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Old 04-18-2016, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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We are pretty happy with the condo we bought in Dallas -- which is where we've lived for decades -- after we sold our big, personal SFH. But its a temp solution just as a place to hang while we identify where to live more permanently. We have been traveling alot so we love the lock and leave convenience of a condo.

But, now we are on the hunt for a 55+ community because we would like social connections with other retirees and we dislike Dallas summers and I want to once again have a dog.


Budget: $300K - $500K
Prefs: one-story villa type house with 2-3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, pref rentals to "try it out"
Views, proximity to city for restaurants & culture
55+ community - we love hiking but not golf
Low humidity!
Minimal ice and snowy weather

Ideas please!
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Old 04-18-2016, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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I think you just described Tucson, Arizona.
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Old 04-18-2016, 10:56 AM
 
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You've also described the Del Webb Sun City/s in Roseville and Lincoln, CA.
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Old 04-18-2016, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Florida
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You can probably find a community you would like in any state.

First I would divide the country into 6 sections (you might need 9) and see if you can pick one or two of those sections. Seems that you have eliminated the 3 Norther sections - snow and ice but your comment on the summers could rule out the lower sections. You might be left with NC and SC in the mountains (cooler summers, but could have a little snow.) I would look in the North west section of SC from what you said.

Then start to pick on geographical differences - on water, near a river for boating, mountains etc. Do you want to get around by golf cart for some shopping. How close to medical facilities do you want to be. Airports, public transportation (this might be tough)

Look at taxes and cost of living.

Size of the community is important. I would lean toward 7.500+ but probably not over 20,000 to 30,000. My assumption is more activities and less likely hood of running into financial problems. At some point I think the communities would be too crowed. The smaller (7,500+) should have better services and less crowding than the 100,000 over 55 communities.

Then pick some areas and re post the question.

You should be able to find 6 month or 1 year rentals in various communities and I agree trying a rental is a good first steep.
In the communities you can rent by the day or week I would think you might have too many temporary residences.
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