the villages of Parkwood

Since: Dec 09

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#65 Nov 5, 2010
Sorry to see you go Jan, we also have a Gardenia and love it!
It's a alot of house with 4 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths...
Our daughter will be 7 this week and she goes to The Charter School of The Villages and she loves it.
Plenty of kids here!
My only problem is I'm not use to let my kid play in the street....lol...
There's more houses going up every weeks, the Holy model is very nice and spacious and a lot of them have thier own pool in the backyard.

Good luck!
Michelle

United States

#66 Nov 6, 2010
Thank you both for your comments; they are very helpful. Regarding the Charter school, is that the one in the Villages of Lady Lake? I've heard great things about that school, but I also heard that you have to work in the Villages in order to have your kids go there. Also, do you pay tuition, since it is a charter school? Any info. would be great! Thanks!
buyerbeware

Lady Lake, FL

#67 Nov 16, 2010
Anyone thinking of purchasing in the villages of parkwood, I would like them to know that it is a very nice community and child friendly;
*******But Buyer Beware **********
Make sure you get everything in writing. If you want another confirmation go to villages of parkwood in the Oxford forum and see the October 24 comment pertaining to promises made and not kept. There are many residents in this community that enjoy living here but were very disappointed with promises and non-disclosures.

Since: Nov 10

Kissimmee, FL

#68 Nov 18, 2010
It is unfortunate that some people have nothing better to do than slam the good things in life. I live in the Villages of Parkwood and I can tell you these facts. The builder is on site 7 days a week with his staff and at any given time I can walk in his office for any need I may have and he accommodates. The Club House and Pool are awesome! The gym has equipment that I have never see before in gyms! I have also spent time with my neighbors who have told me personally how accommodating and ethical the builder has been. I have heard nothing but positive since I moved in. Shame on you to try and hurt my value and do it all hiding behind a computer and not coming forward. We received a great home in a great community with a great value, we live in the best community in Sumter County HANDS DOWN!
tomO

Canada

#69 Nov 18, 2010
I agree with you Sam 1000%. I have been here on this forum defending this community many times but started feeling like a salesman...and that I am not...just a happy resident. There's always a few with problems no matter what the topic or situation, but that shouldn't overshadow the real truth. Luckily most reading these forums are educated in life enough to realize that you can't please everyone and there's 2 sides to every story! If tjis is such a horrible place, why is it selling out so quickly?

ToM-a happy resident!
buyerbeware

Lady Lake, FL

#70 Nov 18, 2010
Of course the builder is here 7 days a week. The houses are not selling! DESPERATE TIMES!
Getting back to the issue, ring any doorbell and listen to the residents, they all agree it's a beautiful community but they have issues with promises that were made verbally and were told "don't worry you can trust me!"
In actuality when it comes down to your closing he only does what is written in your contract!
One resident built an addition for a Lanai when they closed on the property the screen wasn't included because it wasn't written down in the contract.
Tell me "Who builds a Lanai and does not include the screen." Oh yes they could have the screen at an additional charge.
You could rave all you want but you're but not fooling anyone, it's quite obvious who you are. All I want to do is warn anyone that wants to live here to make sure they have everything writing. Your response had nothing to do with what I was saying. Yes the Poolhouse/Gym is beautiful but it closes @ 7PM and I work full time and I don't arrive home till 6:30, I can't use the gym during the week only on the weekends. I can't wait until the Builder is not part of the HOA, because the rules are getting out of control. More rules have been added within the last year, since signed my original agreement. Remember in the summer if you have a guest it's a charge of $25.00 per person, this was not disclosed to me, This was a another rule set by the builder. I have never received a notice regarding a homeowner's meeting, just to discuss residents concerns and setting new rules.Let's hope he sells quickly so we could have a real community. Let's hope our homes are built better than the front gate!
*******Buyer Beware*******

Since: Dec 09

Location hidden

#71 Nov 18, 2010
If you reside in the Villages Of Parkwood, why would you hide behind a name like..." buyerbeware "
It's certainly a good advice to give people about any developer/builder and yes, one should read his or hers contract before signing it!
Put everything in your contract, don't just assume it's going to get done because you talked about it...
We all had our share of issues building a new house, who doesn't? But we're happy at the end because we have a HOME we love and a great neighborhood...
And who doesn't know Tom? First neighbor I met here, great guy!
Instead of telling the whole world that this place is so bad, go after the problem(s), not my neighborhood...you insult me!!!

