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Port Richey, FL

HO-HUM - 10/29/2014

A nothing town, only famous because of The Villages, which is a huge complex spread out into 3 counties. You can live in the town of Lady Lake and still visit and enjoy parts of The Villages. The areas around The Villages are rural farmlands,mostly low-income, nothing to do. The Villages itself is this manufactured, Disneyesque kind of place where everything is beautiful and perfect. Most of the people are over 55, but don't think it's exclusive; 20% or more are much younger. A lot of Villages homes are rented out bringing lots of strangers into the area who want to party while they are away from home. Lots of DUI's some drugs, sexual activity in public. The safety of The Villages is way over rated. Many of the workers, ie: lawn trimmers, handymen etc,who are needed for the upkeep of the homes, come from the outlying towns and can have records. Bring your checkbook; gas fast food etc is more money in the area. Many of homes in The Villages are stick built (wood) not CB and were thrown up fast. But the clubs and groups are the real draw and if you are a social person you'll love it.

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Lady Lake, FL

The Vllages, an over 55 Retire Community - 5/18/2008

Lady Lake is a bedroom community to The Villages, one of the best over 55 years of age retirement communities in the country. The villages is currently approximately 25,000 acres and is made up of about 35,000 homes. The community will build out at 50,000 homes. The Villages encompasses an area including 3 counties; Lake, Sumter, and Marion counites. The majority of the housing is single family homes raning in size from about 1,000 sq ft to about 2,500 sq ft and the price range is from about $130K to about $300K (with a few less expensive and a few more expensive). Many of the residents are part time (snow birds) from all over the country as well as from other countries such as Canada and England. The villages is an exciting place to live. It currnetly has 24 9-hole executive golf courses and 10 18-to-27 hole championship golf courses. In addition there are dozens of recreation centers with swimming pools, shuffle board courts, tennis courts, bocci ball courses, billiards tables, table tennis, and just about anything else one could think of. There are two town squares in the Villages, with a third under construction, that have retail shops and wonderful restaurants. Every evening of the year the merchants sponser free entertainment at each town square. Hundreds to thousands of people congragate at the town squares each evening and have a wounderful time dancing, listening to music and just enjoying each others company.

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Lady Lake, FL

The Villages, FL (at Lady Lake) - 11/13/2007

I'm pretty sure my opinion will be in the minority here since my interests are more cultural and intellectual than sports or "entertainment" oriented. I moved here in January 2007, having visited for 4 days in October.The weather then was "prime". The Villages is beautiful and clean physically, but the weather from June through September is unbearably hot and humid. After living here for 9 months, I'm ready to move. If your interests are golf, tennis, or vintage car shows and rock and roll/country music on the village squares every night, this is your place. But if you have a hankering for more cultural activities, they are only occasional here at Savannah Center. The restaurants are mostly "chain" with only 2 or 3 even a "cut" above that. And all but three close at 9:00 PM or before. To get even "4 star" atmosphere you have to drive to Ocala or Mount Dora, 20 miles away. And, although, there are countless activity groups they are centered mostly on physical or hobby activities rather than on the intellectual or cultural side. If you love golf and a "homey", almost "disneyesque" atmosphere, this is your place - if you hanker for culture and late night activity, find another.

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Franklin, NJ

Retirement in central Florida - 11/2/2006

We have both travelled extensively in the course of our lives and just love the Lady Lake area. We especially like the idea of developments with town centers such as the Villages that extends over 3 counties including Lake and Sumter. I can't imagine a more delightful place to retire either year round or winters. We were really impressed with the structure and design of the community not to mention the impeccable maintenance of the roadways and country clubs. Wow, what a fabulous place, I thought it was too good to be true. The effort put forth by this family of developers is unbelievable they thought of everything. We've had their cd's sent to all our friends. There are many other communities in the area also which may not offer as much but are also attractive and perhaps a bit less in price.

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Lady Lake, FL

Retirement in Central Florida - 9/16/2006

Lady Lake, a small community in central Florida. 20 miles south of Ocala and about 50 miles north of Orlando. If you're not ready to retire, this area is probably not for you. You won't find much of entertainment if you are under 55 years old. "The Villages" retirement community makes up most of town. It is a very nice, very structured, very restricted area. You kind of feel that you are always being watched. Grass always mowed just right. Maximum of two cars, not including the almost manditory golf cart. Itreally not all that bad if you like that kind of live. I found that I really miss interacting with a more diverse age group than what you'll find here. Summers are HOT. 90 plus every day and lots of rain, lightning, and thunder. Oh, did I mention the bugs? Yes, there are bugs. Mosquitos, flys, flees, cock roaches, and ofcourse gekkos. Winters however, are why SnowBirds flock to Florida every fall. The winter is quite mild in central Florida. It will be 65-75 degrees every day. Some evenings can get a light frost, but not very often. Most Snow Birds arrive in October and depart in March or April. It all depends on what the weather is doing up north. An early cold snap will send them fleeing to the warmth a little earlier than normal. All in all its not a bad place to hang your hat, atleast, part of the year.

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Naples, FL

Retirement area - 3/1/2006

Is this a good retirement area?

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Lady Lake, FL

Good and Bad - 9/1/2005

I have lived here 15 years and can't wait to leave. If you are looking for retirees, overdevelopment, wasting natural beauty, hurricanes, heat, humidity and low paying jobs and terrible schools This Is THE PLACE. On the other hand, it is very safe, reasonable health care is available, and there are lots of ways to spend your money.

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