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Old Yesterday, 04:18 PM
 
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The trend with aging is to live in Less, less big house, less big grass to take care and just less...and I've lived this way for over 50 yrs and can't imagine needing MORE. I live my city as it's got everything, stores close by and nice people around to see and chat with in our complex.

You want BIG, move to Texas...and more house in AZ and even NV for less money.
I'm hoping to go bigger, not smaller. This is my last hurrah and for the first time in my life, I have a chance to live in a house larger than 1100 sq ft. If I ever get tired of cleaning it, it won't kill me to hire someone to come in once every couple of weeks and help. The same goes for the yard.
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Old Yesterday, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Retirees are moving to Nevada from California to release the equity from their homes. They end up with a nicer house thatís much cheaper and they have money in the bank. Some people in the trades make more money than people with advanced college degrees depending on the field. Ask me how I know ((:
And they have more Sand. I'm glad to see many leaving CA, too too crowded here for sure. But people still want to come here.
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Old Yesterday, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Middle of the ocean
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We are moving from a high COL to a lower one, and will probably end up with a bigger house on about an acre. I don't think of either locations as "white" or "blue" collar.

We just started with tax friendly states, did research for what is important to us (food scene, weather, beauty) did some visiting, visited the short list during opposite season of first visit, got to know people and talked with them to make sure we liked the "vibe" and then decided.
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Old Yesterday, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Middle of the ocean
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And they have more Sand. I'm glad to see many leaving CA, too too crowded here for sure. But people still want to come here.
Most of CA's population growth is births. Otherwise net immigration is pretty low compared to previously.
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Old Yesterday, 05:25 PM
 
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we are moving from a high col to a lower one, and will probably end up with a bigger house on about an acre. I don't think of either locations as "white" or "blue" collar.

We just started with tax friendly states, did research for what is important to us (food scene, weather, beauty) did some visiting, visited the short list during opposite season of first visit, got to know people and talked with them to make sure we liked the "vibe" and then decided.


To me this would be more important than how much money one makes in regard to whether an area is "working class" or not. In regard to what is considered "working class", I thought the term referred to blue collar work. There are certain interests and hobbies that tend to be more associated with working class areas.

It seems to me that it boils down to whether the OP feels that he would fit into the area that he is considering.
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Old Yesterday, 06:01 PM
 
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If you stay in Maryland and venture beyond the Beltway there are still some some beautiful affordable neighborhoods in Rockville, Gaithersburg, Germantown. and Clarksburg. I myself have a spacious 3 br 2/2 bath garage 3 storey townhouse, 2400 plus SF, with front and back yards, fabulous pool and tennis complex, well maintained neighborhood ,HO fee only $91 month. Worth about 425K+. If it was in a close in suburb would be worth way more. All the stores you need are out here and beautiful parks. I can go kayaking on a lake 5 mins from my house. I'm sure there are plenty of "Everyday Millionaires" out here.
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Old Yesterday, 06:15 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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You live in one of the most affluent towns/counties in the country. I don't know how you define "working class neighborhood" but you need to get out of the bubble and realize there are many areas just as nice as Bethesda that are not nearly as expensive. There is a wide range of lower COL areas not so far from where you are now. Look outside the beltway and at areas at the ends of the metro lines.

Go on Zillow or Realtor.com and do some exploring!
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Old Yesterday, 07:38 PM
 
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If you stay in Maryland and venture beyond the Beltway there are still some some beautiful affordable neighborhoods in Rockville, Gaithersburg, Germantown. and Clarksburg. I myself have a spacious 3 br 2/2 bath garage 3 storey townhouse, 2400 plus SF, with front and back yards, fabulous pool and tennis complex, well maintained neighborhood ,HO fee only $91 month. Worth about 425K+. If it was in a close in suburb would be worth way more. All the stores you need are out here and beautiful parks. I can go kayaking on a lake 5 mins from my house. I'm sure there are plenty of "Everyday Millionaires" out here.
OP, above is good suggestions. Also try going out I-270 to the Frederick, Maryland area. Lots of people from Washington and Baltimore move there for retirement.
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Old Yesterday, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Wealthy urban retirees as a source of rural gentrification is in itself a pretty interesting subject matter. A lot of smaller towns in the larger vicinity of the D.C. area have seen that over the last decade or two. It's a weird scenario when the 60+ year old empty nesters are the ones importing the hyper-liberal views and the younger folks are the more conservative types.
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Old Today, 06:30 AM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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We moved into a FL retirement town with well off retirees and all the amenities that come along with that. We chose to move into a more working class neighborhood with no HOA or gates. Some homes and yards in our community are beautifully maintained and others are obviously just a place to hang a hat. We like the eclectic feel, which others would not, which is the con. The pro is continuing to live well below our means while being happy living in a beautiful area.

A “lesser” neighborhood in a great town/area can be an option.

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