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Old 01-21-2017, 06:29 PM
 
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I have never in my life lived far from amenities but am thinking of a house that is a bit far, for me, from certain types of amenities.

Lovely area, crime free, lots of retirees. Grocery stores, pharmacies 6 minutes away by car. A WalMart SuperCenter 11 minutes away (by car). An emergency clinic, and veterinarians are 10 mins away. This is pretty good.

But doctors, Mall, Target, Sam's Club, Hospitals, Best Buy, pet stores, things like that - those are 1/2 hour away.

I should mention that I'm gauging things by travel time by car. Mileage may be greater, since the house is semi-rural, but few traffic lights, and able to travel on main thoroughfares to get places. (The 1/2 hour mileage is between 15 and 20 miles, for most things.)

This would be fine for now, I suppose. But what about when I get to be 70, 75, 80, 85? Too far for a senior?

A cab would go out there to pick me up, if I would call one, I suppose. I'd have to wait a while for it to get there. Cabs aren't used much in the city, although they are there. (No Uber or Lyft.) There is no public transportation.

How far is too far for a senior?
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Old 01-21-2017, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I'm afraid there is no answer to your question, because one person's "far" is another person's "not very far". One thing you are smart to think about is what you wrote: "what about when I get to be....." If you really think you'll still be there at age 80, then it seems to me things may indeed be "too far".
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Old 01-21-2017, 07:03 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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But doctors, Mall, Target, Sam's Club, Hospitals, Best Buy, pet stores, things like that
- those are 1/2 hour away. I should mention that I'm gauging things by travel time by car.

How far is too far for a senior?
I think you just defined it.

A brisk half mile walk gets me to a dry cleaner, cross fit studio, a mini-mart,
an okish restaurant, an ABC store, my auto mechanic, gas station and a few other shops.

But any sort of real shopping and everything medical up to a Level One Trauma Center...
are still all less than a ten minute drive away (even with too many traffic lights)...
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Old 01-21-2017, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Planet Woof
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I lived in an area like that and am considering a move back soon. It's like anything, you adjust and make do. Where I lived there was the attentiveness of neighbors and senior services for older residents. No one went without anything and the life squad could be at the house in 10 minutes. It can be socially isolating however and you do need a good car because you will be driving more. There's pluses and minuses. You just have to figure out how they stack up for you personally.
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Old 01-21-2017, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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bpollen, I live in just the sort of area you have described, although we do have a new WalMart just a mile from my house. Getting to the hospital, specialist doctors, major shopping, movies, or other amenities is a 45 minute drive. The other day I went to the pharmacy, the library, and the credit union and drove 25 miles round trip, but that seems normal to me since I've live here for 14 years. At age 66 with no relatives nearby, I rely on paid "helpers" if I have to get to a doctor's appointment that requires assistance (for example, if I have a procedure with anesthesia). I plan to continue using them in the future, or hire others if needed. Worst case scenario, I'll get them to take me to the WalMart too so I can do my shopping, or run to the vets for a pet appointment. It's still cheaper than buying a house in the nearest city, as the prices have gone up so much there, and if I need a great deal of assistance here, then I'd need it there as well.
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Old 01-21-2017, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I don't want my residence to be much more than ten minutes from groceries, Walmart, family doctor, etc.
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Old 01-21-2017, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Too far for me would be if I couldn't easily walk to the bus stop or supermarket.
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Old 01-22-2017, 12:14 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque NM
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By the time you are 80, your area is likely to have built up and some of those stores and doctor's offices may be nearby with the exception of a large mall or a hospital. I live in a city but not in a part of town with many big box stores. It takes me 20-30 minutes to get to those stores and doctor's offices. But I prefer living in my neighborhood with less traffic and congestion than living near stores although I would consider shopping more than 30 minutes away to be too far. Of course, I'm not much of a shopper - I go to the mall about once every 3 months.
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Old 01-22-2017, 02:38 AM
 
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anywhere there is no public transportation can be too far if you are unable to drive . that is what turned us off to retiring in the pocono's where we had a 2nd home .
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Old 01-22-2017, 03:30 AM
 
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I have never in my life lived far from amenities but am thinking of a house that is a bit far, for me, from certain types of amenities.

Lovely area, crime free, lots of retirees. Grocery stores, pharmacies 6 minutes away by car. A WalMart SuperCenter 11 minutes away (by car). An emergency clinic, and veterinarians are 10 mins away. This is pretty good.

But doctors, Mall, Target, Sam's Club, Hospitals, Best Buy, pet stores, things like that - those are 1/2 hour away.

I should mention that I'm gauging things by travel time by car. Mileage may be greater, since the house is semi-rural, but few traffic lights, and able to travel on main thoroughfares to get places. (The 1/2 hour mileage is between 15 and 20 miles, for most things.)

This would be fine for now, I suppose. But what about when I get to be 70, 75, 80, 85? Too far for a senior?

A cab would go out there to pick me up, if I would call one, I suppose. I'd have to wait a while for it to get there. Cabs aren't used much in the city, although they are there. (No Uber or Lyft.) There is no public transportation.

How far is too far for a senior?
If you have never lived this far before don't do it. Sounds like my situation, but I've lived here most of my life and am used to it.
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