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Old 10-09-2007, 06:27 PM
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Here's a description of our dream retirement home:

The house is 2 bedrooms, 2 bath just enough green lawn and trees to provide shade and a bit of gardening. It will cost less than $150,000. We will be within a 15-30 minute drive to a non-polluted fishing lake or be able to drop a pole off the front porch. We will have high speed internet access.

We will be within a 15-30 minute drive to the nearest cardiac hospital, grocery store, pharmacy, and maybe a couple of restaurants.

We will be able to play bingo for cold hard cash close by our house. We will be able to get to a full-service casino (bingo, slots, tables).

We won't have high humidity too often. We will have snow. We'll find a good landscaper and snow remover to take care of our needs. We won't have to suffer through high heat for more than a day or two.

It will be safe. It will have a community of people who really care about each other.

Does this dream retirement place exist? Where is it?
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Old 10-10-2007, 03:53 AM
Location: Las Vegas
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When you find it, please post. Sounds like a great place. I was reading this and picking out places. When I was done reading, I had no places left. I'm betting you will have to prioritize your wants and be willing to lose a couple on the bottom side.
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Old 10-10-2007, 05:38 AM
Location: Home is where the heart is
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If you need to get away from humidity, be near a casino, and keep the price below $150,000 I think your best bet is a small desert town in the mountains of the SW. A moutainous area is the only place you'll get snow. Colorado, West Texas, New Mexico. Arizona's probably too expensive, Utah won't have gambling. Desert towns across the border are not that safe.

I have a thought, but haven't looked into this at all so I could be completely off the mark. Have you considered Los Alamos, NM? My brother used to live there. It's a very nice town, very safe. It's the site of a large national laboratory (not where they test the bombs--where they do research). Basically everybody there works for the lab, so it's a tight knit community. (But be aware that most people there have advanced degrees. To me that's an attraction, but it might not be for everyone.)

About ten years ago they began laying off people left and right, and since there is no other industry in town it became hard to sell a house. When my brother was transferred he sold his condo for a song. But there's still enough people there that the town isn't abandoned. They have skiing and extremely little if any crime. You most likely would NOT be able to work, but you might be able to live in a really nice community for next to nothing. I'm not sure about the casinos but I recall there is a great New Mexico casino called Inn of the Mountains or something like that. I don't think it's too far of a drive.
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Old 10-10-2007, 12:21 PM
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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There is a small mountain town in N.CA where we lived for 15 years. It is called Magalia. You can find a small home there for around $150K, under that they are little mobiles or shacks. There is a wonderful lake within a few minutes drive down the main road. There is a clubhouse that sports many card playing activities, art, drinking or whatever floats your boat. The hospital in Paradise, just down the mountain, is one of the finest. Chico, which is 20 min down the mountain, is full of newer shopping/big box stores along with a charming old downtown section with unique shops and awesome California restaurants. It has Chico State in the middle of the downtown. I miss Chico and especially the farmers market they have during the spring/summer months. Magalia gets a little snow, nothing big and the summer is very decent. You might want to also look at Paradise. go to REALTOR.com - Real Estate Listings & Homes For Sale and the zip code 95954 or 95969. Good luck
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Old 10-10-2007, 12:31 PM
Location: Knoxville, TN
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Look around Cherokee, Bryson City, Maggie Valley in North Carolina.
There's a huge Indian Casino in Cherokee, also a Harrahs. It's in the Smokies. You will get snow and very pleasant summers. Asheville, N.C. has all the shopping you need.
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Old 10-10-2007, 04:05 PM
Location: home...finally, home .
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I have heard that the Smokies are beautiful, but I have never seen them.
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Old 10-10-2007, 04:15 PM
Location: Forests of Maine
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We found ours, you can find yours
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Old 10-10-2007, 04:59 PM
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Thanks everyone. I think I might look at the Asheville NC area first. I'll get back to y'all.
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Old 10-10-2007, 08:47 PM
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Manitowoc, Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Michigan.
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Old 10-11-2007, 05:17 AM
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Best of luck with Asheville. I had a 1-year contract there in 1993, liked it a lot. There's always a lot to do. Make sure you visit there, first. You might not like the humidity in the summer. Also, check the crime statistics before buying a house for under $150,000. Not all of Asheville is safe, although for the most part it is. Avoid West Asheville. You might do better living in the area, but outside the city (for example, in Alexander).
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