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Old 02-07-2015, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Unless posters are willing to say the name of these towns and maybe the names of the neighborhoods they are recommending, it is interesting to read, but not really helpful.

Just my opinion.

Yes, some have the name of their current location in upper right hand corner, but for so many, we have no idea where you are talking about.
Heh - well, in my case, WI pretty much says it all - you either love cold weather and winter or you don't. I hate hot weather, so I'm happy. You also gotta accept fairly high property taxes - like $4-$6k/year, at least. I live in Wauwatosa, a suburban city immediately adjacent to Milwaukee. Judging from the comments on this board of those planning to relocate after retirement, I don't think too many people want to retire 'to' Wisconsin. Most are escaping from high taxes and cold weather and brag about their $500/year taxes. Heh - in my dreams. When I bought this house in the 70's (previously owned another home three blocks away), taxes were $1,600 then; now they're $6k. I am quite happy to accept the 'high' taxes to escape hot weather - but, then, again, I've always been 'different.' Of course, one can always rent. Rents around here are in the $900-$1,100 range without utilities for about 1,200 sq. ft. There are smaller apartments available for less, of course.

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Old 02-08-2015, 04:58 AM
 
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I think that the quality of the healthcare in the area of retirement is the number one factor in any retirement location decision.
The number two factor is the ease of mobility in the town and getting around to necessary services in the area - grocery shopping, everyday medical appointments, a gym, etc.
Unless you are running away from family, their ease of reaching you in an emergency or just to visit, should be taken into consideration as well.
Other important considerations are: crime statistics, car/other insurance rates, frequency of natural disasters (flooding for example), cost of living and any other factors that are important to the individual who is retiring.
I find that I am thinking about the ease of heirs selling property bought by their parents or other relatives. I have seen thousands of houses and condos for sale in communities that impose hefty membership equity fees and initiation fees on TOP of annual membership fees. They can't get rid of these places so they keep dropping the prices. Lots of these properties sit on the market for years. Who wants to do that to their kids?
To those who are thinking that you can't live for your children, yes, to a certain extent I agree but if you are not very displeased with your present location, that makes it easier to not move.
I have always dreamed of having a retreat from the ice and snow and sometimes interminable chill of it all but I am also carefully weighing my options and finding it not only interesting but unbelievably difficult.
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Old 02-08-2015, 05:24 AM
 
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as most here know we had a 2nd home in the pocono montains of PA. and live in a borough of nyc. .

we were going to retire there as we thought the cheaper more rural life would be perfect for us.

we loved hunting and fishing and the outdoors , it was ideal for us.

well after 5 years of ownership we realized that all the things really important as we age were lacking.

no public transportation if we couldn't drive

nothing to do all winter as it was icey and snowy.

limited choices in specialists

limited medical facilities

little places to work if i wanted to to except at minimum wage mom and pop stores or low paying jobs at box stores.


we exhausted much of what there was to do and finding different things to do was hard.

so we sold it and intend to retire this year right here in queens ny where we have all of new york city to enjoy as well as this is where our kids and grandkids are.

there are aspects you just can't put a price on and the cheaper option may not be the best option.

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Old 02-08-2015, 09:46 AM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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as most here know we had a 2nd home in the pocono montains of PA. and live in a borough of nyc. .

we were going to retire there as we thought the cheaper more rural life would be perfect for us.

we loved hunting and fishing and the outdoors , it was ideal for us.

well after 5 years of ownership we realized that all the things really important as we age were lacking.

no public transportation if we couldn't drive

nothing to do all winter as it was icey and snowy.

limited choices in specialists

limited medical facilities

little places to work if i wanted to to except at minimum wage mom and pop stores or low paying jobs at box stores.


we exhausted much of what there was to do and finding different things to do was hard.

so we sold it and intend to retire this year right here in queens ny where we have all of new york city to enjoy as well as this is where our kids and grandkids are.

there are aspects you just can't put a price on and the cheaper option may not be the best option.
Interesting that the Poconos fell out of favor with you. We had considered the Pocono area as a retirement place until I met someone from the Poconos who was leaving and moving to NJ for the same reasons you mentioned, health care.

IMO it's always good the consider the opinions of those who have" been there done that". Had NJ not property taxed me to death we might still be there, snow and all. (but I doubt it)
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Old 02-08-2015, 11:28 AM
 
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My city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has everything I need within a 5 mile radius. Six grocery stores which include two large HyVee stores, a new large Co-op, super Walmart, Aldi's, a local grocery store specializing in meats. About 8 miles away there are two Super Targets, another Walmart. I am 5 miles from downtown that includes two hospitals, one affiliated with the Mayo Clinic, and the other with a large public teaching hospital 25 miles south of me in Iowa City. Many medical clinics downtown, library, symphony, live theater, indoor/outdoor farmers market year round, convention center. I'm three miles from the river with bike trails, parks, boating. My 1350 sq ft condo, 3/2, is located above the river on a hill that's very heavily wooded. I can look out and see geese, deer, and feel like I'm in the country. I'm not retired yet and have thought of moving someplace warmer some day, but I know I will never be able to afford a home elsewhere like what I have here. As much as I hate the cold weather, it's a trade off I think I can deal with. I have an attached garage and snow removal by the HOA so that helps a lot.
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Old 02-08-2015, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Unless posters are willing to say the name of these towns and maybe the names of the neighborhoods they are recommending, it is interesting to read, but not really helpful.

Just my opinion.

Yes, some have the name of their current location in upper right hand corner, but for a good number, we have no idea what town and/or what part of that town or neighborhood you are talking about.

Most people probably do not want to say what neighborhood, but the name of the town would be more than helpful.
Not only the name of the city/town, or near it, but also other named cities/towns that a poster may know of from having spent time there.

ETA: I am often reminded, esp when we get off on all kinds of other subjects, what a fantastic tool City-Data Forum is for posters providing information (and queries) about locations. I believe that "location" and "relocation" is the original intent.
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Old 02-08-2015, 12:39 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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What I'm trying to do is make the next move in close proximity to nearly everything we need. If I make it to 75 or 80 (and that's indeed questionable!) I personally do not want to be traveling the kinds of distances that you are traveling now. It's not only driving time, it's expense as well, and wear and tear on the car. I know I'm being somewhat overconcerned about this, but I want another move to be really, really convenient to things. And that's a tall order in city-suburban locales in America. Everything is set up to DRIVE.
We actually moved FROM what you describe as being the ideal living situation where everything from shopping to entertainment to medical care and more was within easy walking distance or a short ride by bus or light rail. Additionally, there was no snow. How's that for a bonus?

However, in retirement it wasn't for us. We wanted to get back to nature and more importantly, get away from the state we left. Besides, a city of 475K wasn't our idea of Nirvana.

You have family in close proximity so are you really ready to seriously consider alternatives? How much travel back to visit are you willing to undertake. I get the feeling you're also very invested in the social, cultural and societal aspects of New England and you're not going to find those elsewhere. They'll be very different.

My parents were from New Rochelle, NY and my aunts, uncles and cousins settled in upstate NY, Massachusetts and Connecticut. I was the only native Californian in the bunch. I thoroughly enjoyed the NY and New England experiences of my youth, loved living in Northern Virginia and also enjoyed North Carolina and several other southern states in which I resided, some more than once and all compliments of Uncle Sam. In the end I retired to none of them, opting instead for the Ozarks which are similar to some while also possessing a unique culture and topography.

As you well know and this forum and these threads prove, deciding where to settle in our "declining" years is not for the faint of heart nor the uninformed. Nor is leaving family, friends and the familiar.

Best of luck in what seems to be the never-ending quest to find just the right spot for you.

For matisse12, the closest village to where we live is Blue Eye, MO and the closest town, Hollister while the closest thing to a city is Branson and Springfield (162K) is 60 miles north.

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Old 02-08-2015, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Lots of towns named in this thread:

Finding Walkable Towns for Retirement
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Old 02-08-2015, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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........ I have no snow on the ground and haven't had any for about 2 months(we had a couple of inches around xmas) ...it has been in the low sixties (61/63) for several days in the last 8 to 12 days. Living on the "lee" side of a mountain range that runs parallel to another mountain range 5 miles to the east (and forms the bitterroot valley (ele 3650')....this situation "moderates" our weather to a great extent....thus the colloquial 'nick-name' : The banana belt of montana.
And yes, i do enjoy "living in the woods": 3 different specie of pine trees, mixed in with groves of aspen and popular as well as choke-cherry, huckleberry and wild plum.
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........in two months i'll be 83.....Worked for 40 yrs.....been retired for almost 22 years, in this home I built 35 years ago, 11 miles from a town of almost 5000, with a highly rated hospital, great vet hospital (naturally I've got a dog), and all the other necessities to live a normal lifestyle on a piece of property that my late wife and i looked "long & hard" for. I started driving at age 14 and will continue to drive until i can't pass the renewal test. I have driven almost 2 million miles in all types of weather, so driving the 11 miles into town is not a problem.

The reason(s) I will stay where I am for the rest of my retirement include the following:(note): The following "added" info in red clarifies why somone almost 83, living alone, 11 miles from town, is not a foolish, risk-taking old man:
1/... There is a "taxi-type service" that i can call if i can't drive to town.....haven't had to use it yet.
2/... If need be, the city of missoula is a 45 minute drive: Internat'l airport; major shopping malls and being a university town of approx 70,000 with internationaly ranked medical facilities, I feel very comfortable. However, our local hospital & other medical services are very adequate: Example: 14 months ago (at age 82) I woke up at 6 a.m. With severe abdominal pain (ended up being a gall-stone lodged in the bile duct)...I called the hospital, told them the situation, got dressed, and drove myself the 11 miles to the hosp. Tests were done, and I was in surgery within 24 hrs...stayed in hosp for 48 hours and was driven out to my daughters home (for another 2 days..since I live alone).
3/... Another reason why I chose this location:.....r.e. Taxes: I built (as a contractor) a home of 2950 sq/ft (garage included) ,on 14 acres in a prime location w/ taxes less than $2500.(don't forget:11 miles out in the County.)............An added PLUS: Montana has NO SALES TAX.
4//... And for the sports minded: I have a 100 yard rifle/pistol shooting range w/ chronograph and trap shooting on my property---sheriff approved. I also fish in the creek.
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Where I live eliminates the possibility of noisy neighbors or traffic noises, & others conditions that would destroy the "peace & quite & soloitude of my location.
The ability to put the electronic training collar on my dog and let him outside to run free on my 14 acres for about 1/2 hr, twice a day.
The pleasure of looking out any window in my house any day and having a 90% chance of seeing deer, a 75% chance (in the fall & spring) of seeing elk; again in the spring and fall, a 100% chance of seeing wild turkeys; almost every day i can look up in the sky and see two or more bald eagles flying overhead in circles; and everyday i can see many, many chimpmunks, pine squirrels, marmots, and at least 30 or 35 different specie of birds......and on rare occasions, an occasional fox, coyote, black bear or badger will decide to "come visit."......in addition having a 40 foot wide year round stream as one of my boundries is a real joy:....the sound in the months when the windows are open is great, the occasional brown trout that i catch is a real-plus, and the amount of wildlife, birds and waterfowl that come to drink are a great joy to watch.

So continuing to live where i can't see a neighbor (there is one fine neighbor located 1/4 mile through the woods), drive 11 miles into town, and have the privacy that i feel i deserve and enjoy, .....are worth what some folks might consider "inconviences"!......to live in town "would probably kill me within a year!!

Hopfully the cell phone i carry and the medical alert "thingy" on my belt and the revolver on my hip will prove helpful if some unfortunate situation arises.

Where else could i live out my retirement years (with the life-style and conditions and desires i have) and not drive my self "nuts" with the frustrations associated with "town-living?.
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ALL OF THE ABOVE is not posted here to brag or impress anyone.......It is stated to reiterate that "we are all different, have different interests and priorities and some of us began planning early in our working years for retirement, and accepting the fact(s) that anything worth-while requires hard work, planning (I repeat planning), and does not "come-easy!"...Being married over 51 years to my late wife who also worked & who thought along "the same lines" as I did, and to have a daughter (now almost 60) who has kept her "head-on-straight" and has been a hard working person all her life. Combined with the fact that ALL THREE of us had major Cancer Surgery and Treatments .........YES, I know how lucky I am and I thank God every day of my life.

Carpe Diem!!!
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Old 02-08-2015, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I think where you are from makes a big difference what sounds good to you. Some look for a place 'just like' wherever they came from except... I have lived all over so I didn't look for a place that was necessarily like or unlike other places I had lived.

My big rule was no shoveling or mowing. I already wasted more than enough time doing those thankless jobs.
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