The Villages has become one of the biggest active adult communities in the world, spanning three counties, three zip codes, and over 20,000 acres in Central Florida. With its newest neighborhood, DeLuna, the community is closing in on nearly 60,000 homesites for active adults. Built in 1978, The Villages has grown steadily over the past 40 years.
So what exactly is the secret to The Villages’ sustained success? The answer lies in its very name: The Villages offers more than just a community to retirees, it offers its own self-sustaining town with an unrivaled amount of local amenities and conveniences.
Residents don’t have to travel far to join in community activities. The Villages is broken down into over 35 neighborhoods with individual recreation centers offering hobby studios, fitness classes, meeting rooms, and more. There are also 17 village recreation centers, eight regional recreation centers, and three town squares. All three town squares offer dozens of retail shops, world-class dining options, and free nightly entertainment.
In addition to these conveniences, there are over 10 medical plazas, 10 places of worship, local banks, and The Savannah Center, which brings in big-name performers, touring shows, and guest speakers. If all of this sounds like a lot, you’re right. Luckily, every amenity is accessible by golf cart, and there are over 100 miles of golf cart-legal streets and trails throughout the community.
Then, of course, there’s the golfing. The Villages has more than 50 golf courses for both expert and beginner golfers as well as a professional golf academy. Aside from golf, the community has over 200 softball teams, several catch-and-release fishing lakes, and tennis and pickleball courts scattered throughout the area.
Joining in all these luxuries are the new construction homesites available in the DeLuna neighborhood. With six series of homes and villas, it may be hard to choose the right plan, but that’s where The Villages Design Team comes in, helping retirees choose the perfect layout. The Designer Homes series is the most popular, offering homes with two to four bedrooms, dens, ensuite bathrooms, and golf cart garages. This variety allows residents to choose what they value most, like open gathering spaces, private master suites, or covered outdoor areas. Once retirees choose their floor plan, location, and homesite, the Design Team takes over, starting the construction process and taking out any guesswork.
While The Villages has just about everything a retiree could need, it’s location in Central Florida is also perfect for traveling. The vibrant downtowns of Tampa and Orlando as well as the beaches of the Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico are all within 90 minutes.