The Villages Florida: Essentials to Know Before Purchasing a Home

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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. 
Today, The Villages has a population of over 125,000 residents. It encompasses 3 Florida counties of Sumter, Lake and Marion. It boasts 50 golf courses, over 2000 social and activity clubs and 3 town squares where you will find live entertainment 365 days a year. There are now hundreds of retail stores, from arts and crafts to clothing, furniture and department stores. Dining options are just as plentiful featuring recognizable national restaurant chains to unique independent boutique style dining. In addition there are 14 Country Clubs, each with a featured restaurant that offers its own specialty dish, daily specials and happy hours. The Villages Florida is the ultimate leisure retirement lifestyle destination in the Country.

The Villages: The Sum of Many Parts

As seen on any map including Google maps you can easily see how large an area The Villages encompasses. If one were to merely drive around the circumference of The Villages you would find that the trip would probably take you the better part of four hours. The Villages has been and continues to be built in phases. You can actually see the difference between some of those phases in the homes and neighborhoods as you drive through the area. In the earlier phases of development you will notice more trees and green space between homes and nearly all of those homes were mobile homes. In fact, The Villages actually started as a single Mobile Home Park which is today called Orange Blossom Hills and in the Spanish Springs area of the development. There are still Mobile Homes in that part of the development although more and more people who are buying those older properties are tearing them down and building permanent structures on concrete slabs. The development began its expansion west into the Mulberry section. This is a unique area because of the fact that it is older but the homes built were on a slab and certainly have a distinct look with an older feel unlike the newer homes being built today in Fenney. The Mulberry homes look like detached villas and were most likely the precursor of the present day attached villas that are quite common in the newly constructed communities. What I consider to be the most important distinction about Mulberry is that there are a number of the neighborhoods or Villages (The Villages derives its name from the various neighborhoods being referred to as separate villages) that have their Community Development District (CDD) bond paid off. The CDD is a bond developers use to improve the raw land by installing infrastructure like sewers, roads and street lights. They receive the money for these projects by issuing a bond and receiving the proceeds from that issue which will have payments and interest attached to them but they use that method rather than using their own money. The payments to that bond issue are turned over to the individual buyers within that zoning district when they purchase a home. A typical CDD payment can be as much as $150 per month but they vary from Village to Village and depend on the size of the home and lot but they are an extra cost that most Village residents pay.
Following Mulberry, the expansion of The Villages turned south as Lake Sumter Landing was added over a number of years. You can’t help but notice the influence of Key West architecture in many of the dwellings throughout this area. The expansion continued south with Brownwood. The homes built in this area look more contemporary with a traditional Florida elevation or appearance. Brownwood is also home to the last of the three Town Squares that have been added to the development thus far. The expansion of The Villages continued south with the addition of Fenney which has crossed some major thoroughfares including Highway 42 and the Florida Turnpike. This has necessitated the construction of several bridges to connect the golf cart path system that winds its way throughout The Villages allowing a resident to drive from the furthest point north in Spanish Springs or Mulberry to the furthest point south in the newly constructed areas of Fenney. One other thing you will probably notice is in the newer locations of Brownwood and Fenney there are more Villa homes being built than the single family home variety.
That is a breakdown of the various Villages locations and how I’ve split the development down into bite size pieces in the Communities section of the website for ease of understanding and to make it a bit easier to identify a section to focus a home search.


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The Villages – A Deep Dive into The Yellow Line

We will be examining some of The Villages social, leisure and entertainment activities and how the “Yellow Line” impacts them. We’ll also discuss what’s included for those inside the yellow line compared to what those outside the yellow line in the 55+ communities on the border of The Villages can participate in. We’ll start the examination of the yellow line with the various Recreations Centers with their related activities and social clubs, the swimming pools and a brief overview of Golf.  Although this may sound rather basic, once a resident moves into the Villages this is one of the more confusing aspects until they become accustomed to the nomenclature and differences between the Recreation Centers and what each has to offer.

