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Old 03-16-2009, 02:32 AM
 
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becareful with rural.... rural is nice but dont think for a second that my wife and i dont think about the fact that maybe its not such a good idea going rural as we get older.... we live in nyc now but have a home in a fairly rural area in pa...

if for some reason you cant drive your doomed.. everything is a 15-20 minute drive... there is no public transportation. the winters are rough and there isnt much to do as you age..... medical care locally is limited... emergency services are volunteer and can take a while to muster and get to you.....

we cant even walk to the mail boxes in our development as its a good mile or so of hills to get to them as they are centrally located....

dont get me wrong, we love it there but all these things about country life do concern us
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Old 03-19-2009, 05:16 PM
 
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I wonder if you have to be "horse people" to fit in with the people in Aiken? That worries me because I'm afraid of horses and would never partake!
You don't have to be horsey at all in Aiken. We've lived here for a while, and have yet to see a horse on the roads or at the grocery store. Happened quite often when we lived in the countryside outside of Ocala, FL, tho.

PM me if you want - we have a lovely 3/2, almost half an acre, in a quiet subdivision with no HOA fees, 5 minutes from the mall, restaurants, etc. Wish we didn't have to sell, but need to for a transfer to another state.
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Old 03-19-2009, 05:28 PM
 
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I retired to Summerville, South Carolina three years ago. It is a smaller, almost Victorian style town that is growing in the outer areas. Pretty affordable, nice people, ocean & lakes within driving distance for a day trip.

The city of Charleston is fantastic. The history is amazing. Well preserved and horse drawn carriage rides are the way to see it. Five colleges in the area keep up the cultural life and the restaurants are phenomenal.

I looked all along the East Coast, including inland and we are very happy here.
Did you buy into a 55+ community or a single family home? How long does it take to get to the beach from Summerville. Thanks for the info.
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Old 03-20-2009, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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For more information you can check out Carolina Living's website; click on the Message Board near the top right of the screen, and you can find a forum. It is fine, but there is actually much more useful information on City Data's forum, at least in my humble opinion.
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Old 03-21-2009, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Summerville
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Did you buy into a 55+ community or a single family home? How long does it take to get to the beach from Summerville. Thanks for the info.
Single Family Home in a golf community. Lots of social activities here.
I'm in the water in 40 minutes!
jim
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Old 03-22-2009, 07:33 AM
 
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Single Family Home in a golf community. Lots of social activities here.
I'm in the water in 40 minutes!
jim
Sounds Great! I'm jealous!
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:38 PM
 
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I retired to southwest, florida. Sort of a "summer camp" for senior citizens.

Housing prices have crashed. If you are handy you can buy a fixer=upper for under $50,000 and a new house for about $125,000.

My home is 20 minutes from a white sand beach with warm Gulf of Mexico water at your feet.

This isn't the place to move if you want to work full time, now that the worldwide economy has collapsed. But if you have put away retirement funds North Port, Florida is a good place to consider.
What about home insurance and property taxes? I keep hearing they are terrible in Florida.
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Old 03-24-2009, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Have you considered Lake Keowee area, or Clemson? You're right on a huge lake, which is almost as good as being near the coast. And being near a large university has some advantages, too.
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Old 03-27-2009, 05:59 PM
 
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Hi normie.

( We haven't heard from you in awhile.)

I definitely want to be near a large college when I move. Right now I attend the OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Instit. ) and i just love it. It's so rewarding.
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Old 03-28-2009, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Hi normie.

( We haven't heard from you in awhile.)
Hahaha, not that much time for the computer anymore (except on rainy days like today). I'm a living testament that life in retirement is not boring. Life really got busy, never realized I spent so much time sitting around at work.
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