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Old 08-17-2008, 06:28 PM
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Originally Posted by nancy thereader View Post
Would you know what other states have these types of places ? It would not have to be on that scale . In fact, it would be nicer if it were not on such a large scale. I did read the book and some of the things that I read ( some of the people there seemed so crass) made me believe that The Villages would not be a good place for me.
Many other states have over 55 communities on a lesser scale, they're gaining in popularity all over - amenities vary somewhat but they have them in NJ, NY, DE, PA, GA and places in between as well as other parts of FL and prob. out west. I too read Leisureville and found it interesting and informative but it did make me wonder how good a fit it w/b for us. Friends of ours live in the Villages and enjoy it but it can get expensive and they don't see their kids or grandkids often, maybe once or twice a year if that. Personally I believe over 55 communities offer a lot esp. if one is moving from out of state but again, I have mixed feelings about it, like everything else, there's pro's and con's and it probably won't be til we actually visit some til we have a better feel for it. A while back we looked at one in a neighboring state and the homes were lovely but in the middle of nowhere so we basically nixed that, it was also very very small compared to The Villages, would prob. like a happy medium.
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Old 08-27-2008, 11:11 AM
Location: Londonderry, NH
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As far as I am concerned the Villages are hundreds of square miles of Officer Housing with all the rules and regulations you can imagine. This seems to be a perfect retirement place for thousands of people but when the only bar is in the bowling alley and they only serve Budweiser please count me out.
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Old 08-31-2008, 08:30 PM
Location: Florida Gulf Coast
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when the only bar is in the bowling alley and they only serve Budweiser please count me out.
Not sure what you mean there, GregW -- I was at a restaurant along the town square and distinctly remember having a "Dirty Martini" in an actual martini glass! LOL

Anyway, my aunt has lived in The Villages for over 10 years and loves it. She's in an older section of manufactured homes. She moved there with my uncle, and when he passed away, she stayed and still seems to be doing OK by herself, at 84.

I drove up there from the Tampa area and the first thing I noticed was it's in the middle of nowhere, FL. Lots of very rural and poor areas along the route. Eventually I started seeing some nicer shopping centers with decent stores, and realized they've managed to build a whole town and attract thousands of people to the middle of nowhere. We visited the town square, which had some lovely stores and restaurants, and then music and the infamous line-dancing by the seniors. There's tons of activities, pools and golf. Apparently there are a lot of lakes in the area, though I didn't see any. But all in all, it seemed like a fun and friendly place.

I do not remember passing through a gate to get to my aunt's, so I was puzzled about the author of "Leisureville"'s saying it was the largest "gated" over-55 in the country. I also remember passing a new elementary school not far from my aunt's -- so who goes there if children aren't allowed?

Anyway, I do know it's very popular with East Coast retirees. It seems that every time someone says they're moving to FL, it's to "The Villages". I don't think it would be the place for me, though, due to its distance from the coast (that's the whole point of being in FL, isn't it?) and any large city, and of course the humidity, which I can't stand. But apparently many are attracted by the golf, which can be very expensive in other areas of FL.

Hope that helps.
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Old 09-04-2008, 05:21 PM
Location: Sarasota Florida
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I've been hanging out at talkofthevillages.com for several months now and have learned a lot about the lifestyle (pro/con) and the people who live there. Perhaps, someday I'll go visit and see it in person.
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Old 10-31-2008, 08:24 AM
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Does anyone know the law for The Villages and children. I know what they state the rules are, but that is different then the actual law.
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Old 11-07-2008, 02:16 PM
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When I was at the villages last year I met this man who works there, he may be able to help with the
rules since he is in sales and marketing there.
Moderator cut: sorry. no individual names or phone numbers here , or hem could sent you more
information. I get a monthly newsletters every few months, and they do have lots more infor.

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Old 11-24-2008, 08:18 AM
Location: Lake County, FL
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Does anyone know if there is a gay population or group in The villages, FL? I would imagine with all the the golf and softball there would be, but I have some friends that are asking.
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Old 11-24-2008, 07:11 PM
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I would ask in the FL or Orlando forum about The Villages. There are a few ppl who live in The Villages who post there.
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Old 11-24-2008, 07:44 PM
Location: Orlando
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I think you will find The Villages to offer a great deal of activities compared to the other communities in our area that are geared towards the retirement crowd. Solivita is a similar place , in Kissimmee and it doesnt offer as much. There area a great deal of homes available. My suspect from what I see is they are easier to buy than to sell... based on how many are on the market.
When I think of second homes and the desire to make friends I think of nice neighborhoods and doing the many things a community can offer. theater, music, wine tastings, community classes, the museums and so forth. I guess I think of some areas around here that don't have the issues with a poor market but have the access to so much....including the golf that the villages have. Some of the communities have lakes if you boat or fish as well. there are many options.
If retirement communities are teh choice then the Villages is probably the best. in central FL.
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Old 10-09-2009, 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Dave Laspesa View Post
Check out home sales at www.TheVillagesFloridaHomesForSale.com
It's an awesome retirement community. It's worth taking a look.

The above poster is a real estate agent who has been spamming various c-d boards including this one with links to his website. Please take the necessary steps to ban him.
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