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View Poll Results: Best, most afffordable small city to retire to....
Boise ID 6 6.19%
Spokane WA 6 6.19%
Roanoke VA 9 9.28%
Ocala FL 11 11.34%
Fayettville AR 10 10.31%
Sebring FL 4 4.12%
Charleston WV 1 1.03%
Athens OH 3 3.09%
Asheville NC 18 18.56%
Branson MO 2 2.06%
Rapid City SD 6 6.19%
Greenville SC 21 21.65%
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Old 03-26-2015, 11:11 PM
 
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Yea so tough, makes me leery of actually buying a home, but rather just being a renter, and not take the risk,.. but sure would be nice to have some space and some land for once...
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Old 03-26-2015, 11:20 PM
 
Location: Nescopeck, Penna. (birthplace)
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My vote went to Roanoke, but I'd add Cumberland, MD to the list.
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Old 03-27-2015, 12:02 AM
 
Location: North Phoenix/Moon Valley
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These are not included in your choices, but have you considered Arizona, especially Prescott or Payson. Both are smallish towns that may fit your criteria. They are a little ways outside of major cities (more than 20 miles) but have mountainous acreage with homes on the outskirts. Weather is moderate all year round except the occasional cold or hot spell. Both also have VA medical clinics, but are not major VA facilities. Also being Arizona, cost of living tends to be lower and housing prices usually get you more bang for your buck.
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Old 03-27-2015, 01:20 AM
 
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That's an odd list. It has places I don't like are appealing at all, and completely misses other places that would be better.
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Old 03-27-2015, 02:17 AM
 
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I'm not a fan of lists/polls like this but that aside, Fayetteville AR will meet your criteria and then some.

We live several hours away and in a different state from Fayetteville but have reason to visit there a couple of times a year and have to say I'd move there in a heartbeat if dh would agree. His only objection is that it's too far from our beloved New Mexico.
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Old 03-27-2015, 02:24 AM
 
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I have looked at Prescott the housing prices are almost as high as Missoula MT, rather expensive there...Payson, way too remote. This list might be odd for rich people, who can afford to retire to San Diego, maybe, but for some of us more blue collar, non wealthy folks, I think all these places are nice places on this list and all good possibilities, with low housing costs, compared to places like Boston, Seattle, LA, Ft Lauderdale, and etc...which are for the semi wealthy, or high earning working class. I have studied Cumberland a bit, heavy snowfall there. I read about Cumberland on CD some time ago. Didn't seem like folks regarded it very favorably from what I recall. I read about NM, Santé Fe is way too expensive.

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Old 03-27-2015, 06:31 AM
 
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We have looked at Roanoke, Asheville and Knoxville. Really they were all lovely. We were in Roanoke most recently, and what really stood out was that it seems to be on a real upswing. For me, I think, it was a bit too remote (well I guess they all are, but there is no quick way to anywhere). It had so many positive things though, medical center, train, and very promising rejuvenated downtown.
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Old 03-27-2015, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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My vote went to Roanoke, but I'd add Cumberland, MD to the list.
And Roanoke's adjacent town of Salem.
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Old 03-27-2015, 07:17 AM
 
Location: NC
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You might also consider the Chesapeake area of VA. Lots of water, small towns, good land prices. Of course the area is a little depressed and everything is 'older' but the rural areas are beautiful. Do a check to see which towns are near VA centers.

Have you considered preparing a list of what you are willing to give up to find the place you can afford yet love?
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Old 03-27-2015, 08:15 AM
 
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It is a bewildering challenge, though, trying to pick a place.
Yes, it can be a challenge and I suppose that is why you haven't moved since the beginning of last year when you created a poll asking this same question.

**************Looking for advice on what small, and desirable place to retire to...

That thread garnered almost 300 back-and-forth posts between you and others trying to give you their suggestions and recommendations, most of which you dismissed for one reason or another. I hope you have better luck with your search this year.
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