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Old 10-03-2011, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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Like many, I'm tired of seeing these "Best Places to Retire" annual lists written up by leading mainstream money magazines, with recommendations that seem pretty far-fetched to me.

I also see a lot of assumptions about places that may not be true across the board--such as California and New England are unaffordable. As some point out, in specific places some things are pricey and other things are not, balancing out the question of "affordability."

Many things are more objective, such as quality of medical facilities, things to do for seniors, kinds of housing available.

The one thing that is definitely subjective is "affordability." What is easily affordable for one may not be easily, or at all, affordable for another.

IMO, the best recommendations are from those on the ground, those actually living in or at least knowing a place very well firsthand.

If we were to stick to 5 simple questions, based on your living there (current or recently) how would you rate your recommendation for where to grow old? (Please don't list where not to.)

1. Niceness of the area, aesthetically
2. Driveability (traffic factor, distance factor)
3. Ease in access to basics: supermarket, library, P.O., stores, entertainment
4. Quality of medical facilities and senior living options
5. Affordable (all things considered, all kinds of taxes) for retirees of modest income, say $50K or under/year

Looking forward to responses.
WALKABILITY= you may not always be able to drive
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:09 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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WALKABILITY= you may not always be able to drive
Excellent point, Boompa. It's nice to know that we live in a neighborhood in which neighbors help neighbors and that includes transportation. But unfortunately, that's no longer the norm.
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:38 PM
 
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I guess taxes are a variable depending on how close to a large city you are.
We have 4 acres, a 1700 s.f. home and only pay $700 annually.. (VERY good schools).. 17 miles from Roanoke city, and our home isn't out in the sticks but near a main highway.. maybe I just got lucky...
I'm glad you had the chance to spend some time here. So, you get it, about the beauty. It enriches one's life and ones soul. Thank for your input.
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:48 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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I guess taxes are a variable depending on how close to a large city you are.
We have 4 acres, a 1700 s.f. home and only pay $700 annually.. (VERY good schools).. 17 miles from Roanoke city, and our home isn't out in the sticks but near a main highway.. maybe I just got lucky...
I'm glad you had the chance to spend some time here. So, you get it, about the beauty. It enriches one's life and ones soul. Thank for your input.
Guess I was too close to D.C. But it is beautiful.
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Hi,
I too am a New England girl.. really, if you look at the beauty in New England, and then wrap it up and bring it into the countryside of Virginia..
and then compare the two here's what you get: genuinely friendly people in VA..less stress, even MORE beautiful scenery for longer stretches, faaaar less sprawl, more cows & horses (if you like to see that along the way to the mall), alive & well arts, theater, and all of those things you love to do with the added benefit of safety, but mostly it those low, low taxes.. yes, excellent hospitals, and less snowstorms.. Spring arrives two weeks earlier..but summer is about the same as CT, or MA.. Its just so pretty!
OK, so tell us where in Virginia! Would that be Salem? (where I visited on my find-a-place-in-the-south tour)

Where did you move to VA from? Do you find the place welcoming to outsiders?
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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WALKABILITY= you may not always be able to drive
Dang, I was trying to keep it to 5.

OK--walkability. Add that in.
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Should we add pleasant climate to the list?
I didn't want to add pleasant climate, because that is so subjective...different for everyone, and the survey could get really complicated really fast. Some want hot dry, some want cool humid, some don't mind rain, some do, some hate cold and snow, others don't mind...I was trying to choose the most objective 5 criteria, and folks can sort out climate for themselves.
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:11 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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OK, so tell us where in Virginia! Would that be Salem? (where I visited on my find-a-place-in-the-south tour)

Where did you move to VA from? Do you find the place welcoming to outsiders?
I certainly did! Good ol' southern hospitality and wonderful neighbors, both times.
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:32 PM
 
Location: In Denial
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Omaha, Nebraska
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Old 10-03-2011, 11:42 PM
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Omaha, Nebraska
You live in Gaithersburg, Maryland now and you prefer Omaha? I am not trying to be critical, just curious.
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