 The Recreation Centers

To begin let’s take a look at the Recreation Centers. There are 3 different types of Recreation Centers in The Villages. The first are the Neighborhood Recreation Centers. These are all located within the numerous Villages (remember that every neighborhood or subdivision within The Villages is actually referred to as a Village) with some adjoining Villages sharing a Neighborhood Center. For example the residents of Gilchrist Village and Sanibel Village share the Bradenton Neighborhood Recreation Center. The main reason you’ll find adjoining Villages that share Neighborhood Recreation Centers is that they are not separated by a major thoroughfare. In other words one can enter the gate for the Village of Gilchrist and proceed directly into the Village of Sanibel without exiting Gilchrist or going through another entrance gate. These are the types of Villages that generally will share a Neighborhood Recreation Center. The Neighborhood Recreation Centers are where you will find the Adult Only pools. These are generally the more serene of the pools where children are not allowed entry and residents are not swimming laps. These are the centers where you will find bocce courts, horseshoe pits and shuffleboard courts, so as you tour through the Villages and notice these amenities at a Recreation Center you will be able to identify that as a Neighborhood Center which has the Adult Only pool.
The second type of Recreation Center is known as the Village Recreation Centers. These are a bit larger than the Neighborhood Recreation Centers and used for larger gatherings or larger social groups. These Recreation Centers are generally located outside of the individual Villages unlike the Neighborhood Recreation Centers which you will find inside the individual Villages. In these centers it is common to find billiard rooms, larger meeting rooms and kitchens. At these Centers you will still find the bocce courts, horseshoe pits and shuffleboard courts but what sets these apart is that they also have tennis courts and pickleball courts which are among the most popular of the leisure activities. Another feature that is different at the Village Recreation Centers is that they offer the Family pools where children are welcome, so if you have family with children visiting and they want to use a pool, you will want to go to a Village Recreation Center pool.
The Final type of Recreation Center is known as the Regional Recreation Center and as the name suggests, these are the largest of the three types of Recreation Centers. Out of the 96 Recreation Centers in the Villages there are only 13 Regional Centers and they are commonly located on the major thoroughfares in the Villages. At these centers is where you’ll find the Fitness Centers, pottery classes and facilities and even larger meeting rooms with stages that can accommodate theatrical performances. The swimming pools found at the Regional Centers are the Sports pools that are used for lap swimming, water aerobics and water volleyball. They also include all the outdoor leisure activity options like both of the other types of Centers like bocce, horseshoes, shuffleboard, tennis and pickleball.
Most new residents have a difficult time distinguishing between the Village Recreation Center and the Regional Recreation Center until they begin to recognize the names of the Regional Centers. Those 96 centers represent all the locations where the more than 3000 social and leisure clubs meet. There are two easy ways to find out what clubs are available and where they are meeting. One is to subscribe to the Villages Daily Sun which is the local newspaper. Every Thursday they include an entire section dedicated to the clubs including what they are, where and what time they meet and who to contact about joining them. The other way is to visit a Regional Recreation Center where they have print outs at the front desk that contain virtually the same information that is found in the newspaper.
All the activities, clubs and even entry into the Recreation Centers are limited to those who live within the Yellow line of the Villages or referred to as Village Residents. The only exception is the Eisenhower Recreation Center in Brownwood which is open to the public to view and tour but not participate in any of the events held there. All the pools, tennis, pickleball, bocce, horseshoes and shuffleboard are for Village Residents who are those who live inside the yellow line. One other note is that there is a fee to use the Fitness Centers in the Regional Recreation Centers which is why MVP Fitness has large gyms in both Brownwood and Spanish Springs and provides a popular option available to those inside or outside the yellow line for less cost than the Fitness Centers found inside the Regional Recreation Centers.
To help you gain a scope not only of the immense size of the Villages but also give you an idea to the commitment to lifestyle, there are currently 96 Recreation Centers throughout the Villages

