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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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.
In addition to pre-owned homes for sale, lots are still available as well as newly constructed homes. These are generally three-bedroom, two-bath, ranch-type houses of from 1596 to 1695 square feet. Prices range from about $215,000 to $289,000. You might also find a 1780-square-foot villa with two bedrooms and a den listed for $299,000. Many retirees look for a place to settle that offers an all-inclusive lifestyle. The founders of The Villages seem to have thought of everything. The location is mid-way between Florida's east and west coasts and just 55 miles north of Orlando with its famous attractions, Disney World and SeaWorld. Here you can putt around in your golf cart, attend a movie, visit familiar brand-name shops, have a bite at any one of 60 restaurants and join your friends for a dance on the square. Life is fulfilling at The Villages, and if you belong to the over-55 set, you might consider making yourself at home within its friendly confines.