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Old 12-31-2012, 03:31 PM
 
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I am recently divorced and am relocating. Making a new start. I have a comfortable pension so employment is not an issue. My question is how do I go about this? I will be traveling in a converted van so I have a place to sleep providing it's warm enough. Would you just drive until you found a place you liked? Then what? I tried searching on craigslist for rentals but am frustrated with the results. I don't have good redit or references just looking for someone to rent from preferably in the country. Check the local papers? Bulletin boards? Ask around? What steps should be taken to ensure positive results?
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:26 PM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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Freedom overload
So, where are you starting from? Have you narrowed down your list of potential target states or regions?
What are your priorities? Once you are aware of those it might be much easier to know where to go. Like, are you into mountains or open prairie or beaches?
What kind of climate do you prefer?
I don't think small town renting is done via Craigslist. I guess I would simply ask around, look for signs in windows, ask the personnel at the b&b you are staying.
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:09 PM
 
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If I were "suddenly" on my own, I'd head for Sierra Vista, AZ and rent/buy a small mobile home. No tornadoes, hurricanes or dangerous weather. Low crime. Good shopping. Good restaurants. Chilly in winter but great weather 10 months of year. You might be able to rent an RV in one of the RV parks in the area. Good luck. Oh, there is a wide variety of rentals and you are unlikely to be asked for references or credit rating if you have the money for the deposit, first and last month rent.
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Penna
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Be careful..... Nothing is what it seems....
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Old 01-01-2013, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs
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I was in a similar situation a few years ago. The following is what I learned while searching for a place to retire.

Crime follows drugs and drugs follow the interstate. I have never been a victim of a crime, but have no desire to become a victim. Besides, high crime = higher taxes.
Once you get 30 miles or so away from any interstate highway, there are a gazzilion small towns to choose from. I learned that the county seats of each county have enough government jobs to support a larger business community and provide government services such as health care.
I also learned about a local climate quirk called Banana Belts. They occur on the sheltered side of any mountain range. Since we have prevailing westerly winds in most of the U S, the entire east bank of the Rockies [almost] & other mountain ranges are sheltered from the worst winter storms. There are places were the storms will blow thru, but a visit to an area should be done before moving anyway.
I chose the Black Hills in South Dakota and the town of Hot Springs to move to and have not regretted it.
I am sure you have additional criteria, but this should get you started.

uh
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:44 PM
 
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What are you looking for in a town?
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:47 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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I'm with Neuling. Do you have a general area you'd like to check out? If not you'll have people telling you you HAVE to check out any area between southern Florida to Northwest Washington state and everything in between. lol
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:35 AM
 
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I was in a similar situation a few years ago. The following is what I learned while searching for a place to retire.

Crime follows drugs and drugs follow the interstate. I have never been a victim of a crime, but have no desire to become a victim. Besides, high crime = higher taxes.
Once you get 30 miles or so away from any interstate highway, there are a gazzilion small towns to choose from. I learned that the county seats of each county have enough government jobs to support a larger business community and provide government services such as health care.
I also learned about a local climate quirk called Banana Belts. They occur on the sheltered side of any mountain range. Since we have prevailing westerly winds in most of the U S, the entire east bank of the Rockies [almost] & other mountain ranges are sheltered from the worst winter storms. There are places were the storms will blow thru, but a visit to an area should be done before moving anyway.
I chose the Black Hills in South Dakota and the town of Hot Springs to move to and have not regretted it.
I am sure you have additional criteria, but this should get you started.

uh
Excellent post.

Not that this is a bad thing (it is actually good if you are trying to live undisturbed by a lot of people) - the population of Hot Springs has dropped by 10% between the two censuses. What is the reason for this?

Is there any fracking/drilling going on in the vicinity?

Also, does the town get very busy in the summer with tourists?

Thanks!
OD
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Hot Springs
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We get some tourists in the summer, but most of them head for Custer & the parks as well as Mount Rushmore or the Casino's in Deadwood. All of which is north of Hot Springs.

There is a uranium mine in the permitting process that will be located about 30 miles N W of Hot Springs if it is permitted. There have been 12 drilling permits issued in Fall River county for Oil & Gas drilling in the past year. That activity is concentrated near the Wyoming border.

I can only guess at the reasons for a decrease in population, but it might have more to do with the macro-economy than anything else. The Ranchers and loggers have not been spending a lot of money because of the current drought.

FWIW, I love it here, but if I needed a job I would go elsewhere.

uh
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:11 AM
 
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We get some tourists in the summer, but most of them head for Custer & the parks as well as Mount Rushmore or the Casino's in Deadwood. All of which is north of Hot Springs.

There is a uranium mine in the permitting process that will be located about 30 miles N W of Hot Springs if it is permitted. There have been 12 drilling permits issued in Fall River county for Oil & Gas drilling in the past year. That activity is concentrated near the Wyoming border.

I can only guess at the reasons for a decrease in population, but it might have more to do with the macro-economy than anything else. The Ranchers and loggers have not been spending a lot of money because of the current drought.

FWIW, I love it here, but if I needed a job I would go elsewhere.

uh
Thanks for the reply.

We are about 8-10 months away from leaving Texas and finding a place to settle down that will allow for horseback riding opportunities and just solitude. So far we are seriously considering the Texas SW - Alpine, Ft. Davis area since Big Bend is near and the whole area is pretty unpopulated. We looked at the Dubois WY area but after living in Canada for 5 years I am not crazy about the prospect of an 6-8 month winter. I looked up Hot Springs, SD and noticed that it is supposedly the warmest place in SD - how close to the truth is this statement? Also, it seems to be pretty close to a national park and state park that allow horseback riding and camping on the whole area of the parks (which is pretty cool, Big Bend National Park allows the same and so do some National Forests). The third option is New Mexico, area around Silver city, since it is a gateway to the Gila Natl Forest - all 3 million acres of it

Hot Springs is appealing also because of the very low apparent crime rate. You will be hard pressed to find a town in New Mexico with a low crime rate, quite often they are twice the national average, even for towns of 3-4,000 people (still haven't figured out why that is).

One of the issues we are trying to avoid is living in an area where fracking is everywhere (welcome to Texas!), drilling and mining are the only industry and so on. These places tend to be environmentally neglected and since mining and drilling are the main sources of income for the local population, they tend to have the deciding word in everything (and the underground water pollution as well as air pollution can be of serious concern). To me there is no point in escaping modern civilization only to find that you are 3 miles from the nearest mine and that all the land around is being aggressively drilled for oil or fracked...

OD
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