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Old 03-04-2017, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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And......Social Security isn't going anywhere.
^^^^^^^What he said. Since you seem to be into right-wing politics you should probably settle in the South. Good luck.
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Old 03-04-2017, 12:31 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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The latitude to share costs more than doubles your aggravation.
Mick and the gang:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7S94ohyErSw
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Old 03-04-2017, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Surfside Beach, SC
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Single, 60-yr-old lady would like to retire in 2 years (early social security if it's still there) to the Mid-Atlantic coast (SE PA to...?) on limited income (around 1600-1800 per month), but can purchase a small home, 150-200K, in full. Not looking to be by the water on that price obviously, and not looking for "communities" which are too restrictive for my liking. I prefer the burbs or slightly rural areas as long as I'm not isolated.

I find that I now crave a somewhat moderate climate without long periods of either humidity or freezing temperatures and access to good healthcare and veterinary care. I am a "dog-person" so walking areas are important for their and my exercise. I'm not a big shopper other than the basics and have no need of a social life other than a good bible church. I also would enjoy volunteering with at-risk youth, as I just adore them and have experience in the genre both professionally and on a volunteer basis.

So am I asking the impossible? I currently live in SE PA and the prices of EVERYTHING are becoming just too outrageous; I see the "handwriting on the wall," so to speak. THANKS IN ADVANCE!.
I live just a bit south of Myrtle Beach, SC and LOVE it here. You would be pleasantly surprised by the low cost of living in this area and you actually could easily afford a place very close to the ocean here with your budget. Take a look at Surfside Beach, Murrells Inlet and other areas close by those places. It does get a bit humid here in the summers, but not that bad, especially if you are close to the ocean.
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Old 03-04-2017, 06:36 PM
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Location: Cody, WY
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Single, 60-yr-old lady would like to retire in 2 years (early social security if it's still there) to the Mid-Atlantic coast (SE PA to...?) on limited income (around 1600-1800 per month), but can purchase a small home, 150-200K, in full. Not looking to be by the water on that price obviously, and not looking for "communities" which are too restrictive for my liking. I prefer the burbs or slightly rural areas as long as I'm not isolated.

I find that I now crave a somewhat moderate climate without long periods of either humidity or freezing temperatures and access to good healthcare and veterinary care. I am a "dog-person" so walking areas are important for their and my exercise. I'm not a big shopper other than the basics and have no need of a social life other than a good bible church. I also would enjoy volunteering with at-risk youth, as I just adore them and have experience in the genre both professionally and on a volunteer basis.

So am I asking the impossible? I currently live in SE PA and the prices of EVERYTHING are becoming just too outrageous; I see the "handwriting on the wall," so to speak. THANKS IN ADVANCE!.
If you are willing to move west, you are not asking the impossible; you can have everything you wish. The temperate areas of Arizona could be ideal. Look at a map of Arizona. Draw a diagonal line from the NW to the SE. The weather south of that line will be hot; the weather north will range from mild to positively frigid north of Flagstaff. Before moving to Wyoming, our No. 2 area was the SE corner of Arizona. High temperatures range from 60 in January to 85-90 in the summer. The elevation is from seven to eight thousand feet.

Southern Utah is dry as well although summers can be very hot (but never humid).

The Reno and Carson City areas are pleasant as well.

If your only concerns were canine, I'd tell you to move where I live. Excellent veterinary services combined with millions of acres for rambling make this place ideal. We have the driest weather in the country-so dry that the Heat Index is normally lower than the ambient temperature.
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Old 03-04-2017, 07:09 PM
 
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prolonged humidity - I know I can't escape it on the East coast, but the Philly area has become almost unbearable in the summers.
It's not the humidity, it's the heat index. Humidity is fine if it's not hot. You can certainly find coastal places in the northeast where it rarely breaks 90F in the summer and the Gulf Stream moderates winter temperatures. You have to be right on the coast to get that so $200K would be a challenge but $300K wouldn't.
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Old 03-04-2017, 08:06 PM
 
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California is expensive but I heard that it's more reasonable around San Diego. As with all areas to consider, San Diego has it's share of wildfires. . . And I'm sure they have water conservation like the rest of the state.


It's interesting because Palm Springs is a desert yet with so many pools going in, the humidity increases.


I wouldn't recommend Florida. Why be in a hurricane target state when you're elderly? It's just too scary.


You could look at Texas. Yes it is humid but the state is so vast with many different climates. Property is cheaper here, you get more for your money.. . There's the homestead exemption . .. And once you hit 65 your property taxes freeze. MD Anderson is in Houston, Memorial Herman, many top notch hospitals and of course doctors. You can find rural living close to a big city.


Something to consider.
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Old 03-04-2017, 08:25 PM
 
Location: CT
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Since you're going to be on a limited fixed income, my suggestion is to start with a budget proposal. Be sure you're not wearing the rose colored glasses, don't underestimate health care, taxes (income, real estate, property), insurance costs, food, utilities, cell phones, dental, car maintenance. Did I forget anything? On yeah, pet care, veterinary expenses. Once you have a budget road map to go by, it should help you assess the feasibility of the areas you are interested in. Good luck.
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Old 03-04-2017, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Humidity is normal condition on the east coast. Breathtakingly expensive is normal on the west coast.

