The Villages are Building a New Town


The Villages announced yesterday they are going to build a new town, Middleton, Florida.  This is much needed and the first for the developer, all their efforts in the past has been building out the 55 and over community which currently has a population of over 130,000 people and plans to build another 50,000 homes, that’s correct 50,000!  Middleton will be a family friendly community with schools, shopping designed for walking distance to everything.

With the population already over 130,000 and at a recent meeting the developer announced plans to double the size of The Villages, that’s great BUT the people moving here are not looking for work plus many tasks normally done by homeowners are not done by the retirement community residents.  That means “Help Wanted” and a bunch of it!  It’s unknown how many people actually work in supporting The Villages in construction, medical, service industry and so forth I have heard between 20,000 and 30,000 people.  When you double that the community needs over 50,000 people to work supporting The Villages.  That means plenty of housing is needed to support the families due to The Villages only allowing residents over 19 can live here full time!

In the past I have worked with families moving here due to accepting employment within The Villages and that is not an easy task!  There is very limited housing surrounding The Villages plus The Villages is so large it matters where you work in The Villages.  The distance from the northern most area of The Villages to the southern end is over 15 miles, and there are no beltways or bypasses to reduce travel time!  I often ask workers where they live and many are as far away as an hour’s drive.  We are creeping closer to Disney, maybe someday I could get there by golf cart!

Dick Betts, REALTOR®

The Betts Team

Touchstone Real Estate

717-860-3107 cell


Comments (8)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Dick... 50,000 home is no small feat! I knew The Villages were large, but had no idea it had quite that much of a population.

Oct 02, 2021 04:27 AM
Dick Betts

Nina Hollander, Broker when I moved here the population was 93.000 last year we hit 130,000 by 2030 they expect 180,000 that was before they announced the new family friendly area!

Oct 02, 2021 04:35 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Dick. Do the golf cart paths have charging stations scattered throughout the community? Will most golf carts have enough charge to tour the community? Intersting questions! As for Middleton, excellent opportunity for the developer, workers and you! Enjoy the opportunity.

Oct 02, 2021 05:03 AM
Dick Betts

Wayne Martin  most carts here are gas which get over a 100 miles per tank, my electric can go about 25 on a charge

Oct 02, 2021 06:03 AM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun /


Sure sounds like exciting times, glaad to you re right in the middle of it.  Job Security.  we made it to the weekend. Rest and get ready to tackle another week.  Thanks again for the share.  Bill Salvatore

Oct 02, 2021 06:53 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very interesting information to share.

Take care, be safe and have a lovely weekend.

Oct 02, 2021 08:28 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Dick, I have a cousin from Pennsylvania that makes it down there every February and loves it.

Oct 02, 2021 09:03 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Dick- I had no idea that the Villages was that big!!! Wow and yes, this raises many questions!!!  Having homes for those who fall outside of the Villages rules is critical. Everyone I know who's moved there has been retired. 

Oct 02, 2021 01:02 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Dick - the reblog by Roy Kelley brought me here today and the recent US Census news reminded me that The Villages in Florida showed me a bit more.   Your post title and the details you shared are reinforces that and some more.  To say the least.  

Oct 04, 2021 05:59 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Sounds like great news, Dick. New town, new opportunities and new growth. All a good thing.

Oct 04, 2021 07:33 PM