About The Villages: Florida's Friendliest Hometown
The Villages have been called “Florida’s Friendliest Retirement Hometown”. From homes on tree lined streets to an amazing healthcare program, organized sports to a myriad of shopping venues, recreation offerings of over 2000 social clubs to fine dining and restaurant options - The Villages offers its residents an active adult lifestyle all accessible by separate golf cart paths and trails.
The concept of the Villages began in the 1960’s when a Michigan businessman, Harold Schwartz saw an opportunity during one of Florida’s land booms. The Florida grasslands were abundant and at the time presented quite a bargain. Schwartz, like many other developers of that time purchased huge parcels of land hoping to attract retirees from the northern states to the lush Florida paradise. In the early stages of development what is now The Villages began as a trailer park named “Orange Blossom Gardens”. Eventually this would grow and become The Villages after following the example of other successful retirement communities like Sun City and adding amenities to the development like banks, shops, golf courses and restaurants.