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Old 05-27-2017, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I feel I will never be able to have both. My dream house isn't so dreamy, I just want more bang for my buck when I retire and move. Some areas that my husband and I have looked at I really like, however it would not be our first choice. Housing in those areas are so much more affordable. Lower priced, more square footage, lower taxes, near larger cities, etc. and have quite a few amenities we like such as a lake for boating. The dream location would be much closer to the east coast and within a few minutes from the beach. We love the beach and boating. Housing is so much more expensive, as are the taxes, insurance, and much smaller homes. I know it will come down to having to choose one over the other. When I look at the locations we love the best we would be settling for a house I feel I really can't see myself living in. Not at all what we would want. But would the location make up for it? Then when we look at houses in other areas we get so much more and so many options. But would we be happy living in that area? We know we will stay on the east coast, near beaches and where boating is available and near a larger city. We don't want to live in a quiet little beach town. Florida is not on my list, but hubby would jump on it. I think it is too far south to travel out of to get to other states or to visit our children. Given this situation, what factors would make you choose one over the other?
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Old 05-27-2017, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains
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I'm very lucky. Woooohooooo I found both!!!!! Don't give up so fast!
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Old 05-27-2017, 07:18 AM
 
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Hard choice. Would you be spending more time indoors or out and about. If you are a homebody - a dream home would be the choice - wouldn't it?
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Old 05-27-2017, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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We never planned on it, but we became a two house couple in retirement. Have a beach house (small town Central west coast FL) and a lake house (village in Central Mexico, on Lake Chapala).

Best of both worlds!!
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Old 05-27-2017, 09:19 AM
 
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Once we settled on our dream city, we just wanted to move there ASAP and didn't care if it meant we'd have to sacrifice when it came to choosing a house. We were prepared to buy something really modest - possibly a fixer-upper - to get into the specific neighborhood we loved.
As it turned out we fell in love with a dream house here and happily paid considerably more than we had planned. But in our case we could afford it, the price was still under what we had made selling our old home.

My suggestion is to concentrate on finding the best possible location with housing you can afford, then start looking for a home there. If you don't love the location, living in the grandest house in the world won't make up for it.
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Old 05-27-2017, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Paranoid State
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How long until you make the jump? Is it right around the corner, or do you have another 20 years to go?
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Old 05-27-2017, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Planet Woof
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Right where I am, this side of the green, green grass and clover.
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Old 05-27-2017, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Dream location.
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Old 05-27-2017, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I would go for the location! It's the same beach no matter what house you live in.
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Old 05-27-2017, 12:40 PM
 
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I agree, go with the location you love. Then start browsing through some home improvement magazines, or surf the internet -- the changes you can make these days are incredible. Check out the changes that designer Mary Carol Garrity [of Nell Hill fame] made to the small lakeside cottage she and her husband downsized to!! You can change the house, but you can never change the location.
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