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Old 05-21-2014, 11:35 AM
 
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I would love feedback from the thousands of us out there that are researching where to retire along the Southeastern coast. From VA to NC to SC to GA to FL. Where have you looked, what has made an impression? What are the top priorities on your check list and what communities are in the lead?

Thank you. Sharing will hopefully eliminate a lot of leg work for everyone!
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Old 05-21-2014, 11:52 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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I like the area around Southport, NC, mainly because there is housing there I would be comfortable in and because of the intracoastal waterway.

Another choice would be around Litchfield, Georgetown, Pawley's Island, SC.

And finally, Hilton Head and areas around Charleston. I particularly like Kiawah and Isle of Palms but missed my opportunity 30 years ago for buying at a good price at either of those locations.

I have a fondness for Savannah (some of my family is from Savannah) but housing is hit and miss.
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Old 05-21-2014, 12:16 PM
 
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Nothing north of Central Florida -- If one is going to move to live on/near the beach/ocean, warm weather is required. In the Panhandle of Florida this year (Pensacola - Jacksonville), it was largely cold (or at least uncomfortable on the water) between October/November and Mid May. It's only now starting to warm-up.
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Old 05-21-2014, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Surf City, NC
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The real break in water temperatures along the east coast is the outer banks of North Carolina, that's where the Gulf stream takes a right turn and heads off to England. If you look at any water temperature map you will see a sharp drop-off from the south end of the outer banks to Norfolk and above. It's true I wouldn't swim off our beaches in North Carolina anytime before May, but April in Myrtle Beach is comparable to June in Atlantic City. I think anything from the Crystal Coast of NC south is great, you can swim May through October and that's quite enough for me.
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Old 05-21-2014, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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I would love feedback from the thousands of us out there that are researching where to retire along the Southeastern coast. From VA to NC to SC to GA to FL. Where have you looked, what has made an impression? What are the top priorities on your check list and what communities are in the lead?

Thank you. Sharing will hopefully eliminate a lot of leg work for everyone!
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Old 05-21-2014, 03:51 PM
 
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Fernandina Beach, FL. Just above Amelia Island. Old Florida at its best. Interesting architecture, walkable, artsy, funky, charming.

Beaufort, SC and the area around it- Lady's Island, etc. Part of the GA Sea Islands. Historic but building up. Spectacular beauty, expanses of waterways, salt marshes, etc.
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Old 05-21-2014, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Amelia Island
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Amelia Island



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Old 05-21-2014, 05:44 PM
 
Location: NC
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Southport, NC area. ��⚓⛵
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Old 05-21-2014, 08:08 PM
 
Location: it depends
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Far enough south to be warm, far enough north to afford, pleasant calm waters of the gulf...Clearwater to Venice, Florida.
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Old 05-21-2014, 09:43 PM
 
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For a retiree who doesn't need to depend on the local economy to earn a living (and doesn't mind spending the hottest part of the day for at least half the year or possibly even a bit more indoors in air conditioning), I think Southwest Florida (gulf coast), where I live now, is awesome.

Lots to do, some relatively affordable places as well as upscale homes, beautiful beaches/sunsets, and on the whole very nice people. Insurance is more costly in most coastal areas of Florida than what I'm guessing may be typical elsewhere (and I suggest staying out of high-risk flood zones if you buy a home), but insurance costs vary widely depending on the particular property you buy, and some other costs are lower than in some other places, so nice homes are possible for a range of people's budgets.

I've lived in several places around the country that are considered very desirable places to live and still feel lucky to live here, so that says a lot about the place. (But of course this is just one of many great places for retirees; other places that I'm less familiar with are probably just as nice--my impression is there are a lot of good places to choose from for retirees.)

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