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Old 06-13-2014, 11:42 AM
 
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I am always curious about that.. why would you move after you retire? is it just to have a new start or looking for cheaper place. I was thinking of moving closer to my family when I retire since I live far from them now. I will be looking for a cheaper place since I will not be making as much as I am now.

Both -- downsizing to less expensive area and smaller place. Unless you are "close" to your family I'd think twice. People are indifferent to you once you are "older." In my case, I have no close ties to my dysfunctional family nor could I rely on them. Very sad as I feel much safer not being around them!
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Old 06-13-2014, 11:43 AM
 
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We moved from hurricane-prone water front Texas to Fort Collins, CO. We moved again after 5 years to Austin, Tx. Happy we moved the first time because of the terrible weather (humidity) of the Gulf coast and glad we moved the second time because of the long, long winters. Enjoyed the mountains though! Husband has developed dementia and I knew we would need help. One son lives in TX and another in CO. So, we are in Austin, TX. Really, really like it. Lots to do. Weather is fine....hot, cold, dry, and humid.....it changes. We were able to move twice because I DO NOT carry lots of baggage with me. We downsized in a major way. Bought new furniture, new car, and a new condo. Being able to go outdoor each day really helps when your significant other cannot travel, socialize, or participate in most volunteer activities.
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Old 06-13-2014, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Southern Oregon coast
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We haven't moved yet, because only one of us is retired. After DH retires next year, we are moving from south Florida to Portland, Oregon. This will be the first move for my husband that hasn't been tied to a job; it's strictly because we want to. We are doing a drastic downsizing from a 4 BR/3BA SFH with a pool, to a condo. We are selling everything except the coffee table my father made me from a tree in our yard when I went away to university 40 years ago We can't wait!

But moving is stressful and it sounds like you like where you live. Especially if you have no clear destination in mind. In our case we always knew we wanted to retire to the west coast. Is there a smaller town or suburb nearby you could move to? Otherwise embrace the adventure and go!
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Old 06-13-2014, 10:30 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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People who are in the military expect to be moved around a lot, for example. I think it helps to have a good dose of Wanderlust if one is a career member of the military. My cousin was a pilot in the Air Force for over 20 years, and he has a large dose of Wanderlust. He once wrote to me that he longed to put down roots in a community after moving around all his life. So he did that but after 8 years he is looking around to move again. In his case, I think the Wanderlust is stronger than the desire to put down roots, although both feelings are genuine, even if contradictory.

My father worked for a federal agency and was assigned to five different locations over a 35-year career. In one place he stayed 17 years. My mother didn't like to be uprooted, even that often, and it was a source of tension in their marriage.
You have that right about the military. Between being a military brat and my own 12 years in it I have always had Wanderlust. Counting only those places I've lived a year or more I've lived in nine cities in California from San Diego to Sacramento, nine other states and three other countries. My record is 19 years in Sacramento.

Looking back, I wish I had put down roots early-on for the sakes of my first wife and my children. Hindsight and all that rot!

Health permitting, I'm in my last home - five years and counting.
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Old 06-14-2014, 08:23 AM
 
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Speaking of 'health', I thought it interesting that the posts here didn't even discuss health-care. Question is did those who moved already know about the medical facilities and didn't have to research? In any case I guess things worked out along that subject since I didn't see comments pertaining to it.
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Old 06-14-2014, 08:36 AM
 
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Speaking of 'health', I thought it interesting that the posts here didn't even discuss health-care. Question is did those who moved already know about the medical facilities and didn't have to research? In any case I guess things worked out along that subject since I didn't see comments pertaining to it.

I cannot speak for anyone else, but the availability of health care was a major consideration. There were several locations that were scratched off the list as there was no major facility locally.

Having said that, MOST large cities and nearby areas have pretty decent medical care available. It is pretty easy to research using C-D and other online resources.
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Old 06-14-2014, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Speaking of 'health', I thought it interesting that the posts here didn't even discuss health-care. Question is did those who moved already know about the medical facilities and didn't have to research? In any case I guess things worked out along that subject since I didn't see comments pertaining to it.
Wasn't a concern for us. We moved from one major metro area (Columbus, Ohio) to another (Sacramento, California), so we knew we'd have pretty good availability of medical facilities. Being in large metro areas, and both are in the 2 million range, you have a lot of choices in medical capabilities, plus the latest technology.
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Old 06-14-2014, 12:33 PM
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Location: North Monterey County
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We will move in 5-6 years when I retire.

In this day and age of the internet - we are connected to family and friends all over the country/world.

There are just more of them in California.

The almost 30 years we will have spent here we see as our "work mission" - able to save for that retirement.

When we retire - we will (hopefully) not have to work anymore - unless we want to.
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Old 06-14-2014, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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I moved about 250 miles to be closer to one of my kids (the others are a thousand miles away). Ironically, my new city is somewhat more expensive than my former city, and my new house is slightly larger than my old house. But my priority was being close to my daughter, and COL was (and still is) farther down the list. I'm adjusting my budget accordingly.

I had no family in the old location, although I did have good, but not necessarily close, friends. When my husband died two weeks after the move, I was very glad to have my daughter nearby.
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Old 06-14-2014, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Speaking of 'health', I thought it interesting that the posts here didn't even discuss health-care. Question is did those who moved already know about the medical facilities and didn't have to research? In any case I guess things worked out along that subject since I didn't see comments pertaining to it.
Within a 30-mile radius we have: two hospitals [a teaching hospital and a care/comfort hospital], multiple doctor offices, specialists, and clinics.

My insurance [Martin Point which is under-written by Tricare] is taken by all of them. A few will tell you that it is their preferred insurance.
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