THE VILLAGES INFORMATION SHEET
The Villages Golf and Country Club is a private community exclusively for adults age 55 and over. Established in 1967, The Villages offers a spectacular championship golf course surrounded by distinctive neighborhoods. Historically an area of vineyards and agricultural estates, The Villages remains a haven of natural beauty. Though secluded, The Villages is near shopping, transportation and Californias South Bay burgeoning cultural community. There are currently over 4,000 residents in The Villages.
The Villages offers a wide range of social and recreational activities including trips to sporting events, theaters and museums, on site entertainment, crafts and more. The community also publishes its own weekly newspaper called The Villager. There is a 550 acre nature preserve within The Villages.
The community features a 9-hole and an 18-hole golf course as well as a pro shop and a driving range. At The Villages, homeowners automatically belong to the golf and country club. Membership fees are included in the monthly community association assessment. Residents do pay nominal greens fees.
The Villages has over 100 organizations, committees and clubs. The riding club has access to the community stables and seven bridle paths. The Villages lakes have over two and one half miles of shoreline. Four Clubhouses provide specialized rooms for those interested in photography, woodworking, crafts and billiards. A library and an auditorium with a stage are also available. Clubhouses range in size from 1,071 square feet to 15,000 square feet.
Homeowners at The Village automatically receive private golf club membership, use of all recreational facilities, maintenance and operation of community centers, maintenance of private roads, 24 hour security, payment of taxes on all common buildings and grounds, exterior building and street lighting, landscaping maintenance, roof repair and maintenance, trash collection, water services, home exterior maintenance, fire and comprehensive insurance, (additional insurance is recommended) and full time property management.
There are many styles of architecture within the community, but each village neighborhood has one consistent style. Residents also own the cable TV system and only pay a nominal monthly surcharge for basic cable service. Both cable and community television channels are available. The homes are primarily heated by gas sources and the local municipality provides both sewer waste and water services. All utilities are underground.
There is a community association and membership is automatic. Because this is an age-restricted community, children are not allowed to live in the villages. There is no restriction on age of visitors but there are restrictions on the length of stay. Pet restrictions follow the local city ordinance.
The association provided exterior building/grounds maintenance for all the recreational facilities and for the condominiums. Most single-family homeowners provide their own building/grounds maintenance. The architectural control committee must approve any proposed exterior modifications. There is also a community garden plot for homeowners to practice their gardening skills.
New Choices rated the Villages Golf and Country Club among the top 20 adult communities in the entire United States for Retirement Living.