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Old 03-07-2017, 01:49 PM
 
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I won't be there in the summer; I'll be renting it out during peak vacation season and traveling (probably up north, out west. or overseas).
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Old 03-07-2017, 02:27 PM
 
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Ocean City, NJ doesn't quite tick all your boxes, but it really is a lovely little quiet town in the off-season. You would have no problem renting your condo/home out during the summer season. The nearest college is Stockton University and they have a pretty good range of cultural events there. The Pine Barrens would provide you with endless hiking and kayaking opportunities. The new bridge into town was built with walkers, bikers and fishers in mind and boy, does it get a lot of use for all of those purposes. Atlanticare, the biggest medical center in the region, is decent. Philadelphia is about an hour to an hour and 15 away, assuming you don't go there in rush hour. You could get your culture fix there, and they have some of the best medical care in the US, if you ever had a complex health problem.

The town is dry; don't know how that would or would not appeal to you, depending on your alcohol habits. Of course, there is a gigantic liquor store right outside the town!
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Old 03-08-2017, 12:31 AM
 
Location: R.I.
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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!
Thanks for the heads up and will file that info away for the future.
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Old 03-08-2017, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Rhode Island
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I won't be there in the summer; I'll be renting it out during peak vacation season and traveling (probably up north, out west. or overseas).
Ummm..... peak vacation season in the south is winter
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Old 03-08-2017, 06:38 AM
 
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Ummm..... peak vacation season in the south is winter
In the EXTREME south (aka: Sarasota), yes. South Caroliina, Georgia, even northern Florida -- not so much. However, as I love snow and wouldn't mind wintering up north, that would suit me, too...
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Old 03-08-2017, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Rhode Island
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In the EXTREME south (aka: Sarasota), yes. South Caroliina, Georgia, even northern Florida -- not so much. However, as I love snow and wouldn't mind wintering up north, that would suit me, too...
I was referring to to what you said about renting your place out- you know winter rentals for snowbirds.
Who wants to rent in Florida only in the dead of the summer or even in Charleston or Savannah? I'm sure you could.... but not for premium money and to a different type of renter.

Sounds like you should look in New England then if you don't mind staying through the winter.
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Old 03-08-2017, 06:55 AM
 
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Plenty of people take summer vacations in South Carolina and Florida in the summer; practically everyone I know goes to Myrtle Beach or the panhandle and, from what I've gleaned from realtors, properties are steadily booked from May to September. Frankly I've always wondered why, too (my family traditionally summered in New England), but... No accounting for taste!

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Old 03-08-2017, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Try Wilmington, NC. Not a huge city but lots to offer and growing very quickly. The problem is the prices are growing right along with it. Active local theater, large UNC campus for activities, gorgeous historical district, kayaking on the inland waterway, etc. There are condos available but homes near the water are expensive.

Otter, my wife and I are discussing this very thing. I would second Wilmington, NC. It's affordable and the weather is nice. Also she is a veteran and the VA medical center is a decent drive away. It's not a very large town though; about 100K people, but that's still large enough to offer what you are looking for. Another possibility for you may be Charleston, SC. But climate is a big factor for her. Being cold natured, she wants the warm weather. I would do Maine personally but this particular issue is a "Yes Dear" thing
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Old 03-08-2017, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Jax, FL is extremely affordable for a big city on the coast. Now amongst big cities it is lacking a bit in amenities but overall should be suitable for the things you mentioned. Nice small condos literally on the ocean overlooking the water should be available around 400k but I haven't looked in awhile. Small homes within blocks of the water can be had less than that.
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Old 03-09-2017, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Hiding from Antifa?
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The cost of housing to be close to the beach is a lot higher than the annual cost to run a pool filter and maintain a pool. Add to that, the privacy of sunning without a whole bunch of people seeing all my wrinkled skin and globs of fat where the people their age mistakenly don't think they will ever have it.
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