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Old 11-17-2011, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Show me the demographics and the climate of a place, what the tax and guns laws are of that state, and how that state voted in the last couple presidential elections, and I'll know whether I could be happy there.

When I moved to Wyoming nine years ago I came home. I'd never lived here before nor even spent that much time here, but when I moved here I came home. I've met people here from California, Georgia, even New York City; they came home too.

If you love freeedom, if you want room to breath, if you're sick of current academic and media mush, maybe you should come home too.
Other than guns and ammo, and the beauty of wide open spaces, what is so different about living where you do? What are the taxes there? You favor the taxlessness of the ultra rich? Just wondering. I've never been to your state, I have no doubt it is awesome.
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Old 11-18-2011, 03:12 AM
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Location: North Monterey County
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Winters are hell in Wyoming.
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Old 11-18-2011, 05:44 AM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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My mother came from that area, the northern neck of virginia, and i have been visiting there- primarily kilmarnock, irvington, white stone areas- for many years. there was a time when my husband and i had seriously considered retirement there, as it is a beautiful area and one where i've always felt at home. after looking at many properties there- this was 12+ years ago- we decided that it was too remote and too far removed from major medical facilities for an aging couple. i still love the area and can become very nostlagic still when i think about relocating there, as i occasionally do. it is surrounded by water with boating a major interest, and some of the properties available there can be purchased for a reasonable price. this is probably more true in essex and ricmond counties where tappannock and warsaw are located than in lancaster county where irvington is located. waterfront in most areas is still very expensive. but it is relatively easy to find a single house with some ground if this is an interest.

what makes it so appealing also , in my opinion, makes it less practical as a retirement location. there is no easy, fast route to richmond and norfolk, the closest cities.

have you ever considered the middle peninsula- gloucester , matthews, and middlesex counties, which are south of the northern neck but somewhat more accessible, at least to norfolk, but still very water oriented with some reasonable, lovely real estate? i've come to find this area more appealing than the northern neck- more ammenities but still country/village like in feel.

catsy girl
My husband and I spent a lot of time on different visits looking at the northern neck area of Virginia. We have visited some lovely homes there during Garden Week in Virginia. Ultimately we came to the same conclusion as you and your husband did - just too remote. We were on a long retirement-hunting-area after hurricane Isabel - two weeks after Isabel and many areas in the Northern Neck were still without electricity.
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Old 11-18-2011, 09:38 AM
 
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And the previous post reminds me of a criteria I have added to our search: Underground utilities. Our power never goes out.
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Old 11-18-2011, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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On that note: I've been snooping at Del Webb Ponte Vedra, FL (Nocatee) and have read mixed reviews, I think it's going on our list of look-ats when we start traveling next summer.

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If homes in the mid $200K's are affordable to some then try looking at Trilogy/Vistancia in north Peoria AZ. Trilogy. They have some homes starting at $199,000 and the land and ammenities are awesome. HOA is a bit steep for me, but far less than some luxury retirement spots.
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Old 11-18-2011, 02:10 PM
 
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If homes in the mid $200K's are affordable to some then try looking at Trilogy/Vistancia in north Peoria AZ. Trilogy. They have some homes starting at $199,000 and the land and ammenities are awesome. HOA is a bit steep for me, but far less than some luxury retirement spots.
Interesting link. What it has to do with homes or AZ is beyond me...

Oh, no thanks. I spent a year in Phoenix and I'll pass on that for the rest of my time on this planet.
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Old 11-18-2011, 02:17 PM
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Location: Cody, WY
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When I moved to Wyoming nine years ago I came home. I'd never lived here before nor even spent that much time here, but when I moved here I came home. I've met people here from California, Georgia, even New York City; they came home too.

If you love freeedom, if you want room to breath, if you're sick of current academic and media mush, maybe you should come home too.
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Other than guns and ammo, and the beauty of wide open spaces, what is so different about living where you do? What are the taxes there? You favor the taxlessness of the ultra rich? Just wondering. I've never been to your state, I have no doubt it is awesome.
One summer night a couple of years ago I awoke to a very loud and insistent barking right outside my open bedroom window. Both of my dogs immediately barked back their outrage that their territory was under attack. Who was barking outside? The little interloper was obviously a young coyote. Having had a good night at the mouse field he had probably been trying to inveigle elder members of his family group into a little romp. When they snarled at him he remembered the two dogs he'd smelled. He'd go and get them to play. But as I said they thought there was an invasion in progress. Had my two been interested in getting to know the little coyote, who knows? He might be with them on the couch watching me at this very moment.

Please note that my window was open on a summer night. Hot, humid weather is unknown in Wyoming. Winters are chilly. But I grew up in northern Illinois; I'll take Wyoming winters any day.

I live on the North Fork of the Shoshoni River, a wide canyon between Cody and Yellowstone. Theodore Roosevelt called it the most scenic fifty miles in North America. It's not only home to coyotes but to bear, both Black and Grizzly, Mule Deer, Elk, Antelope, Mountain Lions, Timber Wolves, American White Pelicans, Bald Eagles, and many other animals. I hope that no problen ever develops with these animals; but should it happen I always have a gun in my pocket. I don't want to use it on one of these animals. I always carry a gun in town as well. Unlike animals humans actwith malice and they know the rules; I have no problem using my equalizer if they pose a threat.

Wyoming has no state income tax or inheritance tax. Sales tax is either 4% or 5% depending on voters' having approved some special project. Property tax seems to average about 1/2 of 1% of market value. Yes, it's a place where the wealthy can find some refuge from obscene levels of national taxes. Since there is no cap, the more an individual earns in this country the more he pays ad infinitum. I think of it as punishing virtue; if it weren't for the wealthy lesser people would find little employment.

Wyoming is the only state that has no "hate crime" laws. A criminal act is what it is. We do have a very low crime rate, fifth lowest in violent crime. But given the fact that people here love guns that's no surprise. Incarceration rates are about average for all states, however; that means criminals go away for a long time.

We're a Right to Work state. Therefore, there's always work.

There's room here; the country is always close. Our two big cities, Cheyenne and Casper, have few more than fifty thousand people each.

I like Cody. It's a center for scholarly work in several areas so we always have itinerant intellectuals spinning some yarns at our museum, the largest between Minneapolis and Seattle. There are many artists based near here as well as furniture and fashion designers.

What's the difference between Wyoming and Heaven?

You have to be dead to go to Heaven.
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Old 11-18-2011, 04:30 PM
 
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Retire Here, Not There: California - SmartMoney.com (http://www.smartmoney.com/retirement/planning/retire-here-not-there-california-1321636291587/?link=SM_hp_featStory - broken link)

I know CA is very expensive but they list the 4 cities.
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Old 11-18-2011, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default You mean someone is saying something good about Calif.?

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Retire Here, Not There: California - SmartMoney.com (http://www.smartmoney.com/retirement/planning/retire-here-not-there-california-1321636291587/?link=SM_hp_featStory - broken link)

I know CA is very expensive but they list the 4 cities.
Whoa, what a pleasant surprise to hear something positive being said about California, besides the climate! Of course we are notorious for high taxes, but the article says we are the sixth highest in the nation, so five other states are worse, taxation-wise. Did you hear that, everyone? Five states have higher taxes than California.
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:34 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Whoa, what a pleasant surprise to hear something positive being said about California, besides the climate! Of course we are notorious for high taxes, but the article says we are the sixth highest in the nation, so five other states are worse, taxation-wise. Did you hear that, everyone? Five states have higher taxes than California.
Which means that 44 have lower taxes!
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