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Old 06-14-2015, 05:35 AM
 
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Roanoke VA is the best place for single women (or couples) to retire. Very friendly, activities of all types thru out the year, beautiful mountain views, great weather, low housing cost (and low taxes and insurance.

This wonderful city is diverse with people from all over (CA, CO, NY, Chicago, etc). The historic district of Old Southwest or Grandin Village are wonderful, very friendly neighborhoods as well as condo living downtown. We retired here from New Orleans and just love everything about it !!!

 
Old 06-14-2015, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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Roanoke VA is the best place for single women (or couples) to retire. Very friendly, activities of all types thru out the year, beautiful mountain views, great weather, low housing cost (and low taxes and insurance.

This wonderful city is diverse with people from all over (CA, CO, NY, Chicago, etc). The historic district of Old Southwest or Grandin Village are wonderful, very friendly neighborhoods as well as condo living downtown. We retired here from New Orleans and just love everything about it !!!
That one is going on.my list, at least to visit. I live in Minnesota now (born & raised), and lucked into a senior building. Very nice & based on income. But, coming from the city, they're a little too inquisitive for me. They're sweethearts though so we'll see. I was thinking of moving after winter but ,for the moment, I want to stay close to my doctor.
 
Old 06-14-2015, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Roanoke VA is the best place for single women (or couples) to retire. Very friendly, activities of all types thru out the year, beautiful mountain views, great weather, low housing cost (and low taxes and insurance.

This wonderful city is diverse with people from all over (CA, CO, NY, Chicago, etc). The historic district of Old Southwest or Grandin Village are wonderful, very friendly neighborhoods as well as condo living downtown. We retired here from New Orleans and just love everything about it !!!
Funny, I was just recently thinking about our visit to Roanoke a few years ago, checking it out. We spent time in adjacent Salem and ate at a great restaurant in a renovated old building, I forget the name. What impressed me about the town was the college campus and the public library, really nice features. Visiting in summer, I was not aware what the winters are like. How good or bad are they?
 
Old 06-14-2015, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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I just checked on realtor dot com for homes for sale in Black Mountain - too much for my budget I also looked at Weaverville....again, too expensive.
Salem, VA (many cute homes under $160):
http://www.realtor.com/realestateand...6-62626?row=10

Salem, VA Public Library > Home

Roanoke College, in Salem: Photos - Roanoke College - Salem, Virginia

Town http://roanoke.edu/About_Roanoke/Pho...lem_Photos.htm
 
Old 06-14-2015, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Also have no desire to live outside the country.

Spouse has mentioned Puerto Rico..... or some sunny beach island.

I asked him where he'd get all his medical care - he's a heavy user of medical care with his back pain and arthritis..... leaves him silent.

Brother moved to Brazil. Married a Brazilian. He's going to need knee surgery any time soon..... I can't imagine him having it there.
My Dad is about a year from his second retirement (first was from the Air Force, second from the church, which kicks him out at 70) and he talks about retiring to someplace like Belize whenever we go that way on vacation, but they'd never move somewhere with such little access to health care. My mom's a cancer survivor and my dad had a heart attack a year ago, so they really can't do it now. They're pretty happy in Florida, though, so it's fine for them.

I do envy expats who can go live in another culture for a while, but it definitely has its limits when it comes to modern conveniences we take so much for granted here in the U.S.

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Old 06-14-2015, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Roanoke VA is the best place for single women (or couples) to retire. Very friendly, activities of all types thru out the year, beautiful mountain views, great weather, low housing cost (and low taxes and insurance.

This wonderful city is diverse with people from all over (CA, CO, NY, Chicago, etc). The historic district of Old Southwest or Grandin Village are wonderful, very friendly neighborhoods as well as condo living downtown. We retired here from New Orleans and just love everything about it !!!
So, I take it you went to work part-time for the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce, or perhaps the Roanoke Association of Real Estate Agents?
 
Old 06-14-2015, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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So, I take it you went to work part-time for the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce, or perhaps the Roanoke Association of Real Estate Agents?
I would! For East Coast areas, it's one that is often overlooked. And, since City Data is relocation-oriented, it's great to see others' recommendations.
 
Old 06-14-2015, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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I would! For East Coast areas, it's one that is often overlooked. And, since City Data is relocation-oriented, it's great to see others' recommendations.
Pretty city but waaay too religious for me.
 
Old 06-14-2015, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Pretty city but waaay too religious for me.
Roanoke, religious?
 
Old 06-14-2015, 12:47 PM
 
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I'm in the process of retiring and my plan is to go Rving. I have fam all along the east coast from NY to FL. Just the thought of not being stuck in one location is my retirement dream and yes I will be doing it alone but hope to make many many new friends. So that's the plan, anyone else?
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