Many senior citizens and people approaching this age decide they want to move to a sunny southern state and reside in an active lifestyle community like The Villages Florida. They can find a great deal of information online about what life is like there, and of course, they'll want to visit in person and spend time chatting with the locals. The opportunity to stay for a few days and experience the lifestyle can be booked online.
The Community's Social Media
Before making the trek to Sumter County, these men and women may want to check out talk of the villages, the community's own social media site. There, they can get a real sense of the community and its residents.
Some of the villages in this area have only about 100 homes while others have more than 1,500. Approximately 51,000 people reside in the census-designated part of this area, and many more in the broader age-restricted community that extends further out. Talk of the Villages boasts almost 100,000 registered members, although not all of them are local residents. Some join up because they want to move to this area of Florida in the future.
A Message Board
The website at www.talkofthevillages.com includes a message board where people can converse and ask questions. Anyone considering moving there might ask questions of the current residents. They might have practical concerns, such as whether the tap water has a relatively high mineral content. The answer to this question is yes. Now, these prospective residents know they'll need a water softener if they don't like this particular aspect.
People considering moving here can learn many other features about the villages in florida that they might not find on the official website. Often, the best answers come from men and women who actually live there and can provide insight into characteristics of daily life in the community.
Age Restrictions to Consider
At least one resident in the household must be 55 years old or older, so the rules are not as strict as in many communities thought of as retirement communities. That is helpful for a married couple in which one spouse is in that age range and the other is somewhat younger. They also can have adult children live with them, but anyone younger than 20 can only stay for visits of 30 days or less. This still allows grandchildren to spend plenty of time with Grandma and Grandpa.