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Old 01-06-2008, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Sothern California
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I,am now under 3 years to retirement, and have made searching for a place to call home for the rest of my life kind of a hobbie. This is a big decision sense once I sell out in southern Ca. , I will not be able to return due to the cost of housing. I live a half block to the beach in San Diego, and is the best weather in the USA. A Tough call but the rat race this place has become ,cost of living and fact that I want to retire as young as possible makes it a no brainer decision. Exactly where to go is the tricky part. I lived in Raton NM for twelve or more years and grad. from high school there. Been in San Diego for 30 years now , as far as big cities go its a tough place to leave. Raton area is beautiful and so are the people on the most part real friendly and laid back.Last year I purchased 3.5 acres on the way up to Sugarite State Park where Lake Maloya is about 2 or 3 miles out of town surrounded by mesa,s and open ranch and Volcano fields to tha south. I know how nice this area is because I lived there. Problem is , Raton has been a very depressed state for years now since the horse racing left in 1992 and a few years back the coal mining closed down. They just built a new hospitol but are having a hard time getting doctors to locate to the area due to how remote it is. I have a wife and a special needs daughter and am starting to look at places with more ammenities, like meds., schooling,home depot, sams club etc. ,such as Farmington/Aztec area. Looks like another road trip comming up. I love Raton and the property I have is nice location but the town really needs a shot in the arm like a 2 yr. collage and a micro brewery. Any feed back to help with this decision or where else to look would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-07-2008, 05:20 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Microbrewery/pub/restaurant are not that difficult (maybe?). Work in one for a year or so and then start your own.

I am also in the retire in three years and will be looking around northern NM this summer as well as a short stay in Socorro.
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Old 01-08-2008, 02:44 AM
 
Location: Sothern California
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Thanks for feedback but I dont want to start these business,s It,s that what I,ve seen from communities this is a sign of a community with a heart beat. All these small towns in NM. had a hay day at some time, that is what created them. The spirit still needs to be there. I love NM. , it,s in my blood ,the problem is I need to be in a community were people have a good attitude,it,s like 50/50 in Raton. But I,ll tell you what, man it,s a good town, people are very sincere and honorable there. Did,nt mean to ramble on to much, Sorrry,Take care.
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Old 01-08-2008, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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I understand what you are saying about community spirit. Continuous loss of population for economic reasons (survival) saps a sense of community optimism. The North country of New York, Vermont, new Hampshire and Maine are experiencing a declining economy and are showing the strain. I will be trying to assess this during my next exploratory trip the NM.

Raton looks to be a decent town in a spectacular setting. It is kind of like most of the rest of mountain New Mexico.
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Old 01-08-2008, 09:07 AM
 
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Since you have a special needs daughter you might want to consider Las Cruces, Alamogordo (1 hour away) or Cloudcroft/Ruidoso for mountain living but still within a resonable drive for you daughter --- just a thought
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