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Old 12-26-2015, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Priorities;

1. Weather
2. Access to good food sources. We love to cook and shop at Central Market.
3. Access to great golf courses. We have made a large number of really good friends via our CC.

Shopping (other than food) doesn't even make my top 50 since I buy 98% of everything on line.
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Old 12-26-2015, 02:52 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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Thanks all for responding. It's interesting to see how varied people's requirements can be. Gives the rest of us more things to think about.
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Old 12-26-2015, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Iowa
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As I read all these posts it is so interesting to see how important different issues are to all. I care about crime but one of my concerns, especially now, is how accepting folks are in different places. I am African American and definitely don't want to live some place where my family is not wanted. It is very scary out there. My daughter loves North Carolina. Of course I am concerned with taxes on Social Security and pensions and finding a place to rent. I know Wilmington has a VA so that would be an option (hopefully if I decide to continue working). All the posts definitely make you think about any decision you may make!
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Old 12-27-2015, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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Sometimes one requirement can cancel out the need for another. Such as a semi-rural environment can reduce the crime rate as it relates to inner-city type crimes, i.e. fewer people means fewer perps and gangs. We really never even thought much about crime rate, but turns out our quite rural county has a low violent crime rate.

Other things that were never on our radar...Walkable access to shopping, etc. I've never had that in my life, so it would not have occurred to me to want that. Someday when I'm older and can't drive that might be an issue, but at our age (50's to low 60's) not an issue. ...Proximity to hospitals and specialists, we never gave that consideration because we were planning to be within 45 minutes of a city for our other needs, so a hospital and variety of doctors was a given.
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Old 12-27-2015, 09:32 AM
 
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My #1 priority was to have a sense of place. The last thing I want to do is uproot myself to a town/city where I have no continuity and don't know anyone. My plan is to retire to my home town.
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Old 12-27-2015, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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My wife and I, early in our married life, took a vacation to Charleston South Carolina based solely on a magazine article with a few interesting photos. This Fair City captured our hearts and our minds.

We spent the next 25 years alternately returning to checkout the different surrounding suburbs or visiting other cities along the Southeastern beaches. As it turned out......nothing could rival Charleston for all that we considered important in our Retirement.

1- Weather. Very mild Winter, bracketed by a long Spring and Fall. Yes, it's hot and humid in the Summer -- but so was New Jersey. I'll trade a New Jersey Winter for a Charleston Summer every time.

2- COL. Again, when New Jersey is the baseline, everything looks like a bargain. Our SC Real Estate Taxes per year are what we used to pay per quarter in the Old Country, and our house is bigger and sits on a Golf Course.

3- Culture. You bet your *** we got Culture. Every Spring the Spoleto Festival brings International offerings to our Fair City. There's the Galliard Center, recently renovated and acoustically re-engineered. Or the Dock Street Theater, in it's circa-1800 building. The Charleston Music Hall or the Performing Arts Center or the Tennis Stadium on Daniel Island for Concerts.

4- Architecture. Took the Church Street House tour last fall for a glimpse inside these lovely old homes. The Church Steeples are the tallest buildings downtown, hence the nickname Holy City.

5- History. Charleston was the 4th largest city in Colonial America, behind the big 3 up north. There were many Revolutionary War battles fought around here. Lately, they kind of downplay the whole "War Between the States" period.

6- Restaurants. The Holy City was just listed in the Top 10 best cities for Cuisine. Pick a major Food Group and you'll have your choice of 5-Star or 4-Diamond Restaurants. From the Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet in April til the end of Oyster Season in, well.....April -- there are so many choices. And let's not even get started on the Craft Beer Scene around town, there are a half dozen micro-breweries whose products are offered "Fresh on Tap" and never shipped -- "Sunlight is the enemy of good beer" as the saying goes.

7- Friendly Folks. I don't have all my y'alls in the right place yet, but I'm fixin' to git 'er done real soon. I saw a sign in a Restaurant last week. It said, "If you're worried about Protocal, Alcohol or Cholesterol.....you're in the wrong place."
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Old 12-27-2015, 10:30 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Factors for us (wife and I have different priorities):
Proximity to kids and GC (Seattle)
Climate
COL
Activities that we enjoy
Beauty of location

I retired 2 days ago so we are thinking about where to retire.
I see you are already in WA, so might need to stay! (Families usually win the decision process)

There are many affordable options within "grandparent" access to Seattle Metro since you won't need to commute daily.

I like proximity to a nearby airport so I can escape to better climates.

If you can deal with We_tern WA...
Probably closer to Bellingham (I like to be near BC)
or
closer to Oregon (no sales tax and nice ez airport) This has been an acceptable choice for me during my earning yrs. Acceptable... not desirable, 'Family' trumps my sole decision.