By the way, next time someone tells you... "don't worry you can trust me!" ...DON'T listen to them!
You can come ring my door bell and visit us anytime.
VOP

Leesburg, FL

#72 Jan 27, 2011
I have lived in VOP for some time now. It is a nice community, but after being here for awhile, and after getting to know the area, I really wish we would have purchased in Bison Valley. The VOP developers are nice enough, a bit too strict in my point of view. I understand that people are looking out for property values and all, but one night i made the huge mistake of parking my car in the street. Doorbell rings bright and early with a warning. Finding out over time that there are many retirees in the neighborhood with nothing better to do than walk around reporting infractions. Gets annoying real quick, Peter is even annoyed how often he has to be bothered with such minor things. I guess thats what this area involves, but Bison is def a cleaner more welcoming environment.
Question Authority

Dumfries, VA

#73 Jan 27, 2011
hey wrote:
What do you know about the villages of Parkwood. Any information would be great. I am not 55, but retiring and like the villages.
If you are able bodied, you are "retiring" too early.
Question Authority

Dumfries, VA

#74 Jan 27, 2011
Sue wrote:
I live in The Villages and I am very familiar with the Villages of Parkwood. Without going into detail I will just say NOT TO BUY THERE. They don't stand behind their word. We are in the process of getting a lawyer to get back our downpayment.
Any reason for your multiple postings?
new to the area

Virginia Beach, VA

#75 Feb 1, 2011
Michelle wrote:
Thank you both for your comments; they are very helpful. Regarding the Charter school, is that the one in the Villages of Lady Lake? I've heard great things about that school, but I also heard that you have to work in the Villages in order to have your kids go there. Also, do you pay tuition, since it is a charter school? Any info. would be great! Thanks!
Considering purchase in VOP. As a resident there are your children eligible to attend the charter schools?
Parkwood

Longwood, FL

#76 Feb 1, 2011
new to the area wrote:
<quoted text>
Considering purchase in VOP. As a resident there are your children eligible to attend the charter schools?
NO!!!
Eligibility for The Villages Charter School is based on who you work for!(The Villages)...
Not where you live.
Check with the school.
Chuck

Lady Lake, FL

#77 Feb 2, 2011
My daughter attends The Villages Charter School. I am very happy with her progress.

The following link is for information about enrollment. http://www.tvcs.org/centralOffice/enrollment....

I am also a happy VOP resident for the last 1.5 years. I am really puzzled by the negative responses posted here. I guess some people prefer to be negative and if they do not want to live here then that's ok with me.
Kristin

Rochester, NH

#78 Mar 19, 2011
Sue wrote:
<quoted text>
No it is a family development. Stay away from the Villages of Parkwood. They make big promises and don't deliver.
I couldn't agree more....stay away from them. Very dishonest and unethical. Dirtbags, really. I was lucky to get my money back but have heard of others who were not so lucky....stay away!!!!
Kristin

Rochester, NH

#79 Mar 19, 2011
Question Authority wrote:
<quoted text>
Any reason for your multiple postings?
Sue is just trying to save someone from the run around she got and I have to agree with her 100%. The VOP is not an ethical group. Stay AWAY!!

Since: Jan 10

Kissimmee, FL

#80 Mar 19, 2011
Enough of this already..buyer beware buyer beware yelling. REALLY?!?!

how about being adults, taking responsibility for your mistakes and chant BUYER BE SMART!!

I find it hard to understand how you can complain about having a hard time getting a refund when you know very well it is a NO REFUND policy, if you signed without reading or being financially ready..your mistake.

