If you are considering moving to The Villages and would like to know more about what it would be like to live there I suggest a few actions that can help you to make up your mind.
The first thing I would suggest is to order a book written by Ryan Erisman called “The Villages Florida Book”. Although Ryan is too young to live there, he has extensively studied the area and the book is accurate and well written. He also has a monthly newsletter that you can subscribe to called The Villages Monthly.
The second action I would recommend is to rent a furnished house or villa for at least a few months in the off season and a few months in the high season, which is January, February and March. This way you will get a real idea of what its like when its most crowded and also when it is most vacant. Even though the summer is less crowded, there are still a lot of year round residents keeping The Villages an active community.
While you are renting, you can get to know the in’s and out’s of just about everything, and there are open houses 7 days per week to visit. This will give you a really good idea of market values in the area. You may also want to visit open houses in other communities outside of The Villages, as you can get more house for the money in other 55+ retirement communities and still have access to all the shopping, restaurants, and theaters. One thing you will miss is the abiliity to drive your golf cart to all those fun places, but it is a short drive by car. There are also a couple of places, such as Katie Belle’s that you can only visit with a Villages resident.
The Daily Sun is The Villages newspaper, and it is also full of information, including the many Open Houses. You can also visit the online version if you prefer, www.thevillagesdailysun.com. Keep in mind that it is owned by the developer.
There are two different real estate purchasing opportunities in The Villages. The developer sells their new construction and some resale homes. They do not cooperate with Realtors in the area. Then, there is the Realtor community, with all the familiar names you know in real estate,like our company, RE/MAX Premier Realty. You can visit our website at www.thevillageshomes4living.com and see all the homes in The Villages that are listed by our company and all the other Realtor companies within our Multiple Listing Service. That is the only way to get a full picture of the available homes on the market.
If you need a rental, please call our property management phone number toll free at 1-800-216-4994.
We look forward to helping you.