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Old 03-03-2017, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Peace and quiet is great but what happens when you can't drive anymore? I lived in rural areas for a good portion of my life and it was a great change for me to go urban. I can walk almost anywhere I need to go.
I have a three word answer to your question: Self driving car
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Old 03-03-2017, 10:53 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I have a three word answer to your question: Self driving car
actually...That's a comforting thought,

I'm rural, so depend on wheels. I sure hope they have 'retrofits' available by the time I need one. I don't plan on ever buying a 'new' car, I'll just be nursing this gal along for the next 20+ yrs.

...it would be tragic to actually have to buy Dinosaur fuel, after 40+ yrs of 50 mpg on free WVO.

One of our hosts in Germany demonstrated a 'self driving car' to us this yr. Since they have such SMALL garages and narrow streets... it was pretty fun to have him 'fetch' the car via his cell phone, and it would open the garage and maneuver itself to the street. Seemed to work pretty well in traffic. (tho I will never have to deal with traffic.)
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Old 03-03-2017, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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I have a three word answer to your question: Self driving car
Except that true self-driving cars don't exist. And they may never exist within our lifetimes. I wouldn't make any long-term plans that depend on vaporware in order to work.

Three miles out of town is hardly living in the boonies, though. The OP may already have local transportation options available that would make living there feasible without needling to drive. He certainly ought to check before making any firm decisions either way.
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Old 03-03-2017, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Haiku
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My husband and I have often joked that when we retire we will go find an island on the beach somewhere. Now, we're still about 15 years or so out before retiring but as we plan it's becoming clearer to me. Will I really want to be out of the U.S.? Will I want to be far away from my kids and grand kids? Will I want to be far from things like family, friends, health care and stores, etc. As I get older I don't think we will be moving to some secluded island, but maybe just have a second home there
All of those things you mention have been discussed many times here. Lots to think about.

BTW, we did move to an island (Maui) when we retired. We have 2 acres with lots of fruit trees, bananas, coco palms, big garden. We love it.
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Old 03-03-2017, 11:14 AM
 
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Three miles out of town is hardly living in the boonies, though. The OP may already have local transportation options available that would make living there feasible without needling to drive. He certainly ought to check before making any firm decisions either way.[/QUOTE]

Three miles outside of town/amenities, you could likely find a local person who needs a few bucks to drive you back and forth. Maybe a stay-home mom, or a retired driving person, or anyone who is picking up side jobs for whatever reason.

My sister (66) does this to supplement Soc. Sec. She will pick up kids from school, or take an elder to the hairdresser or whatever needs to be done. She lives in a densely populated suburban area.
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Old 03-03-2017, 11:24 AM
 
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You might also keep in mind that you may not always be an "introverted couple," but that one of you might be left as an "introverted single," in which case total isolation might become too much of a good thing.
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Old 03-03-2017, 11:33 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Speaking from experience, three miles out is the right choice...maybe five. Fifteen is a little bit of a barrier to spontaneously going out for coffee or lunch or the bookstore. Where I live it is so quiet that I sometimes go out to see if I missed the rapture.
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Old 03-03-2017, 11:36 AM
 
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More than mileage, I think you have to look at the neighborhood itself. I currently live in the city center, a block from restaurants and shops, yet my little alley is dead as a door nail. I felt much more exposed and as if I had less privacy in the "sleepy" suburb six miles away from where I am now. Really depends on the area. Being within walking distance of needed surfaces certainly has its advantages.
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Old 03-03-2017, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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All of those things you mention have been discussed many times here. Lots to think about.

BTW, we did move to an island (Maui) when we retired. We have 2 acres with lots of fruit trees, bananas, coco palms, big garden. We love it.
Very nice! I do love Maui!!
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Old 03-03-2017, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Except that true self-driving cars don't exist. And they may never exist within our lifetimes. I wouldn't make any long-term plans that depend on vaporware in order to work.

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I expect to live longer than five years, God willing. I am 67.

True self-driving cars will arrive in 5 years, says Ford

Self-driving Fords that have no steering wheels, brake or gas pedals will be in mass production within five years, the company said Tuesday.

These cars will be very different from the current models of self-driving cars that Ford and other companies are now testing. Those vehicles still have space for drivers, who are expected to take control of the cars in case problems arise. Ford says its goal is to have true self-driving cars in which everyone inside is a true passenger.

True self-driving cars will arrive in 5 years, says Ford - Aug. 16, 2016
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