Since Florida has plenty of sun and warm temperatures year round, golf is a favorite activity and there are numerous courses at The Villages. A home in the Village of Summerhill, for example, is close to Glenview Champions Golf & Country Club as well as the Saddleback Recreation Center where you can swim, play shuffleboard or horseshoes or challenge your spouse to a tennis match. There are polo fields, too, and residents enjoy getting together to tailgate and take in all the action. You might find a two-bedroom, two-bath, 1100-square-foot cottage in this area listed for $199,000.

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The central Florida locale called The Villages is what many people refer to as "Florida's Friendliest Hometown." Everything in this active retirement community is close at hand, from recreation and entertainment to shopping and dining to first-class medical care. Home designs include villas, cottages and ranches in settings near golf courses, Lake Sumter and the community's three town squares.

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