The Villages - More info. please?

stitchemAugust 16, 2005

Hi Betty in FL,

I so enjoyed and appreciate your comments on living in The Villages. I've been searching for information on living there, and yours was the most helpful that I've seen on any forum. Thank you so much for that!

I'm thinking of moving there, from VA. I have received the CD info pkg that they sent me, and loved it. I'm wondering if you have anymore info from your experiences living there, that I need to look out for. Any warnings? For instance are there a lot of rules or restrictions?

Are there limitations on what you can do to your house? Can I add a porch if it doesn't have one?

I noticed on a home that's listed for sale it refers to "Low Bond Balance". What is that about? I've bought homes before, and there were no bonds involved, so it makes me wonder why there would be a bond.

Also are the homes well-constructed? And is it possible to purchase insurance against hurricanes and wildfires in that area?

I hope you don't mind my questions!

I would appreciate any info from you or anyone else about The Villages.

Thanks so much!

Stitchem

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gandbb

I don't have much in the way of answers for you, but since haven't had any I will tell you the very little that I know. Acquintences of ours bought in the Villages before being posted to India. They loved their life their so much that they kept their house and rented it out. They have now returned and seem to be very happy.

I have researched retirement communities in other areas and the restrictions are many and the variances granted are few. My brother and sister-in-law live in a Del Webb community. They love it because it restricts their neighbors and that is much more important to them than the restrictions put on themselves. I suppose I might be okay living that kind of life, but my husband would hate it. I am guessing just from the tone of your questions that it wouldn't be right for you either. We actually intend to move to a more, not less urban setting when we retire because we want to have lots of amenities close by.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2005 at 9:30PM
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stitchem

Well, I went there to check it out, and was so impressed that I plan to move there soon! It has all the amenities I could ever imagine wanting, and everyone is so friendly. I think I will love it. Yes there are rules such as no additional fencing, and additions to your house have to be approved. But that doesn't bother me. I'm looking forward to moving there.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2005 at 10:52PM
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gandbb

Oh good. My friend just bought in a planned community northwest of Tucson and I think it will suit her perfectly and I will enjoy visiting there

    Bookmark   October 10, 2005 at 1:32PM
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gramma_jan_mn_zn_4

We plan to be carried out of here feet first. However, one never really knows.
jan

    Bookmark   October 14, 2005 at 5:48PM
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stitchem

I'm so glad to hear that you like it there, Gramma Jan. I hope to be moved in there before mid Dec.

I would love to hear about any of your experiences there that you could share.

Do you know if they have some kind of on-line Q&A or discussion forum or board for the newbies?

Thanks,
Stitchem

    Bookmark   October 16, 2005 at 9:55AM
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