Cost of living can be researched elsewhere on City-Data.

Real estate can be researched on realtor.com and other sites.
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Old 03-05-2017, 02:01 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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OP, There are actually quite a few places in CA that you could afford. They will be far away from the large metro areas. I don't know about them all, but you could always post in the generic California forum to learn about more options than I know about.

A couple areas I know about first-hand that would actually meet your criteria by and large are Redding, CA (and the area around it) and Crescent City, CA.

I moved to Redding from the SF Bay Area so I could find low-income housing, which I couldn't afford in the SF Bay Area. Redding has everything you want, and the area is beautiful, with views of Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen, and a river running through town. And even though, it's in the central valley, it's just at the north end of it and it is a hilly city instead of flat like the rest of the valley, which I find to be really pretty. Redding population is around 92,000, I believe. So, it's a nice big town with lots of amenities.

The down side is that it's really, really hot for a very long summer. It's very dry, so no humidity problems. But, it was too hot for me. I spent one long summer there and headed for the coast lol. But, there is great healthcare, great shopping and lots of entertainment. And....drum roll please.....it's very dog friendly. There is a really great, really active dog club there, that incorporates activities of lots of other dog clubs.

Shasta Dogs

I really miss this dog group! I had just rescued my rat terrier, and we went to see if she could be good at fly ball. She wasn't a natural at it, but they were super welcoming. We also checked out the sighthound racing group, and they even have a group of other breeds they allow to race (other than sight hounds). That was also fun. Also went to watch the splash dogs that jump into the river or into swimming pools. I'd hoped to get my dog into that, or barn hunting, etc., but I just couldn't take the really hot days. If you can take the heat, you'd love it.

They also have dog walk outings where they work on distraction training, and avoiding snakes, just all kinds of great stuff. And there are great off-leash areas even right in town. Nice dog park, too.

Benton Dog Park | VisitRedding.com

The Turtle Bay East park is an off-leash large park right on the river, downtown.

http://media.jrn.com/images/2000*1332/TurtEast1.jpg

And, real estate is affordable. Here's a search of just single family homes max $150k in Shasta County (I did not include mobile homes):

Shasta County, CA Single Family Homes for Sale - realtor.com®

Another decent town about 30 minutes from Redding, is Red Bluff, which is in another county:

Red Bluff, CA Single Family Homes for Sale - realtor.com®

You'll also find that the affordable areas of CA outside the large metro areas, vote mostly Republican.

I don't know if this church would appeal to you, but there are many options. It just happens to be a large church in the area:

Home | Bethel Redding


The other area I know, is where I live now at the coast. Health care and shopping is really limited here, though the weather is really mild year-round. It rarely gets as hot as 80 degrees in summer, and rarely ever gets into the 30's in the night in winter. We've had some hail, lots of rain, but no snow. My motto here is: It ain't too hot and it ain't snowing - lol. It's cloudy and rainy a lot, and we can get some killer wind storms in winter.

It's breathtakingly beautiful - giant redwood forest just 7 miles out of town, and we're right on the ocean. It's a crab fishing and logging community, relying heavily on summer tourist season. It's a very poor county and the town has zero charm, as the old downtown area was wiped out in a tsunami in the 60's. Quite a few boarded up buildings, etc. Population in town is about 5,000. Very dog friendly, but no organized groups and no fenced dog park, although you won't usually get any grief for having your dogs off leash at the parks or most of the beaches.

We even have a lighthouse.

Battery Point (Crescent City) Lighthouse, California at Lighthousefriends.com

Redwoods:

https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=413

This Crescent City Harbor website has a nice slide show of the area. Just let it sit there and watch the slide show:

Crescent City Harbor District

And it's also affordable:

Crescent City, CA Single Family Homes for Sale - realtor.com®

You need to be aware that some properties are in the tsunami zone, and that might be why some of them are cheaper than you'd expect them to be.

But, as I say, it's a beautiful place and you'll find it's mostly Republican, and there are several active churches here. But, it is a poor area, and the town is not very attractive. The surrounding nature definitely is.

There are properties outside of town, too, that are also warmer once you get a little bit inland from the coast, and you could have more acreage or privacy.

At any rate, there are definitely areas in CA that could work for you.

One good thing about buying property in CA, is that the property taxes here stay based on the original sales price when you buy it, no matter how long you own it, it will never be reassessed. That is reassuring, knowing your taxes won't ever go so high that you have to lose your home. By law, the taxes can only go up something like 1% per year, I think. The law is Proposition 13, if you want to look up how it works.

The only thing you'll miss about the humidity back east, is the fireflies. Magical creatures. I have always lived on the west coast, but for 5 years in the Nashville area in TN. Loved the fireflies and the red birds. Really hated the weather :-)

Best of luck to you!
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Old 03-05-2017, 03:32 AM
 
Location: Kennett Square, PA
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Wow, NoMoreSnowForMe that was some post!!

Thanks you ALL for your responses - I have a lot to think about. :-)
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