grew up in DeLand. It's a great place... lots of art, music, cultural events. A great little downtown area with lots of shops and restaurants. Close to Daytona and Orlando.

I've seen Victoria Gardens but don't know anyone living there. It looks nice, though.

The Villages (only been there once) is a cute place to live. There's also a couple of mini downtown-like areas there, but I found them to be a bit fake.

I agree with Kyle that DeLand is better if you're looking for a small town experience (but a *real* town experience) and you are fully independent. The Villages might be a better fit if you're looking for an actual retirement community instead of
a town (because that is exactly what it is).
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:48 AM
Location: Orlando
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A lot depends on the lifestyle you are seeking. DO you play golf and want that as the retirement goal? If so the villages have 21 courses or so. If you want the small town feel then Deland is perfect for that. It is also closer to some of the things you might enjoy in the "big City" theater, concerts and so forth.

Do you make your own schedule or like to have it planned out? Your level off independence is probably key.
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:21 PM
Location: east Orlando (Waterford Lakes)
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I'd rather retire in Detroit than DeLand.
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