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Old 07-28-2008, 01:53 PM
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Thank heavens. I am so glad you ARE my neighbor. I hadn't realized it was an old thread.
Good for you. ...whew. I"m not as dumb as I look...What a relief.
I'm not as dumb as I look either......but my wife explained that nobody could be as dumb as I looked. :dontknow:
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Old 07-28-2008, 02:36 PM
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GG, you opened up Pandora's Box!! lol
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TOW sounds lovely. TV is not the only place in the world. It's just our choice for this time in our lives. In the future..who knows???
SAM, You are not going anywhere! Unless you buy a cruise ship and travel the world! Just the disgruntled move!!
Some want small and quiet? There are plenty of choices.
I want to LIVE!. Be busy! Join groups, learn new things, meet lots of people...
In TV you may go everywhere by golf cart. Grocery stores, (4 different markets), a plethora of stores and restaurants, adult or family pool choices, executive GOLF courses (how many)?? HOW MANY championship courses? I have tried golf and like it, just don't have much time, yet. Miles upon miles of golf cart trails to the most gorgeous recreation centers, on beautiful clean paths, doctors, wellness center, HOSPITAL, lakeside boardwalk, clubs, wildlife sanctuaries, recreation centers.
I believe many people just want to do nothing when they get older except act old. Stay in, cook, read books, watch TV, go to the pool. I want to feel young! I am in awe that our beautiful town squares have special gatherings on holidays for families and folks living anywhere, Plantations, Harbor Hills, TOTW, and a hundred others. AND daily entertainment.
When those living in the other communities have their driving privileges revoked, how will they get to TV for their fun? If they take my golf cart privileges away, I can walk! If I can't walk, I'll call a taxi. And if you live here and can't get somewhere call me and I'll take ya! Thats the friendliness!!!
I can go on and on about what other communities are missing. But then again, I also want the gates closed. Actually, golf cart parking only would actually be a big improvement in TV for the residents. This could be around all the SQUARES and close streets, with parking lots for Visiting cars!
........Oh well. 1 question, what will all those other communities folks do without drivers licenses?? To me , I have much peace of mind knowing I can be independent and as busy or not that I want.
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Old 07-28-2008, 02:45 PM
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Ronda, I so agree.LOL. I love it here and have no intentions of moving. If others care to move elsewhere, then I wish them the very best. there is no need to live here if you find a place that suits you more.
I'm just saying that things chage in our lives. It's amazing. I never thought I would live in Florida. Who knows where we'll all be before departing our bodies forever. I hope it will always be TV for me..but it could be .... :dontknow: Tahiti???
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Easy answer - They don't need to. People are buying anyway. No need to entice with pool complexes that may be more costly to build and upkeep.
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Old 07-28-2008, 11:15 PM
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I believe many people just want to do nothing when they get older except act old. Stay in, cook, read books, watch TV, go to the pool.
Oh dear, Ronda. I love to read books, swim at the pool, and I watch The View every day. Ulp. It never occurred to me that I was acting old! Does it count that I've never used my stove and hate to cook? I eat out almost nightly? That I dance by myself whenever I hear a song that I love?

Seriously Ronda, I know what you mean. I feel much younger when I'm in TV than I do anywhere else. Everything about the TV lifestyle fills me with glee.

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I just wonder: If there are so many people who hate cooking; how comes that there are so many cooking shows on TV.
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In this case TV=Television
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ronda..... ronda..... ronda.......... That pic you posted of Orange Blossom Country Club pool is AWESOME !! What's the name of the nearest village ?????? (Orange Blossom??) That's where I wanna live ;D ;D

In fact, it gave me an idea for a new topic (Swimming Pools).
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We looked at homes in "Top of the World " yesterday. It is like comparing apples and oranges. It is much smaller and quieter. The homes are site built and large with a great deal of space. Tons of trees and plants native to the area. They only use energy efficient appliances. They also have only native plants that conserve water. The indoor/outdoor pools were hugh and very well kept. The exercise equipment is new and all this is included with your amenity fee.

