Some want to travel when they retire. Some buy an RV. Others want to live near a beach or lake, while some prefer moving to.a big city with a lot to offer. Some even want to move to Las Vegas for easy access to entertainment and gambling. Many seem to want to live in an all year round warm climate. Many, like my sister choose to remain close to their children and parents, We chose to live in a Bubble in Florida away from snow and freezing weather. The reasons were lower crime rates than in NYC and NJ we we have lived for much of our lives. No snow to shovel or brave while driving. We are also near Indian casinos and all the theme parks in Florida should we wish to visit them. We moved to The Villages (www.thevillages.com). It is the largest retirement community in the world and themed by the company that themed Universal Studios. You feel like you are living in Disney World for adults as it is often called. Each section has its own theme with all building, stores and restaurants having false facades to fit into the theme. Even medical centers are themed. One other reason is that it is a bubble. The world in changing whether we like it or not and not seemingly for the good which does not really need any explanation no matter your political views and who is at fault. It is change in a way I do not like so I chose to live in a bubble with one 150,000 senior citizens like me. Very little crime, mostly thefts. No murder since 1978 and that was between family members. We have lakes and the whole place is landscaped with live oak and all sorts of palm and and other tropical plants/trees. We do not have to leave our borders which encompass parts of 2 counties and mostly all of one county. The reason it is a bubble is because we have our own newspaper with mostly good news. Bad news is buried in the back. Same for our radio station. I do not find this terrible because there is plenty of new outlets on TV and online should I want to get depressed by reading or watching it. I do have a lot of news feeds to draw upon when it affects me. People all smile and wave at you and very polite. After 9 years I have yet to see any garbage on the streets or sidewalks. Like at Disney, the landscaping is changed seasonally. facades re-painted as needed as well as constant street cleaning, which seldom needs it but they do have carts with powerful magnets roaming around 24/7 to pick up any nails or metal objects on the roads. Although there are manned gates, we are not a gated community. The gates are to control traffic that merges from two to one lane plus forces cars to stop so that they appear on video should a problem arise. Everything we need from theaters to 129 restaurants, 28 golf courses, 30+ pools, most national chain stores, county and state services, utilities and every thing but a car dealership are within our borders and golf cart accessible. If you want a new car you can buy it online and they will deliver it to you. I even had then pick up a car for a recall at no extra charge since we are the biggest market around. No reason to leave unless you want to go to a theme park. The place feels like an old home town from our younger years. There are over 2,000 activities/clubs available to residents. Every road has a golf cart lane so you do not need to own a car. If you need one for a short while you can rent one which is much cheaper than buying one to use a few days a year. Dead quiet at night. After the free entertainment ends at our 4 town squares at 9pm, it is dead around here. Most go to bed early and rise early. Not us. We sleep until 10-11am. Costs of utilities and homes is more than half of what it cost we up North. I can go on and on but we researched for a few years and only found this place when we visited my in-laws who live nearby. A month later we bought a nice 3 bedroom ranch house on a corner plot with a foot high stucco wall around our property for ultimate privacy. However you can buy house with stables or even million dollar homes if you want. There is no class separation that we have run into here since we all share the same amenities and all are automatically members of every golf club and restaurant. No class distinction at all. One last thing which is most important to us. You cannot spit without hitting a medical center. All cater to geriatric medicine and we have been shown to be one of the healthiest group of seniors in the US. We even have our own Medicare Advantage Plan which pays for most everything. My wife had a hip replacement and it costs $38,000. She paid about $400 dollars all in, on an advantage plan with zero premium. Also all staff at stores, restaurants and every place else are geared to dealing with seniors like the ones with expired coupons or who complain about everything like their steak does not look as large as the one on the menu. Also who are bad tippers. Sorry for the long post but we love this place despite its Stepford Wife feeling. We sowed our wild oats and now we just want to relax in peace and let the rest of the world go to heck. Although we have no children, those with children here often fly to stay with the kids or their kids visit a few times a year. It only takes an hour or so to NJ or NY and other places where most around here come from. As our friends tell us, they stayed where they were due to their kids only to have their kids move away from them for good jobs.