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Old 02-23-2018, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Ruidoso, NM
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You didn't mention it but you might want to say if you want to live in a tourist town or not. Some retirees like all of the offerings of tourist towns and others want to be as far away from them as possible.
The OP lives in Laguna Beach, CA, so is accustomed to a very idyllic climate. I think he'd be in for a shock experiencing what the year round climate is like in most of the US!

There are a lot of aspects that might be important besides what he has mentioned, like:

City size.
Shopping and entertainment.
Recreation and outdoor activities.
Proximity to an airport.
Medical care.
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Old 02-24-2018, 06:31 AM
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Location: North Monterey County
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The OP lives in Laguna Beach, CA, so is accustomed to a very idyllic climate. I think he'd be in for a shock experiencing what the year round climate is like in most of the US!
OMGosh. No kidding.
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Old 02-26-2018, 06:10 PM
 
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Sorry for the delay responding, I have been out of town.

Rruff, while I am proudly of near-pure Irish heritage. Mrs. EDJ, despite her prestigious job and private 4-year university degree, is a born and raised product of East Los Angeles. She is of that area's overwhelmingly majority demographic, an American of Mexican heritage.

While we are used to the idyllic Laguna Beach clime as you call it, I did spend about 4 years in my teens living in the center of Maryland, I am not wholly unfamiliar with smaller towns, culture shocks, and weather variations.

Frostnip, I like your ideas, but I fear Alaska would only be perfect for me about 2 months out of the year. The summer sounds ideal, with temps in the 50-60F range.

NW Crow, I'm not familiar with Maryville, but it falls right in the heart of where many I know are moving (TV). Maryville, TN (NOT to be confused with the earlier discussed Maysville KY).

Rodentraiser, I think coastal Ore/Wash would be ideal IF it weren't so hipster/left of center with a population largely resistant to any new California equity refugees.

Katyroadpink, yes, you are right. She largely agrees with my list as originally presented. I will make sure to solicit from her more input before a final decision is made.

Purplecow, NY is one of the bluest of the blue states. We would not be happy there. We would be rolling our eyes and heavily sighing with every crazy idea being put forth and acted upon. Plus the cold is a wee tad more than that for which we were seeking.

LauraC, thank you for your itemized and thoughtful response to each point. You are correct, some more detail would have been helpful. Four seasons: Snows 3-4x/year maxing out at 4-6-inches each time, avg winter daytime temp 30-40F. Summer averaging about 65F, Fall and Spring in the 40-50F range. Reasonably priced housing for me would be a waterfront place for around 500-700K. I want to keep a condo here in So Cal to rent out so we can maintain a foot in the door for a few years (and make money) before selling it down the road (probably) for additional profit off of which to live. Low Cost of Living is almost everywhere but here. The extra $1 per gallon gas tax, and the $175/year registration for my 12 year old Toyota is demonstrative of how we are bent over for every little thing here. I could go on and on about the increased cost of groceries, tickets and court fees, fees to sneeze, fees to use a bathroom, fees to use air/water at gas stations, etc. etc. etc. I have not given any consideration as to the pros or cons of retiring to a tourist town, that is an idea to consider, thank you :-)
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Old 02-26-2018, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Ruidoso, NM
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Four seasons: Snows 3-4x/year maxing out at 4-6-inches each time, avg winter daytime temp 30-40F. Summer averaging about 65F, Fall and Spring in the 40-50F range.
30-40F highs in winter are an easy mark. The lack of snow however, is not. That would only be the case if it was very dry in winter, or significantly warmer. IME living some place where it's typically 50F and sunny in the winter makes snow inconsequential. It doesn't stick around.

For summer, do you mean 65F average of high/low or average high? Because 65F high isn't going to happen anywhere but the NW coast. Even 65 average would be rare. Most of the US will rarely see 65 as a low in summer.

I still think where I live will tick your boxes better than anywhere else. I have been everywhere in the west, and I didn't look in the east because I knew there was no place I'd like (grew up there). We did not land here by accident.

The only thing missing is big lakes and oceans. As a bonus it's ~50F+ and typically sunny in winter. Avg high in summer is 80F with lows in the 50s.
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Old 02-26-2018, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Moore, Ok
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rruff you have put new mexico on our list of possible retirement spots....thank you....our grown kids love to go snowboarding and so it could become a destination for their vacations...we are going to plan a trip maybe in march....hubby hoping to do some bass fishing or golfing. We live in Oklahoma and as we age, the weather is getting too extreme but New Mexico is sounding interesting!
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Old 02-26-2018, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Ruidoso, NM
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rruff you have put new mexico on our list of possible retirement spots....thank you....our grown kids love to go snowboarding and so it could become a destination for their vacations...we are going to plan a trip maybe in march....hubby hoping to do some bass fishing or golfing. We live in Oklahoma and as we age, the weather is getting too extreme but New Mexico is sounding interesting!
March and April are my least favorite months. I call it "wind season". Usually dry and windy. But the weather always surprises.

We have a pretty decent ski resort near town, but it was a very bad snow year. It's good maybe every other year or so. We have golf courses all over the place, and it's a popular pass time. You might have to chase the deer and elk out of your way, though. The elk are stubborn sometimes.
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Old 02-27-2018, 09:04 AM
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Location: North Monterey County
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New Mexico Senior care services no longer on the chopping block | KRQE News 13

We looked at New Mexico and decided against it.

Services for the elderly are not great. State government is lacking a lot - there's just not enough population to generate a tax base that can afford services if you need them

You'd really be on your own. Not that we couldn't manage ourselves - but I felt very uncomfortable.

We also drove through northern NM and saw the abject poverty and were horrified.

Something is just not right there.
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Old 02-27-2018, 09:15 AM
 
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I always wanted to post a "Help Me Choose My Retirement Destination" post, but figured I'd get laughed off here or at least told to go research it myself. Now I can just read YOUR thread!
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Old 02-27-2018, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Ruidoso, NM
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We also drove through northern NM and saw the abject poverty and were horrified
It has some things in common with old Mexico. It's a poor state generally. I used to get a bad vibe as well. Lots of people living in little trailers and run down houses and such. Not everywhere of course, but more than you'd see in CO for instance.

But when I actually got out of my car and mingled I found that I enjoy the attitudes and vibe quite a lot. Generally friendly and relaxed, live and let live. Do what you like. Less of people trying to be something.

Funny story, many years ago (before I moved to NM) I drove over the pass to Mora. I was getting a creepy vibe there because of the poverty, and looked over and saw dozens of vultures sitting in a tree. Freaky! I ended up staying in a cheap motel in Las Vegas NM, which was freaky in it's own right, and decided to do a bike ride from there up to Mora and back, staying close to the foothills. It was a very beautiful day, quiet roads, fields and trees (very green on that side of the mountains). When I got to Mora I bought something to eat and hung out awhile. Everyone I met had a hello and kind word. It was almost surreal the contrast with the vibe I had earlier. I guess the moral is, it's actually better than it looks!

Where I live looks very nice. It has a long history as a mountain resort town for west Texans, and there is enough money here, but not too much to make it overpriced.
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Old 02-27-2018, 09:42 AM
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Location: North Monterey County
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I have a friend who moved from Portland, OR to near Santa Fe. She and her spouse are skiiers.

They love the area.

The Farmington area was where we were horrified. The only businesses around that looked like they were halfway feasible - were the Indian casinos. There were a lot of people standing around doing nothing.

NOPE.
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