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Old 10-16-2013, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Your thoughts and experiences, pros and cons?
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Old 10-16-2013, 03:51 PM
 
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People move away. I don't think it's wise to hitch your wagon to someone else's star.

One thing we asked ourselves when moving back to Massachusetts was, "Do we love it enough that if our son moved away we'd still want to be here?" The answer was, "Yes." We chose Cape Cod because it's beautiful and it's where we want to be. It's also a two hour ride from our old friends but the good thing about the Cape is people eventually find their way down here either for vacation or to retire themselves. A few have migrated nearby which is nice but it didn't factor in our choice of area.
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Old 10-16-2013, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I agree with ipoetry.
Not a good basis for choosing where to live.
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:01 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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Things can change . . . people can and do move.

It might be nice to have "built in" friends once you arrive and get settled in, but I would have to consider that those folks (friends and/or family) might be moving in the future.

So I agree with others . . . if you are in love with the place your friends/family are living, then do it! Just know you need to create a support system that extends beyond those folks, as people not only move, but as we age, we have to accept that others are going to die, as well.
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:07 PM
 
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I retired last year, and stayed where I am, because I don't have any particular reason to move. I do have a good group of friends here. If they all move away one day, I just might move too. Or maybe not.

We'll see.
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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I suppose having a friend or two, or a relative, "already there" would be an enticement to someone on the fence about moving to a particular place, even it knowing those person(s) could die or move.

When I moved here, the close friendship I had with someone who already lives here (is a townie by birth) waned from its original strength for some reason. Maybe it was a case of "distance makes the friendship fonder." I'm awfully glad I didn't move to another state, or even hours from my former home, with that friendship as a factor.
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:25 PM
 
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We moved 850 miles away upon retirement.
We did not know anyone here.

I never regretted it !
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Old 10-17-2013, 10:31 PM
 
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We moved 850 miles away upon retirement.
We did not know anyone here.

I never regretted it !
If I may ask - what were your decision criteria for choosing that place? I'd not have a clue about where to retire, but I sure as heck would not stay where I am! Too expensive, and too built up.
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:23 AM
 
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Don't many stay in place because of friends?
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Old 10-18-2013, 06:16 AM
 
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Don't many stay in place because of friends?
Yes of course, but those who are bound to relocate may or may not have this as a criteria in their selection.
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