I do not golf. Perhaps for writing poems it would work well, too.
My husband and I along with my sister and her husband visited THE VILLAGES in October 2007. Yes, it is almost too good to be true. We took the trolley tour first and then a couple we know from Church in Hopewell NJ took us through their home, their village and to some of the free-access 'country clubs'. You pick and choose what you'd like to do, to join, or not to join. It's like being on a permanent 'vacation'. We did hear tornadoes or hurricanes pass through the area, and that turned me off a bit. It's all gated and people ride from place to place in GOLF CARTS, whether or not you play golf . . .so there's an extra expense ....a couple would need 2 golf carts and at least one car (for outside the Villages travel).
It was like being in an adult disney land with so much to do and see and participate in . . . and many golf courses to use for FREE. While it may seem like it's only for golfers, it really has so many activities that you are sure to find several you could enjoy. We thought about renting a house there for a month but could not get away just yet. Moving from NJ to Florida is a big decision for us since we have family in the NorthEast....two children and 4 grandchildren, etc.
We are from KC, Mo and spent a week in the Villages the first of February. Would like to go back next winter for a month. It is tempting to just go ahead and move someday. Proably wise to go down for a week or so in the summer before deciding to move. Just trying to check and see if anyone has found some negatives about the area. They put out a new DVD in Oct 08 and you may want to request that they send you one. Thanks for your note.
We have some family members in Florida, but having visited in summer for several years, there's no way we can handle fulltime Florida living in June, July, and August. While it's usually okay until about 11 am, especially if you're strolling on the beach or sitting in the shade, afternoons are fairly insufferable until 5 or 6 pm. That's a lot of daylight spent inside with A/C!
Now, if you're accustomed to heat and humidity, or don't mind staying inside a good portion of the day, that's a different story. Lots of folks apparently love it! But we're thinking about the south in winter and the north (Michigan, Wisconsin, even Chicago) in summer.
We stay put near Washington, D.C. Humidity is tough on us - but we can (so far) withstand it. I sweat a lot. My spouse does not (she claims) perspire.
I live in Asheville, moved from the NE. 10 years ago. You have the four seasons which I like. Winters can be very cold and summers very hot. Got to remember, this is the South and you will always be considered an outsider, unless you are from the South. Florida is not considered the South. Also, never, never never, purchase a home in a HOA. Build or purchase your own home on your own piece of property.
Horror stories galore.
I have a Aunt and Uncle that live in San Antonio Texas and they have another home in Ruidoso N.M. I have visited their home in Ruidoso and it is lovely. They have had it for 20 years. The Indians have a big casino there.
Pictures of Florida look great, but isn't it humid and HOT ALL YEAR? My comfort zone is in the 30's to 60's Anything hotter than 70 is airconditioning time. Wouldn't that be most of the year?
and what did I know, at age one. My family left the state I was born in - to return to North Carolina, where they continued to rear me and seven younger children.
reason we would not be looking to move out of Northern Virginia (son, daughter-in-law, two grandchildren).
Thank you Nana for the info. For years, I always thought that I was Florida bound after visiting there yearly since the mid-70's. Initially, we went there for vacations during the months of October, November, December and even July once. As we got older we considered buying into an active adult community but were unable to at the time. After the years had gone by and we got closer to retirement (2013) we found that my wife couldn't take the heat and I couldn't take the biting bugs except during the winter months, December etc. We came to the conclussion that it would be best if we snowbirded it. My next door neighbor used to visit and rent at the Villages a few years before the wife took ill and was there the night that tornado came through. If I understand correctly, the rental process has changed slightly and you can only rent from homeowners - is this correct? When the time comes (the passing of our beloved dog Maggie), we would love to come down and rent for a month or more in the future. Who knows, maybe we'll have a change of heart and decide to stay if it's all that great to live there. We currently live in a active adult community in eastern PA and are quite happy here but hate the winters also. I have been on the Villages website numerous times but every time I do, my heart aches from not being there to see it in real life. Maybe the next time we visit Orlando as we have a timeshare at Disney and come down yearly.
