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Old 08-11-2018, 12:03 AM
 
Location: los angeles
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Unbelivably hot with relentless sun and little to no shade. There isn't any real tree cover. Electric bills from hell. I would call it a retirement place, for a higher income person. Although I've heard references to nearby communities as options. Such as Cathedral City. I don't know what these nearby communities are like.

Palm Springs is a nice place to visit in the winter. I've been thru the area in summertime, some years ago. It really is suffocating heat and you can't escape that kind of heat, without a drive to the crowded coast.

There was a thread on CD at one time about Palm Springs living. Many of the replies main comment, was the very high electric bills. That and expensive housing. Or the income tax on their retirement income.




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Did I ever tell you about the time I moved to Palm Springs for 3 days? LOL...maybe some other time. It was 117 in the shade, I thought everyone had moved to Seattle because everything was shut up tight (the heat) and on the morning of the second day, there was a sizable earthquake. I called my old landlord in Studio City and said, "Can I come back?"

Palm Springs is VERY Gay-friendly, but you could die of heatstroke getting out to participate!
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Old 08-11-2018, 05:32 AM
 
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Did I ever tell you about the time I moved to Palm Springs for 3 days? LOL...maybe some other time. It was 117 in the shade, I thought everyone had moved to Seattle because everything was shut up tight (the heat) and on the morning of the second day, there was a sizable earthquake. I called my old landlord in Studio City and said, "Can I come back?"

Palm Springs is VERY Gay-friendly, but you could die of heatstroke getting out to participate!
All very true. It's nice in the winter. In the summer it's just as hot as Phoenix and all the golf courses and resorts makes it humid too on many days. Also cost of living is high considering what it costs to cool a home or apartment in the summer. It has some of the highest electricity costs in the country. Some people spend more on electricity than they do in rent or mortgage to cool their homes. It would be an ideal place to have solar power.
It's an interesting town. It used to be the playground of the rich and famous actors of Los Angeles in the 50s and 60s and many had over the top luxury vacation home there including Bob Hope.
If you like 50s modern architecture there are areas where it looks like you stepped back in time 60 to 70 years. It's quite unique in many ways.

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Old 08-11-2018, 07:29 AM
 
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I guess perhaps the OP should have said "Gay-FRIENDLY" small town in his or her title. Correct me if I am wrong, but I don't think there are any towns in the U.S. in which the majority of residents are LGBT -- are there?
I think Provincetown,Massachusetts would be close to it.

And yes a Palm Springs in summer is like hell on earth because of heat and few trees. I can’t live without trees and green scenery.
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Old 08-11-2018, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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Did I ever tell you about the time I moved to Palm Springs for 3 days? LOL...maybe some other time. It was 117 in the shade, I thought everyone had moved to Seattle because everything was shut up tight (the heat) and on the morning of the second day, there was a sizable earthquake. I called my old landlord in Studio City and said, "Can I come back?"

Palm Springs is VERY Gay-friendly, but you could die of heatstroke getting out to participate!
3 days and back in Studio City. Good thing your previous landlord, let you come back. There probably have been others, that had A similar experience. I can't say I blame you with that heat. So you tried it and said the hell with it. Good for you. We only live once. Try as many experiences as you can. Are you still in Studio City?
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Old 08-11-2018, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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I think Provincetown,Massachusetts would be close to it.

And yes a Palm Springs in summer is like hell on earth because of heat and few trees. I canít live without trees and green scenery.
I agree
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Old 08-11-2018, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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All very true. It's nice in the winter. In the summer it's just as hot as Phoenix and all the golf courses and resorts makes it humid too on many days. Also cost of living is high considering what it costs to cool a home or apartment in the summer. It has some of the highest electricity costs in the country. Some people spend more on electricity than they do in rent or mortgage to cool their homes. It would be an ideal place to have solar power.
It's an interesting town. It used to be the playground of the rich and famous actors of Los Angeles in the 50s and 60s and many had over the top luxury vacation home there including Bob Hope.
If you like 50s modern architecture there are areas where it looks like you stepped back in time 60 to 70 years. It's quite unique in many ways.
Yes its definitely a winter location. I think for someone wanting a desert location. One of the Arizona cities or Las Vegas may be a better choice. Much cheaper overall if cost is high on ones criteria. Otherwise for a gay person that wants a high gay population area, can afford the area and isn't put off by heat. Then I imagine Palm Springs could work out nicely for them. It also is just 2 hours from Calif Metros. Arizona would be around 6 or 7. hour drive to LA and SD.
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Old 08-16-2018, 09:26 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Default Idyllwild

Prior to leaving Southern California last year I considered moving to the Palm Springs area. Certainly not for its torrid summers; more for the large senior gay population which should be a more comfortable atmosphere as I age.

While the Coachella Valley has hellishly-hot summers, mile-high Idyllwild just up the mountain is considerably cooler and is a friendly little artsy village. The realtor I used said he and his husband had lived there for years without issue.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Idyllwild-California.html

Real estate offerings in little Idyllwild can be sparse, but there are a few affordable mobile homes. Interestingly, Coulter Pines is 55+. Local agents would also have info on rentals to try before buying; a few examples:

https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...-75989?view=qv

https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...-59606?view=qv

https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...9_M10521-93814
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Old 09-22-2018, 07:50 PM
 
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Think outside the box: the villages of Lake Chapala, Mexico offer a terrific, cheap lifestyle, amazing climate, culture and a strong gay community.
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Old 12-20-2018, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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Prior to leaving Southern California last year I considered moving to the Palm Springs area. Certainly not for its torrid summers; more for the large senior gay population which should be a more comfortable atmosphere as I age.

While the Coachella Valley has hellishly-hot summers, mile-high Idyllwild just up the mountain is considerably cooler and is a friendly little artsy village. The realtor I used said he and his husband had lived there for years without issue.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Idyllwild-California.html

Real estate offerings in little Idyllwild can be sparse, but there are a few affordable mobile homes. Interestingly, Coulter Pines is 55+. Local agents would also have info on rentals to try before buying; a few examples:

https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...-75989?view=qv

https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...-59606?view=qv

https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...9_M10521-93814
I imagine with the constant fires now in Calif. That living in or near forest or heavy brush areas, puts a damper on where one should live. Or I would think so. The fires of the last few years,
have gone from destructive to deadly. This last ones spread in seconds consuming everything.
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Old 02-03-2019, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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I'm going to keep this thread going. As I feel there is a need for it. A need for it for current members, as well as anyone new to CD. I'm afraid if there are no replies it will die.

I've noticed on this website for years now, any Threads related to gays is short lived. Or the Threads are abruptly closed , because if mean spirited comments. With no care or respect for those that need much needed info. Lets face it many gays especially older gays. May very well find themselves isolated, at this crucial stage of life. So public websites offer a much needed outlet for support and much needed info.

So I'm keeping this thread going. I hope it will serve a purpose. Gentle Ben opened it 11 years ago. Hope he is out there somewhere enjoying retirement.

I again tried to sell my trailer. It did not sell. Real Estate Agents take $2500 commission from sale. Or no charge when there is no sale. I did not sign on with an agent, as I see trailers in my park are not selling. Even those thru an Agent. I believe there are 40 homes for sale. There are 300 homes here. Some residents just walk away from their home, out of frustration. The park then puts a lien on that owner for monthly lot rent. I could never do that. I think Florida should have a law in place, for protection of seniors in parks. For cases such as this. At least a a payout to the park to leave when the time comes. There are no laws in Florida on this subject Im told.

Well that's my update. Hope others will follow.
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