With low interest rates and a positive economy, you can imagine how busy we are in the beautiful state of Florida.
Many of you may have heard about the “world’s largest retirement community” called The Villages, Florida. While this community may seem attractive at first, couples often find it necessary to relocate a second time shortly after purchasing in The Villages. The book Leisureville, by Andrew D. Blechman, http://www.andrewblechman.com/leisureville/ is a must read for those considering a visit to The Villages. Mr. Blechman investigates and describes his experiences in a world without children.
Let’s face it, a community of 110,000 people and growing that touts ‘The Disneyland of Retirement Communities’ may seem intriguing at first, although in reality after all the hype wears off, couples find themselves stuck in long lines at restaurants, heavy traffic congestion (golf cart and automobile), tee times that are anything but friendly, and a huge influx of renters during the peak season. Imagine a tsunami of visitors that hits in December and recedes in April. The Villages does include golf in their HOA fees, but this included golf is limited to the par 3 executive courses only – good luck getting on one of those! Couples that move out of The Villages can truly say ‘been there, done that, now let’s find the place that we really want to live’.
Central Florida has all the charm and grace that you would expect to find in Old Florida. One community in central Florida (not The Villages) is a stand out among 55+ resort style, country club, active-adult communities. Remember when we were kids, Sundays were always special, life slowed down on that special day. This magnificent community hasn’t lost touch with that feeling. Our golden years should be spent relaxing with enough activities to occupy as much or as little of our time as we so choose.
Stay tuned for more discussion during the continuation of “The hunt for the best place to retire in Florida” soon.