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Old 05-13-2007, 03:18 PM
 
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I am looking for a 55+ friendly town with weather that is temperate mainly less rain - I live in Seattle, Washington right now but due to crime, gangs, and the hideous cost of living - mostly housing costs I can't afford to stay here. I got caught literally between selling a home and finding it impossible to buy another here. I have looked into Knoxville, Tennessee since I lived in the S.E. years ago but decided the pollution is not a good thing nor the tornadoes, poisonous vermin... I have looked at Olympia, Washington and might go there but the rainfall is 10" more than Seattle. I am also looking into the Kennewick, Washington area. Basically I want an town that values retirees not as a commodity, safe to walk the streets, mild weather, sense of community and low cost of living. Does this still exist??

Any feedback would be helpful.

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Old 05-13-2007, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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Where to retire? The answer is different for everyone. The southwest has some smaller affordable towns without a lot of rain. Here in southern Oregon there are quite a few retired people.
I am at the coast which gets a lot of rain but still has a lot of retired people. Cities like Grants Pass and Rosburg are not so wet. I don't know if they would be considered affordable though they cost less than Seattle.

I'm sure others will have some ideas on where to retire.
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Old 05-14-2007, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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newretiree-

Your mention of Knoxville, TN made me think of other places you may want to consider:
  • Asheville, NC
  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Greenville, SC
  • Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC
Let me know if I can be of additional service to you.
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Old 05-14-2007, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Jay, have you been over to the "About the Forum" recently. I just realized you may not have seen the new and positive changes for REs at CD.
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Old 05-15-2007, 06:59 PM
 
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Check out Arkansas.......... in the Ozarks, beautiful!
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Old 05-16-2007, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Malaysia
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have you ever thought of retiring abroad? There are many places out there where its cheap, has good weather and fun. Many americans go to mexico.
But more and more are considering Asia. Malaysia is also a good option.

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Old 05-17-2007, 10:16 AM
 
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Knoxville, Tennessee since I lived in the S.E. years ago but decided the pollution is not a good thing nor the tornadoes, poisonous vermin
Pollution: You don't have to live in Knoxville. Check out the surrounding areas.

Tornadoes: If you're afraid of tornadoes you best stay where you are! Or look into the tri-cities area (Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol). Closer to the mountains and not many tornadoes.

Poisonous vermin: Pretty much anywhere you go.

We bought a lot in Fairfield Glade, TN (by Crossville). Nice and quiet, not too far from civilization, inexpensive. Look for posts in the TN forum.
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Old 05-23-2007, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Deep In The Heat Of Texas
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Check out Arkansas.......... in the Ozarks, beautiful!

Yes, Arkansas is lovely, but I've checked into it and it has too many tornadoes and is too hot and humid as well. I know it isn't as hot as many places but when I move again, I'd like liveable summers.

I'm considering Southwest Virginia in or near the mountains. The seasons are lovely, not hot, not too much snow in some places, and a place full of serenity and drop-dead gorgeous scenery from what the friendly people on the VA forums say. That sounds like my Heaven on Earth.

If you consider VA, check out the forums. It's full of tons of information and everyone is so kind and unpretentious. They seem so welcoming whereas on the TN forum, many pretty much want outsiders to stay away and are not very nice about it. They're not all like that, but many have that rude mentality. I don't blame them though because who wants to see beautiful unspoiled land ruin by housing development after development. I'd squawk too for sure. When I move, I'm going to be darn sure there won't be any developments within the next twenty-five years. Maybe I can find land near someone who will never sell and ruin the unspoiled land. I can only hope.
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Old 05-23-2007, 10:25 PM
 
Location: IN
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The mid-south seems to be gaining popularity for retirees.
Most of these places have lower cost of living and are located near hospitals as well.
Crossville, TN
Cookeville, TN
Mountain Home, AR
Springfield, MO region
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Old 07-29-2007, 05:20 PM
 
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Have you thought about Arizona? We retired in Tucson, which I just love, the climate (all those sunny days) is great, housing prices are good. We live in the country on 1 acre in a development with really really nice neighbors, some retired and some still working. Unfortunately we are moving back to the
northwest because all the family is there and we are missing the kids, grandkids. If it wasn't for that I stayed here. I'd be glad to answer any questions about the area.
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