I travel to sun frequently. The older I get, the less the wet weather is an issue (more indoor hobbies / less requirement to be outside).
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Old 12-27-2015, 10:34 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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My #1 priority was to have a sense of place. The last thing I want to do is uproot myself to a town/city where I have no continuity and don't know anyone. My plan is to retire to my home town.
This is not such a bad plan (for many people).
'Home' is still 'home', we visit our home town frequently, and even tho we have been gone 35 yrs, our best friends are still in our hometown. Tho they are dying fast. (older friends).
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Old 12-27-2015, 03:26 PM
 
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My wife and I, early in our married life, took a vacation to Charleston South Carolina based solely on a magazine article with a few interesting photos. This Fair City captured our hearts and our minds.

We spent the next 25 years alternately returning to checkout the different surrounding suburbs or visiting other cities along the Southeastern beaches. As it turned out......nothing could rival Charleston for all that we considered important in our Retirement.

1- Weather. Very mild Winter, bracketed by a long Spring and Fall. Yes, it's hot and humid in the Summer -- but so was New Jersey. I'll trade a New Jersey Winter for a Charleston Summer every time.

2- COL. Again, when New Jersey is the baseline, everything looks like a bargain. Our SC Real Estate Taxes per year are what we used to pay per quarter in the Old Country, and our house is bigger and sits on a Golf Course.

3- Culture. You bet your *** we got Culture. Every Spring the Spoleto Festival brings International offerings to our Fair City. There's the Galliard Center, recently renovated and acoustically re-engineered. Or the Dock Street Theater, in it's circa-1800 building. The Charleston Music Hall or the Performing Arts Center or the Tennis Stadium on Daniel Island for Concerts.

4- Architecture. Took the Church Street House tour last fall for a glimpse inside these lovely old homes. The Church Steeples are the tallest buildings downtown, hence the nickname Holy City.

5- History. Charleston was the 4th largest city in Colonial America, behind the big 3 up north. There were many Revolutionary War battles fought around here. Lately, they kind of downplay the whole "War Between the States" period.

6- Restaurants. The Holy City was just listed in the Top 10 best cities for Cuisine. Pick a major Food Group and you'll have your choice of 5-Star or 4-Diamond Restaurants. From the Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet in April til the end of Oyster Season in, well.....April -- there are so many choices. And let's not even get started on the Craft Beer Scene around town, there are a half dozen micro-breweries whose products are offered "Fresh on Tap" and never shipped -- "Sunlight is the enemy of good beer" as the saying goes.

7- Friendly Folks. I don't have all my y'alls in the right place yet, but I'm fixin' to git 'er done real soon. I saw a sign in a Restaurant last week. It said, "If you're worried about Protocal, Alcohol or Cholesterol.....you're in the wrong place."
Add to #7 doggone courteous and decent people
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Old 12-27-2015, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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When you take out COL, Taxes and Weather here are my priorities. They may seem strange to some, but it's what I would want on a personal level.

-Buying an old/older home near a small quaint downtown area.
-Not living where the land is totally flat as far as the eye can see. I lived in Florida as a kid and hated it and this is one or the reasons why.
-Living in a small town from about 2000 to about 10,000 people
-Living where there is lots of green. I'm tired of desert brown.
-Finding a place with a below than average state or national crime rate.
-It needs to be a red or at least purple state where my conservative politics are not considered strange or out of the norm.
-about a one hour driving distance to a larger city

I've got about 5 years to go before I retire, but have already started my research on finding a new place to call home with these things in mind.
That's very close to what I picked. I particularly didn't want anything which was crowded, and very 'city'. I came from inland socal which is jam packed. Air quality also mattered. I have lived with and had problems from smog all my life. No smog mattered. This area isn't hilly, but its in the rolling portion of Oklahoma. Your an hour from Stillwater, which has one of the two state universities and all the stores. It's also very green here in the winter.

But the sky being blue was what first gave me the idea, that and the ability to get a house, small and older but fine for me, which was gotten for less than a down payment in socal. I have a nice yard too.

I'd describe my politics as very eclectic, but have found that if you don't insist on arguing about it most people here are fine with it if your not them. After living in the middle of a packed population most of my life I love the maybe 8k in this area.

My crime deturant is big, barks loudly and functions as a door bell. And not letting in people 'just to be friendly'. His little sister has the same bark but her mix didn't get tall.

It's not perfect, but what I've found is getting stuff you need is much simpler now with amazon. I'm buying more and more stuff cheaper that way without having to go anywhere. The only thing I really wish I had was a car.
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