After visiting The Villages in Florida for the first time two years ago, there was no doubt in my mind that my wife and I had to establish a foothold there. Our home base is in the wilds of the Adirondack Mountains in New York state, where it is hard to imagine a greater contrast in environment and life style. We enjoy both.
Basically, The Villages is a planned retirement community that presently is approaching a population of more than 100,000. I am constantly impressed by the care with which the community has been designed; the tasteful architecture, the variety of roads and golf cart trails, the abundance of recreational facilities, the tidiness, the superb set of infrastructure and services, the placement of community centers at strategic locations and where there are a variety of shops and restaurants, and even live entertainment every day of the year. Practically everything in The Villages is accessible by golf cart, which adds to the fun; we seldom have need for a car. And, perhaps most importantly, the people there are courteous and friendly. I believe this is a product of the environment, i.e., there is simply nothing not to like.
Here is my property: