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Old 02-05-2015, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Unfortunately what you are asking for: clustered, with nice weather, is extremely expensive in the USA.
This is what I'm coming to realize more and more. These wonderful places have been discovered, and now cost of those preferred places is high.
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Old 02-05-2015, 05:04 PM
 
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I have been targeting one of the "Plantations" in Coastal NC for my later years and finally got the Mrs. to take a look. All she saw is isolation and everything being a drive. She was right, now looking at North Myrtle Beach area with everything being a 1/2 mile max walk. Growing up on Long Island we could walk to everything, I miss that and will be going back to it when I retire, minus the snow!
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Old 02-05-2015, 06:10 PM
 
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Where, approximately, may I ask?
I am in a neighborhood bordering Sarasota/Bradenton (FL) - bordered two blocks to the west by Sarasota Bay, and two blocks to the east by US 41 - where multitudes of businesses (and bus stop) can be found. The airport is literally almost across the street. It's not what a lot of people think of as a traditionally walkable area, but it mostly is. Within two blocks I have several restaurants, 7-11, my dentist, auto repair, Dollar Store and lots more. If I extend to a mile radius, I pretty much have almost everything. I do drive, and both downtowns are less than 10 minutes (5 miles) away either direction. So I'm pretty happy here.
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Old 02-05-2015, 06:14 PM
 
Location: delaware
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as i've posted previously, i'm probably looking at a ccrc or looser version of in the next 4-5 years. i'm 71, generally active,pretty stable health, and although it's difficult to think of myself as being less active/able by my late seventies, i have to consider this. i realize that for someone even 5 years younger than i, they may still be planning another retirement house or condo, and ccrc or equivalent is not on the radar screen in the immediate future or ever.

when i first began looking at retirement communities, i was drawn to the ones that were fairly close( 1-3 miles ) to shopping, restaurants, groceries, etc. but the more i think about it, i don't know if realistically it's going to matter how close i am to some of these places, as i think i'll drive less, as i get older. for me, i think it's going to be important that i have another source of transportation available- through the ccrc/retirement community potentially for grocery and medical appointments, as well as shopping trips and cultural outings. hopefully i'll still be able to drive to some places but i think the feasibility of this with aging, mobility issues, congestion on the road, and general travel hassle will make this less and less appealing.

i had lunch yesterday with some friends who are about my same age and currently live alone in a 55+ community, and we discussed, as we often do, "plans for the future". one of them said that it is surprising to her how seldom she goes to musical and drama events at u.de., which is about 8 miles from her home. whereas she used to attend some events about once a month,she finds the distance she has to walk from the parking lot more burdensome, and feels there is more traffic congestion at such events than used to be five years ago. we had talked about going up to nyc to see a broadway matinee, as we had done in the past, and even this, traveling fairly easily on the train, seems to be more of a hassle than it once was. is this a normal consequence of aging? maybe, but i do hear more of these same conversations with other friends of similar age.

so, i guess i'm looking at close proximity to shopping, doctors, cultural venues somewhat differently than i did 6 or 7 years ago. of course, if one plans to remain in private house or apartment , rather than a community where some transportation is provided, location close to these resources is perhaps more significant. however, i can't help but feel that at some point, even driving, much less walking or even independent bus transportation, will be very difficult.

catsy girl
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Old 02-05-2015, 06:30 PM
 
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I highly doubt if I can't drive; I will be interested in walking a mile. Besides I am more worried abut them moving closer as it seems they are daily almost.
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Old 02-05-2015, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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so, i guess i'm looking at close proximity to shopping, doctors, cultural venues somewhat differently than i did 6 or 7 years ago. of course, if one plans to remain in private house or apartment , rather than a community where some transportation is provided, location close to these resources is perhaps more significant. however, i can't help but feel that at some point, even driving, much less walking or even independent bus transportation, will be very difficult.

catsy girl
Very good point. A CCRC would take care of the transport for the most part, and the car would be for elective use.
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Old 02-05-2015, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default "A tall order"? I don't think so!

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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.
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This whole deal is pretty easy, it seems to me. Many large supermarkets have residential streets a couple of blocks away. And most of the time, a large supermarket will have other retail establishments immediately adjacent and/or very near (banks, barber shops, etc.). So all one has to do is get a place on one of those residential streets close to a supermarket which has other associated businesses close by.

That describes my townhouse, which I bought 14 years ago without even realizing how convenient the location is. Within easy walking distance (one mile), I have:........
What is such a tall order about the common situation of living near a "cluster", as some other posters have so aptly called what I was describing? Did you even read my post? If I did it without even trying, without even having an awareness of it as a goal to be within easy walking distance of almost everything, then how hard can it be? Just look for large supermarkets which have that "cluster" effect together with residential streets a couple of blocks away.

I agree with you about one thing, namely your statement "I know I'm being somewhat over-concerned about this". You seem to over-analyze, over-think, and agonize about everything.

Do you expect to be destitute or near-destitute in old age? If so, it makes great sense to be concerned about driving in terms of its "expense as well, and wear and tear on the car". If not, then it doesn't make sense. But if you want to find a location which will accommodate no longer being able to drive at all, then that's planning for a possibility and makes some sense to me. It's what I did by accident.

Curmudgeon, to whom you were responding above, has to plan his trips more carefully than I do, as he certainly doesn't want to be running for groceries and routine household supplies every other day. But for him, his rural situation is worth it.
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Old 02-05-2015, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Where I live, we definitely have a lot of retail stores, groceries stores, banks, gas stations, car repair, restaurants, Trader Joe's/Whole Foods, Starbucks/Peets Coffee, a hospital, pharmacies, churches, great library, wetlands, ocean all within 5 miles or so. I could definitely walk to a lot of them should I want to or need to, or else a short drive (although there is a lot of traffic). I find myself going out of my "city" less and less, since everything I really need is right here. Except for movie theatre, would have to drive a little bit to get to one of those. And we have a great climate too! But we do pay for all this with higher COL.
Oh, I miss Peets!
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Old 02-05-2015, 08:36 PM
 
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Isn't Peets just the best coffee/shop...it blows Starbucks away!
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Old 02-05-2015, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Isn't Peets just the best coffee/shop...it blows Starbucks away!
Yes, I agree. I didn't realize how much I liked it and took it for granted until I realized there is not one where we live. Well, I buy it in the stores and make it at home, but I still miss my Peets.

At least my husband got his In-n-Out burger place. Isn't it funny the things we think we need?
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