Community Toss-Up: The Villages vs. Trilogy® Orlando

Today we’re comparing two very different communities situated less that 45 minutes from each other, The Villages and Trilogy® Orlando.

You all know The Villages as the most popular retirement community in the country right now. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better than any of the other communities we compare it to, including Trilogy.

Different strokes for different folks.

Shea Homes is the builder/developer at Trilogy Orlando. “Trilogy” is Shea’s brand of active-adult communities and they build them in several states including Florida, Arizona, California, Nevada, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington.



If you plan to visit Orlando on a frequent basis, then Trilogy® Orlando might be a better bet for you, location wise.

Trilogy® is about 45 minutes Southeast of The Villages and it is about 30 minutes due West of downtown Orlando.

So basically, Trilogy® cuts your travel time to Orlando more than in half, and it is situated far enough away from downtown to where you don’t get the traffic or congestion, but are close enough to all the restaurants, shopping, entertainment and cultural options that you don’t even have to think twice about the drive when you want those things.

You can’t say that with The Villages. Orlando is a good haul from The Villages. Some people, even some who live in The Villages, decide they want to work part-time at Disney or one of the other theme parks just to keep busy. If that’s the case, you’re probably better off at a place like Trilogy® Orlando.



Trilogy® Orlando does not have a golf course within the community, so if that’s what you’re after or one of your top criteria, The Villages wins that argument.

But, if you only golf occasionally, you should know that you will be within short distance of all the courses the Orlando area has to offer, many of which are typically rated much higher than those in The Villages.

As for the other amenities, the ones at Trilogy® Orlando are on par with those in The Villages. Sure, there are fewer of them because its nowhere near the size, but at the same time, you probably don’t use all 75 swimming pools in The Villages either. You probably only use the one closest to your house or where your friends hang out.

Designed to exceed even your highest expectations, Magnolia House at Trilogy® Orlando is a 57,000+ square foot resort club featuring all the latest in dining, fitness, relaxation, and social connectivity.

The Indoor/Outdoor Lap Pool has plenty of space for active exercise or relaxation and a protected area for year-round swimming. There’s also a Resort Pool that features touches typically reserved for a Caribbean getaway.

It’s well worth a look. Shea is at the forefront of providing the amenities Boomers are looking for.



We all know The Villages has free nightly entertainment in the town squares.

But at Trilogy® Orlando, it’s more about quality over quantity with “The Good Life Festival” Concert Series.

This public festival includes concerts with favorite national and local acts on outdoor stages, and a variety of activities that celebrate “The Good Life,” which include gourmet food and cooking demonstrations, specialty shopping, wine tasting, craft beer tasting, spa and golf demonstrations.

The Good Life Festival brings together excellent music and complimentary lifestyle experiences to offer people a taste of the good life that the Members of Trilogy Communities enjoy. Add an evening of great live music under the stars to an afternoon of wine tasting and a little noshing, and you have the makings for a perfect day at The Good Life Festival.

Some past and future headliners include The Beach Boys, Rick Springfield, Chicago, Kenny G, Three Dog Night, Eddie Money, and many more.

Which One Will You Choose?

As you can see there’s a lot to consider when comparing The Villages and Trilogy® Orlando. They each stand out in their own ways.

What I do know though, is that because they are so close together, if you are considering one, it won’t hurt to go and take a look at the other.

You can learn more about other communities like The Villages here.

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