Golf

An interesting point about golfing in The Villages is a myth that began circulating that there is free, unlimited golf in the Villages. I indicate that it is a myth because there is a trail fee to use your golf cart on the Executive Courses which ranges from $20 per month to about $142 annually. The only way to enjoy free golf is to walk the courses and virtually no one walks the courses which is why I consider free golf a myth. One other interesting fact is that less than 50% of Villages residents even golf. There are 38 Executive Golf Courses in The Villages. The Executive Courses are another perk for those living inside the Yellow line unlike the Championship Courses which allow non-residents to play. That is because there are green fees for both residents and non- residents to play the Championship courses. There are 12 Championship Courses in Villages. Again, these do allow those living outside the yellow line to play. The cost for a resident or someone living inside the yellow line to play at these courses without a golf cart rental is
  • Palmer Legends, Cane Garden, Mallory Hill, Havana, Bonifay, Evans Prairie, Belle Glade and Tierra Del Sol: $47-$84.
  • Hacienda Hills, Glenview Champions and Lopez Legacy: $41-$78.
  • Orange Blossom Hills: $33-$70.
The rates are higher for non-residents or those living outside the yellow line. Compare this to some of the nearby golfing options where it doesn’t matter if you live inside or outside the yellow line. The following rates include a golf cart rental:
  • Harbor Hills Country Club in Lady Lake: $29.99-$37.99.
  • Water Oaks Golf Course in Lady Lake: $18-$33.
  • The Club at Pennbrooke Fairways Golf Course in Leesburg: $17-$20.
  • Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills: $30-$57.01.
  • Links at Spruce Creek South in Summerfield: $24-$30.
  • Eagle Ridge Golf Club at Del Webb Spruce Creek in Summerfield: $25-$35.
  • Continental Country Club in Wildwood: $23-$31.50.
That is a quick breakdown of the recreation and leisure activities in the Villages and the limited use of those facilities for someone outside the Yellow Line. One thing that is rather important to consider is that all of the 55+ communities just outside the yellow Line of the Villages offers many of the recreation and leisure activities found inside the yellow line of the Villages. You just won’t find even close to the number of social clubs and the diversity of options available in The Villages. In addition you will notice a huge difference in the number of participants in activities outside of the yellow line, for example inside the yellow line you will most likely have 30 to 40 participants in a yoga class compared to 6 to 8 in one of the 55+ communities on the border of The Villages.
Although we are diving deeper into this topic of The Villages yellow line this is not what I would consider the definitive word on the topic but what it should provide is a much better understanding of what it entails to live inside The Villages compared to purchasing a property in a bordering community around The Villages.

The Villages Health

Since The Villages has only been around since 1989 it didn’t take the Morse family long to notice that their business plan had a glaring hole that needed to be plugged. They had developed a community that was targeting residents who were 65 years of age and older which brought with it a built in issue we all face with aging – illness and deterioration associated with aging. Those words even make me cringe as I write them. What I’m sure the developers were noticing as a big potential problem was attrition. They would no sooner get a new neighborhood started when some of the first residents who moved into that location were either getting sick and needing to move out or had passed away. This could certainly be a problem when the vision is to build a senior community on a grand scale when this type of attrition is complicating the filling up of what one hasn’t even finished yet. To overcome this gapping whole in the business model they had to come up with something in the health and wellness area that would complement what they were doing with the leisure and activity area. The answer became what is known today as The Villages Health.
Although I don’t know all the details on how it began, I will relate where the program is at present. Currently, this program operates under a Medicare Advantage program which accepts other insurances as well. They have staff at each of the “Clinics” to help get people signed up with coverage if there is any difficulty with their existing plan. There are at least 7 Villages Health Clinics throughout The Villages and a new Villages Specialty Center that is attached to the new Brownwood Hotel and Spa. The Clinics offer not only a physician visit but they also have their own labs and pharmacy to try and become a “one stop shop” for medical care. In addition they have structured their care much different from outside health organizations when it comes to the doctor visit. Most physicians or should I say health plans since they are what governs how much time the doctor is going to spend with you, will allow 10 to 15 minutes for a doctor visit. They are generally set up by office staff for every 10 minutes so if the doctor goes over on any visit, the waiting room begins filling up and you end up waiting for 30 minutes to an hour for your scheduled appointment. At the Villages Health, your first visit is one hour and every subsequent visit is 30 minutes with your doctor. The waiting rooms are not packed with patients and you will rarely wait more than 5 minutes for your scheduled appointment. I have found the doctors to be quite thorough and the follow up very good as well. My only complaint because of my own personal preference is that they only offer traditional western medicine. You will not find any chiropractic or other alternative medicine offered in The Villages Health. You will find these alternative options inside the “yellow line” but not at The Villages Health program. The Villages Health is only offered to Village residents or those who live inside the “Yellow Line”. One interesting note is that if a Village resident declines in health to the point where they need assisted living or memory care and they opt to move into one of the many options around The Villages, this would place them outside the yellow line and they would lose their primary care doctor.

