Zoom Call 9.13.22 Dick Betts Welcome to The Villages, FL

Real Estate Agent with Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 REB.0759001

Dick Betts  Welcome to The Villages, FL

Thee Zoom call this week was a masterful presentation on a very unique adult village in Central Florida. The Villages is a planned community catering to adults seeking a comfortable Florida lifestyle without the fast-paced disturbances of the tourist areas.

An 11-year resident of The Villages, Dick Betts, enjoys the area and serving the numerous people that make their way to the are seeking the social interaction of similar aged adults in an environment catering exclusively to an almost non-working population.

The exclusivity of age is strictly no one under the age of 19, or school aged children, people can live within the area. This affords lower taxes and no school buses.

The Villages is centrally located within an hour's drive of Orlando, and Tampa and slightly longer to the East coast towns of north central Florida.

Its location is such that the heavy storms that hit Florida seldom reach their area and the resulting damage is minimal at best.



The Villages started out as a small mobile home park in the 1970's and called Orange Blossom Gardens. It was minimally successful until the original owner brought his son into the business in the early 80's and it blossomed.

In the early 1990's, the son changed the name to The Villages thus establishing the area as a Community Development District, which is legally identified as a special purpose local government, which allows for bond sales to develop infrastructure. These bonds also allow for the development of town squares which are conveniently located throughout The Villages.

The Villages has become one of the fastest growing communities in the country with a 10-year growth of almost 40% and growing.  Each development is started by acquiring large tracts of land and first developing the infrastructure with roads golf courses and common areas, and then the developers start the home sales. New sales are exclusively done by the developers, but almost all resales are done by local real estate agents.

The current population of the Villages is almost 140,000 people. The area has become so exclusive that they are a self-contained MLS with no national affiliation.

The first town square developed in the Villages is called Spanish Springs. It offers a center area where there is always music daily from 5 to 9, along with adult beverage Shoppe's.  There are 4 such venues within the Villages.  There are also restaurants to create that downtown atmosphere. Dick offered a side story of the social interaction within the squares all color associated.  It involved blue shirts with upturned collars and gold shoes. I won't offer the entire story as some things just require attendance at the Zoom calls.

The primary mode of transportation within the Villages is a golf cart style vehicle, Some residents get very creative and elaborate with them as noted from the photos. There are over 60,000 such carts and they enjoy special tunnels and paths to allow for movement across the area.

There is over 20 miles of area as these carts have reasonable distance and can be used for almost all daily needs.



For real estate, there is still the original Orange Blossom trailer area where one can buy a single mobile home for $150,000 and they are slowly being torn down and the lot is then built upon with a more permanent structure.


Within the community there are all manner of activities with common swimming pools, pool, billiards cards and of course golf.

The Villages have the greatest number of golf courses in the world.

With the CDC fees, golf is included within the community. What would be considered an HOA fee would be a $190 per month and the annua CDC fee averages $300.


Dick Betts  Welcome to The Villages, FL


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Comments (21)

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I have heard about The Villages from several of our clients who either have a second home there, or are moving away from there. Seems like an enormous community!

Sep 15, 2022 07:30 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Ed, thank you for the summary. It was an informative and entertaining presentation. I enjoyed it very much. 

Sep 15, 2022 08:29 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Ed and Dick pointed out lots of great information for the Villages.  I have friends that live there and I have a cousin that goes down every February from Pennsylvania


Sep 15, 2022 08:44 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Ed... I've had a number of clients in Charlotte whose homes I sold who moved to The Villages. They seem to like living there.

Sep 15, 2022 09:02 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Ed,
That was a fun call. The Villages sounds like a place I would enjoy living. And, BTW, I have no gold shoes. 😂

Sep 15, 2022 09:42 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Ed - ActiveRain has introduced me to a number of communities in addition to the way the real estate business is practiced across our country.  Although the history shared is new-to-me, I am also familiar with The Villages.  

Sep 15, 2022 09:45 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed great recap of the ZOOM Meeting.   By the end of the meeting Dick had me convinced to schedule time to check out the Villages in FL, and when I do, I will make sure I leave my blue shirts and my wife's gold shoes at home.  😜


Sep 15, 2022 09:48 AM
Dick Betts

George Souto How come so many of you that were on the call are picking blue and gold as the topic of discussion?  I should have brought up the upside down pineapple!

Sep 15, 2022 01:10 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Great overview! I've heard of the Villages, have a friend that lives there, and have read many of Dick's Village-related blogs and I still learned a lot from the Zoom presentation. I'm glad I made that one!

Sep 15, 2022 12:24 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Dick Betts gave a very informative and fun preso!  And of course you recapped it perfectly and only left one or two things out - right Carol Williams !! Blue and Gold.....what was that all about? 🤣

Sep 15, 2022 12:54 PM
Dick Betts

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker that was my school colors!!!!

Sep 15, 2022 01:06 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

Come to think of it those were my siblings school colors too Dick Betts !!!🤣

Sep 15, 2022 01:07 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Featured in BananaTude!  The Villages...Active Adult Lifestyles!


Sep 15, 2022 01:09 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Great job as usual Ed! It was interesting to learn about such a unique community

Sep 15, 2022 04:35 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Ed- I thoroughly enjoyed Dick Betts presentation!!! He knows the Villages. As I told him, if I didn't have family here, I'd consider looking at The Villages. 

Sep 15, 2022 05:50 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I’m not really familiar with the area, but you’re welcome to s if I’m ever in town I suppose.

Sep 15, 2022 07:55 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Thanks for the Zoom session summary, Ed.  I'm sure those who were able to attend, benefitted.

Sep 15, 2022 08:26 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Ed, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Sep 15, 2022 08:27 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Ed - of course, being a sometimes Floridian I enjoyed Dick's presentation.  The one thing I was doing while listening what Googling golf carts for sale.  I have room for one in my garage along with my car.

Sep 16, 2022 03:39 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have heard a lot of good things about that community so it would have been nice to learn more about it from Dick Betts, I was bummed that I could not attend.  Thank you for summarizing the call for us though!

Sep 16, 2022 05:39 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

The son sounds like he was a smart cookie to get the bond sales started that got the whole thing rolling. I have not heard of the Villages, but sounds like a place many people would like.

Sep 16, 2022 01:14 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Ed:

Great recap on an interesting and informative presentation with Dick Betts. I have heard of the Villages but knew nothing about it. Sounds like quite a growing community with lots to offer.


Sep 16, 2022 04:22 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

An excellent presentation by Dick and a wonderful recap! 

Sep 17, 2022 05:01 PM