Are The Villages the best place to re...
Fat Ass

Ocala, FL

#235 Apr 17, 2013
Retirement Advisor wrote:
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Does Pete like hearing the truth about Florida? Obviously NO NO NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Are pesticides out-of-control in buggy swampland Florida? YES YES YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!
You're in sandy New Mexico. DRY DRY DRY YES YES YES
Why are you even posting on THE VILLAGES, FLORIDA blog ???
Been here 9 years...no bugs yet.
Spud

North Bay, Canada

#236 May 12, 2013
I cannot believe some of these posts. You don't like it then leave. Expensive? Compared to where. We bought but have not moved there yet. Looking forward to it. Based on some of the posts I've read from those that don?'t like it, hurry up and leave. We don't want your type here anyways. Go away whiners
ex villager

Cape Coral, FL

#237 May 13, 2013
Spud wrote:
I cannot believe some of these posts. You don't like it then leave. Expensive? Compared to where. We bought but have not moved there yet. Looking forward to it. Based on some of the posts I've read from those that don?'t like it, hurry up and leave. We don't want your type here anyways. Go away whiners
It certainly appears appealing at first. I sold after 2 years, it was one step up from the cemetery. The amenities are old, run down, its overly congested, poor construction, sink holes, a corrupt CDD board ( check with IRS). My best advice, dont read these postings, decide for yourself. Give it a year, then go get that home on the MLS quickly.
Another ex villager

Ocala, FL

#238 May 13, 2013
It's beautiful but it gets old. Some people love it,some don't. The developer had way too much control of everything and pushes his Republican views through his paper the Sun. We got sick of the congestion in the winter and lack of space with trees. Too many look alike houses on top of each other. We were also sick of being around mainly old people.
After 3 years, we moved and are very glad we did. No more developments of old people for us.
Do a great deal of research before you buy. The Villages always make a great first impression, but it is not for everybody.
Maria

Windermere, FL

#239 May 26, 2013
It's like a stepford wives community.....everyone looks the same. Some very friendly & lovely people. Has a reputation for being fastest growing community of STDs nationwide. I'd check with CDC on that though; could just be nasty rumor. Buyer beware!
Retired

Leesburg, FL

#240 May 31, 2013
Not for us. We left a villa with a bond of 25 thousand to build a new house in Stonecrest for same money. So much more home, an indoor pool, and green spaces all over. Still go to town squares, restaurants, movies, and polo games. All our neighbors are ex Villagers.
Mark

Yorba Linda, CA

#241 Jun 7, 2013
How expensive is it to live in the Villages. I have done homework and know about the bond issues, etc. I also read that there was just a ruling regarding taxes due on the bonds.
Due to cutbacks and lack of jobs for 61 year olds, looks like I must retire now instead of when it want to, I have heard various reports on the misc. costs to live in the Villages as well as that most residents are very affluent.
Any help would've appreciated.
Thx
Fat Ass

Ocala, FL

#242 Jun 7, 2013
Mark wrote:
How expensive is it to live in the Villages. I have done homework and know about the bond issues, etc. I also read that there was just a ruling regarding taxes due on the bonds.
Due to cutbacks and lack of jobs for 61 year olds, looks like I must retire now instead of when it want to, I have heard various reports on the misc. costs to live in the Villages as well as that most residents are very affluent.
Any help would've appreciated.
Thx
Just go to The Villages website and youcan find out everything you need to know. Some houses are selling for under $100,000 Some sell for over $1 million. Most people here are extremely friendly and don't care how much money you have (or don't have).
Linda

United States

#243 Jun 9, 2013
Retiring wrote:
Thanks for the tips! How does the climate of The Villages compare with South Florida?(Miami, Sarasota, etc.)
In my few times exploring southern areas of Florida, I have found the region to be remarkably more humid -- even the plants are more "jungle-like" there. We can have chilly nights in December, which I like as a differentiation of seasons. But the number of times we wear long sleeves and long pants are few.
Linda

United States

#244 Jun 9, 2013
Fat Ass wrote:
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Just go to The Villages website and youcan find out everything you need to know. Some houses are selling for under $100,000 Some sell for over $1 million. Most people here are extremely friendly and don't care how much money you have (or don't have).
I agree. When you are having fun with new friends at a rec center, no one cares if you live in a mobile home or a mansion. We all are there to have fun!
Agree Linda

Leesburg, FL

#245 Jun 10, 2013
Hot and humid as hell in the summer and most take trips or have another home to get a break form this heat. No one is left on our street in Hadley. Some clubs and activities shut down for the summer and the rest have much smaller attendance.
No thank you

