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Old 02-17-2018, 08:12 PM
 
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Can anyone give me some ideas for retirement areas that tick my boxes?

1. Four seasons;
2. Mild winter (a few snows a few inches at a time is ideal);
3. Not hot or humid summer;
4. Conservative (fiscally AND politically);
5. Reasonably priced housing;
6. Low cost of living;
7. Possible waterfront living available;
8. No weird bugs, snakes or crocs in lakes/rivers, etc.

I'm having a hard time finding places to go that might match this wish list.

Thanks!

EDJ
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Old 02-17-2018, 10:25 PM
 
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I'm not sure about political and fiscal conservativism, but Kentucky and West Virginia come to mind. Waterfront living is possible on rivers and lakes, otherwise, landlocked - no oceanfront.

Possibly Texas. Has rivers, lakes and Gulf of Mexico. Doesn't really have four distinct seasons except maybe in the panhandle.

I think North Dakota (or is it South Dakota?) has its own state bank, but the winters are probably harsher than you would prefer.

Probably any of the lower 'Bible Belt' states would work as far as weather and conservativism. New York and PA probably both have the four distinct seasons - not so sure about the conservatism.
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Old 02-17-2018, 10:36 PM
 
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Greenville, SC. It’s the South, but has enough elevation that the summers aren’t overly oppressive. Also, it’s not the high desert, so there will be bugs.
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Old 02-17-2018, 10:39 PM
 
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Well based on personal experience, I think you’ll have a hard time finding a “paradise” that checks every one of your boxes. 4 seasons and water is probably going to come with summertime heat and humidity. We actually had a similar list and ended up moving to a lake in East TN. Heat and humidity certainly exists, but it’s a relative thing having moved from the Deep South. Otherwise, this area checks most of your boxes. And no, there aren’t any large reptiles or snakes in our lakes, but I have seen a few gnarley looking bugs. Fortunately we have a large bird population and they keep the bugs in check. It’s not paradise, but it’s as close as we could find.

Also agree that the Greenville, SC area would be worth checking out.
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Old 02-17-2018, 10:43 PM
 
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Cumberland Plateau in TN.
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Old 02-17-2018, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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1. Four seasons;
2. Mild winter (a few snows a few inches at a time is ideal);
3. Not hot or humid summer;
4. Conservative (fiscally AND politically);
5. Reasonably priced housing;
6. Low cost of living;
7. Possible waterfront living available;
8. No weird bugs, snakes or crocs in lakes/rivers, etc.
North Idaho comes close.

Except that the winters are sometimes mild and sometimes moderate; rarely severe. Keep in mind that "Reasonably priced housing" and "Possible waterfront living available" don't go together very well, pretty much anywhere. Pick one or the other. It's rare that you will find both, (along with the other parameters on your list).
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Old 02-18-2018, 03:29 AM
 
Location: Western Asia
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Can anyone give me some ideas for retirement areas that tick my boxes?

1. Four seasons;
2. Mild winter (a few snows a few inches at a time is ideal);
3. Not hot or humid summer;
4. Conservative (fiscally AND politically);
5. Reasonably priced housing;
6. Low cost of living;
7. Possible waterfront living available;
8. No weird bugs, snakes or crocs in lakes/rivers, etc.

I'm having a hard time finding places to go that might match this wish list.

Thanks!

EDJ
Richland & Wenatchee Washington.
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Old 02-18-2018, 04:17 AM
 
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There don't seem to be any paradises in the U.S. due to hurricanes, tornadoes, toxic very polluted city air, polluted water, rough winters, excessive humidity. And some other factors.
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Old 02-18-2018, 04:52 AM
 
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I posted this location in another thread but it seems your criteria and mine are similar. This is Maysville KY. Low cost of living and home prices, good hospital, lots to do, on the Ohio River. Summer temps average about mid 80s and winter is not extreme but with some snow. Population is about 9000. It's cooler than TN and an hour away from Cincinnati. You can download this guide put out by the chamber of commerce. Of course there are going to be some bugs and snakes are found in every state. It tells you everything you need to know. With all that said, there will never be a paradise.
Country Living Magazine ranked it #5 of the 18 most charming towns in the U.S. and it's won several other awards for it's historical district and overall livability.

http://www.maysvillekentucky.com/fil...on%20Guide.pdf
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Old 02-18-2018, 04:57 AM
 
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Greenville, SC. Itís the South, but has enough elevation that the summers arenít overly oppressive. Also, itís not the high desert, so there will be bugs.
Extremely hot and humid in summer time. Terrible traffic problems. Nice area though.
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