Tucked away in central Florida, The Villages is a retirement oasis for active adults. 30 minutes south of Ocala and about an hour northwest of Orlando, The Villages is a 20,000 acre community filled with everything you need to live, play, and stay healthy after the age of 55. A long-time favorite on 55places.com, The Villages was highly ranked again in 2017 as the second best 55+ community in the country. If this all sounds like your dream of retirement, CBTFL is here to help you make it come true. The prospect of relocation brings questions and concerns. Community Bank & Trust of Florida is happy to offer this Relocation Guide to The Villages, Florida to provide the information you need about living in The Villages.
Overview of The Villages
Founded over 30 years ago by the Morse family, The Villages is located 45 miles northwest of Orlando, 75 miles northeast of Tampa, and 22 miles southeast of Ocala. The area receives an average of 98 days of full sun each year and zero days of snow. Winter temperatures range from lows around 47 degrees to highs around 70 degrees. Summer lows are around 70 degrees and highs are around 90 degrees. You’ll love living here and your family will love visiting!
With a climate that’s perfect for outdoor fun it’s no wonder that over 115,000 residents representing all 50 states and multiple nations now call The Villages home. The median age of residents is 70 years old with a fairly even share of men and women. According to Livability.com, the estimated cost of living in a $250,000 house in The Villages community is around $1,000/month. This includes amenity fees, utilities, and taxes. More information about the cost of living in The Villages can be found on their website.
You don’t have to travel far to meet your needs in The Villages. A regional hospital along with a wide variety of doctors, dentists, and pharmacies are scattered amongst the neighborhoods. Bistros, national restaurant chains, and 14 grocery stores do business inside The Villages. There are boutiques and large chain stores at which to do your shopping. Recreation, entertainment, and wellness opportunities are plentiful. The Villages even offers special programs for your visiting family members.
Neighborhoods in The Villages
If you decide to move to The Villages, your first step will be to choose a neighborhood. There are over 60,000 homes in The Villages spanning more than 60 neighborhoods. There are 3 town squares: Brownwood Paddock Square, Spanish Springs Town Square, and Lake Sumter Landing Market Square. Each has its own flair, and finding a favorite may help narrow your home search. Each town square offers free nightly entertainment, a variety of dining options, plentiful shopping and services, and modern movie theaters. It’s highly recommended to spend some time in The Villages before deciding on a neighborhood. Drive like a resident and rent a golf cart to explore the neighborhoods and town squares. Once you find your favorite golf course, pool, or restaurant, the decision of where to live will be easy!
Entertainment in The Villages
At The Villages, the stars come to you! The Villages’ largest theater, The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, seats over 1,000 guests in a multi-level theater and brings Broadway-quality entertainment to The Villages. Past performances at the Morse Performing Arts Center include Johnny Mathis, Michael Bolton, Loretta Lynn, Jerry Lewis, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Mamma Mia” and the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian ‘Nutcracker.’
Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and The Drifters are just a few of the big names that have graced the stage at the southern-themed Savannah Center. Seating over 850 guests, the Savannah Center hosts world famous entertainers and celebrities, national touring shows, comedy acts, and The Villages’ own community theater.
Katie Belle’s Dining and Entertainment Club offers nightly dining and entertainment. Katie Belle’s has been part of The Villages community for 20 years. You can find their nightly schedule and purchase tickets here.
Recreation in The Villages
You may wonder, “What is there to do in The Villages?” With over 2,000 activities to choose from, the recreation department at The Villages strives to offer something for everyone. Spread over 30 square miles, here’s a list of some of the most popular recreation amenities in The Villages:
- Over 50 Adult-Only, Family, and Sports Pools
- 38 Executive Golf Courses & 12 Championship Golf Courses
- 11 Parks including Dog Parks and Fitness Trails
- More than 10 Softball Fields
You’ll also find plenty of tennis and pickleball courts throughout the neighborhoods. Bocce, shuffleboard, and horseshoe courts are readily available for residents. Like woodworking? The Villages even offers an 8,000 square foot woodworking shop for residents. When you’re not swimming or golfing, you’ll find The Villages offers more than 3,000 interest clubs for residents. You’re sure to make a few new friends that share your passions.
If you’ve recently moved to The Villages, you may be ready to explore parts of Florida outside your wonderful new community. Ocala is a unique destination known as The Horse Capital of the World. Get back to the hustle and bustle of city life with a day trip to Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa, and Daytona Beach. All three offer exciting attractions and welcoming beaches. Ocala National Forest and Ross Prairie State Forest offer a relaxing change of scenery, or catch a glimpse of the manatees at Silver Springs State Park. With so many different options nearby, living in The Villages opens the door to exploring all that Florida has to offer. Want to go farther? The closest major airport is about an hour away in Orlando, Florida. The Villages Transportation will make sure you’re on time for your flight.
Services in The Villages
Much of the excitement of relocating is imagining all the fun you’re going to have in your new town. Moving to The Villages certainly does offer fun! But such a big decision also warrants consideration of the less exciting parts of moving. Who will provide the services you need to keep your body healthy and your home secure?
You don’t have to leave The Villages to find the healthcare services you need. Primary care doctors, specialists, eye doctors, and dentists all have offices across The Villages. Choose the “medical” category on this map of The Villages to view the specific healthcare offices available. There is currently one hospital in The Villages, the award-winning The Villages Regional Hospital. The hospital recently announced plans to open a second hospital in the southern portion of The Villages. Don’t worry about your fluffy friends either, The Villages has at least six veterinary clinics and animal hospitals so you can find the right veterinarian for your pet.
You don’t need to worry about your home’s or your family’s safety when relocating to The Villages. With gated entries, a Home Away home check program, and a vigilant Community Watch program, The Villages boasts a very low crime rate. The Villages Public Safety Department (VPSD) provides EMS/EMT and Fire Department services to all homes in The Villages. Police services are provided by local and county law enforcement officials.
The logistics of moving often includes setting up new utility services. We at CBTFL hope to save you some time by providing this list of the utility contacts you’ll need when relocating to The Villages:
- Water/Sewer: The Village Center Community Development District
- Trash/Recycling: The Village Center Community Development District
- Electric: Duke Energy or Sumter Electric Co-Op
- Natural Gas: TECO Energy
- Internet: CenturyLink, Xfinity or Spectrum
Media and News Outlets
- WVLG The Villages Daily Sun radio station and website
- Villages-News.com is a local news website
- WESH is Orlando’s NBC station
- WKMG is Orlando’s CBS station
- WCJB is Gainesville’s ABC station
- WOGX is Ocala’s FOX station
CBTFL Serves The Villages with Community-Focused Banking
Moving is full of exciting opportunities, but it can also be stressful. Community Bank & Trust of Florida is here to help. Our local, friendly service is available to help make your transition to The Villages a smooth one. With multiple branch locations in The Villages and beyond, CBTFL is always right around the corner. We have a long local history and can answer your questions about the area. Whether you need a local bank account, a mortgage for your new home, or wealth management services, CBTFL is your community bank. We’re dedicated to helping improve the lives of the people we serve in The Villages. Let us be the first to welcome you into your new home! Contact our local staff or stop by a branch in The Villages today.