The Town Squares

Truly, the epicenter and centerpieces of The Villages are found in the three Town Squares. They complement the Recreation Centers to form the hub of social life in The Villages and although those living outside the “yellow line” aren’t able to participate in the clubs and leisure activity offered in any of the Recreation Centers, they are allowed to participate in anything that goes on at the Town Squares. The three squares are much more than just entertainment centers as they are full of boutique shopping and dining options. All of which are accessible to anyone whether you live inside or outside the “Yellow Line”. I will be examining in depth each of the Town Squares in future editions of this Blog so for now I will keep my observations of the Town Squares focused on how they are impacted by the yellow line. There is certainly a lot to cover in each of the Town Squares. We will begin with the first of the three Town Squares which is in Spanish Springs. Like all of the Town Squares there is literally a square in the middle of this shopping and dining hub. In that square is a stage where every night of the year you will find live entertainment that is free of charge and open to the public. Once again, the entertainment in these Town Squares is available to anyone inside or outside the “yellow line” and free of charge. Like the other Town Squares you will find the main restaurant options dotted around the perimeter of the square along with shopping options. These expand outward from the square for several blocks. Parking for car or golf cart is provided free of charge and for anyone whether inside or outside the “yellow line”. There are a couple of notable entertainment exceptions at Spanish Springs which are the Sharon Theatre and Katie Belles. The Sharon offers live entertainment but charges for these performances and is available to anyone inside or outside the “yellow line”. Katie Belles is a dinner theatre and again it doesn’t matter which side of the yellow line you live in. Lake Sumter Landing is probably the most picturesque of the three Town Squares due to Lake Sumter providing a unique back drop to this center. Brownwood is the newest of the Town Squares and offers stadium seating for guest to watch the performers on their stage. All three town squares have ample room for dancing which happens in abundance for various performers. That is probably the biggest thing that you’ll notice at the Town Squares. Those who live inside the “yellow line” and participate in some of the dancing options like line dancing at the Recreation Centers will get together at the Town Squares in the evening and use their newfound skills by dancing to the live entertainment. This provides quite a disadvantage to someone outside the “yellow line” who isn’t familiar with the various dance moves and doesn’t know anyone in the group. I have observed that the groups are very friendly and wouldn’t snub anyone who doesn’t participate in their dance class at the Recreation Center but you may have a hard time keeping up.
In addition to the Recreation Centers, the golf courses, the Town Squares, Country Clubs and shopping options there are some other things in The Villages that are impacted by the “yellow line”. There are several wood working shops in The Villages that are only for residents. There are a small number of Assisted Living and Memory Care facilities that are actually inside the “yellow line”, at least 4 that I know of where a resident who requires that service would be able to move in and keep their doctor in The Villages Health program. The Polo games at the The Villages Polo Club are available to anyone with paid admission. You will also find paid admission to anyone whether inside or outside the “yellow line” for The Studio Theatre at Tierra Del Sol, The Savannah Center and any of the three cinemas that can be found at the Town Squares. That would be the Rialto Theatre in Spanish Springs, the Old Mill Playhouse in Lake Sumter Landing and the Barnstorm Theatre in Brownwood. They are all multi screen cinemas and they coordinate their shows so no two are showing the same films. I’m sure there’s even more information regarding the “yellow line” that I could get into that I’m not thinking of as I finish up this second part on the “yellow line” topic. It will most likely come to me in a week or so that I should have included this or that but for the most part these two Blogs represent a pretty good overview of what you’ll find included as a resident of the Villages inside the “yellow line” and what you’ll be excluded from participating in if you purchase a home outside of that boundary.
In conclusion, I happen to be a resident inside the “yellow line” and get to enjoy the perks associated with it but have sold many homes to customers outside of that boundary. What I have found is that those who choose to buy outside the “yellow line” are conscious of the cost to be inside The Villages. There is no doubt you will pay a premium to live here both in the cost of the home which is a little higher than properties outside The Villages and the monthly fees. For those who have a budget they must stay within there are some good options that lie just outside the “yellow line” in the Spanish Springs area. Both Spruce Creek South and Stonecrest are popular alternatives. For those who don’t mind the extra cost to be in The Villages, there is no doubt you will enjoy many of those additional perks that others can’t participate in. There is definitely a feeling of belonging for those who live inside the “yellow line”, a camaraderie that I never had living in gated communities in Southwest Florida or even here in Central Florida. There is also a greater sense of security living inside The Villages with their regular community patrols and series of gated communities one just feels a little safer than other gated communities I’ve lived in. Another perk are the block parties that are extremely common throughout the Villages that are a regular part of community life. These are just informal gatherings of neighbors that happen all over The Villages throughout the year and particularly in season (November – April). In addition, someone living inside the “yellow line” gets to enjoy running the squares 5K run, the annual chili cook off, the February Golf Fest, the St. Patrick Day’s Festival, the BBQ bash, The Villages Senior Games, Oktoberfest, Italian Festival and the Christmas Tree Lightings just to name a few, this list could go on and on. I hope you find this information useful for your consideration of whether living inside or outside the “yellow line” is right for you.


