So you are thinking of moving and retiring to central Florida and the Villages ? Maybe just as a snowbird ?
The Villages is approximately 36 square miles, located in Central Florida in Lake, Sumter, and Marion Counties of Central Florida. The cities in the Villages, encompass Leesburg, Wildwood, Fruitland Park and several others shortly -. It is ever-expanding. Currently, there are 3 large “downtown squares” serving the Villages and each downtown has a square for entertainment, multitudes of restaurants, and shopping. There are tens of supermarkets and its well served by several hospitals and hundreds of medical offices.
The Villages is over 30 years old and constantly adding homes, villas and golf courses. More than 30+ as well, community pools and many buildings for meetings, hobbyists and churches, synagogues, mosques, temples of course of every faith. .
Please note unlike most home builders, there are CCD districts.. you’ll pay an amenity fee monthly depending on your district. There are also large separate bonds attached to your home which the builder has used to build the infrastructure with – older homes MAY have these paid off already. . Florida has low real estate taxes and if you are here permanently you will l get a 25/50,000 reduction in home value taken off your tax appraisals. Saving you significantly.
One of the features of the Villages is the golf cart accessibility to virtually everything, You’ll find no need for two cars!
Please note There are many non – villages senior communties closeby as well, most are much less expensive for the same footage and each has its own disticntive flavor. Plantation has 3,000 units right off the turnpike, Arlington Ridge, 1,200 homes with an beautiful pool, Pennbrooke Fairways , 27 holes of golf and two pools off Rt 44 and rightdown the road from Brownwood a villages downtown.
This area of Central Florda is 60 – 75 minutes from Orlando and its downtown as well as MCO the Orlando Airport, Ocala 20 minutes a nice medium city, Leesburg is right in the middle 10 minutes south or west or North! Leesburg has a great private airport as well if you fly your own planes !
Enough with the general description, let us give you a few great restaurants, trades people etc to find once your here.
We have chain stores and many local shops so if you want hi fashion, Macy’s is here, as well as Bealls, Belks a mid range retail chain dept store and many small classy stores which you wilvl delight in finding.
Some Major chains withing 15 miles :
Tractor Farm Supply
Sparr Farm supply – a local chain
Restaurant chains :
Chik Fil A
Dairy Queen! New as of May…
Many Chinese restaurants -although I still love NY places better!
ALDIS, Savalot, Publix, Winn Dixie, Walmart, Target and some independent butchers and bakers.
We have just about every car dealer with 1 -15 -20 miles or less
and a few others !
And don’t forget Harley Davidson Motorcycles – the second largest in FLORIDA “GATOR” is right in Leesburg. If your a fan of two wheeling- you’ll find many clubs here.
BMW and Mercedes are in Ocala, 20 miles up the road.
For bicyclists, we have a rails to trails program with miles and miles of pathways.
There are hundreds of painters , electricians and tradesmen to help you around the house as well as gardeners. One of the best interstate movers when you are ready will be Ryan at www.checkmatemoversllc.com. Check him out for a a fair quote and reliability whether you need a local move or to the Villages from another State. They also handle single piece deliveries. Grace Electric is well recommended as well. Dunstan Plumbers as well as Kiley and Sons plumbers have serviced the areas for many years and have several locations. Dean Exterminators can help with termite protection and insurance.
a senior community like the Villages, Florida. For movers in Ocala or movers in the villages we recommend :
http://www.checkmatemoversllc.com . Fair prices and reliable quality movers in th e Villages!
By the way BBQ are my favorite things to eat and for some reason it is much lower priced here than most other locations across America. I-BBQ on rt 27 is one of my go to places, its a small independent restaurant owned by a great husband and wife team. Sonny’s a Florida institution, is a chain and Oakwood a small local chain all are some what different tastes, with Oakwood having a larger menu but Sonny’s with a real bar to drink at and eat . Both serve specials daily. <YUMMY>
For a special treat – all you can eat ribs or chicken drive 25 minutes to Ocala to “Fat Boys BBQ” – its been open for decades and just up the block from the great Ocala Museum of the Arts.
If you have any suggestions -please email us !