United States

#246 Jun 11, 2013
this was an interesting place to visit however I would never retire there. The newspaper and radio reports no bad news ever. People that may no longer be able to obtain a drivers license drive around 10k golf carts not to golf but to target, cvs, etc... My mom lives here and many of the houses have poor build quality and are essentially trailer homes.
My mom and many of the residents are oblivious to what they bought into and what they are giving up.
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Busan, Korea

#247 Jun 11, 2013
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Ron

Fishers, IN

#248 Jun 11, 2013
Hey Bernie, we read your comments and wondered where you ended up moving to. We are getting ready to move from Indiana, are considering Florida. We're checking out the Villages ... but your description of your 'other place' sounded pretty nice, too. Where is this place ??? Thanks!

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Bernie wrote:
We have lived in the Villages for years. We love the clubs and having everything so near. It is so big that you always find people from your hometown and with your interests. However, we are looking at other places because we wish the homes weren't so close together, with so much traffic and we need an indoor pool. Place we are looking at has a fitness center, indoor pool included in a very low amenity fee which includes your trash pick-up. You get a better built home with a great view for less money.(plus walking trail) The Villages is a good place but not for everybody.
Bernie

Leesburg, FL

#249 Jun 11, 2013
Ron,
Quite a few all around the Villages to look at: Harbor Hills, Stonecrest, Top of the World. We are buying a in Del Webb Spruce Creek.(Not the one that is just Spruce Creek but the Del Webb.)
If you buy in the Villages, don't buy near fire station, pickle ball courts, sewage treatment plants or near the train tracks.

There are tons of places in Florida to retire. Many of my friends are in Punta Gorda area, nearer beach and warmer weather in winter. Others closer to Orlando because they like shopping, Disney and pro sports.
We are going on a long European cruise so won't be on here so good luck.
anonymous

Hopewell Junction, NY

#250 Jun 14, 2013
Retiring wrote:
Am retiring shortly. Heard that the Villages were the place to retire in Florida! Is this really true? I'm a single male, so I only need a small inexpensive home. What does it actually cost to live in The Villages? Would South Florida be better a better place to go?
I have been to the Villages three times. The place is beautiful. There is a club house in every village with a gym and other activities. There is golf galore. There are three town squares with movie houses, restaurants, and stores galore. There is a major shopping center just outside of Spanish Springs on 441.

Now the down side: FOX radio plays on the streets around the town squares. Don't expect an even handed approach to politics. Politicians from the Left are not invited to speak so you can expect your speakers to be dumbed down like Perry or Bush. Without both sides of a given argument expect your neighbors to be dumbed down too.
Neal

Leesburg, FL

#251 Jun 14, 2013
Right if you are a Democrat you will not be comfortable here. The Developer has pushed the Republican agenda in the paper, radio, bookstore, and bringing in all Republican politicians. They even threw out the Democrats out of the town square when Gov, Scott had a photo opt as he signed the budget. All you hear is the bashing of the Democrats at cards, the pool, gym etc. There are only 4 rooms with exercise equipment, not a gym in every village. No indoor pool. No real gym such as to play basketball, indoor volleyball etc. You're right, not an intellectual population. Also, almost all white with no minorities.
Greg

Chattanooga, TN

#252 Jun 20, 2013
No Not the best. This area is way too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. Along with all the problems mentioned already.
Fat Ass

Ocala, FL

#253 Jun 21, 2013
Greg wrote:
No Not the best. This area is way too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. Along with all the problems mentioned already.
Let's see....100,000 people live in the Villages and they can build more houses fast enough. Yet, a guy from TN says "It's too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter" Which group should I listen to ?
Obviously 100,000 people and growing CAN'T be wrong. It's a wonderful place.
Sandy

Cincinnati, OH

#254 Jul 11, 2013
In my opinion if you have deep roots in the place you worked and lived most of your life, then you might be better off staying where you are and considering just renting in TV now and then. We moved often and never really established life long friendships, so TV is perfect for us. So easy to meet people. It takes a long time to establish friendships, but in TV it seems like you have instant friends and your social calendar will fill up quickly. It is hard to leave the family and especially those precious grandkids, but my reality was my kids and their spouses all work and are very busy, so watching them stress about making sure they spend time with both sets of grandparents on the weekends, with no time for themselves, was too much for me. I know if I need a family "fix", I can get in the car or get airline tickets and visit. Also with Disney not far, your grandkids will want to come and visit. As far as money goes, it is like anyplace else, richer people can afford more, no different than any other place. I lived in CA and there is lots to do there as well, but everything is expensive. Same as Chicago area. but there are lots of things that don't cost that much in TV.

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