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Old 05-20-2019, 08:25 AM
KSSunshine KSSunshine is offline
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Kansas, Oklahoma, McClure
Posts: 87

We looked online for about 5 years including other states. Then,we checked out TV (lifestyle, 2012 & 2017; and independently in person) several times while watching the growth of TV online. Also toured Solivita which had beautiful homes for less $$, but clearly lacked ongoing activities. Also had no infrasture for medical/grocery except to drive into Kissimmee or Orlando. It was the lifestyle that ultimately influenced our decision. Best wishes for you to find what fits you best!
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Old 05-21-2019, 07:59 AM
collie1228 collie1228 is offline
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Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Villa San Antonio; Formerly Syracuse, New York
Posts: 1,033

We first came to TV on the Lifestyle Preview in 2008, and decided to use the week before our visit to check out other retirement communities in Central Florida. My sister lives in Poinciana, so we first visited Solivita. Nice place, but in the middle of nowhere. It has great championship golf though. Then we visited a few of the double-wide communities in Winter Haven, which were nice, but I don't want to live in a mobile home in hurricane alley. One place there has a marina which was attractive, but the golf was not great. Finally we visited On Top of the World in Ocala, which is also nice. But after one day in TV we knew we had found our place. There was just no comparison to the other places we visited.
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Old 05-21-2019, 10:12 AM
DAVES DAVES is offline
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 85
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Originally Posted by Cookie Princess View Post
My husband and I are currently in the process of researching various 55+ communities in Florida. Did you do this prior to selecting TV? What did you discover and why did you chose TV? We have visited our parents here several times and always have fun. However, the pace of growth is making me nervous as we have a 3-4 year timeline.
First of all my background is in sales. Realize that your inquiry here will result in a distortion. No matter what the product is people who own it will say how great it is.

We bought five years ago and have no regrets. However there is no shortage of other choices. Including other states and other life styles.

You mention that it is you and your husband and a 3-4 year timeline. I would suggest you each WRITE a list of what is important to you. What you want to do. Teasing a bit but might be the case. If, your husband hopes to restore, farm tractors, build a boat, a plane space an regulations would likely make that impossible.

Far as growth, this place is a planed community and it is congested. The good news is there is plenty to do. No shortage of shopping, medical care, lectures etc. However, if you hope to find a wilderness to explore on a dirt bike, you will likely find a villager behind every tree.

When we were looking, I recall seeing a listing for an island in North Carolina. It was a nice house, several acres, came with a herd of wild horses and priced at one million. There are homes in the villages that go for that. You call the electric company
for a repair, you can look at him/her directly in the mirror.
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Old 05-21-2019, 10:59 AM
JerryLBell JerryLBell is offline
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Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 407

We visited The Villages twice, then buckled down and decided to really research 55+ communities in mid-Florida. We figured we could easily find something "like" The Villages, only scaled down and possibly less expensive. We boiled it down to about a dozen candidates (including The Villages), then drove down (we lived in North Carolina at the time) and visited them all. At each place we checked off items we were looking for on our prepared checklist plus made comments about things we liked and didn't like about each. On the drive home, we decided there isn't anyplace like The Villages and decided to buy a house we had looked at during the visit here.

I think everybody who has moved here since the first big initial expansion has worried about how the rapid growth is out of control, can't be handled and will change the lifestyle. And everybody who moves here wonders what the previous people were worrying about. We've been here a bit over 2 years and find ourselves saying, "Whoa, they need to slow down!" And then we drive down south into the newest sections and realize that they've done a great job there, too. I know people who are talking about moving from our section (which itself was brand new 4 years ago) further south into the newest areas. And I know people already there who are loving it.

As far as the other communities, we met a few folks at some that said they preferred the peace and quiet of their communities over the "zillion things to do" in The Villages. To each their own. We're still healthy enough to really enjoy an active (and they do mean ACTIVE in The Villages!). Give us another 15 years and we'll be 80 and maybe we'll find their kind of community "peaceful". Right now it strikes us as "boring". No place, including The Villages, is right for everybody. But for now, it's absolutely right for us.

Good luck on your research, your search and your eventual decision!
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Old 05-21-2019, 08:01 PM
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Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Smithville (Kansas City) Mo./ Megan Villas, Sanibel TV
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We came for the lifestyle preview in 2010 and loved The Villages. Looked at homes new and preowned and went home and put our lake home on the market. Our property didn't sell for three years in a slow market, and we were not interested in cutting our price. In the meantime we rented for a few years. In 2012 we decided to look into Stonecrest after hearing some good things about it. We had a Stonecrest rep show us some homes and saw that indeed, we could buy more house for the money. However, we noticed almost no one was "out and about", walking, jogging, riding golf carts, and the golf course looked abandoned. He showed us the indoor pool and clubhouse and again no one was around. The difference in the resident activity between there and TV was palpable. Then the sales person began telling us how easily accessible The Villages and Spanish Springs was. We left and thought if the sales pitch is how easy it is to get to The Villages, why would you not prefer to live in The Villages. The houses and lots were nice enough but the whole vibe of the place was a turn off when compared to TV. We certainly have not visited every retirement community but we have visited Sun City near Austin, and a community in Sarasota in addition to Stonecrest and nothing compares to The Villages in our opinion. You should do your own research as there may be one that suits you better - good luck!
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Old 05-21-2019, 10:08 PM
John_W John_W is offline
Join Date: Jan 2011
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Location, Location, Location. I grew up in St. Petersburg and when parents retired they went to Spring Hill. It's 15 minutes from Gulf beaches. 45 minutes to Tampa or St. Petersburg. The community is called Heritage Pines, it's on County Line Rd on the Pasco County side with Hernando County across the street. It has a sister community that was started earlier, 1984 called Timber Pines on the Hernando Side.

Heritage Pines is built out, so only resales are available. Masonry free standing homes with 2 car garage sell for between $150K to $250. They have an 18 hole golf course and it is a truly gated community, you will not get in unless with a realtor or a owner leaves your name at the gate.

Here's a link to the community association since the developer is no longer involved. It's only about 75 minutes from here, so if you're looking around, check it out.

Heritage Pines Country Club - Hudson, FL - Home

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