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Old 02-03-2015, 06:18 AM
 
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My Wife and I moved AWAY from 4 seasons TO SW Florida.. We Are Extatic about Living Here.. We are Very Active in our Summer 365 home and surroundings and elated to have a home on the water with all the toys you'd expect to have in SWF.. Let me remind you .....4 Seasons after about age 60 + or - are 4 months of Summer then comes Fall getting ready for winter getting colder everyday and then add some rain.... 4 months of Winter COLD AS HELL and locked down and locked in.. Spring 3 Months of cold to Freezing Rain better than total lock down and then back to Summer. Depending on where in the 4 seasons you move to. Winter most likely means locked in and miserable, and can be from 3 to 6 months or more.. No One ( Retirees) are out and about visiting anyone! Your romantisizing the 4 seasons, and when reality hits you, it will be too late..
Ha ha, you may be correct about me romanticizing the 4 seasons.....but I've been through so many hurricanes, bad thunderstorms (I HATE lightning!), and tend to almost hibernate during the hot summers down here. Gosh, from June through October (esp. June, July, Aug, Sept) daytime temps range from 88 to 94 every day and at night the temps are 79 to 83 for a low! Humidity paired with little wind, esp. in the mornings, just wilts me. Gardening....digging in the soil, means using a pick ax to break the limestone rock, weeds grow all year, I can't grow decent tomatoes, the veggie/annual flower growing season is from November through April down here. Gardening is soooo much more difficult (fungus, insects, etc.) here....horticulture was my profession, btw. I had to work outdoors par of the time during my working years. I am tired of the heat! I have had 40+ years of this! I know this is going 'against the grain' for most retirees, but at least for the next 20 years, I want to enjoy Spring, Summer and Fall again. We have nothing like Spring and Fall down here. Rain, you would not believe the rain we get down here! It isn't that rare for a thunderstorm (nearly daily in June, July, Sept) to release 2-3" in just a couple hours. Thank goodness our 'soil' drains quickly. We never get cold fronts, or cooler temps during the 6-7 months of summer.......never!
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Old 02-03-2015, 06:49 AM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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4 seasons doesn't have to be 4 seasons of extreme weather. Go where you have a mild winter and it will be a nice break. This is one reason I picked NC - you get the sweater weather and if you go to the mtns you can catch more winter.
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Old 02-03-2015, 06:58 AM
 
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4 seasons doesn't have to be 4 seasons of extreme weather. Go where you have a mild winter and it will be a nice break. This is one reason I picked NC - you get the sweater weather and if you go to the mtns you can catch more winter.

Agree, it doesn't have to be all or nothing. My mother lives in the middle of Vermont, shoveling 18+ inches of snow and asks me why don't I move up there???????????????????????????????????????:smack :
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Old 02-03-2015, 07:02 AM
 
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I have found the perfect solution to the ever popular retirement question, "Where do we go now?"
I have been sitting inside, not wishing to slip and trip on this lovely ice, snow, slush and sleet that we are being treated to and accessing google maps. Once I am in a location (Boca, etc.) I take the little yellow man, drag him to any old block and I walk around looking at all the things to see in the area. I have spent a blissful month "on vacation" down south.....
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Old 02-03-2015, 07:05 AM
 
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I have found the perfect solution to the ever popular retirement question, "Where do we go now?"
I have been sitting inside, not wishing to slip and trip on this lovely ice, snow, slush and sleet that we are being treated to and accessing google maps. Once I am in a location (Boca, etc.) I take the little yellow man, drag him to any old block and I walk around looking at all the things to see in the area. I have spent a blissful month "on vacation" down south.....
Ha ha! I love it!
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Old 02-03-2015, 03:32 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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On the subject of Where to retire magazine. We subscribed for a number of years and found that unless you have Money all the places they highlight will be out of your reach financially.

Except

Those places where no one wants to live.

There wasn't a single place that tempted us in all the years that we took the magazine that we felt comfortable affording.
LOL - it reinforced my thoughts on where I didn't want to live
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Old 02-03-2015, 03:33 PM
 
Location: So Cal
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He, he. The little yellow man. Lol!

I love how he "drops in" to street level.
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Old 02-03-2015, 03:39 PM
 
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I have been reading this thread with fascination. I am still several years away from retirement, probably, but I have begun to think about these issues more. One thing that I keep thinking is that, for many people, there may be the need for different retirement areas at different stages of their lives. For example, if a person retires in good health, that person may very much enjoy an area where an active lifestyle can be pursued (with or without 4 seasons) and where driving is a necessity because other forms of transportation are not practical for them. If health declines and, for example, driving is no longer a viable option and recreational activities shift to more sedentary ones, then a different location might suit their needs better. The area that is perfect at one stage of retired life is not necessarily the area that is best at all stages.
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Old 02-03-2015, 04:07 PM
 
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One thing never ceases to amaze me when people speak of ideal places in which to retire. Most people seem to assume that they will spend their retirement in the same state of physical and mental health that they have right at this moment. I take care of an elder in my home. I see all of her relatives and friends. Most of them put themselves somewhere they thought was idyllic when they retired in their sixties. Yet in ten or twenty years, they are now facing having to move YET AGAIN. Why?

They chose a place not at all attuned to the needs of people whose abilities are waning. They bought homes in places where one cannot function without driving a car. They bought homes with property that needs serious upkeep. They bought homes with stairs and other features not conducive to limited mobility. They bought homes not close to a hospital and/or without good healthcare options. They bought homes far from relatives and close friends willing to lend them a hand when they are temporarily or permanently disabled.

Folks, you aren't going to be the same person when you are 75 as when you are 60. And statistic say that most of you will live even longer than that. People who are 80 have about the same car accident rate as newly licensed teenagers. My 88-year old mother has 11, count 'em, 11 doctors, most of whom she sees regularly. And that's not counting her dentist, eyeglass provider, or hearing-aid specialist. Have you accounted for how you will get groceries, clean your house, take care of the yard, do laundry, even take out the garbage when you break a hip or have a knee replacement? Because that, or something quite similar, will probably happen to you not long after you buy your retirement home.

I don't want to sound like Debbie Downer, but please be realistic when you are choosing your retirement place. Or it will just be the first of several retirement places for you. And if you think it will be a pain in the butt to move when you are 65, imagine how hard it will be when you are 85. Or better yet, imagine who you are going to get to do the moving for you.
That is why its always said we all think and want different things. I thought about buying some land 70's near a small town in delightful area for retirement or slightly before. How that would be worth a lot and that small ton has boomed with modern hospital and other things. My mistake and I think that we now see some cities I won't want to go to the emergency room really. Everything is changing with mobile boomer population retiring to continue the next 13 years. A per centage that large has always had huge effect even to those who move to serve them. One has to remember that this isn't the 50 -60's and family are more spread than ever.
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Old 02-03-2015, 04:19 PM
 
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In 1974 I was in Miami Beach in what is now called South Beach, walking down Ocean Drive. There was nothing, and I mean nothing, going on there. A gentleman was sitting on a folding chair on a porch, no one was around and it was quiet and serene. At the end of Ocean Drive there was a fence and beyond the fence, so I was told, there was a kennel club. The fence was high and the shrubbery pretty much blocked the view. I always thought it would be a nice place to retire to.
Last winter we visited southeast Florida and drove down to Miami Beach for a day just to see it. I have never been stuck in traffic as heavy and as crazy, even during Christmas season in midtown Manhattan, driving down Fifth Avenue smack past Rockefeller Center.
South Beach, as they call it now, was awash with light, sound and motion. Retire there? I don't think so. For sure, it's nice to visit but wow, has my opinion changed!
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