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Here are the areas and Communities in and around The Villages Florida

About These Communities

Below you can explore the different sections of The Villages and the surrounding 55+ communities I serve. 

The Villages:

Spanish Springs Area

The Spanish Springs portion of The Villages is where Harold Schwartz began the development back in the early 1980's. Spanish Springs remains the main hub of The Villages with most of the shopping and dining options concentrated in this area. It is also where you will find most of the congestion of traffic during season which typically runs from November through April. The UF Health Villages Hospital is located in Spanish Springs along with many physician offices. The Spanish Springs Town Square is one of three entertainment centers in The Villages that features live entertainment every night of the year. The Sharon Theater and Box Office, a main entertainment venue, is one of many attractions in this part of The Villages. Spanish Springs contains much of the medical, shopping and dining options because of the proximity to Highway 27/441 which is a highly used north/south artery in this part of Florida. 

Basic Border of the Area

The main borders around the Spanish Springs area. The northern border is El Camino Real Road with the eastern border being Highway 27/441 until it intersects with Rolling Acres Road which completes the eastern border where it connects to Highway 466 to the south. The southern border is Highway 466 and the western border is Buena Vista Blvd. One caveat to the borders of the Spanish Springs area is that the original mobile home park, Orange Blossom Hills, that started The Villages, lies just northeast of Highway27/441 and is part of the Spanish Springs area.

Recreation Center/Country Club Overview

Throughout the entire development of The Villages you will find Recreation Centers where social clubs and leisure activities are offered. In addition you will find The Country Clubs where you will find some of the best dining options offered in The Villages.

There are three different types of Recreation Centers:

Neighborhood Recreation Centers – These are found inside every Village and generally host the smaller social club events.

Village Recreation Centers – These centers are usually centrally located around a number of the neighborhoods or Villages and will host larger social clubs and offer league activities in various leisure and sport activities. You will also find the Family Pools at these centers which allow children and families that are visiting to use them.

Chula Vista Recreation Center

Tierra Del Sol Recreation Center

Silver Lake Recreation Center

Southside Recreation Center

Regional Recreation Centers – These are the largest of the centers and have the largest rooms to accommodate banquets and large gatherings. Most of them have fitness centers and the Adult Pools that children aren’t allowed to use.

La Hacienda Recreation Center

Paradise Recreation Center

Country Clubs:

Tierra Del Sol Country Club

Hacienda Hills Country Club

Orange Blossom Hills Country Club

Shopping/Dining Overview

This is merely an overview of the shopping and dining options found within the Spanish Springs area and may not necessarily contain all of those options that are currently available. As indicated in the description of this area, this is the main shopping hub of The Villages primarily due to its location to the main Florida thoroughfare of Highway 27/441 plus it is where The Villages borders Lady Lake Florida. There are four shopping plazas in Spanish Springs that are found one after another on Highway 27/441. The first of those plazas is Spanish Plaines. It is anchored by Publix with a Walgreens on one of it’s out-parcels. Dining includes Denny’s, First Watch and a Subway. The next plaza is La Plaza Grande which is anchored by Belks, City Furniture and Winn-Dixie. Dining options include Applebee’s, Perkins, Wendy’s, Burger King and a Taco Bell. The third plaza is Rolling Acres Plaza with Anchors of Bealls Outlet, Michaels, Payless Shoes, Petco, Staples, Target and T.J. Maxx. Dining options include Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill and Chick-fil-a. The fourth plaza is actually The Spanish Springs Town Square where you find a plethora of boutique shopping, the MVP fitness club and the Rialto Theatre which is a multi screen cinema. Dining options include Ruby Tuesday, Toojay’s Deli, World of Beer, Gator’s Dockside and a host of boutique dining.

