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Old 03-07-2017, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
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Long Beach, NY

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! Lived there & it's only gotten worse for retirement.

"Your original post is crying out : Charleston, SC though it may be out of your price range. Maybe a condo within biking distance of the beach? There may still be buses to the beach? Savannah will be a little bit cheaper. Some people prefer Savannah's ambience so you really need to check them both out in person."

Mt. Pleasant or other close in suburb of Charleston, SC
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Old 03-07-2017, 10:39 AM
 
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The OP wants to relocate in retirement, listed multiple things he would like in an around that retirement location, and I responded with a location I am very familiar with that has many of the things the OP is looking for and that was the meaning behind maybe he would want to "check out" the location further.

Just curious why you chose to pick apart my post when I offered a location as well as examples of some of the things this location has that was on the OP's want list, and most of the other responses where basically names of places and not much else ???
MrRational picks everything apart, including my original post; it's what he does, for whatever reason.

Responses like yours are exactly what I was seeking, so thank you!
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Old 03-07-2017, 11:06 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Just curious why you chose to pick apart my post...
It was the last one up and probably 1000 miles from where the OP said they're looking.
That and recall of her details from other posts on the same basic issues.

She doesn't care for my style... so be it.
The points are still 100% valid.
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Old 03-07-2017, 11:16 AM
 
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Following come to mind, from north to south:

Wilmington, NC
Myrtle Beach SC
Charleston, SC
Savannah, GA
Jacksonville FL
St Augustine FL
Palm Coast FL

Charleston could be pricey, but you would have great culture, medical, etc. Someone suggested MT Pleasant, but that could be a bit from the beach.

Where do you feel you could compromise? Location, price, amenities?
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Old 03-07-2017, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Florida -
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We moved into direct ocean condos (Florida: Satellite Beach, Indialantic) in 2002 ... A reasonable cost of oceanfront living with a small beach-town feel -- AND direct Beeline access to Orlando (40-minutes). A few years ago, we decided to move closer to the grandkids and now live in a direct Harbor front condo (with an expansive view of the gulf) in Destin. It's more expensive here, with less access to larger city amenities (and colder winters), but, those things are relative, particularly if one is moving/retiring here from the 'frozen North.'

Sidelight: Many imagine that the constant sound of the pounding surf would be relaxing, but after a while, like anything else, repetition can get tedious. Also, particularly on the Space Coast of Florida, leaving one's doors open invites mold and mildew (not a problem in Destin). Plus, if one's insulation and construction is such that one can readily hear the surf with the doors closed, one may not have sufficient window/door strength rating for good storm protection or insulation to hold-down electric bills.
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Old 03-07-2017, 12:24 PM
 
Location: S.W. Florida
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Sarasota seems to have most of what you're looking for.
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Old 03-07-2017, 01:07 PM
 
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Sarasota seems to have most of what you're looking for.
Except that it's on the "tame" gulf, but yeah; the best cities in Florida DO seem to be there. Hellishly hot in summer!
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Old 03-07-2017, 01:08 PM
 
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Op, with the usual caveat that we are all different and my top priorities might not be yours, I do have a very strong preference between your two alternatives of cottage near water or condo on water. Condo with view, every time! I'm living where I live for many reasons, one of which was to be able to afford a home on Lake Michigan. The view is inseparable from my daily life, now. I see the lake when I open my eyes, I glance at it while walking around the house, it's in front of me when I read on the deck in summer or at the window in winter, it's entertainment when stuck at home during a blizzard. It's my constant and I love it and will give up other things to have it. As a single person, the view becomes a companion, and calms me down when things are hectic or sorrowful. If you have to adjust based on whether you are waterfront or just close to waterfront, I would choose the trade offs that allow me to live in waterfront.
Again, we are all different, and perhaps you already know that for you it's enough to see the water as you drive around doing daily errands and routines. So I guess I'm saying close your eyes and visualize your daily life and think whether a water view in your own home will be important in making you happy.
Sorry I can't help in the main question, which is where. My perfect fit on Beaver Island doesn't check most if your boxes. Traverse city or Marquette are nice small cities on the Great Lakes, and there's a lot of waterfront in Michigan that would be affordable for you, but if you want the ocean, it's not a help. Good luck in your quest! A lot of us have found exceptionally good fits for retirement homes, and there's one out there for you somewhere.
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Old 03-07-2017, 01:18 PM
 
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Op, with the usual caveat that we are all different and my top priorities might not be yours, I do have a very strong preference between your two alternatives of cottage near water or condo on water. Condo with view, every time! I'm living where I live for many reasons, one of which was to be able to afford a home on Lake Michigan. The view is inseparable from my daily life, now. I see the lake when I open my eyes, I glance at it while walking around the house, it's in front of me when I read on the deck in summer or at the window in winter, it's entertainment when stuck at home during a blizzard. It's my constant and I love it and will give up other things to have it. As a single person, the view becomes a companion, and calms me down when things are hectic or sorrowful. If you have to adjust based on whether you are waterfront or just close to waterfront, I would choose the trade offs that allow me to live in waterfront.
Again, we are all different, and perhaps you already know that for you it's enough to see the water as you drive around doing daily errands and routines. So I guess I'm saying close your eyes and visualize your daily life and think whether a water view in your own home will be important in making you happy.
Sorry I can't help in the main question, which is where. My perfect fit on Beaver Island doesn't check most if your boxes. Traverse city or Marquette are nice small cities on the Great Lakes, and there's a lot of waterfront in Michigan that would be affordable for you, but if you want the ocean, it's not a help. Good luck in your quest! A lot of us have found exceptionally good fits for retirement homes, and there's one out there for you somewhere.
That's MY thinking; it's the whole point of moving to the beach, for heaven's sake. Go big, or go home!
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Old 03-07-2017, 01:41 PM
 
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Your original post is crying out : Charleston, SC though it may be out of your price range. Maybe a condo within biking distance of the beach? There may still be busses to the beach? Savannah will be a little bit cheaper. Some people prefer Savannah's ambience so you really need to check them both out in person.
If Charleston or even Savannah meet the OP's definition of big city, her answer may be in between - Beaufort SC. Nice town, an hour or so to either "big city" and twenty minutes or so to the ocean. There is no way, however, to get anywhere within or even close to her Mid-Atlantic target area that won't have high humidity in the summer.
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