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Old 03-06-2017, 12:07 PM
 
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My problem seems to be that I want the best of both worlds... The ocean in my front yard and a big city in my backyard. My "dream home" is either a condo with a full ocean view or a beach cottage set a few blocks back (within biking distance), but I also need big-city amenities to be happily retired. Such things as a gym, library, university, symphony, ballet, art movies, museums, historic area, medical center, Meetup groups, a dance community, churches, public transportation, etc. no more than a half-hour's commute away. Add to that hiking trails, bike paths, and kayak venues, and you can see why I'm having such difficulty finding the right place. Finally, to further complicate things, to me the ocean means pounding surf. The sleepy gulf might as well be a swimming pool or inland lake.

Help!
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Old 03-06-2017, 12:10 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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San Diego
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Old 03-06-2017, 12:13 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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My problem seems to be that I want the best of both worlds...
You seem to have the same basic problem you've had before.

The need for SPECIFIC and PERSONAL experience of SEVERAL possible spots to choose from.
Then of course to actually make a choice.

RENT for an extended period at whichever is at the top of your list (or flip a coin).
Experience it with all the good and petty things that it's reality has.

If it doesn't suit... repeat the exercise.
Allow yourself time within that process for the process to actually work.

And of course SELL what you have now if you don't have family to look after it.
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Old 03-06-2017, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Unless you are a multi-millionaire it's time to get your head out of the clouds and come down to earth (reality). San Diego (as per post #2 above) would fill the bill, but to have a place within half a mile of the beach would require lots and lots of money.

It's hardly surprising you label yourself "confused"; some of us might call it "delusional". Please come back here in about a year to let us know how everything is working out for you.
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Old 03-06-2017, 12:20 PM
 
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Portland, ME (a great little city and somewhat convenient to Boston) - Peaks Island is a cute little island about a 15 minute ferry ride from Portland.

Marblehead/Rockport/Gloucester, MA (convenient to Boston)



Unfortunately, you will have to deal with the cold winters or snowbird elsewhere.

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Old 03-06-2017, 12:29 PM
 
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"It's hardly surprising you label yourself "confused"; some of us might call it "delusional". Please come back here in about a year to let us know how everything is working out for you."

Nice! Thanks?

I should've specified: east coast. And I've saved enough to buy a decent place except for in the ritziest of areas, thank you.

Also, I realize that I could spend a year or two visiting various places and deciding for myself. I'm trying to narrow down the list in advance. But thanks!
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Old 03-06-2017, 01:12 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Also, I realize that I could spend a year or two visiting various places and deciding for myself.
What you aren't realizing, adamantly refusing to accept, is that you NEED to spend a year or two
LIVING IN various places so that you CAN decide for yourself.

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I'm trying to narrow down the list in advance. But thanks!
How's that been working out for you?
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My analysis is that one of the Atlantic beach towns near Jacksonville (and south) could be ideal.
More to the point They're probably the ONLY places to be choosing among for you.
The only other possibles are the GULF beach towns near Tampa (and south).

Throw a dart at a map of Florida.
Maybe that'll work.
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Old 03-06-2017, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Miraflores
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Rio baby!
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Old 03-06-2017, 02:32 PM
 
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Aside from costing a fortune, that ocean view often means bad, foggy winter weather and storms, high winds, salt corrosion for the house and cars, and the threat of tsunamis and/or rising sea levels. Should I mention skin cancers if you sit on the beach? Think twice about living on the ocean. It can be great for vacations but is rarely that attractive for full time living.
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Old 03-06-2017, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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Guayaquil Ecuador or its nearest neighborhood resort town Salinas Ecuador
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