The Villages:

Lake Sumter Landing Area

The Lake Sumter Landing portion of The Villages is pretty much central to everything The Villages has to offer. From this central hub you have easy access to the Spanish Springs shopping area and medical offices as well as the newer sections of Brownwood and Fenney. Lake Sumter Landing is also the second of the three Town Square entertainment centers with live entertainment every night of the week. You will also find some of the best lake views found in The Villages in this area. Lake Sumter Landing is home to The Waterfront Inn, a landmark of the area. Easy access, tranquil living and wonderful lake views is what Lake Sumter Landing is known for. Directly east of this section of The Villages is American Legion Post 347 which is one of the largest in the Country. 

Basic Border of the Area

The main borders around the Lake Sumter Landing area. The northern border is Highway 466 with the eastern border being County Road 100 or NE 90th Street. The southern border is Highway 466A with the western border being Highway 462 which merges into Highway 121.

Recreation Center/Country Club Overview

Throughout the entire development of The Villages you will find Recreation Centers where social clubs and leisure activities are offered. In addition you will find The Country Clubs where you will find some of the best dining options offered in The Villages.

There are three different types of Recreation Centers:

Neighborhood Recreation Centers – These are found inside every Village and generally host the smaller social club events.

Village Recreation Centers – These centers are usually centrally located around a number of the neighborhoods or Villages and will host larger social clubs and offer league activities in various leisure and sport activities. You will also find the Family Pools at these centers which allow children and families that are visiting to use them.

Pimlico Recreation Center

Bridgeport Recreation Center

Canal Street Recreation Center

Hibiscus Recreation Center

Odell Recreation Center

Churchill Street Recreation Center

Coconut Cove Recreation Center

Bacall Recreation Center

Allamanda Recreation Center

Fish Hawk Recreation Center

Sterling Heights Recreation Center

Truman Recreation Center

Regional Recreation Centers – These are the largest of the centers and have the largest rooms to accommodate banquets and large gatherings. Most of them have fitness centers and the Adult Pools that children aren’t allowed to use.

Colony Cottage Recreation Center

Lake Miona Recreation Center

Laurel Manor Recreation Center

Seabreeze Recreation Center

Country Clubs:

Palmer Legends Country Club

Mallory Hill Country Club

Havana Country Club

Cane Garden Country Club

Shopping/Dining Overview

This is merely an overview of the shopping and dining options found within the Spanish Springs area and may not necessarily contain all of those options that are currently available. There are three main shopping plazas in the Lake Sumter Landing area. The first is Southern Trace which is bordered by the second shopping plaza, Buffalo Ridge. Both of these are found on highway 466 just east of highway 301. Southern Trace is anchored by Bealls Outlet, Publix and Ace Hardware. Dining options include Beef O’Bradys, IHOP and a Taco Bell. Buffalo Ridge is anchored by Walmart, Bealls, Marshalls, Home Goods and The Fresh Market. Dining options include Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Golden Corral, McDonalds and Burger King. The Third shopping plaza is the Lake Sumter Landing market square where you’ll find a large number of boutique shopping and several anchor stores including Winn-Dixie, Barnes and Noble Bookstore and City Furniture. Dining options include City Fire, Cody’s Roadhouse, Johnny Rockets, Panera Bread, Sonny’s BBQ, Toojay’s Deli and Starbucks plus a host of boutique dining. You will also find the Lake Sumter Landing Town Square with nightly entertainment and the Old Mill Playhouse multi screen cinema.

The Villages:

Fenney Area

The Fenney section of The Villages is the newest part of the development. One of the main features of Fenney is that the Morse family was able to incorporate many of the residents suggestions over the years and add them to this part of the development. Things like a dog park and a miniature golf type recreation area have been incorporated in Fenney. It also features over 13 miles of nature trails for walking or biking. It is nestled between Highway 40 and the Florida Turnpike. Riding the golf cart paths from Fenney to Brownwood entails many tunnels and the new large expansive bridges that cross both Highway 40 and the Turnpike. 

Basic Border of the Area

The main borders around the Fenney area are somewhat fluid as there are no main arteries that border this area on the west or south. With that being said the border of the north would be Highway 42. The eastern border lies just east of Morse Blvd. The southern border is just south of the Florida Turnpike and the western border would be Highway 301 if it continued south where it intersects with Warm Springs Ave.

