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Old 03-28-2018, 10:03 AM
 
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I am a recent retiree living in PA. I'm looking for ahouse around 100k. Access to quality medical, especially heart care is very important. I don't want to be near power plants or coal mines or fracking. I would like a nice backyard so I can have a little garden. Any suggestions?
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Old 03-28-2018, 10:06 AM
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I suggest you start by looking for the medical care you need and then branch out from there. You need to be within an hour of the hospital.

When you find the where, then get on some real estate site such as Zillow and look for the price range of houses. That is going to be the difficult thing.
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Old 03-28-2018, 10:19 AM
 
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Good morning, June! Welcome to City-Data. You will find that this is a huge treasure-trove of information. But you will really be able to zero-in on information if you will narrow your search parameters.

There are already many people out there who have already asked similar questions, so searching the database and records about the particular area you are interested in relocating to is a great way to start. First, you need to narrow down and look at areas individually. Only you know where you would might like to live. If you want to stay in PA, then start in the PA forum in the appropriate geographical area of interest.

You may also enjoy reading posts in the Retirement forum, where many people have already posted their adventures of relocating. You may get some ideas. Narrow down your search and happy searching.

And remember what Dorothy said, too. "There's no place like home!". Thoroughly evaluate your budget to see if this is a wise choice, and explore -- you may find a great new place to call home.
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Old 03-28-2018, 10:30 AM
 
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I think it varies what abilities the retiree has when choosing a place. Some older people cannot handle heat, but the vast majority of them move away from the cold and snow. Also, some old people do not like the crowds, congestion, and the noise of the city life. However, some need the city or a walkable suburb since some do not feel they can drive anymore.

I would suggest a perfect climate (or hot if you can handle it)

If you want something walkable:
For a retiree, I would assume any California metropolitan area would be good for you if you can afford it, because California is so crowded and almost every town is walkable. There are tons of older people in California.

If you cannot walk much:
For a retiree, live in an exurban area and get away from the city life. You will need a car everywhere and you will also enjoy relaxing car rides. There are so many exurban areas in the US to choose from, except you need to choose a good climate and an affordable one to live in, but how are you going to get access to medical care? Actually, I'd suggest you live in an exurban area not far from a suburb (metropolitan area) that has medical care.
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Old 03-28-2018, 10:32 AM
 
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What NCN said is true. Finding a heart specialist AND $100K housing will be tough; but not impossible. Something you could do is look at places like Asheville, NC. It's ranked as one of the best retirement areas in the nation. Asheville has very good healthcare in general. The city of Asheville itself is expensive, but 2 of its suburban counties are affordable. Housing costs in Haywood County (just west of the city on I-40) is 82% of the national average and in Madison County (just north of the city on I-26) is 84% of the national average. Another good choice would be Knoxville, TN. Great healthcare in a university setting. Housing in its 5 metro counties ranges from 59%-89% of the the national average of housing costs. Just take a look at heart specialist in areas like this and go from there. Good luck in your search.
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Old 03-28-2018, 10:40 AM
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Sun City Arizona. You could get a 1 story town home and I think the HOA's is not high. Clean and no crime to speak of. You would have Banner Boswell and Banner Good Sam (It was Good Sam, now Banner took over most hospitals in Valley). St. Joe's is another excellent hospital. And, the Heart Hospital, too.
It's hot as heck Mid May to Early October, but other than that--might work for you.

Louisville, Kentucky. I think the Housing isn't too high there. I think they have some good medical centers there, too. Someone might chime in about this.

Chattanooga, Tennessee. Low cost of Living. Probably have a University Hospital or another good one.

Someone mentioned Knoxville, TN, too.

Greenville, SC. Not sure about the Medical there. Probably affordable. I hear the area is catching on and prices getting higher.

Winston Salem, NC. Lower real estate and nice area. Smallish, but might work. You have Wake Forest University Hospital w/ a good reputation.

University Hospitals usually have good reputations. Catholic Hospitals, for some reason, too. Not always, but often times.

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Old 03-31-2018, 10:47 AM
 
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I am a recent retiree living in PA. I'm looking for ahouse around 100k. Access to quality medical, especially heart care is very important. I don't want to be near power plants or coal mines or fracking. I would like a nice backyard so I can have a little garden. Any suggestions?
Cookeville, Tennessee

Very affordable. The only power plants nearby are three hydroelectric dams (Cookeville is upstream). Excellent hospital with a top rated heart center. Cookeville is a very popular retirement area. It's a clean, prosperous town surrounded by waterfalls and lakes, and it's only an hour east of Nashville.

Here's a sampling of what you can get for around $100k in Cookeville:

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5...?fullpage=true

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Old 03-31-2018, 01:43 PM
 
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I am a recent retiree living in PA. I'm looking for ahouse around 100k. Access to quality medical, especially heart care is very important. I don't want to be near power plants or coal mines or fracking. I would like a nice backyard so I can have a little garden. Any suggestions?
Check out Norfolk-Portsmouth VA where Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is a Top 25 ranked Hospital for Cardiology. You can also find plenty of housing inventory under 100K in a more moderate climate for gardening.

https://health.usnews.com/best-hospi...spital-6340620
https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sal...t/11_zm/0_mmm/
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Old 03-31-2018, 08:48 PM
 
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I am a recent retiree living in PA. I'm looking for ahouse around 100k. Access to quality medical, especially heart care is very important. I don't want to be near power plants or coal mines or fracking. I would like a nice backyard so I can have a little garden. Any suggestions?
I'm surprised you were not asked if seeking in PA? But in the National General US forum. It can mean anywhere in the nation as post are giving. Are you seeking a warmer less winter state? In PA and Central PA.... we have Geisinger Medical Center in Danville near me as a large more rural situated cardiac in its in its own building in a reasonable old stock walkable small city with newer options of course in the region. It's near but not in the Coal region but no cracking close. It is a river city but not flood prone due to higher from the river .... though areas near can be. Then we have Hershey Medical Center a great area I love. Mostly flat region of PA but rolls for sure and some great options in the region and Amish PA Dutch (actually German) areas nearby. More pricy then further north but definitely options for your price and no coal mines or fracking.

PA s a large state of course but you can't escape winters here.....

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Old 03-31-2018, 09:10 PM
 
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The Redding, CA area might work for you. Dang hot for half the year, but mild winters, dry weather (not humid) good air quality, very pretty area with views of Mt. Shasta and others, lots of sunshine, good healthcare, good entertainment. Population in the city proper is about 92,000. There are smaller towns nearby. You'd probably have to buy a bit outside of Redding in your price range, but you could check it out.
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