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Old 04-16-2011, 09:00 PM
 
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Has anyone retired to Traverse City? I'd be interested in hearing about your cost of living, the kinds of things you do during the winter, whether you feel you made the right decision, etc.
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Old 04-18-2011, 05:29 AM
 
Location: Traverse City, MI
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We moved to TC from Jax, FL last June. We opted to rent a house instead of buying. TC has a great library, bus system is good also. Many good restaurants in the area. We shop at Meijer's and find their prices very reasonable. We are very satisfied living in TC. We went to Florida for the month of Feb and next year are going for Feb and Mar. Call us 10 month residents.
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Old 04-18-2011, 07:19 PM
 
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We moved to TC from Jax, FL last June. We opted to rent a house instead of buying. TC has a great library, bus system is good also. Many good restaurants in the area. We shop at Meijer's and find their prices very reasonable. We are very satisfied living in TC. We went to Florida for the month of Feb and next year are going for Feb and Mar. Call us 10 month residents.
Renting is a good idea these days, in light of the housing market, unless you are starting out and looking for a low priced home to live in for a while. It's good to hear a positive response to the TC area. I will be going up to visit this summer. Glad to hear about the bus system, as one gets older, mass transit options become more important. What do you do in the "off" season, (other than summer months)?
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Old 04-18-2011, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Loving life in Gaylord!
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I will live in (near) TC one day and stay until I die. The area is amazing, and TC is a great town.
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Old 04-18-2011, 09:01 PM
 
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I'm not retired but do live fairly close to TC. It's a wonderful small city. It's got the college, a nice library, book stores and just in general a big enough town people get together for any number of activities.
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Old 04-19-2011, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Traverse City, MI
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So many things to do, check this out.

Things To Do - - Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:01 PM
 
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I am not retired yet, but was born and raised in Michigan and know Traverse City quite well. We bought property in neighboring Benzie County because we like the area so well. There are a lot of tourists in the summer, so make sure you live away from the the main tourist attractions unless you like that atmosphere. Downtown is very nice with lots of nice little shops. Cherry festival in July is always fun. And if you like water, the bay area is beautiful. Cost of living can be high, but not nearly as high as you would find in some other areas of the country. There are scores of recreational activities available from fishing to hiking, biking, boating, skiing, snowshoeing, etc. Think you will like what it has to offer.
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Old 04-22-2011, 06:19 PM
 
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I enjoyed seeing the positive responses. I would rent first, of course. Is it easy to meet other retirees? What are some suggestions?
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Old 04-23-2011, 06:00 AM
 
Location: Traverse City, MI
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Here are two links

TCSC Home Page

Newcomers Club of Grand Traverse, Michigan
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Old 04-30-2011, 02:21 PM
 
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Rotwein,
Thanks for the links!
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