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Old 06-28-2016, 08:52 AM
 
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God I wouldn't want to retire in Durham that's like retiring in Cincinnati Richmond or Columbia

I'm here because I need to work

Wilmington hands down

(I live in Durham grew up near Wilmington)
And what's wrong with retiring in any of those places? They have much to offer retirees for a pretty reasonable cost.
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Old 06-28-2016, 08:57 AM
 
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And what's wrong with retiring in any of those places? They have much to offer retirees for a pretty reasonable cost.
i mean nothing they just dont have any of the connotations as being desirable for someone who is done working

i mean whats the difference between 'retiring to' and 'moving to'

all i mean to say is its just one of a swath of medium size cities where most people are just working, not much in the sense of 'retirement amenities'

if one truly didnt have to work and was retired why would you want to move somewhere where most people are just doing the rat race, and doesn't ahve much compared to other places in regard to natural features
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Old 06-28-2016, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Durham, N.C.
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i mean nothing they just dont have any of the connotations as being desirable for someone who is done working

i mean whats the difference between 'retiring to' and 'moving to'

all i mean to say is its just one of a swath of medium size cities where most people are just working, not much in the sense of 'retirement amenities'

if one truly didnt have to work and was retired why would you want to move somewhere where most people are just doing the rat race, and doesn't ahve much compared to other places in regard to natural features
Durham has a lot of things that are great for retirees. You don't have to be at the beach to retire. This area has tons of continuing education classes and special events for Seniors, DPAC shows, community events, outdoor spaces, health and wellness programs, great access to medical care, etc.
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Old 06-28-2016, 10:07 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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i mean nothing they just dont have any of the connotations as being desirable for someone who is done working

i mean whats the difference between 'retiring to' and 'moving to'

all i mean to say is its just one of a swath of medium size cities where most people are just working, not much in the sense of 'retirement amenities'

if one truly didnt have to work and was retired why would you want to move somewhere where most people are just doing the rat race, and doesn't ahve much compared to other places in regard to natural features
What do you consider to be retirement amenities?
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Old 06-28-2016, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Durham has a lot of things that are great for retirees. You don't have to be at the beach to retire. This area has tons of continuing education classes and special events for Seniors, DPAC shows, community events, outdoor spaces, health and wellness programs, great access to medical care, etc.
We retired close to the beach, and frankly, I am bored here. You can only get sun-burned so many times. I would love to be in a more urban with classes, theater, museums, and specialty medical care. The city of Wilmington has some of these options, but Durham has a lot more. Durham also has Carolina Arbors, on of the few 55+ communities in North Carolina.

The location you chose should allow you to do what you want to for the rest of your life.
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Old 06-28-2016, 11:50 AM
 
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Durham has a lot of things that are great for retirees. You don't have to be at the beach to retire. This area has tons of continuing education classes and special events for Seniors, DPAC shows, community events, outdoor spaces, health and wellness programs, great access to medical care, etc.
i would expect to find that stuff in any city its size
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Old 06-28-2016, 11:52 AM
 
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We retired close to the beach, and frankly, I am bored here. You can only get sun-burned so many times. I would love to be in a more urban with classes, theater, museums, and specialty medical care. The city of Wilmington has some of these options, but Durham has a lot more. Durham also has Carolina Arbors, on of the few 55+ communities in North Carolina.

The location you chose should allow you to do what you want to for the rest of your life.
fair

but why not retire to DC then? or charlotte? or Raleigh? or Columbia?

or Pittsburgh or Philadelphia

I understand those desires but if you follow it to its logical end you should 'retire to' NYC unless you are just trying to compromise on some stuff but want the urban lifestyle --> lower COL less cold

I mean in a state with mountains on one end and ocean on the other people would prefer to live in the place with neither convenient and it's not even like the Triangle/Charlotte have much native culture.

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Old 06-28-2016, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Baltimore MD/Durham NC
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Places like DC or New York are far more expensive and crowded. Durham is still a small city.
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Old 06-28-2016, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Conway
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From reading these reviews, I'm still at a lost. We would like to find a place that is under $180k and and area that has great hospitals and medical care.
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Old 06-28-2016, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Durm
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I've lived in both, though not as a retiree - if the ocean isn't important to you, Wilmington probably will get very boring very quickly. It has a great downtown, but eh to the rest, in my opinion.

Durham has a lot and you can also take advantage of interesting things going on in Chapel Hill - it might be the better choice for you, and you could find an older home for under $180.

I definitely suggest visiting both.
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