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Old 02-01-2015, 11:21 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I have posted about this previously, but my experience is squarely on-topic for this thread topic. I am happily retired in the Los Angeles area, where I lived from 1958-1962 and from 1966 to the present. When I retired from full-time work almost ten years ago, I gave no thought whatsoever to moving somewhere else. I stayed here and have not regretted my decision because:

1. I value the rich, world-class cultural opportunities here: Live classical music, foreign films, ethnic restaurants, museums, and more.

2. I have friends here.

3. I already knew my way around and felt comfortable here; I like the climate and I like having mountains nearby. I liked my HMO (Kaiser) and knew how to navigate it. Still like it.

4. Three years before retirement I had already purchased the ideal (for me) retirement dwelling - a two-bedroom plus loft townhouse. No yard work, easy to leave for traveling(make arrangements for the mail and the newspaper, lock the doors, and go).

5. Existing contacts led to volunteer work which I find deeply gratifying.

6. I can easily afford to live here, as I have no interest in lavish living. No interest in designer clothes, don't need or particularly want a BMW or Mercedes or the like.

I am not claiming there are no downsides to living here - the traffic congestion is the biggest one, but many other cities also have bad traffic congestion. Rather, I am explaining why I am more than pleased with my decision to stay in place.

But to the original poster: I couldn't stand the heat and humidity of the Florida summers either. Yes, I have been there when traveling and experienced it first hand. Don't blame you for moving!
I think one of the advantages of being retired would be that you're probably able to avoid the worst of that traffic most of the time, if you don't have any obligations that require you navigate that traffic during its peak times. That's what we found when we still lived in Miami shortly after we retired. Traffic was always lousy at whatever time we chose to go out, but a little better than the mind-numbing congestion of rush hour traffic.

As much as I love living in SW Florida, I have to agree with the thoughts about the heat and humidity of the Florida summers. I always thought I'd never survive if I had to work outside in the heat of the day on a regular basis. As it is, we do what we need to outside in the early AMs and evenings, and spend the heat of the day in AC.
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Old 02-01-2015, 12:02 PM
 
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I have recently retired and I know that I want to move out of Florida, back to a 4 season climate. I would like to hear from folks that are retired and are happy in their location.....staying after retirement or those that moved to a new location after retirement. Happy and living now in.....?

The grass is always greener, I suppose.
People here dream about moving to Florida.

Minus 7 degrees here the other morning. Snow storm after snow storm. Fine if you like outdoor sports.


Big cities have crime. Lock everything.
Small hick towns - one can leave the keys in the car. But in a small hick town - everyone knows your business.

Best to move where you have family. Former coworkers. People you can socialize with.

Your best bet is to find a rich widow or widower. And use their money and have two homes.
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Old 02-01-2015, 12:22 PM
 
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We thought our last assignment in the military would be our retirement spot- Texas. But after trying it for eight years, we just missed the mid-west scenery and four seasons we get in Missouri. Just never could adjust to year-round heat and never feeling like the holidays. Our health does better with cooler weather, too.
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Old 02-01-2015, 12:34 PM
 
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I think one of the advantages of being retired would be that you're probably able to avoid the worst of that traffic most of the time, if you don't have any obligations that require you navigate that traffic during its peak times. That's what we found when we still lived in Miami shortly after we retired. Traffic was always lousy at whatever time we chose to go out, but a little better than the mind-numbing congestion of rush hour traffic.

You would THINK so. However, there are those cities - Los Angeles and Chicago come immediately to mind - where the traffic is also very bad between rush hours.
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Old 02-01-2015, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Whispering pines, cutler bay FL.
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We have another 12 years before retirement but keep thinking of different options, we do have property in Sebring on the lake but would have to put in a home on it so that is something that we might not do at all. We recently visited Mount Dora and loved the area very much but it is also expensive for retirement.

We do have family on Husband's side in NC so that is something we might look into but so far for right now we plan to rent out the majority of our house out to one of my son's and keep the converted garage as a studio for us to visit when in Cutler bay and do a little bit of RVing around the country in state parks. We have a three year old grandson that we really don't want to miss out on and perhaps more in the future so for us having a place in the Miami area or close by in very important to us.

I agree the heat and humitiy during the summers are bad for us, but in retirement if we could escape from June until Nov. we would be happy.
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Old 02-01-2015, 12:45 PM
 
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Do you have some ideas as to where you think you might like to live? Other than "not Florida", but that's a start, knowing where you *don't* want to live.
Yes, I want to live in the middle of the country, not the southeast, in a mid-size to small town (< 100,000 pop.), where drivers are non-aggressive, traffic is not horrendous, spring, summer, fall and winter. Summers long enough to grow a nice veggie, cut flower garden, an area where I can grow lavender and peonies, yummy tomatoes, etc. My only relative, a sister and her husband, live in southern California. That has a lovely climate, but that's about it.

I will visit the Midwest in a few months to scout some places. My years in south Florida have been interesting, but I am finished with it. No more. The county I am living in is 15% Anglo-, I guess I don't want to be such a minority.
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Old 02-01-2015, 12:59 PM
 
Location: SC
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When I moved to SC in 1991. I originally intended to leave after fulfilling a one year contract.

But after deciding that the economics were far better for me than the NE and converting to full time I decided I might as well buy a house here. So, I bought what I considered to be a house I "could" live in for the rest of my life, planted some roots and stayed. At this time, I see no reason to leave to retire to any other place. I like the three season weather; if I wanted the fourth, I would go visit up north.

If I decided I wanted to live full-time in a place like Washington state - a place that appeals to me, I would have to go back to work to afford the difference in the cost of living.
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Old 02-01-2015, 02:50 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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East Tennessee is our adopted home. We're about 20 miles SW of Knoxville. We moved here a year and a half ago (can't believe it's been that long already -time flies when you're having fun). We live in a planned, not gated, not age restricted community (Tellico Village) that is primarily occupied by retirees, most of whom are transplants from all over. It's a beautiful place, and the opportunities for fun and friends are everywhere. It has a 4 season climate, with just a dusting or two of snow a year. It gets a little humid, but not Florida humid, in the late spring and summer, and we do get those pesky thunderstorms for about 4 months a year. It's really only hot-hot in late July/August. Tellico Village is a gorgeous neighborhood with 3 golf courses, situated along a long narrow lake. Last year we won the Real Estate Scorecard Bliss Award
"Pesky thunderstorms.?" Really? We all certainly have different tastes in weather and locations. I really missed summer thunderstorms and purposely so0ught a retirement location where I would have them again. Not long after we moved we got a bunch of them and I still liked them, even after a lightening bolt struck our driveway about 30 feet in front of me and blew me the length of the garage in which I'd been watching it while standing just inside the open door.
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Old 02-01-2015, 02:51 PM
 
Location: southwest TN
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We relocated to SW TN from the northeast, most recently NYC but we had previously each lived in NJ & RI for me and NJ, Philly, and FL for him.

We are very happy we made this move. Financially, we could not have retired if we had stayed in the NYC metro area - or anywhere in the northeast.
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Old 02-01-2015, 02:53 PM
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Location: North Monterey County
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Not retired yet - 3 to 4 years to go - then we want to build in California - rural California.

Today - I look out my window and there's no snow. We're having a very mild winter and its 50 degrees and sunny.

Pretty close to the weather we want to move to.

I look at the weather in my hometown today (in Wisconsin) and know we're doing the right thing. I don't miss that for anything.

Happy even before we retire.
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