Recreation Center/Country Club Overview

Throughout the entire development of The Villages you will find Recreation Centers where social clubs and leisure activities are offered. In addition you will find The Country Clubs where you will find some of the best dining options offered in The Villages.

There are three different types of Recreation Centers:

Neighborhood Recreation Centers – These are found inside every Village and generally host the smaller social club events.

Village Recreation Centers – These centers are usually centrally located around a number of the neighborhoods or Villages and will host larger social clubs and offer league activities in various leisure and sport activities. You will also find the Family Pools at these centers which allow children and families that are visiting to use them.

Water Lily Recreation Center

Spanish Moss Recreation Center

Regional Recreation Centers – These are the largest of the centers and have the largest rooms to accommodate banquets and large gatherings. Most of them have fitness centers and the Adult Pools that children aren’t allowed to use.

Chitty Chatty Recreation Center

Fenney Recreation Center

Shopping/Dining Overview

This is merely an overview of the shopping and dining options found within the Spanish Springs area and may not necessarily contain all of those options that are currently available. The main shopping option in the Fenney area is the Lake Deaton plaza located on Highway 44 and Morse Blvd. It is a smaller plaza anchored by Publix with limited dining options that currently only offer a China Gourmet.

The Villages:

Brownwood Area

The Brownwood portion of The Villages features a unique Town Square entertainment center with stadium seating. Again, you'll find entertainment offered here every night of the year. This area has expanded recently with the addition of condominium style homes that are built right in the Brownwood center walking distance from the Town Square. The area is known for the newer Villa homes and also the larger Executive homes that are over 4000 square feet. Brownwood also offers the easiest access to I-75 from any of the areas of The Villages. It is also home to another MVP fitness center. There are two in The Villages, the one in Spanish Springs and the one located in Brownwood. Another new feature of Brownwood is the new Brownwood Health Center and the Brownwood Hotel and Spa. 

Basic Border of the Area

The main borders around the Brownwood area. The northern border is Highway 466A. The eastern border is about 3 miles east of Highway 468. The southern border is Highway 44 and the western border is Highway 462.

Recreation Center/Country Club Overview

Throughout the entire development of The Villages you will find Recreation Centers where social clubs and leisure activities are offered. In addition you will find The Country Clubs where you will find some of the best dining options offered in The Villages.

There are three different types of Recreation Centers:

Neighborhood Recreation Centers – These are found inside every Village and generally host the smaller social club events.

Village Recreation Centers – These centers are usually centrally located around a number of the neighborhoods or Villages and will host larger social clubs and offer league activities in various leisure and sport activities. You will also find the Family Pools at these centers which allow children and families that are visiting to use them.

Manatee Recreation Center

Bradenton Recreation Center

Captiva Recreation Center

Big Cypress Recreation Center

Burnsed Recreation Center

Moyer Recreation Center

Regional Recreation Centers – These are the largest of the centers and have the largest rooms to accommodate banquets and large gatherings. Most of them have fitness centers and the Adult Pools that children aren’t allowed to use. 

Eisenhower Recreation Center

Rohan Recreation Center

Country Clubs:

Evans Prairie Country Club

Bonifay Country Club

Belle Glade Country Club

Shopping/Dining Overview

This is merely an overview of the shopping and dining options found within the Spanish Springs area and may not necessarily contain all of those options that are currently available. There are four main shopping plazas in the Brownwood area. They are located throughout the Brownwood area with the first plaza, The Colony, located on highway 466A and Morse Blvd. It is anchored by Publix, Bealls Outlet and Walmart Marketplace. Dining options at The Colony include Beef O’Bradys, Bob Evans, McDonalds and Subway. The second shopping plaza is Pinellas located further west on Highway 466A just a short distance east of Highway 301. It is a smaller plaza anchored by Winn-Dixie with dining options that include Square 1 Burgers and Subway. The third plaza is Grand Traverse located on Highway 44 just outside of Wildwood east of Highway 301, which is another smaller plaza anchored by Publix with a few dining options that include Subway. The fourth plaza is the Brownwood Paddock Square. As with most of the Town Squares you will find a multitude of boutique shopping. The Town Square is where you will find live entertainment every night of the year and located here is the Barnstorm theatre multi screen cinema. Dining options include City Fire, Cody’s Roadhouse, Five Guys, Gators Dockside, Toojay’s Deli and World of Beer.


