The VillagesCentral Florida
The ultimate in active senior living communities, we’re confident you won’t find anywhere else like The Villages in Ocala Florida. Founded in the 1980’s, it’s the only place where residents enjoy complimentary golf for life in the heart of Central Florida! That’s 12 championship golf courses and 36 nine executive golf courses. Golf is so popular at The Villages that golf carts have become the way folks scoot around town. With over 100 miles of golf cart legal streets and dedicated trails in the community, it’s an easy and safe place to explore. Rumor has it there are now more than 50,000 souped-up golf carts at The Villages; carts themed around sports teams, muscle cars and everything else one can imagine.
Although golf was initially the core amenity, health and wellness, entertainment and the shopping/foodie scene quickly became the focus. Most progressive cities have one major town center. The Villages has three town squares where folks meet to catch up on the day’s activities, enjoy a movie or live entertainment, grab a bite or purchase the latest fashion trends at one of the many boutiques. Hundreds of shops, bistros and restaurants spread across one of the best retirement communities in FL.
Health and wellness is a big deal with most retirees. At The Villages, fitness buffs have over 1,000 monthly group exercise classes to partake in. The state-of-the-art MVP Athletic Club is in two locations; Spanish Springs Town Square and Brownwood Paddock Square. Membership costs are less than $2 a day.
The Villages has virtually every type of amenity a retiree could image. There are Neighborhood Recreational Centers in every neighborhood with an adults-only swimming pool, ball courts, post office and ATM machines. The Village Centers have game rooms, family swimming pools, tennis courts, bocce and the newest craze - pickleball courts. Regional Centers with fitness centers, resident-only sports swimming pools, basketball courts and more
Residents enjoy three entertainment venues at The Villages. The Sharon Morse Performing Arts Center is the largest with seating for 1,000. Residents enjoy 365 days of high quality entertainment. Whether folks enjoy cabaret, comedies or musicals, folks will find it here.
THE VILLAGES AMENITIES:
- 24 Hour Community Watch Service
- 36 Nine Hole Executive Golf Courses
- 12 Country Club Championship Golf Courses
- 4 Golf Practice Facilities
- Three Comprehensive Town Squares
- Brownwood Paddock Square - Country-Western theme
- Spanish Springs Town Square - Southwestern flair
- Lake Sumter Landing Market Square - waterfront setting
- Lifelong Learning College
- 8,000 square foot Woodworking Shop
- Three World-Class Entertainment Venues
- Katie Belle’s
- The Sharon Morse Performing Arts Center - 1000 seat theatre
- Savannah Center
- Two MVP Athletic Clubs state-of-the-art Fitness Centers
- 11 Community Parks, fitness trails, dogs parks, fishing lakes
- Ten Softball Fields, Championship Equestrian Polo Field
- 25 Neighborhood Recreational Centers in every neighborhood with an adults-only swimming pool, ball courts, post office and ATM machines
- 17 Village Centers have game rooms, family swimming pools, tennis courts, bocce, pickleball courts
- 8 Regional Centers with fitness centers, resident-only sports swimming pools, basketball courts
As as self-sustaining city, residents have grocery stores, home improvement stores and high quality medical care all close-by. The Villages Regional Medical Centers offer medical testing, diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation as well as other healthcare centers.
The social scene is significant. Not only for couples, The Villages has attracted a large single population for a number of reasons but mostly because it’s easy to make new friends and feel safe in a like-minded retirement community. In fact, there are over 2,500 social clubs to share hobbies with. You won’t find anywhere that has more activities than The Villages.
Of all the active senior living communities, we never seen folks have so much fun at retirement and it’s affordable. Amenities fees are $145 per month. There’s also a Development District Assessment fee that ranges from $97 to $448 a month depending on the home and location within The Villages. Real estate taxes are very low at around 1/10th of one percent of the home’s value. People love the endless sunshine and like the peace of mind of living away from the hurricane prone coastal areas and snow-laden cities. Within 60 miles, residents can quickly access Disney World/Epcot, Sea World, Universal Studios in Orlando to spend quality time with their grandchildren at America's top family attractions.
The developer designed one of the best retirement communities in FL with smaller footprint homesites and low maintenance homes. Retirees can choose from one level cottage/ranch homes, patio and courtyard villas, or build a new dream home. New home prices begin the high $100’s to the low $800’s.
Our real estate score for The Villages in Central Florida is 88.
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The Morse family founded The Villages over 30 years ago, with a vision to create a warm, secure and friendly hometown, where retirement dreams come true.
No recent negative news is found on the internet about The Villages or H. Gary Morse and Harold Schwartz.