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Old 12-19-2007, 08:10 AM
 
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As much as I love the climate in Taos and Santa Fe, I don't think of them as "warm places" and Taos especially has little public transport.
I should think almost any southeastern smallish city would have a suitable climate and public transport. Don't a lot of people retire to small cities in Tennessee and Georgia and all for the climate, or Arkansas?
I personally can't stand humidity, but keep my mind open for places to live where I won't be car-dependent. It's tough.
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Old 12-19-2007, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Yes, neither Taos or Santa Fe are warm year-long, but compared to NYC or where I am now (in the Appalachians) it is very comfortable. And, in town, not the outskirts, both are walkable and easy on the feet.

And as a footnote, as a former New Yorker, I did explore the South, and found in fairness to myself the cultural differences, regardless of other pleasures, it might have upset my secularity.
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Old 12-19-2007, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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As much as I love the climate in Taos and Santa Fe, I don't think of them as "warm places" and Taos especially has little public transport.
I should think almost any southeastern smallish city would have a suitable climate and public transport. Don't a lot of people retire to small cities in Tennessee and Georgia and all for the climate, or Arkansas?
I personally can't stand humidity, but keep my mind open for places to live where I won't be car-dependent. It's tough.
It sounds like you may like Nevada. You can live in Vegas or Boulder City which is nearby. Both are nice and have good public transit.
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Old 12-19-2007, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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I would not want to live in FL without a car. How would you evacuate in an emergency? I would not want to be at the mercy of the state. There is a small N.Calif town called Chico. The rents there are not bad for a CA town and the public transportation is very decent. It is a university town and surrounds Chico State. Lots of art, educational programs, etc. It can get chilly, but not like N.Y and the heating bills would not bankrupt you. Best of luck to you.
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Old 12-19-2007, 12:24 PM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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In Chico, the heating bills wouldn't bankrupt you, but the air conditioning might. Hot, hot summers. It's an easy drive up into the Sierras and Lassen Park, tho. Chico State always had the well deserved reputation as a party school. But you might like it if the California vibe isn't too much of a culture shock to New Yorkers. Pretty much polar opposites.
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Old 12-19-2007, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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It does get a little toasty. They named the baseball team Chico Heat for a reason. LOL
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Old 12-19-2007, 05:14 PM
 
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In terms of living in a walkable town, many great places are very expensive for just that reason- they're walkable, but not affordable. I think of Santa Fe and San Francisco specifically.
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Old 12-20-2007, 05:52 AM
 
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The Villages in Central Florida is fully golf cart accessible. Shopping has golf cart access and the entertainment is self contained. They have a variety of sizes of homes and prices. Rentals and purchase.

I have been watching it for some time and thinking about just what you are considering and it might just hit the spot. You dont even have to have a car to get from the Orlando Airport. They will arrange a shuttle service.

thevillages.com

They have a cheap "try us out" week, where you can rent and get meals, entertainment tickets, etc. and see if it is what you are interested in.
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Old 12-21-2007, 08:16 AM
 
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Might you be thinking of Boca Grande. My ex and I used to vacation there it is near Gasparilla Island close to Port Charlotte, Englewood, Punta Gorda etc.? We always used
golf carts to get around. It is just BEAUTIFUL
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Old 12-22-2007, 06:17 PM
 
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Athens, GA is a great town and so is Peachtree City, GA. Both are good for different reasons. The public transportation system in Athens is excellent and there are lots of rentals within walking distance to everything. Peachtree City is great due to the golf cart paths. They connect everything and you can easily get by without a car. The only place you wouldn't be able to go on golf cart would be the hospital. There are also some decent rentals and a fairly active senior citizen center. The weather is good too. It is hot in the summer, but pleasant the rest of the year.
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