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Old 10-13-2011, 07:20 PM
 
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Actually, St. Augustine was one of the areas I thought about...I actually thought it would be hotter than the low 90's and for a longer time than 5 months. Thanks for that info...sounds a little bit easier to put up with. Another area was New Smyrna Beach. There are communities in both these areas that are very reasonable

The one things that draws me to Florida is the fact that you can be outside for most of the year, and be by the beach.
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Old 10-13-2011, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Bar Harbor, ME
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Why anyone would choose to live in 90 degree temps and 100% humidity with snakes and bugs and aligators is quite beyond me.
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Old 10-14-2011, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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The one things that draws me to Florida is the fact that you can be outside for most of the year, and be by the beach.
Well, but *could* you be outside in that kind of weather in the summer? I sure could not, at least not doing any kind of exercise. Unless I was actually in the water.

Even though I have the luxury of opting to be a snowbirder, I must say that, having grown up in the north, the opportunities for outdoor winter sports and physical activities are there--you just have to get out there and do them.
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Old 10-14-2011, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Why anyone would choose to live in 90 degree temps and 100% humidity with snakes and bugs and aligators is quite beyond me.
I don't often agree with Zarathu, but I agree totally with his sentence above. But if that floats somebody's boat, more power to him. However, the thread is not really about that - it's about following one's own desires about where to live versus not following them out of a sense of duty to family. I vote for following them, even if it's living in a place where one cannot be outside during the summer. (Of course snowbirding solves that objection but not everyone can afford to maintain two residences.)
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:32 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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I don't often agree with Zarathu, but I agree totally with his sentence above. But if that floats somebody's boat, more power to him. However, the thread is not really about that - it's about following one's own desires about where to live versus not following them out of a sense of duty to family. I vote for following them, even if it's living in a place where one cannot be outside during the summer. (Of course snowbirding solves that objection but not everyone can afford to maintain two residences.)
We couldn't so in looking for a retirement venue, among many other considerations - family and their druthers NOT being one of them - we chose a place with four distinct seasons but none of them particularly harsh. Winters can have some periods of snow and occasional ice storms but they're usually short-lived and our home and larder are always well-stocked to ride them out, with or without electricity. Summers can be uncomfortable in the middle of the day which leaves mornings and many evenings quite satisfactory for yard work, vegetable gardening, walking, etc. Spring and Fall are gorgeous and comfortable and rains keep the landscape lush and green.

Our family is located in three states from the left coast to the Midwest and we live in almost the exact center of the country so while not close to any of them we're well-located to keep in touch and visit on occasion. For us, "occasional" works quite nicely! Clearly, others' mileage varies considerably.
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:39 AM
 
Location: central va central me south fl
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I think you answer your own question. these day the weather should not be an issue, you can enjoy the indoor sports and fitness on the not perfect day outside.
just pick the area you want to be and financially comfortable with it.
for me, a quiet piece of land with plants and animals suit me just fine.


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I thought that if I moved out of state, I'm bound to meet more people my age (60) in a 55+ commmunity.

The activities I would like would be sports, fitness, fun activities. All the Florida 55+ communities offer so much, however, I think Florida would be too hot for me. On one of the Florida posts, they said it's been over 90 degrees since April...with no relief or "cold fronts" we get in NY during the summer months...I don't think I could take that weather.

My husband is not too fond of the Carolina's...the other areas we were considering were NJ or Delaware.

EM
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Old 10-14-2011, 09:15 AM
 
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I moved away from FL to be near my daughter and family to a small town. I love the town but you know I rarely see my daughter she works or my grandsons who are now young adults. You need to live where you will be happy.

If you have small grandkids you still won't see them that often unless you are babysitting them. We use to have ours over on the weekends when they were young and I wouldn't trade that time for anything so it is a lot to think about.
My nephew use to spend every summer with my MIL since he lived so far away. Those are times he won't forget either.
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Whereever we have our RV parked
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Two suggestions if you decide to move.
1.Find some place close, but much less expensive. Pennsylvania might be a lot more affordable but not all that far that they couldn't visit on weekends.
2. If you have a place to move in mind that's further south, get a place big enough and close enough to ocean or mountains or whatever that coming to visit is a cheap vacation for them.

I always say, where there's a will there's a way. Look at options. My brother goes to Florida for a month and rents a place near Ft. Meyers for a couple of hundred bucks for the month of Feb. just to get out of the cold. Others buy Travel Trailer, or RV, park it at an RV park in Florida, stay there in winter, the RV park stores it in summer, and you move back north to someplace more affordable than NYC.
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Old 10-14-2011, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default Yes, this practice is very common.

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I always say, where there's a will there's a way. Look at options. My brother goes to Florida for a month and rents a place near Ft. Meyers for a couple of hundred bucks for the month of Feb. just to get out of the cold. Others buy Travel Trailer, or RV, park it at an RV park in Florida, stay there in winter, the RV park stores it in summer, and you move back north to someplace more affordable than NYC.
I have some retired friends who live in Buffalo, New York. If Buffalo isn't in the snow belt, then there is no such thing! Some years ago they bought an RV and started driving it down to Florida for the winter, then driving it back to Buffalo where they had grandchildren, making about a six-month even split.

But their experience was that the demand was so high for the spaces in Florida RV parks during the winter that they started paying for their spot year-round in order to reserve it, once they found a park they really liked. Finally a few months ago they bought a house in Florida, thus taking advantage of the collapse in real estate prices, which has been particularly severe in Florida, and now the RV is up for sale.

Their experience brought home to me just how common the practice of snow birding is, and just how popular Florida is for a winter-only place to live.
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Old 10-14-2011, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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Why anyone would choose to live in 90 degree temps and 100% humidity with snakes and bugs and aligators is quite beyond me.
It's not like Bar Harbor doesn't have bugs:

Black Flies? - Bar Harbor Forum - TripAdvisor

Or that we have to beat off the alligators when we sit on our back porch in the evening .

And high humidity is great for your skin.

It seems obvious to me. But - in the summer - you do things outside in the morning before it gets hot. And - in the winter (Jan/Feb) - when mornings are kind of cold (at least for my taste) - you do things outside in the afternoon after it warms up. Fall (October/November/December) and spring (March/April) are usually very nice.

I've traveled a lot - and have found that there is no perfect place. So people have to find a place that suits them best. Robyn
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