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Old 05-28-2019, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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Coming from the low cost-of-living midwest, it's difficult to find a 55+ community with lower cost homes. Most of the nicer, newer big name communities come with big price tags. Thought there might be some lesser known communities that might offer:

- homes in the $200-300k range (average or slightly above average cost of living)
- located in a more moderate climate probably no further north than VA and no further south than northern SC. I would even consider a true 4 season state north of VA as long as winter does not last 6 months and it is sunnier on average than the midwest. (The long gloomy winters here are killing me.) Southern IN and OH might be OK.
- lots of community activities including walking trails, day trips, etc. I'm introverted but love to stay busy outside the home. I want to feel like I'm on vacation. (Is that too much to ask? lol)
- decent shopping within 10-15 min (Kohls, Marshalls, etc), better shopping within 30-40 min (Costco, Target, Trader Joe's, etc.)
- good healthcare options within 30 min drive
- decent airport within an hour (or easy drive, train to Syracuse area)
- prefer not to be near the coast due to hurricanes
- we probably prefer to be in or near a moderate sized town (<100,000) vs a large city, but a suburb might be OK.

A place like Tellico Village seems nice but too rural for me. The Del Webb communities are too expensive for us, as far as I can tell.

Are there any hidden gems out there that I don't know about? We're traveling in September and I would love to take the opportunity to check out some interesting communities along the way. Feel free to PM if you have info to share. Thanks!
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Old 05-28-2019, 11:30 AM
 
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Check out Del Webb Sun City Bluffton. Very reasonable COL.
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Old 05-28-2019, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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Check out Del Webb Sun City Bluffton. Very reasonable COL.
I agree.
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Old 05-30-2019, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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Thank you. I'll check it out!
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Old 05-30-2019, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Estate sales could bring down the price of an existing home to your price range.
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Old 05-31-2019, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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Try this website....

https://realestatescorecard.com/

They show all sorts of planned communities in the Southeast. You can drill down through all the pages to actual listings of amenities and even residents' reviews of their own communities.
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Old 05-31-2019, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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Try this website....

https://realestatescorecard.com/

They show all sorts of planned communities in the Southeast. You can drill down through all the pages to actual listings of amenities and even residents' reviews of their own communities.
This is an amazing resource. Thank you so much!
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Old 05-31-2019, 09:23 AM
 
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Look at Cumming, GA. Good amenities and kind of close to everything. There are a couple of 55+ communities there.
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Old 05-31-2019, 10:37 AM
 
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I'm not in a 55 community but the median age around here is about 60 so it just seems like a 55 with all the retired folks owning condos and homes.
I'm pretty happy with it.
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Old 05-31-2019, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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I'm not in a 55 community but the median age around here is about 60 so it just seems like a 55 with all the retired folks owning condos and homes.
I'm pretty happy with it.
Where's "here"?
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