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Old 03-08-2015, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Murrieta California
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But your previous post made it sound like LAX was the only option.
It's not

I would rather have hot metal splinters put under my fingernails than go to LAX, and my visitors from overseas know this.
We fly in and out of LAX quite often as it usually is the most practical for flights to Hawaii and NYC. We use the park/stay/fly package at Embassy suites which makes it pretty easy.
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Old 03-08-2015, 05:26 PM
 
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I spent all afternoon at Tucson's Hi Corbett Field watching the University of Arizona play Portland in baseball. As I was sitting out there in the shade, behind home plate looking out at all the palm trees, I had to think ... "it doesn't get much better than this."

70F weather in February is pretty darned good as is no need to "move the clock forward/back" twice a year.
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Old 03-09-2015, 11:03 AM
 
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Big City + Year Round Good Weather = Expensive.

Considering all of the OP's preferences and the fact that compromise is unavoidable, Atlanta might be a place worth serious consideration. It's a sizeable city with a thriving IT industry, it has a huge international airport, it has a very mixed population, it does not tax the first $65,000 of retirement income, the climate is ok for three seasons...
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Old 05-11-2017, 03:02 PM
 
Location: NY / Fl.
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Big City + Year Round Good Weather = Expensive.

Considering all of the OP's preferences and the fact that compromise is unavoidable, Atlanta might be a place worth serious consideration. It's a sizeable city with a thriving IT industry, it has a huge international airport, it has a very mixed population, it does not tax the first $65,000 of retirement income, the climate is ok for three seasons...
Post is a couple years old but still relevant to Boomers like myself. Being the type who enjoys Where to Retire posts I'll update it. I started searching years ago prior to retirement, choosing SE Florida. Still happy with the choice but after recent trips to California, Georgia,NC,Va you start to wonder. The SW states have the arid climate I like but not that convenient to my NY summer location. Spent a few weeks in Atlanta, some beautiful areas but I was near MARTA so I avoided driving. The summer heat, sprawl, traffic were negatives for me that would be a deal breaker. Areas of North Georgia, Asheville,NC.& SE Tennessee are something that may get further attention. Staunton, Va in the Shenandoah Valley area is also on the short list. Amtrak stop in Staunton to DC, easy access to the mountains in a very pretty setting. Florida still makes a lot of sense for me, well run state, great beaches, nice winters, easy 3 hour flight to NY. I think you have to get out there & visit areas for a few weeks if able. Look at the cost of living, Taxes on Retirement income, healthcare, climate etc. It's fun to window shop but buying or relocating is work. The OP was about Big city, year around good weather=expensive answer would be So California from what Ive seen...
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Old 05-11-2017, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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Areas of North Georgia, Asheville,NC.& SE Tennessee are something that may get further attention. Staunton, Va in the Shenandoah Valley area is also on the short list. Amtrak stop in Staunton to DC, easy access to the mountains in a very pretty setting.

Thanks for your post. Shenandoah Valley is a new idea for me. We are from western states, but you never know.
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Old 05-11-2017, 04:33 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Thanks for your post. Shenandoah Valley is a new idea for me. We are from western states, but you never know.
Going from Western States to Shenandoah Valley,,,You may miss those 50 F summer nights. Great sleeping no AC required (night or day).

Just try it on August afternoons / evenings You might be very lucky and not mind. or experience sticky humidity.
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Old 05-11-2017, 06:14 PM
 
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Just left Austin after 30 years there. Got too big and too pretentious, ie expensive. I would not recommend it for retirement unless you have a hefty income. The property taxes are very high. We chose Colorado Springs. So far, so good though it sure ain't Austin culturally. Close enough to Denver for the big stuff but still very affordable compared to Austin.
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Old 05-11-2017, 06:20 PM
 
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Going from Western States to Shenandoah Valley,,,You may miss those 50 F summer nights. Great sleeping no AC required (night or day).

Just try it on August afternoons / evenings You might be very lucky and not mind. or experience sticky humidity.
Anything close or somewhat close to Washington DC seems quite unlivable to me because of the horrid ghastly high humidity and because of climate change, the high temperatures in Washington DC in the 90's and higher are even more frequent, unendurable, long-lasting, and brutal.

(this probably does not include the Valley you mention above)
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Old 05-11-2017, 06:28 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Austin / Hill Country works for the 260 days / yr of PWN drizzle
PNW works for the 100 days of TX sweltering heat.

I keep rentals in each place, with free cabin / guest home for me.
Write off the trips back and forth and 1/2 the food (as allowed for Active Property management)

US Domicile will eventually be SD, but in the meantime... searching for HC (Outside of USA)

https://patientsbeyondborders.com/me...atistics-facts...
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Old 05-11-2017, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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Going from Western States to Shenandoah Valley,,,You may miss those 50 F summer nights. Great sleeping no AC required (night or day).

Just try it on August afternoons / evenings You might be very lucky and not mind. or experience sticky humidity.
We are in Phoenix area right now, so those 99F summer nights are just around the corner. Ahhhh!
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