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Old 03-03-2008, 02:23 PM
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Has anyone looked at top of the world?
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Old 03-03-2008, 08:06 PM
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Smile The Villages...

Originally Posted by A300 View Post
Has anyone looked at top of the world?
Where is Top of the World?

Also, we live in Florida (south) and are thinking future/second home for now/check out area, etc. If I ever was alone and since I have vision problems, I need to able to walk and most likely, I would need to continue to work.

Are there other communities like The Villages in other states? (No further north than North Carolina or east of Tennessee).

I know a lot depends on where our children end up - we have a few years on that.

Thanks for suggestions (We are looking at Cary, NC, Greenville, SC and outside of Atlanta).
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Old 03-04-2008, 05:20 AM
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I think to find anything even close to the size of the Villages, you would have to look at Arizona and the large Sun Cities. There are a lot of age restricted smaller communities with a variety of amenities depending on location.

For example, check out the Del Webb website for the location of each of their communities and if you click on the individual ones, you can get an ideas of size. But I dont think any of them approach the sheer size of the Villages.
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:07 AM
Location: Connecticut
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Check out Peachtree City, about 35 miles south of Atlanta. Like The Villages, it has a golf cart-based transportation system, along with tons of activities and facilities. They have all kinds of housing, including retirement communities within it. The place dates back to the late '50's and now has 35,000 residents in its 4 communities.

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Old 03-04-2008, 08:50 AM
Location: Home is where the heart is
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There are a few different "Villages" throughout the south, mostly in Arkansas. Hot Springs Village (near Hot Springs, AR) is the best of the Villages, IMO. The Villages in Florida is my second choice.
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Old 04-10-2008, 06:30 AM
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I see many inquiries about relocating to The Villages. From my experience, I hear people in The Villages comment how the people there and The Villages as a whole, is really great. However, I also hear much negativity about The Villages "government". Sort of like having a great country, but it's communist! But also keep in mind where the comments are coming from. Is it from year round residents or "snowbirds" (who reside in The Villages during winter months and return home)
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Old 04-11-2008, 11:37 AM
Location: Londonderry, NH
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We visited "The Villages" in Florida for a friend's wedding. My wife and I were horrified at the incredible sameness. Tens of square miles of "Officers Housing" were just way too much conformity. Very nice people but the only bar at the bowling alley/rec hall only served Budweiser products. Predictability is one thing but that was ridiculous.

We plan on retiring to a small southwestern city with a mixed culture and people of all ages. "The Villages" would definitely not be for us. They are way too expensive as well.
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:01 AM
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We bought our home in the villages last Dec and we could not be happier! That place continues to sell 300 + homes per month..It is a "closed society" in that the R/E slow down, although affecting it, does not affect it as severe as other places. If you THINK you are interested, I woudl not wait long...They will be out of land and no more building by 2012...We have looked all up and down the east coast for our retirement home and believe me...Look around, you cannot get anyway near your $$ worth in any other retirement place..For $ 130.00 per month, you get...heated swimming pools a 2 minute golf car ride from ANY home , tennis courts, gated community, all the golf you can stand, live entertainment 365 nights per year ,Professiojnal Polo grounds, plays, all restaurants, grocery shopping and regular shoppiong all wihthin a golf cart ride from anyone's home...,and on and on and on....Look around like we did....you'll see...We are ony part time residnets now, we will not retire there for a few years yet, cant wait!
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Old 04-13-2008, 02:45 PM
Location: Central Fl
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As I've posted a few times before, the Villages is a unique, one of a kind type place.
There is much to like there...I cannot say much negative about it.

Personally, I found it a bit too big, and very busy during the snowbird months. You have to see it to believe how HUGE it is.....it is in three counties.....I know it would be very easy to get lost in there and never find your way out.
The traffic seemed very congested when I was driving through and all around it a year ago last Feb.

There are many other wonderful 55+ gated golf communities around the Villages area. We bought in one of those about 12 miles south of The Villages. We can still visit The Villages for the entertainment, etc, without the much higher HOA and bond fees they pay.

Anyone looking to make the "Big buy" on your retirement home and lifestyle owes it to themselves to look at all of your options.

Frank D.
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Old 04-14-2008, 06:20 AM
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GregW, I'd have to agree.
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