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The Villages, Sumter, Florida, USA

The Villages is America's premier Active Adult Retirement Community located in sunny central Florida.

Harold Schwartz, a Michigan businessman, began selling land tracts via mail order in The Villages area in the 1960s. He and his business partner, Al Tarrson, were forced to close the mail-order aspect of the business due to a 1968 Federal law banning sales of real estate by mail order. wikipedia

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Harold Schwartz, a Michigan businessman, began selling land tracts via mail order in The Villages area in the 1960s.
By the early 1980s, The Villages had sold only 400 units. In an attempt to improve the business, Schwartz bought out Tarrson's interest and brought his son, H. Gary Morse, on board in 1983.
Morse began to significantly upgrade the development. Their sales improved in the mid-1980s.
In 1992, Morse officially changed the overall development name to The Villages.
2023 - Let's dive into a list of places to go and things to do in The Villages:
Spanish Springs Town Square:

Start your exploration at one of the town squares. Spanish Springs is known for its Spanish-inspired architecture, live entertainment, and a variety of shops and restaurants.

Lake Sumter Landing Market Square:

Another popular town square, Lake Sumter Landing offers waterfront views, a market square with unique shops, and a range of dining options. It's a great place to spend an evening.

Brownwood Paddock Square:

This town square has a Western theme, offering a different atmosphere compared to the other squares. Enjoy live music, line dancing, and explore the shops and eateries.

Golf Courses:

The Villages is a golfer's paradise with numerous golf courses catering to all skill levels. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting, you'll find a course that suits you.

Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf & Country Club:

Named after the legendary golfer Nancy Lopez, this country club offers a beautiful course and excellent amenities.

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