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Old 10-30-2019, 08:26 PM
 
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Live in a quiet, private neighborhood with no sense of the hub-bub of life intruding.
In less than 15 minutes be able to access a local farm, a supermarket, or a specialty market like a Whole Foods.
In less than 25 minutes be to any sort of shopping I need (from small privately owned town shops to major malls).
In less than 30-35 minutes be in a major city that offers a world class restaurants, museums, and music (classical, jazz, pop, rock...).
In less than one hour be to a selection of major arboretums, gardens, towns noted for arts, fairs, and history.
In less than 90 minutes be at the beach.
In less than two hours have access to other large cities that have their own unique things to offer.
Newark, DE has it all.

OK it may be a bit farther than 35 minutes to Philly but it is <35 minutes to Wilmington which has a symphony. Plus you have the best arboretums and gardens nearby, even one right in town.

Of course Baltimore and DC are < 2 hours away.

95 minutes to the beach and Lewes is the quaintest "beach" town.

No taxes, I believe.
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Old 10-31-2019, 07:50 AM
 
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Thanks creeksitter. I live in South Jersey so this is a close option for me. I had actually considered the Hockessin area but the hesitation I have with DE is the weather. Still gets pretty cold in the winter months with snow and ice. True, though - no sales tax. Property taxes not too bad for the NE region.
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Old 10-31-2019, 11:52 AM
 
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I very much like where I live, but it is a part of the country that is not friendly for retirement (either money-wise, or for me as I get older weather-wise). I'll be soon moving to that next phase of my life, and I've done a bit of research here and on other online resources - taken some trips across the country - but finding a new place to live is not so easy. Is there anywhere in a warm weather part of the country that can offer what I already have, but in a retirement friendly State?
  1. Live in a quiet, private neighborhood with no sense of the hub-bub of life intruding.
  2. In less than 15 minutes be able to access a local farm, a supermarket, or a specialty market like a Whole Foods.
  3. In less than 25 minutes be to any sort of shopping I need (from small privately owned town shops to major malls).
  4. In less than 30-35 minutes be in a major city that offers a world class restaurants, museums, and music (classical, jazz, pop, rock...).
  5. In less than one hour be to a selection of major arboretums, gardens, towns noted for arts, fairs, and history.
  6. In less than 90 minutes be at the beach.
  7. In less than two hours have access to other large cities that have their own unique things to offer.
Many areas tick off some of the boxes, but I haven't yet found one that satisfies all. I'm hoping such a retirement friendly area exists somewhere.
La Jolla...but then you have to deal with the California cost of living, taxes, etc.
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