The Villages community in Florida is one of the largest age-restricted active adult communities in the state.What started as a small neighborhood in 1978 has grown into a incredible community that has an estimated 66,083 residents of 55 and better, as of 2016 census. The Villages community in Florida spans three counties, three zip codes and over 20,000 acres. The community is connected by a vast system of golf cart legal streets and trails. The 55-plus community is an entirely self-sustained town complete with retail establishments, banks, healthcare centers, restaurants, and countless recreational amenities.
Residents of The Villages, also known as Villagers, have come here from every state and even several different countries to be a part of what is called Florida's Friendliest Hometown. The Villages has it all boosting warm weather, quality ranch homes and free golf for life. It holds a lifestyle that is unmatched by an active adult community in the country.
There are amenity centers spread throughout The Villages that currently include eight regional recreation centers, 17 village recreation centers, and 25 neighborhood recreation centers. The regional centers host the biggest array of amenities including fitness centers, hobby and craft studios, meeting rooms and ballrooms. They also provide a variety of swimming pools where you can find lap swimming, water aerobics, and water volleyball. Various sports courts can also be found that include tennis, bocce ball, shuffleboard, pickleball, and basketball. Although, the village recreation centers and neighborhood recreation centers are smaller that are also provide residents with simple and convenient access to many desired amenities.
In addition to the recreation centers, you will also be able to find many catch and release fishing lakes and nine softball fields. A polo field with grandstand seating completes this picture being that The Villages is so closely nestled near Ocala, the acclaimed "Horse Capital of the World". The Villages also boasts two bowling alleys, a library, woodworking shop, and RV parking. There are ten places of worship in the community including Catholic, Protestant, Methodist, and Jewish services.
Golf enthusiasts will find a golfer's paradise in this active adult community. Residents enjoy free golf for life at any of the 36 executive courses as well as 12 county club courses. Here you can also find a state-of-the-art golf academy where golfers of all levels can take wither group or private lessons.
Plus, for nominal fees, residents can also play at any of the 10 championship golf courses including the famous Palmer Legends designed by Arnold Palmer or the Nancy Lopez Legacy Country Club. Residents can experience the best of golf while enjoying all of its country club-like amenities.
The real estate market includes many types of housing options ranging from intimate villas to luxurious single-family homes with gold course views and everything in between. There is a house type, size and price to fit the needs of almost any active adult buyer.
There are both new construction and pre-owned resale homes in The Villages. Many of the resale homes are popular for their reasonable prices and already include many upgrades and add-ons. Prior to purchasing real estate in this active adult community, it is always advisable to search through all of your options by previewing many of the resale homes.