Everyone we talked to that lives there now were past Villagers. The theme seemed to be it- was less crowded and no traffic or problem getting to use any facilities. Woodworking club was very active and cheap to join. It has a large Fine Arts building with professional broadway troops coming in. "Annie" was coming. They have classes taught in an education building.

Every window you looked out had trees and squirrels, rabbits, etc.
Beautiful views for everybody. No houses back to back. Beautiful well kept public facilities. They say you can go everywhere on a golf cart except for one small area. You use the real city of Ocala for most your shopping etc.

Now before I get bashed and beat up again...this is NOT SAYING ANYTHING BAD about The Villages. It all depends on what a person likes. They are just very different. One is small and quiet. One is big and has alot activity and people. So I won't get bashed for not responding...I am going to be gone all day. Let's just say I hope I won't get bashed.
I think most people are smart enough to realize that praising another community doesn't automatically mean you are bashing The Villages. Thanks for sharing the info, Best Mom. How were the prices of homes at Top of the World compared to TV? How about the golf course(es)?

I know one thing my husband likes about TV is the swim team. It has college level coaches, and they go and compete all over the state. There are swim practices 3 times a week. i can't image other communities having such a terrific swim program. I understand other sports in TV operate in a similiar manner - the running club, for example. Again, not to take away from Top of the World, it just depends on what you are looking for.
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RR,

WOW, that is some pool! Have to check it out the next time we are in TV
(the secret is out!)

We looked into some other 55+ communities. Can't remember the names off-hand, but I do know most of them were land-leased (why so affordable) I do believe Plantations was one of them, but I might be wrong.

I knoe TV is not a land-lease deal.
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Aerial View of Orange Blossom Pool:



http://maps.yahoo.com/;_ylc=X3oDMTEx...lalges%2C%20fl
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Ronda, I completely agree with you.

And Fumar! :bow: Love your post! :#1:
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For us, TV is a resort community - a land lubber's cruise ship. Other developments, as nice as they may be, are subdivisions with amenties.

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Our interests are card games, model trains, tennis, and band. I went to an excellent FREE tennis clinic yesterday - it is given every week. I will be joining one of two 100+ piece bands - and maybe form a woodwind quartet. My wife will be participating in several of umpteen versions of Canasta. I have joined a model train club the has over 60 members catering to N, HO, O, and G-scale model trains.

To us, the scale of the community was important. You can't have these kinds of choices with just several hundred homes. Compared to most other retirement communities, The Villages is like living in an amenity rich larger city compared to living in a quiet country town. Yet the country is just a couple miles outside our gates.
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For us, TV is a resort community - a land lubber's cruise ship. Other developments, as nice as they may be, are subdivisions with amenties.

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Our interests are card games, model trains, tennis, and band. I went to an excellent FREE tennis clinic yesterday - it is given every week. I will be joining one of two 100+ piece bands - and maybe form a woodwind quartet. My wife will be participating in several of umpteen versions of Canasta. I have joined a model train club the has over 60 members catering to N, HO, O, and G-scale model trains.

To us, the scale of the community was important. You can't have these kinds of choices with just several hundred homes. Compared to most other retirement communities, The Villages is like living in an amenity rich larger city compared to living in a quiet country town. Yet the country is just a couple miles outside our gates.
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Aerial View of Orange Blossom Pool:



http://maps.yahoo.com/;_ylc=X3oDMTEx...lalges%2C%20fl
Hi - I have been reading for several weeks now, learning much about the place - we have stopped by for several one day trips while traveling south visiting family. Have not found time to schedule a lifestyle tour yet, but like what we have seen (and read) so far. I have attempted to map addresses of several homes but never been able to get any positive results inside TV. Since you did this for the pool - can you share how?

Thanks very much - KYTeacher
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