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Old 08-30-2007, 06:24 PM
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Default Re: In addition to the Villages, where else did you look to settle.

mejahu .... In my mind, no comparison between The Villages and Pringle 55+ communities. Pringle does build a nice looking house, will build to suit. What I didn't like (in Feb 06) was what appeared to be an almost 2 year lead time to build, and they wanted a lot of money and draws along the way. Just seemed too risky. Their communities are pretty and they do have amenities, but nowhere near the scale of the Villages. Some people feel the Villages is too big and opt for smaller 55+ communities. At that time, Pringle was not doing CDD type government with the separate construction bond (like we have here), so, the infrastructure costs were built into the price of the house. Seemed to me that home prices at Pringle and here were pretty comparable...but lifestyle and amenity differences are huge. Although it's a well worn and tired phrase, at The Villages you're buying the lifestyle more than the house (and the houses are pretty nice too). I didn't get that same sense of lifestyle in the one Pringle community we visited.
Maryland (DC Suburbs) - first 51 years
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