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Old 08-06-2015, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Asheville NC
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The general isolation. The town is 900 people, the county only 4,000. One traffic light. Six hours to Denver or Salt Lake City. A hospital 30 miles away. More car-dependence than where I live now. I agree, I'd love the dry air and never cease to thrill at the sight of the big mountains, but I'm thinking that those things are more things of vacation.
Those are major. I suppose that the trick is to find the same type of view and quiet closer to a city with the amenities you need. We were lucky enough to do just that.

I hope that you find a good spot.
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Old 08-06-2015, 10:58 AM
 
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My. I was really tired from an awful night at work and feeling quite discouraged when I wrote so much previously about fearing isolation, etc. (operative word being "fear."). I should know not to post (or even evaluate anything!) after working a night shift, never mind one that puts me through the wringer. All I want after such a shift is safety and comfort and curling up in my woodsy house with my dogs.
If I don't want decisions to be based on fear, I also don't want posts to be coming from exhaustion!
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Old 08-06-2015, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I have not found the perfect spot for a happy retirement. I have lived all over the world and been to every state at least twice and many ten or more times. They all have something to offer but never everything.

So in retirement we settled for what meets our needs, and it's the same place that we have occupied for the past 33 years. Itís not cheap here in north Texas, California would be less expensive for a retiree. However, we have everything from great housing, doctors, entertainment and amenityís. But best of all we have our adult boys near by who visit at least once per week.

We are not far from an international airport and can fly to any U.S. city within four hours or less. If I feel like driving I will. For me, happiness is a frame of mind and so far it's all been good.
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Old 08-06-2015, 03:12 PM
 
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North TX more expensive than California? What's going on there in north TX?
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Old 08-06-2015, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Texas
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North TX more expensive than California? What's going on there in north TX?
Yes, for a retiree.
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Old 08-06-2015, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Murrieta California
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Yes, for a retiree.
I agree. I am retired in a very nice area in Southern California that is fairly reasonable. I researched living in Wichita Falls TX 5 years ago because our son and grand kids lived there. It turned out it would be more expensive to live there than here. The big thing is that I pay virtually no state income tax in California even though my income is pretty high. That is because SS is not taxed here. On the other hand the property tax in TX was much higher than what I pay here for a comparable house. Sales tax is also higher in TX.

In any event our son and his family moved to Monterey California the following year so it is a good thing that we didn't move.
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