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Old 10-04-2019, 01:59 PM
 
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I was going to suggest Chicago, and I see reneeh has already done it.

My son and his wife live and work in Chicago. They've never owned a car -- never needed one. Rents in Chicago (for nice but not luxurious apartments) are a small fraction of what they cost in New York.
Chicago is pretty great, haven't been there in a long time. ty for URL;s
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Old 10-05-2019, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Center City
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I am retired and I have always had this vision of living in a very busy downtown loft, above a quiet store. I would like to give up driving and walk, or bike everywhere. NYC is out of the picture because it is too expensive, and crowded but I havent been to too many places where this is possible. Anyone know of something or somewhere that may be more of a reality? It is just me, no kids! It would be fun to walk to the stores or coffeeshops.
I assume you’re musing about big cities and not random towns like Rheinbeck or Guthrie. If so, we moved to Philadelphia from Houston when I retired almost nine years ago looking for the same lifestyle you are and couldn’t be happier. We walk to do pretty much anything we want or need: grocery stores, farmers' markets, drug stores, our physician's office (and my specialists!), boutiques, department stores, bookstores, restaurants, clubs, theaters, performing arts venues, banks, libraries, museums, movies, health clubs, subway stations, parks, world class research hospitals, friends' homes, etc. Walkability was the most important factor we considered in choosing a new city to call home.

We got rid of one car when we moved here. My husband walked to work until he retired last year. It is quite common that our car is used once a week to travel the 6 miles to a place I volunteer. Nevertheless, we retain a car for a couple of reasons: eldercare, big box runs and day trips and weekend getaways. It’s paid for and we park in a garage.

We have plenty of friends who have no car, however. For those odd times they need a car, people here can take Uber or do hourly rentals via Zipcar.

Lots of people retire to cities. If that’s your dream, go for it!

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Old 10-05-2019, 02:55 PM
 
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I assume youíre musing about big cities and not random towns like Rheinbeck or Guthrie. If so, we moved to Philadelphia from Houston when I retired almost nine years ago looking for the same lifestyle you are and couldnít be happier. We walk to do pretty much anything we want or need: grocery stores, farmers' markets, drug stores, our physician's office (and my specialists!), boutiques, department stores, bookstores, restaurants, clubs, theaters, performing arts venues, banks, libraries, museums, movies, health clubs, subway stations, parks, world class research hospitals, friends' homes, etc. Walkability was the most important factor we considered in choosing a new city to call home.

We got rid of one car when we moved here. My husband walked to work until he retired last year. It is quite common that our car is used once a week to travel the 6 miles to a place I volunteer. Nevertheless, we retain a car for a couple of reasons: eldercare, big box runs and day trips and weekend getaways. Itís paid for and we park in a garage.

We have plenty of friends who have no car, however. For those odd times they need a car, people here can take Uber or do hourly rentals via Zipcar.

Lots of people retire to cities. If thatís your dream, go for it!

So cool, how did you know where to buy into did you have friends there already?
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Old 10-06-2019, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Center City
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So cool, how did you know where to buy into did you have friends there already?
We knew the characteristics we were looking for in a new city, so drew up a short list of cities that offered them, and visited these cities in the last few years of work prior to retirement. Once we landed on Philadelphia, which hit every bell we were looking for, we moved into a short term rental in the city about 3 days after I retired while we searched for our condo.

We knew not a soul in Philly before moving here, but we have a solid relationship so knew we could rely on each other while we settled in. Philly turns out to be a very friendly and welcoming place, and we developed a nice circle of friends pretty quickly. One of the benefits of retirement is that we found we actually have time to invest in friendships.

Hope this was helpful.
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Old 10-07-2019, 06:14 AM
 
Location: Kronenwetter Wisconsin
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I think Milwaukee might also work for you. They have some great lofts downtown. Costs will be lower then Chicago.
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Old 10-07-2019, 06:31 AM
 
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I am just enjoying following along on this thread. It doesn't seem that you have a clear preference for size of city/town? I do notice that Greenville SC keeps getting suggested. I have never been there- just saying.
We moved to a more suburban setting ( absolutely need a car) but I think if I was single I might consider the living arrangements you are seeking out.
I will be curious to see where you decide. I haven't read the entire thread, but it seems weather is not a consideration nor is proximity to anything in particular regionally?
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Old Today, 07:40 AM
 
Location: RVA
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I agree, Greenville, SC is a nice small city, been there a number of times and enjoy it, but it would be harder to go long term without a car for that size.
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