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Old 08-30-2007, 06:18 AM
 
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Where are some good retirement areas in the U.S.?
Criteria is:
New housing under $175000.
Reasonable weather, never extreme hot or cold.
Reasonable property taxes and cost of living.
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Old 08-30-2007, 07:16 PM
 
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Well, I tried but no responses so I guess there is no such place.
Thanks anyway
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Old 08-30-2007, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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Here on the retirement forum there are a few thread on where to retire. You might want to read them to get some ideas.

The problem I see with your request is no extreme weather and something under $175,000. Maybe somewhere in the south.
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Old 08-31-2007, 12:13 AM
 
Location: SE Arizona - FINALLY! :D
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What temp range is "never extreme hot or cold"?

Ken
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Old 08-31-2007, 11:10 AM
 
Location: WA
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It is good you are searching with a list of requirements but you may need to prioritize them and restate them to some extent.

We looked across the country using a longer list of requirements but were willing to modify some of them or balance them with each other to be realistic. A perfect place will become crowded and eventually less perfect.

At the top of our list was weather with 'no hard summers, no hard winters’, and a preference for low dew points (low humidity). That leaves out 75% of the country so you have to decide if it a priority.

New housing under 175K is limited to very few places, and many of those have relatively high property taxes. Maybe you need to be more flexible with this requirement.

After a process of elimination you will still have a number of places that are possibilities and then the best thing to do is go visit.

Relocation was a major task for us taking years to find a place and then making a move.
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Old 08-31-2007, 11:15 AM
 
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It is good you are searching with a list of requirements but you may need to prioritize them and restate them to some extent.

We looked across the country using a longer list of requirements but were willing to modify some of them or balance them with each other to be realistic. A perfect place will become crowded and eventually less perfect.

At the top of our list was weather with 'no hard summers, no hard wintersí, and a preference for low dew points (low humidity). That leaves out 75% of the country so you have to decide if it a priority.

New housing under 175K is limited to very few places, and many of those have relatively high property taxes. Maybe you need to be more flexible with this requirement.

After a process of elimination you will still have a number of places that are possibilities and then the best thing to do is go visit.

Relocation was a major task for us taking years to find a place and then making a move.

We are flexible. You iindicate after the process of elimination there are still a number of places left. Please list a few.
I totally agree with you criteria "At the top of our list was weather with 'no hard summers, no hard wintersí, and a preference for low dew points (low humidity). That leaves out 75% of the country so you have to decide if it a priority".
Again, could you please list a few places..
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Old 08-31-2007, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Bayside, NY
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We are flexible. You iindicate after the process of elimination there are still a number of places left. Please list a few.
I totally agree with you criteria "At the top of our list was weather with 'no hard summers, no hard wintersí, and a preference for low dew points (low humidity). That leaves out 75% of the country so you have to decide if it a priority".
Again, could you please list a few places..
Your weather and humidity criteria is at the top of our list but unless you are willing to live in a small town in a remote location I doubt you will find a house for $175,000.

Our list consists of Reno/Sparks/Carson City,NV Albuquerque and Grants Pass, OR.

When we first started looking seriously Prescott, AZ was at the top of our list and we visited there 3 years ago. We fell in love with the place. We looked at a house that was selling for $175,000 that same house is now $325,000. Prescott is no longer on the list.
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Old 08-31-2007, 12:25 PM
 
Location: WA
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We are flexible. You iindicate after the process of elimination there are still a number of places left. Please list a few.
I totally agree with you criteria "At the top of our list was weather with 'no hard summers, no hard winters’, and a preference for low dew points (low humidity). That leaves out 75% of the country so you have to decide if it a priority".
Again, could you please list a few places..
Driven by our weather preference we wound up concentrating on the west coast (although we looked elsewhere). California has great places but high housing and tax structure. Oregon is a beautiful state with more reasonable taxes. Washington has many great places and no income tax.

Our requirement for access to a major airport drew us to the Portland area and our financial requirements made Washington very attractive. We settled in Clark County but there are plenty of great communities and varied good climates up and down the coast (but not a lot of cheap housing).
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Old 08-31-2007, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Where are some good retirement areas in the U.S.?
Criteria is:
New housing under $175000.
Reasonable weather, never extreme hot or cold.
Reasonable property taxes and cost of living.
The areas around Huntsville and Decatur, Alabama would meet all of your objectives. No difficulty with your home price, climate, property tax or cost of living.

http://www.city-data.com/housing/hou...e-Alabama.html

http://www.city-data.com/city/Huntsville-Alabama.html

Although I'm not as high on this, you could also take a look at the area in and around New Bern, North Carolina.

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Old 09-01-2007, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Where are some good retirement areas in the U.S.?
Criteria is:
New housing under $175000.
Reasonable weather, never extreme hot or cold.
Reasonable property taxes and cost of living.
What do each of you plan to do when you retire?

If you aren't thinking about that, you should be. Figure out how you plan to replace a 35 - 40 hour work week with the things you like to/want to do. Find locations that offer those opportunities both in number and quality (based on your judgment and research). Make a list. Then apply your criteria above with regard to price, taxes, cost of living and weather to eliminate possibilities on your list and zero in on the ones remaining.
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