Pick Where You Live

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Real Estate Agent with TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE

I am spoiled when it comes to where I live, I remember thinking it was nothing to drive 10 or 15 miles for shopping, dining and entertainment, well no more!  See that picture of logos?  That group plus about 50 more shopping and dining places are about 4 to 8 minutes by golf cart from my house.

Like many of you that live in a metropolitan area it is hard to find the perfect place to live for what is important to you.  Job, schools, shopping and dining can be spread out over a large area which means windshield time to go where you need to go.  The Villages, Florida is much the same you can choose a home that is 5 or 10 miles from where you shop, dine or entertainment or you can decide on a location closer to where you will spend your time.

I had an out of state buyer I worked with and one thing I always do is what lifestyle are you looking, how important is retail and what recreations are you planning to be involved with.  This buyer played competitive tennis on clay courts and of course The Villages has clay courts but only in the northern end of The Villages.  As we toured homes I figured the distance to the clay courts, some were 15 miles away while still in The Villages.  I finally found them a home located right between the two country clubs that had the clay courts and they purchased it.

Many Villagers will buy 3 homes when they move here based on what they learned about the area, good for me as a REALTOR® but would rather help them find their forever home!  So where do you live?

Dick Betts, REALTOR®

The Betts Team

Touchstone Real Estate

The Villages, Florida

717-860-3107 cell

Dick@DickBetts.com

www.DickBetts.com

Comments (8)

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Dick, for sharing some of your personal experience.

Have a productive October.

Oct 05, 2022 04:57 AM
Dick Betts
TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE - The Villages, FL
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida

Roy Kelley thanks you as well have a great October!

Oct 05, 2022 05:02 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Dick,

As a homeowner in The Villages and you love living there gives you the competitive edge to selling in the community and close by. Asking the right questions especially "what is important to you" narrows down the areas and makes your job easier in finding them the perfect spot to call home.

Oct 05, 2022 05:04 AM
Dick Betts
TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE - The Villages, FL
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida

Dorie Dillard Austin TX agree and sometimes you need to move a few times to find that perfect place!

Oct 05, 2022 05:14 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I think I have visited most of those chain stores/restaurants you have pictured but I would much prefer to support a smaller local business that offers the same thing.

Oct 05, 2022 05:30 AM
Dick Betts
TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE - The Villages, FL
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida

Brian England agree actually our 4 favorite places to eat are locally owned and we support them!

Oct 05, 2022 06:07 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 Dick,
If I ever do move, it will be to a place where there is a real "community" feel. Neighborhoods aren't communities.

Oct 05, 2022 08:33 AM
Dick Betts
TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE - The Villages, FL
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida

Carol Williams so much agree with you!  Love my little villages and the people that live here!

Oct 05, 2022 09:20 AM