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Old 01-07-2012, 01:01 PM
 
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Hi everyone, I hope that I can get some ideas on some nice small towns. My best friends and I are hoping that one day we can live near each other again. Currently the three of us live in different states due to family obligations, which we are happy to do, but would like to spend our golden years together. This move will not take place for a few years but we want to start getting some ideas so we can take our yearly vacation to these areas and check them out.

Here is what we are looking for but of course we know we can't get everything we want

Small town.

Nice downtown. It doesn't have to be big, just something with some shops, a restaurant (nothing fancy, a diner or coffeeshop) and a small grocery store to pick up some items between big shopping trips. I love to walk and to be able to walk to get a cup of coffee or pick up some groceries would be great.

My friends don't mind the cold but I like it warmer so we are compromising and am hoping for something with mild winters. We all grew up in the Northeast and would like less snow and cold.

We all love older homes and do not want our houses to look exactly like all our neighbors.

I do not want to live in one of those communities (gated or not). I want an old fashioned neighborhood (if that makes sense).

Does anyone know any towns that would come close to my description? Thanks for any help!
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Old 01-07-2012, 01:12 PM
 
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Santa Barbara, California.
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Old 01-07-2012, 01:20 PM
 
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Santa Barbara, California.
Thanks, but unfortunately Santa Barbara may be a bit pricey.
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Old 01-07-2012, 01:55 PM
 
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How small are we talking about?
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Old 01-07-2012, 01:59 PM
 
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How small are we talking about?
I'd say no more than 50,000 people.
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Old 01-07-2012, 02:22 PM
 
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Perhaps Williamsburg VA, Elizabeth City NC, Georgetown SC, Brunswick GA, St. Augustine FL, Oxford MS and Cleveland TN, among others.
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Old 01-07-2012, 02:28 PM
 
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Chico, Ca.
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Old 01-16-2012, 06:54 PM
 
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Thanks everyone, this is a great start. We will now start planning our summer vacation to check out some of these places!
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Old 01-16-2012, 07:03 PM
 
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Cape Girardeau, MO

population is 38,000, good downtown by the river and mild winters.
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Old 01-16-2012, 08:32 PM
 
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Hi everyone, I hope that I can get some ideas on some nice small towns. My best friends and I are hoping that one day we can live near each other again. Currently the three of us live in different states due to family obligations, which we are happy to do, but would like to spend our golden years together. This move will not take place for a few years but we want to start getting some ideas so we can take our yearly vacation to these areas and check them out.

Here is what we are looking for but of course we know we can't get everything we want

Small town.

Nice downtown. It doesn't have to be big, just something with some shops, a restaurant (nothing fancy, a diner or coffeeshop) and a small grocery store to pick up some items between big shopping trips. I love to walk and to be able to walk to get a cup of coffee or pick up some groceries would be great.

My friends don't mind the cold but I like it warmer so we are compromising and am hoping for something with mild winters. We all grew up in the Northeast and would like less snow and cold.

We all love older homes and do not want our houses to look exactly like all our neighbors.

I do not want to live in one of those communities (gated or not). I want an old fashioned neighborhood (if that makes sense).

Does anyone know any towns that would come close to my description? Thanks for any help!
Cookeville, Tennessee. Town of 30,000 surrounded by lakes, waterfalls, and gorges. One hour from Nashville. Downtown Cookeville is intensely walkable with a supermarket, museums, galleries, coffee shops, doughnut shops, restaurants, banks, outdoor festivals, two farmers markets, stores, performing arts center (indoor and outdoor), library, historic neighborhoods, townhouses, apartments, churches, and a large seniors center. Tennessee also has very low taxes, and the cost of living in Cookeville is among the lowest in the country.

Check out city-data's Cookeville page which has a bunch of photos to give you an idea what it's like:
http://www.city-data.com/album/album...Tennessee.html
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