We just bought a new home in the villages and plan to be snowbirds. People under the age of 19 cannot live in the villages. The school is for children of people who are employed by the villages and that includes many grocery stores, banks, sales reps.,, retail clerks, waitresses, attorneys who close home sales in the villages, etc., etc. 20% of villages residents can be under the age of 55 but they cannot have children under the age of 19 living with them permanently.My wife and I are thinking about moving to The Villages in about 3 years and reading all the comments there is a lot of pro and cons to moving here and you really do not know who to believe. I guess we will have to visit and see who is right but it does sound like the place for us coming from phily the neighborhoods are close so being close to our neighbor will not bother us. If you never came from a city neighborhood you relly missed something. Your family and kids become friends for life and if your kid was doing something wrong if did not bother you to have the neighbor holler at them with out worring about getting sued. One question I see that there is a charter school I though that this was a retirement community? Do the people in the villages pay taxes for the up keep of the school and do the kids that go there do they also live in the villages. Any thing will help us decide.
There are extra taxes in the villages called bonds and CDDs. Including these, the yearly taxes on our new $200000 home are about $5000. I suggest you become familiar with these before you decide to buy in the villages so you are not surprised. Half of these taxes are the bond and the CDDS which I am told are not deductible on income taxes. We looked at other local retirement communities where you get more home for the $$ but we decided to build a new house (we've never built a home before) to get exactly what we want after working hard for so many years, we decided to treat ourselves. The villages is beautiful and there is plenty to do.