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Old 09-26-2011, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Venice, Florida
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Old 09-26-2011, 10:21 AM
 
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I'd look to Colorado if I lived in Arizona .Easy drive and beautiful country with great frsh water fishing.
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Old 09-26-2011, 11:57 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I'd look to Colorado if I lived in Arizona .Easy drive and beautiful country with great frsh water fishing.
Yes, Colorado is a good choice too (ex resident for 28 yrs).

I would look to S (Durango / Alamosa), C (Gunnison/Montrose), or NC (Steamboat - Walden).

I'm especially keen on EZ access to WY / NM, as Colorado can easily be over-run in summer (I grew up in Estes Park...). I loved to escape to Snowy Range (west of Laramie / Encampment / Saratoga). I would go up there after work just to get out of the rat race in Colorado. (and to get a free dip in the hot springs).

On my way home I frequented VeDauWoo to lay on a hot rock (the size of a house) and watch the stars. VeDauWoo - Google Search (no light pollution there!... in the 60's and 70's)
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Old 09-26-2011, 12:42 PM
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We own our home in Mesa, AZ and enjoy living there in the winter months, but do want to get out of the summer heat. There is lots of information on the internet about areas for Snowbirds, but very little for Sunbirds.

We are at the point in our lives where we would consider purchasing a second home (in the US only, please) for the summer months. We have zero restrictions due to family issues.

Our requirements include:

  • Reasonable weather - no extremes of cold or humidity.
  • A vibrant, active retirement area. We would seriously consider an upscale 55+ community or possibly a condo.
  • Within 15-30 minutes of a marina for fishing and boating - fresh or saltwater, but good, active fishing (as in actually catching something) and not dangerous water. (we do not want to trailer and launch a boat every time we want to use it.)
  • Moderate cost of homes, real estate taxes and/or income taxes.
  • Very near a decent size city or immediately within a suburban area, as we enjoy restaurants (especially ethnic), happy hours, movies, and I have to find pool halls for husband's addiction to the game.
  • In an area where social events and meeting new people do not revolve around church activities (no insult intended - it's just not a good fit for us).
Where would YOU go with these requirements?
Personally, I have already made my choice to a rural area near Flathead Lake, Montana. However, when I objectively apply your criteria, Portland, Oregon seems to jump out at me.
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Old 09-26-2011, 11:18 PM
 
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Umm -
So you think I actually READ the post? I'm a skiimmer. But come to Sask anyway.
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Old 09-27-2011, 01:02 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Personally, I have already made my choice to a rural area near Flathead Lake, Montana. However, when I objectively apply your criteria, Portland, Oregon seems to jump out at me.
The MT region nearby along the Clark Fork (Thompson Falls / Plains, MT) has become home to a few of my friends. It is very similar to W - NW Colo (Delta / Craig) an grows lots of fruit for the region and state.

Sandpoint, ID is not too bad either, but traffic is a bear. (long skinny town that is 'constrained' by lake / mtns.)

But actually Portland is pretty premo for summers (free concerts nightly on one of MANY, MANY parks) + roses and the like. and if is gets to hot, I take a 1hr trip to here hug point oregon coast - Google Search (OR coast will 'freeze your kuzoodo' when it is HOT inland)

I am QUITE glad I live on the WA side of the River, as I would never survive as an Oregonian. (there are some significant social dynamics there.... definately no problem to "Keep Portland Weird", as their T-shirt 'boast' )
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Old 09-30-2011, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Florida Gulf Coast
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What about Laguna Woods, CA? SoCal is certainly within driving distance and the weather is perfection. You're in a major metropolitan area with all the amenities. You're a mile from Laguna Beach. It's an over-55 community with a range of housing options at reasonable prices (for SoCal) and tons of activities and clubs.
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Old 09-30-2011, 11:33 PM
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The MT region nearby along the Clark Fork (Thompson Falls / Plains, MT) has become home to a few of my friends. It is very similar to W - NW Colo (Delta / Craig) an grows lots of fruit for the region and state.

Sandpoint, ID is not too bad either, but traffic is a bear. (long skinny town that is 'constrained' by lake / mtns.)

But actually Portland is pretty premo for summers (free concerts nightly on one of MANY, MANY parks) + roses and the like. and if is gets to hot, I take a 1hr trip to here hug point oregon coast - Google Search (OR coast will 'freeze your kuzoodo' when it is HOT inland)

I am QUITE glad I live on the WA side of the River, as I would never survive as an Oregonian. (there are some significant social dynamics there.... definately no problem to "Keep Portland Weird", as their T-shirt 'boast' )
I can almost see your friend's house in Plains from my spot in Montana.
Also, I know how beautiful your area is currently, since I used to live in The Dalles.

PS I have a relative who just moved to Portland who will certainly contribute to the "weird" factor.
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Old 10-01-2011, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Bar Harbor, ME
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Sounds like heaven. I think you want to move to heaven in the summer. Unfortunately God is only offering free transportation one way.
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Old 10-03-2011, 02:30 AM
 
Location: NM
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I would check out the Rocky Mountain communities in Colorado. Not too sure about senior communities there but the weather all over the montainous part of this state is very comfortable over the summer. You could also check out the mountainous areas of Northern New Mexico.
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