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Old 12-15-2008, 10:31 AM
Location: San Diego
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Originally Posted by Waterlily View Post
I agree that San Diego probably does have the best climate. I'm not sure how friendly it is for retirees though.
Myself I'd be looking for a smaller city.There would be too much traffic and just too much of a crowd there for my liking. Maybe there are some suburbs that would be better for retired people.
The main time traffic is somewhat heavy is during rush hour. And it is nowhere near as bad as Los Angeles. SD beaches also can get crowded on busy holiday weekends, causing extra traffic on roads leading towards the beaches.
But if you live just a few miles inland, you barely notice any holiday traffic.

Chances are, when you're retired, you probably wont be on the roads much during rush hour.

The only places you find large crowds are at tourist spots, on busy summer weekends. Otherwise, it's really not that bad.

SD really is a fantastic place to live. It's almost like living in paradise. Check the SD message board at City-Data for even more info.
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Old 12-15-2008, 03:37 PM
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Personally I think Dallas has the best climate; also we have one of the best, largest airports in the world with cheap airfares so I can go anywhere I like when I don't like the weather here. Which is mostly just August. But then again, if you don't like the weather in Texas, just wait a few hours.
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Old 01-19-2009, 04:03 PM
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Well, I did succumb to the urge and bought a new home in south Flor-eye-da. the main advantage over staying in a hotel is that you can stay around your home and enjoy family life rather than feeling so transitory. the cost however is that a home is much more expensive than a hotel. I think the home represents hope..... hope that you can do the 6 months south 6 months north life someday. I know that's a weak rationalization but actually I'm happy that I have the home even if i only visit it.
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:30 AM
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Default central coast CA -- Santa Maria ??

Old thread, but perhaps a new suggestion -- Santa Maria area of central coast CA.

At least for the climate and affordability. Plenty under 200k now, and roughly similar to SD in climate.
Go an hour north to SLO or south to SB, prices double or more.

Not sure about the intangibles there though.

In CO now, and have been. Winters too long, and this summer was WAY TOO HOT. To live and work here, fine. Retire here? Not.

I'm with most, summer humidity and winter ice are out.

One thing I like, is summer thunderstorms. Not the FL type (after which it gets stickier), but the SW monsoon variety. Yesterday, in CO we got that "no clouds overhead, sunshine out, light sprinkles" thing that we get from a single cloud off to one side. A real storm would have been better, sans the hail. But nice. San Diego sees NO CLOUDS all summer, never mind rain. And their summer goes into Oct. Been there, done that. And just 10-15 miles inland, its blazing hot. To get 75 highs, you're looking west of I-5. And then the marine layer eats up half your day.

If I stay in the States, might end up with a summer place in the AZ highlands, and a winter escape in Tucson.

To the NM folks, any thoughts on Ruidoso?
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:45 AM
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I think without a doubt that the southern coastal regions of california have the best weather climate.Othert than that its kind of poick what you prefer in cold or heat.Ulikie soem I hate evry dry climates because of the duct problems and I love green grass.
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:56 AM
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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The very best climate in my opinion is Hawaii and San Diego second. If you are on a shoestring...then forgedaboutid... If you are delusional, then start packing.
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Old 09-01-2012, 01:35 PM
Location: North Monterey County
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I find San Diego mindbogglingly boring... I don't know why... perhaps because I've lived in LA and SFO.

Mediterranean weather.... is the best.

San Luis Obispo, Cambria... there abouts... would be nice.
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Old 09-01-2012, 05:12 PM
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What is the best climate for your needs? I love living in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Milder winters than Boston, cooler summers, I experience all four seasons, and what's not to like? Climate is an individual thing. It's like pizza... thick crust, thin crust, extra cheese, coal fired, wood fired... One man's climate is another man's sweat factory.
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