The Villages have been called “Florida’s Friendliest Retirement Hometown”. From homes on tree lined streets to an amazing healthcare program, organized sports to a myriad of shopping venues, recreation offerings of over 2000 social clubs to fine dining and restaurant options - The Villages offers its residents an active adult lifestyle all accessible by separate golf cart paths and trails.
The concept of the Villages began in the 1960’s when a Michigan businessman, Harold Schwartz saw an opportunity during one of Florida’s land booms. The Florida grasslands were abundant and at the time presented quite a bargain. Schwartz, like many other developers of that time purchased huge parcels of land hoping to attract retirees from the northern states to the lush Florida paradise. In the early stages of development what is now The Villages began as a trailer park named “Orange Blossom Gardens”. Eventually this would grow and become The Villages after following the example of other successful retirement communities like Sun City and adding amenities to the development like banks, shops, golf courses and restaurants.
Today, The Villages has a population of over 125,000 residents. It encompasses 3 Florida counties of Sumter, Lake and Marion. It boasts 50 golf courses, over 2000 social and activity clubs and 3 town squares where you will find live entertainment 365 days a year. There are now hundreds of retail stores, from arts and crafts to clothing, furniture and department stores. Dining options are just as plentiful featuring recognizable national restaurant chains to unique independent boutique style dining. In addition there are 14 Country Clubs, each with a featured restaurant that offers its own specialty dish, daily specials and happy hours. The Villages Florida is the ultimate leisure retirement lifestyle destination in the Country.
There is a boundary that encompasses everything that “belongs” to or is inside The Villages. This boundary is referred to as the “Yellow Line” and has some significant implications and financial ramifications for businesses and homeowners inside that yellow line. The primary financial consideration is that properties inside the yellow line typically include a substantial CDD (Community Development District) fee, an HOA fee and an Amenities Fee. Most homes outside the yellow line will only have HOA fees that are considerably less than inside the yellow line. In addition, there are limitations to the access to the amenities in The Villages for those outside the yellow line and those homeowners outside the line cannot participate in The Villages Health program. This is just a brief overview of the "Yellow Line" and how it may impact a home buying decision. Naturally, this would be something to examine in depth as you progress with your home search.
The Villages is an immense development that covers a good portion of 3 Florida counties. The area is so large that the temperature can vary a couple of degrees from the northern most section of the Villages to the southern end and it’s rather normal for it to be raining in one portion of The Villages while remaining sunny in others. That’s the reason we’ve created a unique Villages Blog that deals with The Villages by dividing the entire development into 5 distinct sections. Nearly everything available online deals with The Villages as a whole or as a single entity, which is probably a disservice to readers and makes it more difficult to understand how The Villages really works. At www.thevillageshomes4sale.com you will find a Blog under the “Communities” tab with information that is tailored to acclimate readers to the living conditions and environments in specific areas within The Villages to help the reader understand what it feels like to live in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown: The Villages.
Below you’ll find the FREE download for a 33 page "Buyer's Guide". This resource provides a comprehensive step-by-step overview of the sometimes complex home buying process.
In addition, If you’d like to view some or all of the properties in and around The Villages for sale, you’ll find a tool here that is unsurpassed for searching for homes online. It is 100% free to use and completely customizable. You control the parameters of the search including the particular area in the Villages where you'd like to live with the features in the home that are important to you. You'll also set your price range and after submitting these selections, you'll get email updates every day directly from the MLS with only the properties in and around The Villages that match the criteria you've selected. No longer will you have to sort through dozens of listings just to find one that matches what you're looking for.
This is quite simply the easiest and the best way to find your new Home in or near The Villages, FL and it's 100% free of charge. Using this system gives you access to the most current listing information about every home available in and around The Villages based on criteria that you choose that is important to you and what you want in your Home. Every one of the listings matching your criteria will be emailed to you on a daily basis directly from the Multiple Listing Service or MLS. Not information that may be days or even weeks old as you may find on websites like Trulia or Zillow. There are many buyers who have access to the latest information and can get an offer accepted before you even see the property on those other websites particularly in a vigorous selling market like The Villages.
To Begin, you merely complete the simple form below with the personal criteria you want in your Home. You select the square footage, your minimum and maximum budget for the home. You also pick the number of bedrooms and bathrooms that you’d like in addition to specifying which of the five main areas around The Villages that you are most interested: Mulberry, Spanish Springs, Lake Sumter Landing, Brownwood or Fenney. (see map). Finally, you can indicate any other home feature that is important to you and your lifestyle. You will find all these criteria listed in the short form below, simply fill these out and click "SEND"
Once your completed form is processed you will start receiving emails each and every day with all the new listings that match your criteria that are available in the location you specified. These will be sent directly to you for viewing at your leisure.
Paul Wulf's real estate career began as a private investor, fixing and flipping properties. His professional background includes over eight years as an Executive Director of State facilities for developmentally disabled adults and President of CAMEO, an organization serving the needs of seniors in Southwest Florida. Prior to joining the Association of Realtors for Lake and Sumter Counties, he was part of the Naples Area Board of Realtors where he was ranked in the top 5 out of over 9000 licensed Realtors for sales in Southwest Florida by TIB Bank. He is a multiple year recipient of the prestigious 5 Star Award for Outstanding Customer Satisfaction from Gulfshore Life Magazine. He has held the real estate designations of (CDPE) Certified Distressed Property Expert and (SRES) Senior Real Estate Specialist. In addition to these residential credentials and awards he's a trained commercial real estate representative who has specialized in multi-million dollar apartment developments with over a decade of experience with those complex negotiations.
"I believe that the most important responsibility and greatest service I can provide my clients is knowledge and insight they can find no where else. I conduct extensive research of the market area to learn the hidden nuggets of information that can impact a buying decision that is highly overlooked by others so my clients gain a significant competitive edge. I look forward to putting my talents and expertise at your disposal to find your new Home in Florida's Friendliest Hometown: The Villages."
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