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Old 08-24-2011, 01:20 PM
 
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I guess AARP thinks all us boomers are into small towns with no action....wrong!
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Old 08-24-2011, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I guess AARP thinks all us boomers are into small towns with no action....wrong!
Affordability was the main criterion for formulating the list. I am in your camp as far as liking a vibrant intellectual and cultural life, which is why I stayed in Los Angeles. But after all, the list is honestly and correctly titled "10 Affordable Places to Retire". For many folks "no action" (as you put it) is just fine. And for many others there is not much retirement income to be had; don't you think it's scary that so many people are existing on Social Security alone? They are pretty much required to seek out a very low cost of living situation.
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Old 08-24-2011, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Its not as if we don't know what the cost of living in Bar Harbor are. What is pricey for one person is not pricey for another.

Actually my taxes in Lancaster County PA, the cheapest tax area in any of the counties locally, are only slightly less that the taxes in Bar Harbor, Maine. So anyone moving there from south central PA, who could survive adequately there will not find it too difficult to survive in Bar Harbor. Additionally we may take in a couple of college students(girls preferably) from the College of the Atlantic to supplement our income, and to provide assistance if we should need it.

And as you say, MDI has one of the most active senior colleges, and one of the most stimulating, since a large percentage of the retired there, are retired from College of the Atlantic, Maine Bio Lab, and Jackson Lab, as well as some of the idle rich or famous politicians. What I HAVE idscovered is that once you are retired it levels the playing field. Nobody really cares anymore how powerful you were when you worked, and much of the social climbing sh@t that existed before doesn't really exist anymore. And the people who try to keep that stuff going tend to get isolated.

Additionally, having a full fledged REAL LIVE college on the island tends to bring groups and activities in, which enrich the winter community. So some of the isolation that one has elsewhere in little fishing villages along the coast does not exist on Mount Desert Island.

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Having visited the Seniors College near Portland, all I can say is that Maine is a great retiree state for anyone for whom northern winters don't matter much in the scheme of things. As for places like MDI and Camden, they are quite upscale relative to the rest of the state. The taxes in Camden are actually no worse than mine in WNewEng. I was surprised. The taxes in those places may not be bad, but finding a place that's not a big fixer upper is going to cost more than many folks' purchasing budget. (I'm surveying the real estate in Maine regularly). That said, if you run across a nice little cottage on MDI for a song, PM me!
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Old 08-24-2011, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Affordability was the main criterion for formulating the list. I am in your camp as far as liking a vibrant intellectual and cultural life, which is why I stayed in Los Angeles. But after all, the list is honestly and correctly titled "10 Affordable Places to Retire". For many folks "no action" (as you put it) is just fine. And for many others there is not much retirement income to be had; don't you think it's scary that so many people are existing on Social Security alone? They are pretty much required to seek out a very low cost of living situation.
I've found, to my surprise, that an impressive amount of sophisticated (as well as down-home) arts & culture exists outside the big cities. I live in a highly educated college/U corridor and there are numerous highly rated arts experiences in New England that you can drive to within a half hour to several hours. If I made a list of the musicians I've heard, the exhibits I've seen, the famous authors I've heard within an hour of my town, I'd astound myself. Seems like if one were to search for an artsy place, s/he might google the interest s/he has to see what's available in those places. Also, as one ages into 70s and 80s, less urban places may possibly be more negotiable in terms of transportation.

Now "affordable" is, imo, a rather iffy word for these popular surveys to use. What is "affordable" to someone retiring wealthy vs. "affordable" to someone retiring modestly is simply not comparable. Some retirees cannot see themselves living in less than 2500 SF, others are fine with 900 SF. Some have $500K and more to spend on a retirement home, so up to that amount is "affordable," while a place with houses in that price range would price out many a retiree.

I think these surveys are running out of places to acclaim. Some of the places they list as "affordable" to the general populace are almost laughable. I've googled housing in these places and wonder at their "affordable" label for the average retiree.
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Old 08-24-2011, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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There is a reason why these ten places are considered the most affordable places to retire ... There is no real demand to move there (retired or otherwise), ... which would drive prices up.
You mean down.
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Old 08-24-2011, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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I don't do lists and I damn sure don't pay attention to AARP.
I see how you got your user name!
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Old 08-24-2011, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Whenever I check many of these "desirable" places in which to retire, I find they just do not suit my needs. For example, I have yet to see a list that includes the description of a good public transportation system to name just one thing. And a good medical center or hospital, walkable neighborhoods and affordable housing to name a few items.

I wonder why these surveys don't take needs like these into consideration. I am certain there are many others who are looking for them besides me.
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Old 08-24-2011, 10:25 PM
 
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I think the big VA medical center is in August- about 3 hours (?) drive from Portland.
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:39 AM
 
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Gainesville, GA

Gainesville, GA is THE ugliest city I have ever seen. The downtown "historic area" is about 1-1/2 blocks long. The main road through town is car lot after car lot for blocks and blocks. NO thank you!
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:47 AM
 
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Haha - I agree with everyone here - these lists are for "entertainment" purposes only. We all set our criteria for what we want/need out of a place to live. My husband has not retired yet, needs a few more years, but we will probably stay right where we are as it fulfills everything on our wants and needs list. We might move a few miles away or to a different house possibly, but we are almost guaranteed to remain in the area.

True, most of the places on that AARP are affordable (exception Portland maybe?) but how many dream of retiring to those places?
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