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Old 04-23-2007, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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There were several years during which people were going to the large cities in Arizona and Florida to retire. Just by reading many of the posts on city-data it seems people are looking at other areas to retire.

I know I'm not looking at those traditional places for retirement.

Will you be moving to another location when you retire? What states are you considering?
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Old 04-23-2007, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Never fond of heat, I'm looking Northeast or possibly Northwest. Heading up to Nantucket for a think, and then I'll drive up to Maine for the proper look-see!

So, the States I'd commit to, and the forums I follow are MA and ME. I already did NM for a year and found it just didn't suit this Yank!
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Old 04-24-2007, 01:01 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I'm moving to Vegas! I have been spending time there for years and I love it.

I'm probably different. I have already spent years in cold rural places with nothing to do. I want to retire to a place with some fun things to do. I don't need to ever shovel snow again. It will be wonderful not to be cold for more than half the year. If I can just sell my house.....
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Old 04-24-2007, 11:04 AM
 
Location: WA
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Never fond of heat, I'm looking Northeast or possibly Northwest. Heading up to Nantucket for a think, and then I'll drive up to Maine for the proper look-see!

So, the States I'd commit to, and the forums I follow are MA and ME. I already did NM for a year and found it just didn't suit this Yank!
I wanted out of the heat and developed criteria for a new home. After two years of research and a bunch of trips we moved from Texas to Washington.
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Old 04-24-2007, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Would you share your criteria?

I've added some and deleted others (since NM) but would love to hear how others make their final decision.

And, WA was on my list and it may re-surface if the Northeast doesn't prove to be the best place for me (I am an East Coaster, by birth and possibly by temperament). One of my closer friends just moved to Aberdeen (WA) from Asheville (NC) and thus far, a couple of months, seems very pleased with the decision.

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I wanted out of the heat and developed criteria for a new home. After two years of research and a bunch of trips we moved from Texas to Washington.
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Old 04-24-2007, 12:47 PM
 
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We are talking about moving from IN to TN mostly for the gentler climate. Hubby likes the mountains. Chatanooga (or however it is spelled) caught his eye and we found a new set of condos that are the same floor plan they use here and we like.

We checked out Florida and all the other popular retirement locations and they are not for us. Often crowded and expensive.
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Old 04-24-2007, 12:52 PM
 
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You really have to like living in a extremely damp and wet cloudy rather dark climate to live here. I don't care how you turn it, it is at least 9 to 10 months of the year like this, with even some of the summer not panning out to be sunny and warm. As you get older you have to take that into consideration, expecially, and I can't stress enough, if you don't come from here, and have no ties or family here, the need to stay here as you grow older will decrease very very quickly. You will then find yourselves on this website looking for another locale, and the cycle goes on and on. I would suggest anyone thinking of retireing to the northwest rent an apt for 1 year or more whatever it takes before comminting to a house and staying here, I am so glad I did not purchase anything here, and when the time is right for me, and I feel comfortable with a decision to leave to one of these less traditional retirement areas I will go. I don't ythink I will follow the book I read that lead me to here though RETIRE IN STYLE BY WARREN BLAND. who coincidently after writing his book of all the places he researched, He settled in Portland, Of course Mr Bland is a very wealthy man, and Im sure is not living where the rest of us are in Portland.
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Old 04-24-2007, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Chattanooga is a great little city. I spent a little bit of time there, in '92, when it was just beginning its rebound and was impressed.

I wish I could get around my prejudices about living in the South--deeply ingrained Northern--so that places like Chattanooga would get some of my interest. Too many political and religious differences that I am afraid I couldn't overcome.

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We are talking about moving from IN to TN mostly for the gentler climate. Hubby likes the mountains. Chatanooga (or however it is spelled) caught his eye and we found a new set of condos that are the same floor plan they use here and we like.

We checked out Florida and all the other popular retirement locations and they are not for us. Often crowded and expensive.
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Old 04-24-2007, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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I haven't read any of the retirement books, but now know to avoid this one!

I loved much of Portland (OR) but did sense it was damp, wet and not arthritis friendly--something I have in spades. I'm in Pittsburgh (on a visit to the kids) and it has been so bitter here, rain, high humidity and lots of changing barometric pressure, on a few days I thought I'd like to die.

Nothing is perfect, is it?


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You really have to like living in a extremely damp and wet cloudy rather dark climate to live here. I don't care how you turn it, it is at least 9 to 10 months of the year like this, with even some of the summer not panning out to be sunny and warm. As you get older you have to take that into consideration, expecially, and I can't stress enough, if you don't come from here, and have no ties or family here, the need to stay here as you grow older will decrease very very quickly. You will then find yourselves on this website looking for another locale, and the cycle goes on and on. I would suggest anyone thinking of retireing to the northwest rent an apt for 1 year or more whatever it takes before comminting to a house and staying here, I am so glad I did not purchase anything here, and when the time is right for me, and I feel comfortable with a decision to leave to one of these less traditional retirement areas I will go. I don't ythink I will follow the book I read that lead me to here though RETIRE IN STYLE BY WARREN BLAND. who coincidently after writing his book of all the places he researched, He settled in Portland, Of course Mr Bland is a very wealthy man, and Im sure is not living where the rest of us are in Portland.
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Old 04-24-2007, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I can tell you that our clients are moving every direction across the country. Sometimes they are already living in a place many would consider their ideal retirement destination. They seem to be motivated primarily by climate, to live near family, to get back to familiar surroundings, or to have a new adventure. As Waterlily mentioned when she started this thread, gone are the days when the only options seemed to be Florida and Arizona. Many retirees are realizing the benefits of living near colleges, in places with four seasons, in smaller towns, etc. Towns, cities, counties, and states (most noteworthy among these are Tennessee and Mississippi) are getting into the business of attracting retirees as an approach to economic development. Baby boomers and retirees are becoming a huge economic force in this regard. For more information on this topic look for articles by Gene Warren or feel free to contact me directly.
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