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Old 12-08-2007, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Marion County, FL
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My husband is already retired, and I hope to join him in that happy state in a year or two.

Were New Jersey born and bred, but have had it with the cold and snow, and being cooped up in the house for at least 5 months out of the year. We want to move south at some point soon after I retire. Currently, were thinking about (in order) Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Florida.

So weve started to look into our options. We currently live in north Jersey, just outside NYC, so were used to a high cost of living something wed like to be able to avoid in retirement. We currently have a smallish home a 5-room ranch on a 50 x 100 lot that currently costs $8K a year in property taxes (theyve more than doubled in the 16 years weve owned it -- ouch). No kids, so we dont care about the school system, but we have 4 dogs and 4 birds, so we want to live somewhere thats animal-friendly.

We dont need a large home, but wed like one with a some property around it so were not on top of our next-door neighbors. We also love to garden, which ties into the desire for a home with property around it. Were looking for a stand-alone home rather than one in a community.

Amenities? Were not much for nightlife (were up with the birds, usually), but were used to easy access to shopping, so wed like to be close to shopping centers (hi my name is Kathy and Im a Barnes and Noble addict). The practical side of me would like to be close to a good hospital, too. Im not looking to work full-time after I retire, but would like the option of working part-time if necessary (perhaps in the aforementioned B&N).

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-08-2007, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Orlando FL
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You may want to check out the Ocala area. Pretty low cost of living, and for not much you can get a home on acreage. Seemed like a quiet relaxed place last time I was up there. Didn't have much time to check out shopping centers but I'm sure there are plenty.
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Old 12-08-2007, 05:28 PM
 
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Sounds like you are describing Jupiter Farms in Palm Beach County. It is 6 miles inland, lots 1.25-2.5 acres, very animal friendly. Yet close to great hospitals and restaurants. A good number of NE transplants in the area.
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Old 12-09-2007, 05:42 AM
 
Location: Indiana and Cape Coral
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My husband and I just bought a nice house on a lake in Cape Coral for only $135,000. We liked it there and the people seem very friendly. There are a ton of houses for sale and the house we bought was originally listed for $199,000 and they took our offer right away. Another thing we liked is Cape Coral is farther south so we will have warm weather year round.
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Old 12-11-2007, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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There are many nice areas for your consideration. Winter Haven, and some towns down there are very pretty and affordable, all the way to Lakeland and up to Davenport. that would keep you in a fairly short distnace of the events in Orlando. On the Northe side is Deltona, Mt Dora, and a few others. There are some great places to warm yourself after the Northern winters. Come on down the weather is great.
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Old 12-11-2007, 12:38 PM
 
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If you want land, stay away from either coast. most of the houses are on 1/10 acre. The further inland-the more land and the hotter it is.
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