That's some pretty red necky areas up thar in them parts. Not a whole lot of civilization or culture, that is, unless you like red necky thangs.
The Villages is a great old timers town; it's a retirement village but not like one you've ever seen before. You gotta see it to believe it. Clermont would be your next best choice in my opinion. Ocala would be a consideration but that'd be a daily drive of at least 35m.