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Old 04-29-2015, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Queens, NY
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I'm looking for towns to consider for retirement, several years away; I'm stuck in NYC for now. I'm liberal, artsy, a psychotherapist, love the woods. I want a very friendly place near some dense woods, lots of artists but without a very high cost of living, as many appealing places in New England/New York have. I also need a town with good health care. Any suggestions? All are appreciated!
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Old 04-29-2015, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Cape Elizabeth
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I'm looking for towns to consider for retirement, several years away; I'm stuck in NYC for now. I'm liberal, artsy, a psychotherapist, love the woods. I want a very friendly place near some dense woods, lots of artists but without a very high cost of living, as many appealing places in New England/New York have. I also need a town with good health care. Any suggestions? All are appreciated!
Portland, Maine and the surrounding area. We were born and raised in Brooklyn, Bronx, then moved to Fanwood, NJ (25 miles outside of NYC) when we had kids. Always thought we would retire in Cape Cod, but the access to health care was an issue- as well as traffic on and off the cape when our kids, friends, etc. would be able to visit.

Our daughter and son in law got their post college jobs in Portland, ME and we began vacationing here. We retired and bought our house in Cape Elizabeth, 3 miles outside Portland back at the end of 2009.

This area has all the things you mentioned and more. Could not be friendlier. Just returned this evening from the 50th Anniversary party of Planned Parenthood of New England. Got there in 5 minutes, returned home in 5 minutes. Met and spoke with Cecile Richards, the National head of PP, (and daughter of Ann Richards, former Governor of Texas). You can mostly have experiences like that in Maine. No pretension.

Everything about life in Maine is down to earth, no hassle, outdoorsy, artsy etc. Big local food scene. Farm fresh food. Gorgeous outdoor life, beaches, hiking, fresh fruit picking etc.

Because of the quality of life in this part of Maine, you get excellent doctors from excellent schools setting up practice here.

Check out my town, South Portland, Scarborough, Westbrook, to name a few. Staying by the coast is milder than going inland. Going up the coast is also wonderful.

Good luck!
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Old 04-29-2015, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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It is relatively expensive to buy into Cape Elizabeth. In the Northeast, I suggest the more affordable Portland, ME or the "colleges and arts" area of Western Mass. How are you with long cold snowy winters?
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Old 04-29-2015, 09:14 PM
 
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I am not sure I know what you mean by artsy and by looking for a place with lots of artists. If you are true to your words, there is no place for art like NYC.....nothing even close. Again, I am not clear what you are looking for with "some dense woods". That is likely to be well outside of any urban areas with strong art centers. At best you could be near some place like Brattleboro with some wannabees and left over hippies.
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Old 04-29-2015, 09:33 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Every place mentioned is New England, surely there are relaxed, liberal communities outside the "polar vortex" region?
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Old 04-29-2015, 10:36 PM
 
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Asheville NC might not seem like a high COL for a New Yorker.
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Old 04-29-2015, 11:00 PM
 
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I am not sure I know what you mean by artsy and by looking for a place with lots of artists. If you are true to your words, there is no place for art like NYC.....nothing even close. Again, I am not clear what you are looking for with "some dense woods". That is likely to be well outside of any urban areas with strong art centers. At best you could be near some place like Brattleboro with some wannabees and left over hippies.
I also am kind of stumped because of artist I tend to find they do not like living much in populated areas with tourist if serious in the creative arts like painting. New Mexico is a favorite with them but you find their art but rarely see the artist themselves. The performing arts they have no choice. I say this because my wife cousin has been a artist for like 35 years and I have meet many. Not a very talkative crowd and kind of self absorbed in their art was my take on them. Can't say they were very political; just wanted to be left alone by society in general.
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Old 04-29-2015, 11:01 PM
 
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Oberlin, OH
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Old 04-29-2015, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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The Nevada City and Grass Valley area in Northern California could be a possibility, with the medical centers in nearby Sacramento.
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Old 04-30-2015, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I'd also recommend Portland. It seems to have a more authentic "gritty/crunchy" liberal vibe than Asheville does. I'm from around 100 miles from Asheville and have spent a lot of time there over the years, and it seems to be split between rich northerners, young people living a bohemian lifestyle, and more conservative locals in the surrounding communities. lI've been to Portland several times, and if I was going to live that far north, the Maine coast from York to Portland would be one of my biggest choices.
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