By far the most frequently asked question I get over on my website about The Villages is some variation of “What does it cost to live in The Villages?”. The answer is not as straightforward as many would like, because everybody’s situation is different, and figuring out one’s cost of living is not at all […]
The Villages, Florida
You'll see The Villages mentioned quite a bit on this site because in the world of 55+ retirement communities, it is a very big deal.
What began as a humble mobile home park back in the 1970's has blossomed into the #1 selling retirement community in Florida, as well as the nation.
The Villages is located in Central Florida, about an hour north of Orlando. But as the development creeps further south, that gap is quickly closing.
The Villages is now home to more than 125,000 people, has more than 60,000 homes, and has plans for another 60,000 homes to be developed over the next 20 years.
Prices for new homes start in the mid-$100k's and can go up to over $1 million depending on what floorplan, location, and options/features you choose.
The Villages is home to the world's largest recreation department, has more golf courses than any other community in the world, is home to three town squares (with a fourth one just announced) where residents go to eat and shop and enjoy free nightly entertainment, and is home to roughly 100 restaurants.
Below you'll find some of the articles we've written about The Villages over the years.
Two of the most popular 55+ communities in Florida today are The Villages and Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach. In this article I’m not really trying to determine which community is better. That’s up to each of you to decide. Everyone has different preferences. But what I do want to do is talk about some of […]
See also:The Villages vs. Citrus HillsThe Villages vs. On Top of the WorldThe Villages vs. Tradition Introduction Check out the most popular forums frequented by residents and prospective residents of The Villages, and you’ll see that one of the most often discussed community (other than The Villages itself, of course) is Solivita. Solivita is a […]
See also:The Villages vs. On Top of the WorldThe Villages vs. SolivitaThe Villages vs. Tradition The Villages is the best-selling community in the country (retirement or otherwise) for a reason, but not everyone who takes a look at The Villages for retirement falls under her spell. We thought it’d be fun to compare The Villages […]
Some people describe On Top of the World in Ocala as a miniature version of The Villages, and that’s a fairly good description. “The Villages Light” if you wish. Frankly, The Villages is too big and too crowded for a lot of people, and other communities like On Top of the World that offer the […]
Tradition is a Master-Planned community on the east coast of Florida and though it is not as big as The Villages, it will be one of the biggest in the state. While it’s not exclusively an active adult community, there are active adult sections within it like Vitalia at Tradition being developed by Taylor Morrison, […]
As far as retirement communities go, The Villages is the 800-pound gorilla. Not just in Florida, but on the national and international level. In this article we’ll explore all of the things that make life in The Villages so appealing to so many baby boomers. See also: 25 Best Places to Retire in Florida Ultimate […]
Today let’s take a head-to-head look at two of the biggest 55+ communities in Florida, The Villages and Sun City Center. History Sun City Center on the West Coast of Florida near Sarasota has actually been around longer than The Villages. Del Webb Florida began Sun City Center in 1961, about a decade before Orange […]
As you probably know, The Villages is a “quaint” little hometown in Central Florida that is currently home to about 125,000 people, 50,000+ golf carts, 500+ holes of golf, and so much more. I get asked all the time why I don’t talk about The Villages more on this site and my answer is that […]
Today we’re comparing two very different communities situated less that 45 minutes from each other, The Villages and Trilogy® Orlando. You all know The Villages as the most popular retirement community in the country right now. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better than any of the other communities we compare it to, including Trilogy®. […]