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Old 01-13-2012, 11:18 AM
Location: Oakland, California
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As a recent retiree, I am considering relocation to Columbia, having heard and read about its superior quality of life. I would appreciate information regarding the most desirable (clean, safe, quiet), yet affordable neighborhoods for apartment rentals within the city limits or very close-in suburbs, far enough away from student-dominated areas. Having grown up in NYC, snow, cold and, yes even the rain, do not scare me, though it has been more than twenty years since I actually lived through a "real" winter. Criteria are proximity to shopping and other frequently-necessary services, near reliable public transit. Prefer older, well-maintained buildings (no high-rises). Price range: approx. $600-900/mo. for a studio or one-bedroom apt., though am somewhat flexible. I am very progressive, physically active (hiking, running, birding), follow a green, vegan and animal-friendly lifestyle. Please advise if locating such a place is feasible these days. Would Columbia be a good fit? Any additional information about living in the Columbia is also welcome.

Ron in Oakland, CA
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Old 01-13-2012, 11:45 AM
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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Hopefully the moderator can get this moved to the general MO forum so yu can get some better answers, but I'm happy to start.

I went to school in Columbia and it's really a great town. It's not the single most progressive place I've ever lived as a whole, but it definitely has plenty of granola types living a similar lifestyle. Green space and the wonderful parks (my favorite is Stephens Lake Park) are one of CoMo's best features. There aren't any highrises in Columbia, so no worries on that, and your budget is very solid. Staying away from students, particularly in rental units, can be difficult but there are some complexes that don't rent to undergrads. You might also consider renting a house if you can find one.

You might check out this thread: Retiring to Columbia?

Feel free to come back and ask any follow-up questions as you have them!
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