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Old 06-11-2014, 02:43 PM
 
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Thank you, that's very helpful. I think someone else mentioned Blaine. I had put it on my list, but hadn't looked it up yet so I didn't know what state it was in. I like what you've described about Vancouver, too. I'll definitely look more into it.
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I did. If you look at interstate 5 on the west coast....it stretches from San Diego, CA to Blaine, WA. Just follow I-5 north...until you can't go any further..that's Blaine. Blaine's city park is bordered by Canada. If you walk to the edge of the park in Blaine...and step over the small ditch..you're in Canada. No fence, no gate...just a ditch marks the boundary. Not much jobs to be had here, though. For what you listed on your thread...you're better off in Vancouver (WA, that is). Check out Point Roberts. It is a geograpic oddity. It is connected to Canada...but belongs to the US (WA state). Folks there have to do their big store shopping, or doctor appointments, or go to school in Blaine or Bellingham. To get there...they have to cross the border from Pt. Roberts, USA....drive around a portion of BC Canada...head towards the border (again)..cross into Blaine, WA and on. That's twice through customs/immigration...one way, and twice again coming back to Pt. Roberts. That's why it's an oddity.
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Old 06-11-2014, 02:50 PM
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Location: Cody, WY
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I did. If you look at interstate 5 on the west coast....it stretches from San Diego, CA to Blaine, WA. Just follow I-5 north...until you can't go any further..that's Blaine. Blaine's city park is bordered by Canada. If you walk to the edge of the park in Blaine...and step over the small ditch..you're in Canada. No fence, no gate...just a ditch marks the boundary. Not much jobs to be had here, though. For what you listed on your thread...you're better off in Vancouver (WA, that is). Check out Point Roberts. It is a geograpic oddity. It is connected to Canada...but belongs to the US (WA state). Folks there have to do their big store shopping, or doctor appointments, or go to school in Blaine or Bellingham. To get there...they have to cross the border from Pt. Roberts, USA....drive around a portion of BC Canada...head towards the border (again)..cross into Blaine, WA and on. That's twice through customs/immigration...one way, and twice again coming back to Pt. Roberts. That's why it's an oddity.
I'd just hop across the ditch.
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Old 06-12-2014, 06:00 PM
 
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IDK, I thought some of the places that people are recommending are expensive. isn't Prescott AZ pretty expensive? Bellingham is, don't know about Blaine. Expensive is relative.
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:42 PM
 
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When one combines the words........"low cost of living".............."artsy".........." liberal"......you have created an oxymoron (imho)

Like stating you are searching for a lush green area that has very few rainy days.
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Old 06-14-2014, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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OP, after rereading your first post I think you were on the right track with Flagstaff AZ. At 5000+ elevation it is probably the only AZ place that meets your climate requirements and it is quite liberal and has a very outdoorsy youthful population. The hunting might be a bit of a barrier, but I'm not really knowledgeable about that, so you would need to investigate that on your own. I'm sure there are some rural areas outside of downtown where you could get a few acres.
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Old 06-14-2014, 11:15 AM
 
Location: SC
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We've lived in interior Alaska for nearly 30 years, but we don't see how we can afford to retire here. I've described the place we want to retire below. Does anyone know where it is?

Economy:
Relatively low cost of living (main reason I'm thinking of retiring anywhere but Alaska)

Government:
Ability to have small farm acreage (10 to 40 acres) with subsistence livestock without being taxed to death
I can live with sales tax OR income tax, but not both.

Weather:
Summer high temps below 80 degrees on average (I'm acclimated to Alaska)
Six to nine snow-free months per year and less than 20" rain per year (translated: I want to ride my motorcycle more than a few weekends per year)

Geography:
- West of the Mississippi River
- Foothills or lowlands OK, but not high mountain areas
- Forested
- Lakes for canoeing/fishing/duck hunting
- Opportunities for successful deer hunting without entering into a $10K/year lease
- Opportunities for upland bird hunting without entering into a $10K/year lease
- Rural enough that you can spend a day photographing in the woods or go skinny dipping and not see anyone else

Socio-political culture:
- Free spirited enough that if you do get seen skinny dipping it won't be a big deal.
- Liberal-leaning libertarian friendly (If live and let live isn't your creedo I don't want you as a neighbor, but if you think free markets and profits trump human rights and the only possible reason anyone could ever need public assistance is because they have an incurable moral defect then I don't either)
- Arts-friendly culture (actual working artists, not just places making money off of artists; and not a prude-dominated art community that loves landscapes, wildlife, and portraits of jesus but considers anything else to be embarrassingly exotic and probably pornographic)
-Agnostic friendly (I don't care how religious anyone else is, but I don't want them harassing me to attend church, telling me they're praying for my soul, leaving scripture under my windshield wipers, or whispering to my wife that I must be a deviant because I don't go to church).
- Low crime rate

Amenities:
Within a half day's drive of a city large enough to have
- decent medical and dental care
- a college with opportunities for non-degree seeking adults to take classes
- some diversity of cuisine
- at least a few real art galleries, and maybe even a meuseum that's more than the county historical society's photo collection


Places that have been recommended and have some appeal, but also seem to have quite a few strikes on my list:
Northern Minnesota (Bemidji, Grand Rapids, Brainerd, Duluth)
Northern Idaho/Eastern Washington (Coeur d'alene, outlying areas around Spokane, Pullman)
Ashland, OR
Santa Fe, NM
Flagstaff, AZ
Aren't you describing Rural Washington State?
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Old 06-14-2014, 01:18 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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OP, after rereading your first post I think you were on the right track with Flagstaff AZ. At 5000+ elevation it is probably the only AZ place that meets your climate requirements and it is quite liberal and has a very outdoorsy youthful population. The hunting might be a bit of a barrier, but I'm not really knowledgeable about that, so you would need to investigate that on your own. I'm sure there are some rural areas outside of downtown where you could get a few acres.
Less than 20 miles west of Flagstaff is an census-designated-area called Parks.

I'll describe my retirement location - you tell me where it is-parks-az.jpg
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Old 06-18-2014, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Anchored in Phoenix
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I just want to throw this in: You are never going to stay in one place if you are so fixated on running away from communities just because you disagree with the prevailing political or religious (or lack of religious) opinion in that community. What you really want and what everyone really wants is to not be interfered with while you live your life peacefully. And guess what? Every day of the year except election day people of all sorts of political persuasions DO leave you alone. And even if you live in a place to your liking, the government there, or at a higher level, will most likely do something to tick you off.

Three words: "Live with it."
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:21 PM
 
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Hello --- COL area of Idaho is pretty wild. North of there check out Sandpoint or some of the other small towns. We spent a summer in Sandpoint, ID and loved it. This was years ago... but anyway... not far from COL or Spokane, WA for major medical. They have lots of woods, state parks, not very many bugs for camping, dryer air....
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