The Villages:

Mulberry Area

The Mulberry section of The Villages features some of the most expansive home sites available throughout the entire development that covers three Florida Counties. One of the most attractive features of the Mulberry section is that has several neighborhoods or Villages that have already paid off the CDD or Community Development District bond. This can represent a savings to homeowners of thousands of dollars per year as the bond payment will typically range between $150 to nearly $200 per month. The Villages has always used bonds when developing the area to put in the infrastructure and then turn those bond payments over to the homeowners when the newly developed neighborhood is ready to occupy. Mulberry offers one of the few areas throughout The Villages to save on that payment. Another attractive feature of the Mulberry area is that this is where the Veterans Administration Clinic is located. It is rated as one of the best VA Clinics in the State. Other important destinations within the Mulberry area include The Savannah Center which is a live theatre and playhouse and The Villages Polo Club where residents are able to attend Polo matches. 

Basic Border of the Area

The main borders around the Mulberry area. The northern border is Highway 42 with the eastern border a combination of Highway 27/441 and eventually winding its way to Buena Vista Blvd where it runs concurrent to the Spanish Springs area border. The southern border is Highway 466 with the western border being Highway 101.  

Recreation Center/Country Club Overview

Throughout the entire development of The Villages you will find Recreation Centers where social clubs and leisure activities are offered. In addition you will find The Country Clubs where you will find some of the best dining options offered in The Villages.

There are three different types of Recreation Centers:

Neighborhood Recreation Centers – These are found inside every Village and generally host the smaller social club events.

Village Recreation Centers – These centers are usually centrally located around a number of the neighborhoods or Villages and will host larger social clubs and offer league activities in various leisure and sport activities. You will also find the Family Pools at these centers which allow children and families that are visiting to use them.

 El Santiago Recreation Center

Saddlebrook Recreation Center

Chatham Recreation Center

Regional Recreation Centers – These are the largest of the centers and have the largest rooms to accommodate banquets and large gatherings. Most of them have fitness centers and the Adult Pools that children aren’t allowed to use.

Mulberry Grove Recreation Center

Savannah Recreation Center

Country Clubs:

Glenview Country Club

The Legacy Country Club

Shopping/Dining Overview:

This is merely an overview of the shopping and dining options found within the Mulberry area and may not necessarily contain all of those options that are currently available. The main shopping option in the Mulberry area is at Mulberry Grove on Highway 42. It is part of the plaza where the VA clinic is located. The anchors in this shopping plaza are Bealls Outlet and Publix. Some of the dining options include Beef O’Bradys, Cody’s Roadhouse and a Subway.


Stonecrest

Stonecrest is a 55+ community that is just minutes north of Orange Blossom Hills of The Villages. Orange Blossom Hills was the original Mobile Home Park that became what is now The Villages. Both Orange Blossom Hills and Stonecrest are only minutes from the Spanish Springs Town Square. In fact there is Golf Cart access that residents of Stonecrest can use that connects to The Villages Golf Cart paths. Stonecrest offers their own social activities and community amenities and features a bit more upscale properties than those found in Spruce Creek South or Orange Blossom Hills. The main reason that homeowners choose Stonecrest over a property in The Villages is again based on the monthly savings due to most of The Villages neighborhoods that have HOA, Amenity and CDD fees as opposed to the much lower HOA fee found in Stonecrest.

Lakeside Landings

Lakeside Landings offers another alternative to The Villages. It is enveloped on three sides by The Villages and was established by a developer out of Naples Florida. Although it does not participate in the amenities found in The Villages, the monthly HOA and amenity fees in Lakeside Landings are very similar to what is found in The Villages. The homes are reminiscent of what you'd see in Naples as opposed to the Key West style that is more prominent in the Lake Sumter Landing area. Home prices are also somewhat higher in Lakeside Landings unless one is looking for a condominium or attached villa style. Lakeside Landings is one of the few locations in or around The Villages that does not offer golfing in the community.

Spruce Creek South

Spruce Creek South is the closest community to The Villages located just north of the Spanish Springs Town Square. It is a popular choice for retirees looking into The Villages but wanting to avoid paying the larger monthly HOA, amenity fees and CDD fees. It offers a miniature version of the social activities found in The Villages at a lower cost. It provides easy access to all of the shopping, dining and entertainment options that are plentiful in the Spanish Springs section of The Villages and in a much more budget friendly way.

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