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The Villages


The Villages, Florida, is a popular 55+ community in the west central portion of the state. Residents enjoy a carefully cultivated array of recreational opportunities, including literally dozens of golf courses.


The area that is now The Villages was only lightly populated prior to the arrival of the railroad. Henry Flagler was responsible for the construction of many of Florida’s rail lines in the late 19th century, and one came through the area in 1881. In the 1950s a man named Harold Schwartz explored the possibility of selling lots in the area. He was a Michigan businessman that offered northerners a piece of this tropical place for $10 down and $10 a month. His mail order real estate sales effort ended in 1968 when Congress barred the practice of selling land via mail order.

Next came a mobile home park called Orange Blossom Gardens. In the 1980s, single family homes were built, and the development finally took off in the early 1990s. Today, The Villages is one of the mot substantial 55+ communities in the country. On our website you can view homes for sale in The Villages, FL.

Parks and Recreation

The Villages offers ten championship golf courses, including those deigned by champions Nancy Lopez and Arnold Palmer. There is also an extensive network of 32 nine-hole layouts. most are par-three courses, and all may be played without charge by residents of The Villages.

Attractions and Activities

Some of The Villages real estate has been devoted to what are called regional recreation centers. These facilities address a wide array of leisurely and recreational pursuits. One will find everything from fitness centers to pottery facilities at these places. Stages offer venues for musicals and other theatrical performances. Pools are always prominently featured at the regional recreation centers. These sports pools offer lap swimming, water exercise and even water volleyball. On terra firma, one can enjoy bocce, tennis, shuffleboard, pickleball and basketball.


For five years now, The Villages Craft Festival has been held at Colony Plaza at the end of September. The arts and crafts offered are all U.S.A.-made. Personalized wall hangings, one-of-kind jewelry pieces, and even art for pets are among the eclectic and interesting items sold at the festival. There’s also a green market that features exotic flora and homemade soaps.

The growth of real estate in The Villages, FL, community from the 1990s forward means that most of the homes for sale in The Villages will be of fairly recent vintage. The Villages properties also include lots on which retirees build dream homes.

A professional The Villages real estate agent can assist a relocating The Villages home buyer in sorting through the couple of hundred The Villages homes for sale at any one time. Newer The Villages FL homes are available, and these residences often include great amenities like in-ground pools and gourmet kitchens. The real estate in The Villages is often framed by majestic palms or expansive oaks. The Villages realtor of your choice can help to identify the best values in The Villages FL real estate.