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Old 12-28-2009, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Thanks Gandalara........

GLS; your right and I have not completely ruled out California. But we really don't want to be THAT close to family... If you catch my meaning.....

Thanks
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:15 PM
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Thanks Gandalara........

GLS; your right and I have not completely ruled out California. But we really don't want to be THAT close to family... If you catch my meaning.....

Thanks
I have In-laws.....no explanation required. In fact, on those "required" Holiday visits, my wife makes me promise not to be myself.
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Old 12-29-2009, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Northern California
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I have In-laws.....no explanation required. In fact, on those "required" Holiday visits, my wife makes me promise not to be myself.
Ha ha ha....... GLS we are on the same page....
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Old 01-03-2010, 10:21 AM
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Location: North Monterey County
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We're 10 years from retirement as well.... and live in Northern Utah. Hubbie is an LA native - I was born in Wisconsin - and was a Californian for 15 years (where I met him). We moved to Utah 20 years ago - and in 10 - we'll be looking for a "mediterranean" climate - where we can be outside all of the year.

Hubbie is wanting to return to California? Me? I think we cannot afford it.

We have been traveling to surrounding states (AZ, NM, NV and Oregon) looking for good options.... we may need to revisit some of these places - just to get a better feel.

But what we found for us (YMMV - everyone is different):

1. AZ is just too hot for us. Hubbie is temperature impaired. Anything over 80 and below 25 is problematic for him. We found the Phoenix are to be an LA-wasteland. We still want wide open spaces.....and no neighbors ontop of us..

2. New Mexico - the poverty in the state is a problem. I would be concerned about health care services, social services, etc. for us as elderly people. Yes, it's a beautiful state - but access to senior services are more important.

3. Oregon. We traveled from Salt Lake to Bend to the coast this past year. Oregon currently is in a downward fiscal deathspiral. 19% unemployment in Bend. Not much better elsewhere. Can they come back? Certainly. What I was turned off by tho - was that Bend was out in the middle of NOWHERE. I felt like it was a city trying to be something it wasn't. I just can't explain it. The other turnoff was the prevalence of FOG. And Rain. I am not a duck.

4. Nevada. We know Nevada well. Both the north and south. We've driven, traveled, vacationed and "conferenced" in both the Vegas and Reno area. I liked the Carson Valley area - a stone's throw from Tahoe. But it may be on the rise - and in 10 years - unaffordable. Reno? Would be like living in an ashtray. There's no civic pride there.... you can see it everywhere. Vegas registers too high on the temp scale - even tho their winters are colder than people think.

5. So we're left with exploring California once again. We both still have family there - and friends. Hubbie is looking for semi-rural in Southern Cal outside of San Diego. For me? I'm just LOST there. Means nothing to me. I want him to sell it to me. We've only just begun.

So there you have it - it takes a LONG time to find a place. Even then - there are variables and factors (money, services, etc.) that can ax any choice. My advice? Start early and travel often to the places you THINK you might want to plant yourself. They may sound wonderful - but when you get there - NOT be a good choice.
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Old 01-03-2010, 07:30 PM
 
Location: California
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I'd look at the small towns way up north in CA or Nevada. Depending on where your family is it's far enough away to prevent drop-ins and unnecessary visits, but close enough to get to things when you want to. Great weather also.
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Old 01-03-2010, 08:31 PM
 
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Bend is in the middle of nowhere and also way too COLD. Try Medford-Ashland. The climate is pretty good with the exception of a bit too much cloud cover in the winter. Summer temps get up into the 90's but the humidity is low.
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Old 01-04-2010, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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I have In-laws.....no explanation required. In fact, on those "required" Holiday visits, my wife makes me promise not to be myself.
Remember that for the entire winter the passes can be closed across the Sierras, so you would wind up going up to Tahoe or down to Barstow anyway. I'd think about the West Coast of Arizona.
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Old 01-04-2010, 01:46 PM
 
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Really, SoCal is the only place in the US where you would find mediterranean weather.
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Old 01-04-2010, 02:05 PM
 
Location: SE Arizona - FINALLY! :D
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In my opinion SE Arizona has the best climate in the mainland US (aside from the coastal areas of SoCal). Look into Sierra Vista, Benson etc. Unlike SW Arizona, SE Arizona is at a bit higher elevation so the climate is much milder. Sierra Vista has summer highs in the low 90's and upper 80's and winter highs in the low 60's - and you are only a single days' drive to LA etc.

Ken
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