Florida has always been the number one retirement spot in the country because of its lush tropical beaches, sunny warm weather, and many theme parks and activities to explore. One place, in particular, has become the largest single retirement community in the entire world.
In the 1960s, a young real estate businessman, named Harold Schwartz was able to purchase a large amount of pasture land in the heart of Central Florida. He had a dream to create a unique retirement community to those who were ready to leave the colder states of the north and enjoy a long-awaited retirement. He soon developed a quaint retirement trailer park In the 70s named Orange Blossom Gardens with his partner Al Tarrson.
It didn't take long for the small retirement community to start out growing itself, leaving retirees wanting more. He bought out his partner and invited his son Gary Morse to help his vision turn into reality. Stunning site-built homes sprung up in separate neighborhoods, and banks, shops, and stunning golf courses were added to bring in new residents to enjoy the ultimate retirement dream and the beautiful Florida lifestyle.
In 1994 Orange Blossom Gardens was renamed to The Villages® and more people than ever flocked to America's Friendliest Hometown. The population exploded from 2,000 to over 25,000 happy residence. They even brought in developers from universal Studios to design the first town square in Spanish Springs, complete with a breathtaking fountain, stunning church, movie theatre, eateries, and boutiques that lined Main Street. The Villages® not only looked like a beautiful theme park but became a kind of Disney World for retirees.
The Villages® became a unique wonderland with many incredible golf courses and five-star amenities to keep inhabitants busy. Residents traded in their second cars for golf carts and rode the paths to anywhere they needed to go, including moonlight dancing and nightly entertainment on the squares. No doubt, their friends up north were envious and would soon want to join in on the fun.
The Villages® is one of the fastest-growing communities in the country, with land being developed over three counties and growing. With all of the incredible amenities and activities, it will continue to be the most sought after retirement community for years to come.
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