The Villages is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. And that’s no surprise. The Villages boasts of ideal weather, a rich variety of lifestyle opportunities, an impressive daily entertainment calendar, and the paradise-like feeling that comes from living in a place where age is no barrier to having a blast!
Fast Facts about the Villages:
- Three old-fashioned town squares offering entertainment 365 days a year!
- Lifelong Learning College offers classes on a variety of subjects – from art to computers.
- Over 2,000 clubs with something for everyone!
Seniors Seeking Sunshine
Florida is known to be one of the most popular states for retirees seeking to escape the cold, northern winters. Nestled in central Florida, 45 minutes northwest of Orlando, you will find The Villages – a master-planned, age-restricted community that is home to more than 120,000 people making it the world’s largest over-55 community.
What brings America’s seniors flocking to The Villages is the weather. With mild temperatures and sunny skies, the weather will never keep you from going outside and enjoying all of what The Villages has to offer.
The planned community of The Villages is exceptionally well cared for — with manicured public spaces, picturesque pathways, and lush sweeping greens of the community’s golf courses providing a feast for the eyes. Between the sun-kissed days and the visual pleasures that await outside, it is no wonder local residents can spend the best part of their day out and about, reveling in the adult playground that is The Villages, Florida.
Come for the Weather. Stay for the Lifestyle
You do not need to be a permanent homeowner in The Villages to enjoy all the benefits of living in the area. In addition to homes for sale, there are homes for rent, either annually or seasonally. For many seniors, family or friendship ties hold them elsewhere for part of the year, but come winter, there is nowhere they would rather be.
Taking up a lease for the ‘colder’ months, you can enjoy mild, mid-60s temperatures while partaking in golf, kayaking, archery, tennis or the ever-popular staple, pickleball. Of course, there are risks. As one now full-time resident explained: “We fell so in love with the lifestyle that we were looking for a home to buy before our lease was up!”
“Disney World for Seniors”
Many are the comparisons between The Villages and Disney World, and indeed The Villages does seem to be a place where seniors’ dreams come true. For golfers, The Villages is a veritable wonderland. Golf carts are even the main form of transportation in The Villages, with more golf carts in the community than taxis in New York City. It is often said that everything is a golf cart’s ride away. But while course-side living is perhaps the defining feature of The Villages, with the many golf courses as the foundation for laying out the homes for sale that surround them, the abundance of choice in leisure activities and nightly entertainment to which one can walk, cycle or zip to by golf cart is astounding.
The Villages is built around its golf courses. Currently, The Villages boasts 12 country club championship courses, 36 executive 9-hole courses, and 4 practice facilities. Residents receive automatic lifetime country club membership to the champion courses, and walking the executive courses is free.
These immaculately tended courses draw golfers young, old, professional and just out for a good time from near and far, making them some of the most popular courses in the United States. For the executive courses, golf rounds per course are 3.5 times the national average. Overall, The Villages golf courses average twice the nationwide average of rounds per course and for good reason – some of the courses were designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer and Nancy Lopez.
Aside from the immaculate golf courses, the community also boasts over 50 recreation centers, from larger regional centers to the smaller neighborhood recreation centers. Each center boasts an enormous range of indoor and outdoor leisure activities like pickleball and Zumba. In all, there are approximately 2,250 clubs and groups in The Villages, all of which are free to residents, whether they are homeowners or renters.
Imagine, waking up to a brand new day, hitting one of the many pools for some laps before breakfast, meeting some friends for a 10 a.m. tee-off followed by some delicious lunch and craft beer, and then heading to a gathering of your war movies fan club, before stepping out for a night of trivia.
Or maybe you prefer to start your day with Tai Chi, before heading to dragon boating practice, followed by a vegan potluck lunch, a meeting of your French study club, and then off to Samba before an afternoon parade in one of the three town squares. Whatever lifestyle you prefer, The Villages has something for everyone. No wonder it’s the largest growing metropolitan area in the United States!