Would like to hear your input and recommendations.
Hello again Nana,
I am curious as to what the community association dues run? I assume it's based on the home purchase and does that include grass and lawn maintenance?
what an invitation!
An update to this old thread:
Fastest-Growing Metro Area in U.S. Has No Crime or Kids
June 27, 2014 MSN Money
(Full article URL: http://money.msn.com/business-news/article.aspx?feed=BLOOM&date=20140627&id=17736691)
(excerpted) "...For Jerry Conkle, life in America’s fastest-growing metropolitan area moves as slowly as the golf carts that meander through his palm-lined neighborhood at dusk. Most days, he wakes early, reads the newspaper, and then hops into his four-wheeled buggy for a 20-mile-per-hour ride to one of the 42 golf courses that surround his home.
“It’s like an adult Disney World,” Conkle, 77, said of The Villages, Florida, whose expansion has come with virtually no crime, traffic, pollution -- or children.
The mix has attracted flocks of senior citizens, making The Villages the world’s largest retirement community. Its population of 110,000 has more than quadrupled since 2000, U.S. Census Bureau data show. It rose 5.2 percent last year, on par with megacities like Lagos, Nigeria, and Dhaka, Bangladesh.
That the most rapidly expanding U.S. metro area is a Manhattan-sized retirement village -- with more golf carts than New York has taxis -- highlights the transformation of the world’s demographic profile. The over-60 set -- which the United Nations projects will almost triple to 2 billion by 2050 -- offers opportunity to marketers and homebuilders even as it confounds governments that must care for an aging populace."
Thanks for updating us, jkom51! What are your thoughts about moving to a retirement community like The Villages?
Time to ask again around fifteen to twenty years from now (we are both about age seventy).
We have friends who live in a smaller senior's development that it near The Villages and modeled after it. They love it there. He looks forward to his bi-weekly motorcycle outings with other guys, and to the water polo matches (at 63 and fairly athletic, he's sort of the stud of the water polo pool) and she's a biker and pool worshiper so that works well for her. They both enjoy the social atmosphere of dining with other seniors, wine tasting and card playing.
Although my wife and I are very close with these friends, we're also different than them. I'm anything but a socialite and my wife values private time more than she likes to admit. We agree that the time we spend visiting our friends is more than enough retirement village type living.
It is a few degrees too cold in the winter mornings. The Villages is north off the frost line.If I am going south for the winter I am going further south. With that said, yes I do like the Villages.
We winter in the far south part of Texas.
I lived in a trailer in Key West with my folks back in the 50's & there was no AC; it was so hot I couldn't sleep some nights. My wife & I lived in Orlando for several years in the early to mid 70's & loved it. There is so much to do in Florida although Orlando is now a very big city & was just a small town with Disney partially open & building & Sea World just about to open. We really got into the water sports - snorkelling, scuba diving, both in the ocean & fresh water streams. We easily accilimated to the heat & humidity & thoroughly enjoyed living there. I went to a business conference in Orlando last year & could see us moving back to Florida. However, we now live in the Dallas area & the summers here are brutal but without the higher humidity of Florida.My wife & I both agree that we can accilimate to the heat much easier than the cold. I once tried to convince her that Buffalo would be a great place to live as I lived there as a teenager. She told me that I could live in Buffalo if I liked, just not with her so we moved to New Mexico.
No children? Lots of bugs, Heat, High Humidity, Golf courses that you have to call up much in advance, A round that probably takes six hours, all seniors, Naaaa, not for me. Best thing, live there for a year renting if you can. Make certain you touch all the seasons.
Lots of my friends live there in the winter for six months and one day, " No income tax" then go back up North for the summer. Best of both worlds.
I don't know if any of you happened to hear the segment on NPR yesterday about The Villages, but it was pretty interesting.
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