I do agree with the unreasonable hours of the gym, the slow and shaky care of the common areas, yes these are problems...but enough to bash the community you own a part of?..think about it.
I am glad of the $25 dollar charge for guests..if this wasn't in place everyone who has a friend in Bison Valley or the local area would have them here swimming and crowding our pool, which is ours, and because they don't have one and cant use the Villages pools.. Its been tried already...groups of Bison kids found swimming in the pool with no just cause. Is this what you want?? rules that have been put into place...I dont agree with all of them, some I feel stink, but do realize the other side of the coin that people out there do & will act as animals at times and most of the rules are meant to keep the community as a nice environment.
Question Authority

Dumfries, VA

#81 Mar 19, 2011
Kristin wrote:
<quoted text>
Sue is just trying to save someone from the run around she got and I have to agree with her 100%. The VOP is not an ethical group. Stay AWAY!!
First, what is the VOP. Then, WHY do you say "Stay AWAY"?
VOP Buyer

United States

#82 Apr 16, 2011
So what's up? Someone has to be straight up and honest with buyers looking at VOP as a place to settle down, so please help us buyers!
kiwi at heart

Lady Lake, FL

#83 Apr 17, 2011
We just rent a home in VOP.....we thought about buying but after talking to people and checking out some of the issues they were complaining about we decided just to rent. There are a lot of families of all shapes, sizes & styles.

Our Landlord pays out HOA Fees....we wanted too but the builder wouldn't let us do that, don't know why. The pool hours are CRAP...totally CRAP!!! Even when people who do work can't get home by 6pm to even get in the pool or hot tub. I think 8pm would be much better. We did buy the pass key to get into everything for $100 for the year.

I love the area and being close to everything. I'd say if you aren't sure just rent & see if you really want to buy here or anywhere else.

VOP Buyer....I'm being honest...I wouldn't buy in here until the builder (who is the head of the HOA) is gone...or some of these actual buyers understand that not all his promises have been kept. Someone or a group of someones needs to take charge of the HOA. They need to have the communities needs listened too & met.
I also agree with the other person who posted....Come talk to us. Just because I didn't buy in here doesn't mean I don't see what goes on.
Genie Janie

Woodbridge, VA

#84 Apr 17, 2011
TomOB67 wrote:
Enough of this already..buyer beware buyer beware yelling. REALLY?!?!
how about being adults, taking responsibility for your mistakes and chant BUYER BE SMART!!
I find it hard to understand how you can complain about having a hard time getting a refund when you know very well it is a NO REFUND policy, if you signed without reading or being financially ready..your mistake.
I do agree with the unreasonable hours of the gym, the slow and shaky care of the common areas, yes these are problems...but enough to bash the community you own a part of?..think about it.
I am glad of the $25 dollar charge for guests..if this wasn't in place everyone who has a friend in Bison Valley or the local area would have them here swimming and crowding our pool, which is ours, and because they don't have one and cant use the Villages pools.. Its been tried already...groups of Bison kids found swimming in the pool with no just cause. Is this what you want?? rules that have been put into place...I dont agree with all of them, some I feel stink, but do realize the other side of the coin that people out there do & will act as animals at times and most of the rules are meant to keep the community as a nice environment.
This is just me perhaps, but I believe that when a person signs on to a place in a retirement village, that advertiser and village staff should be LEGALLY REQUIRED to make good on the contract that was agreed on and paid for. If not, be sued.

I believe that the facilities should be seniors only if need be.

The town should not be permitted to use the village roads for public use, none of the facilities should be for public use either. The people that live in those retirement villages after awhile CANNOT and SHOULD NOT drive to places outside. And since the folks live there and can't go out much, THEY should have priority of any facility that is on the premisis.

I am only 50 something, a long way from retirement but have visited this retirement area,'God's waiting room', for a number of years for relatives. And I have some VERY serious issues about the whole idea.

This country and its present attitude toward their elders makes me SICK to my stomach. THESE are the people that OBEYED their government leaders when war time came and some got permanent injuries because of it. THESE are the fathers and mothers of the spoiled generation that now exists. They are the folks that built the country we know enjoy and despise. This is NOT merely an emotional plea. It is FACT pure and simple.

YES a person should be competant to read and sign and obey contracts that are signed before they 'jump in'. On the other hand, the sellers should have LEGAL and MORAL binders to their words. I despise anyone who takes unfair advantage of a person because they are older. They should be dragged behind a pickup truck for a block. Then THEY should have to suffer the same fate as their victim.

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