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Old 12-14-2018, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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My brother and his wife say Ft Collins reminds then of a 90s Austin. One of his kids goes to the college there. Staying in Texas I like the Tyler area or Kerrville

 
Old 12-14-2018, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Murrica
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Sounds like Boulder or Fort Collins, but any mid sized Colorado town will match this criteria.
Just my opinion, but Boulder is already ruined.
 
Old 12-14-2018, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Sounds like Boulder or Fort Collins, but any mid sized Colorado town will match this criteria.
I would think CO would be "too far north" based on his preferences.
 
Old 12-14-2018, 12:35 PM
 
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For my 50+ peers and comrades at or nearing retirement, what is your escape destination when you finally hit the Eject button on the ever evolving Clown Rodeo Austin has become?

My criteria,
College town that ain't cool enough to be pricey just yet.
Southwest Airline airport less than 1 hour drive away
State Capital a plus, just for the variety of demographics
Traffic tolerable
Lots of outdoor "active lifestyle" options.
Not too far north.
Lower risk for Hurricane, Tornadoes, Forest Fires (statistically western Montana, but that's too far North.)
Would rather stay in the US.
No scooters.
I've considered Fayetteville, Arkansas. It checks most of your boxes, not sure about no scooters it is a college town
 
Old 12-14-2018, 01:37 PM
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Location: Ohio
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With the exception of "state capital", Lubbock checks the boxes on austin-steve's list.
 
Old 12-14-2018, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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Kerrville.
 
Old 12-14-2018, 02:17 PM
 
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I've considered Fayetteville, Arkansas. It checks most of your boxes, not sure about no scooters it is a college town
I second this for Fayetteville, and might include Hot Springs, AR. Santa Fe and maybe Pueblo are also on my short list. Staying in Texas, maybe Abeline, Kerrville or Denton.
 
Old 12-14-2018, 02:27 PM
 
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Originally Posted by austin-steve View Post
For my 50+ peers and comrades at or nearing retirement, what is your escape destination when you finally hit the Eject button on the ever evolving Clown Rodeo Austin has become?

My criteria,
College town that ain't cool enough to be pricey just yet.
Southwest Airline airport less than 1 hour drive away
State Capital a plus, just for the variety of demographics
Traffic tolerable
Lots of outdoor "active lifestyle" options.
Not too far north.
Lower risk for Hurricane, Tornadoes, Forest Fires (statistically western Montana, but that's too far North.)
Would rather stay in the US.
No scooters.
I have 990 days left here. I wont reveal my next place, as it would just jinx it. But getting out of here is the most important. But, it will be were I wont have to deal with a bunch of self centered idiots, that is for sure.
 
Old 12-14-2018, 02:42 PM
 
Location: San Angelo, TX
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I'm 61 now, born and raised in Austin. Sold my Rollingwood house last year and moved to San Angelo. What was killing me as I retired was the property and Eanes School District taxes, close to 18K per year, that's cash. My property/school taxes here in San Angelo will be about 9K per year going forward.

Yes, San Angelo is boring. But it's very livable, and it's just three hours to Austin by car, and three hours fewer to Ruidoso, NM.
 
Old 12-15-2018, 09:12 AM
 
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We sold our house in Austin two years ago and retired to Colorado Springs. House we bought here would have been at least double the price there. Kind of a culture shock at first after being in Austin for thirty years but makes us realize what a weird, arrogant, expensive bubble it had become. No regrets and don't miss traffic, crowds, roaches, mosquitos and hot/sweaty climate. Denver is an hour away for the airport and more culture if needed. I do miss good BBQ and Tex-mex food but seeing the mountains every day makes up for it.
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