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Old 05-01-2013, 07:25 AM
 
Location: pacific northwest
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Suggestions on where to retire in NC. We are not golfers but love nature. Not interested in being near malls but love farmers markets and nice downtown areas to walk to for coffee, restaurants, etc. Also near senior center or fitness facilities for seniors.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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Do you have a price range? Want mountains or beach or in between? Are you looking to buy a house, rent, over-55 development, or join a retirement community?
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:03 AM
 
Location: pacific northwest
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Do you have a price range? Want mountains or beach or in between? Are you looking to buy a house, rent, over-55 development, or join a retirement community?

All options - probably will rent for awhile to see if it is a "fit" for us. We like to walk on the beach put afraid we would have trouble getting up and down so laying in the sun - NO. Love the mountains but don't want to so remote that we can't get out in bad weather. Or worse falling on the icy street.

Thanks.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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It would really help if you could be more specific about pricing and the kind of community (CCRC?) you're looking for at least. North Carolina is a big state and there are a lot of options.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:27 AM
 
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It would really help if you could be more specific about pricing and the kind of community (CCRC?) you're looking for at least. North Carolina is a big state and there are a lot of options.

If I'm understanding pricing if it is for rent - $1500 max.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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Well, that would price you out of most of the CCRCs in my area, but it sounds like maybe you're not looking for that anyway. There are many places in NC that a non-golfer could be happy and many places that a golfer could as well. At the coast you might look at New Bern, Southport, Beaufort, Wilmington in the Piedmont maybe Hillsborough, possibly Chapel Hill, but you could go over $1500 depending on what you want in a home. In the mountains you might look at Asheville, Brevard, Blowing Rock, Black Mountain. Plenty more I left out, too. I think you need to give us more specifics to get better answers.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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There are also a few nice areas in the middle of the state, but it would help knowing the size of the city you are looking for. Winston-Salem is a nice, smaller city. I could also live in Durham where there are farmer's markets and many things to do. But the walkable part is downtown, which is urban, and you would probably be renting in a condo with younger neighbors.
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:11 AM
 
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trying to zero in on the specifics that would help. Guess we are more mountain people that beach. We are senior citizens. We have a small 13 lb dog. Would love a good downtown area. We want to meet other seniors. We are not small town people and don't care if we are near shopping except for grocery, gas - you know the essentials. An over 55 community would be great but not sure if there are rentals in those communities. Would love to be near a lake and parks.
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Old 05-01-2013, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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We have a small 13 lb dog. Would love a good downtown area. We want to meet other seniors. We are not small town people and don't care if we are near shopping except for grocery, gas - you know the essentials. An over 55 community would be great but not sure if there are rentals in those communities. Would love to be near a lake and parks.
I'd suggest Asheville for a city, and Hendersonville for a town of about 13,000. here are some photos of hendersonville's downtown: http://www.cityofhendersonville.org/index.aspx?page=308 I had seen some modular home communities in Hendersonville for 55+ people, and they were very reasonable.

If you have a larger budget, there are condos in Asheville and other mountain towns. There are many nice lakes in Western NC, but waterfront is pricey. You might do some reading in the Western NC sub-forum to give you some ideas.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:38 PM
 
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goldenange1: Thanks so much for the info.
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