Housing boom continues in The Villages retiree haven
August 16, 2011, 1:28 am
If you plan on retiring, the Villages will always place for you. Sumter County, where The Villages is growing rapidly, led the region with the highest number of building permits for single-family homes last year, according to census data. The growth in the 55-and-older community is fueled by the unique financial situations of the seniors who move from Northern climates with traditional pensions, equity from their former homes and savings, experts say.
Retirees are also drawn by the massive community’s golfing opportunities — residents can tee off on 37 differrent courses while also having an abundance of other activities. There are more than 1,000 clubs to join, with a range of interests, from beach shag dancing to astronomy, comic books to Mustang cars.
“This was it,” Carol Kemp said of her decision to move to the community of 85,000 people about two weeks ago from Somerset, Pa. “Even though it’s a large community, you feel as though you’re in a smaller, neighborhood kind of environment. And yet, all the amenities you need are in golf-cart reach.”