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Old 01-02-2013, 04:06 PM
 
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Here's what worked for us.

We've been in Alaska for 13 years & likewise retired. So we sold our house, got rid of a lot of our stuff & came back down to the lower 48. We too, like you, needed to find our new spot.

We have a cottage that we built 20+ years ago in New Mexico, so that was our interim spot.

We meanwhile decided upon what conditions we wanted for a new place. For us it was groomed skate ski trails, downhill skiing without the glitz, camping/backpacking/hiking opportunities, small, friendly town, historic buildings.

Once we clarified our desires, it was much easier to narrow down our search. However, we plan to check out a few places, sort of gypsy-style. Heck- we finally have the time & pension.

We are now renting, instead of looking to buy, renting a tiny $600/month house while we check out small town Montana. For next year we are going to try a small town with all those amenities on our list in Colorado, to be closer to our get-away cabin in the mountains of NM. Then... who knows!?

So my suggestion to you, virtuousman, is to start with a list of your favorite amenities, your wishlist for a location, as that worked so well for us. City-Data folks helped us immensely to narrow down our searches. Great, knowledgeable folks.

Good luck!
Can I ask how you happen to find the house you are currently renting for $600?
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs
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Unclecharley,

Since you live in the vicinity would you know of any long term (say a month) lodging? Hotels, motels, etc? I need a place to stay to kind of get the lay of the land. I am considering staying for awhile out at the Wind Cave national park but has a 14 day limit.
The following Motels are some of the better known chains that are located in Hot Springs. I believe all of them welcome extended stay customers, but you will have to call them to find out their rates.

America's Best Value; 608 745 4292. My Brother-in-law and his wife stayed here and were pleased with what they had to offer.
Best Western; 608 745 4292. They have a very good reputation
Super 8; 608 745 3888. I have stayed here several times and was happy with them.

There are a handful of independant "Mom & Pop motels in town which I can get the phone numbers for, but I know absolutely nothing about any of them.

uh
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:39 PM
 
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We looked at the online newspaper at rentals & craigslist. We went online to all the realtors in the town & looked at their long-term rentals, where we found this one.

We're in Red Lodge, one of the friendliest towns, with lots of volunteer opportunities & everything on our wish list, including the old historic architecture. We even passed up on small $450 rental houses, since ours has a basement & shed for our storage.
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:50 PM
 
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"Where we live property taxes are EXORBITANT."

Just out of curiosity, what would you consider exorbitant taxes on a $150,000.00 property?

uh
uh, $4,500/yr on a property assessed at $140K is much too much for me
OD
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs
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uh, $4,500/yr on a property assessed at $140K is much too much for me
OD
That would run about $2500.00 in Hot Springs.

uh
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:32 PM
 
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That would run about $2500.00 in Hot Springs.

uh
That sounds more reasonable! A huge chunk of the property taxes goes to the local school system, which I guess is OK.
OD
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:17 AM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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If you want to go further east, but not too far, check out western Kentucky. I put a plug in for this area quite a bit because I like it here. Murray, Ky. has been chosen the friendliest small town in America by Rand McNalley and USA Today. It is a certified retirement community, awarded Playful City USA the last two years, an 100 best communities for young people for the last three years (Murray Kentucky Convention and Visitor's Bureau is your Calloway County and Kentucky Lake area source for lodging listings, dining listings, event listings, attraction listings and more. Murray Kentucky is home to Freedom Fest, Squealing on the Squar). Murray (mymurray.com) is about 18 miles from Kentucky Lake and the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, and Lake Barkley. Kentucky Lake is the largest man made lake, by surface area, east of the Mississippi River (Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, and Land Between The Lakes). The Land Between the Lakes (Land Between The Lakes) is 170,000 acres of hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, boating, sightseeing, and probably more things to do! Other towns in the area are Paducah (Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau), Mayfield (Home), Benton (City of Benton) and Cadiz (Cadiz-Trigg Tourism, Home of Lake Barkley | Experience Life). If you like antiques, Cadiz has 6 antique shops on Main Street. Paducah and Cadiz are both right off I-24.
Some of you were talking taxes. I live in Mayfield and, with a house valued at $75,000, our taxes for 2012, city and county, were around $600. Don't remember exactly. Wife doesn't let me look at the check book too close. lol
I'll quit rambling, but come and check out western Ky and the Lakes area for a place to retire and relax.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Hot Springs
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How is the humidity in western Kentucky?

uh
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:57 AM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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Sorry, I like maps...

http://interactive.taxfoundation.org...tax/59prop.png
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Old 01-04-2013, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Cody, WY
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That would run about $2500.00 in Hot Springs.

uh

About $800 in Park County, WY, the NW corner. Other Wyoming counties would be very similar.
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