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Old 05-27-2013, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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I'm sorry if this is a tired thread theme - some of the others seem pretty dated...

I'm considering retirement soon and am thinking New Orleans may be a good fit for me. I've only visited 2 or 3 times, but always remember how much I loved the place. But, that was long ago, before Katrina...

I'm quite used to large urban areas, obviously - I love Chicago but just can't tolerate the weather anymore. Every year it gets harder....

Anyone there have any experience with a move like this? Btw, I'm 52 with an extensive background in medical insurance billing/payment.

Single and no kids - Not sure what exactly my price range would be yet, probably sort of mid-range.

I think that I would love to live there - the culture, the weather, the food - the sweet, sweet warm humidity...

Thanks in advance for any and all thoughts/opinions - Maureen
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Denver
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You should visit this summer to get a feel for the weather if you haven't already.
What's your range and desired type of neighborhood?
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Old 05-27-2013, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Thanks - I was thinking a summer visit would be a good idea! I don't mind a little grit if it's somewhat safe. I understand that it can be block by block there, scetch wise. I love the idea of a leafy gothic type of hood...
I'm not completely sure what my pension will pan out to be - I've still got 2/3 years to go. And maybe pick up a part-time gig to supliment - rent - probably around $700.00 - $900.00, possibly a bit more as I dont spend alot of money on disposable things...
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Old 05-27-2013, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Denver
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It is block by block but there are entire neighborhoods which are perfectly safe. When you come down make sure to spend time around the neighborhoods you are interested in to get a feel for everyday life.
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Metairie, LA
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Definitely visit first and spend some time here first, especially in the summer around July and August. The heat can be too much for some.

You should be able to find a 1 bedroom in a decent neighborhood for 700-900/month. Check out the Lower Garden District, Mid-City, Carrollton, and Black Pearl.
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:06 PM
 
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I would absolutely come again after Katrina, to make sure you still love the city. A summer visit would be a great idea. You are probably not used to this intensity of heat in Chicago, so it will be a shock. But after your visit if you still love it, then you should definitely consider moving here. You seem like you would be best fit in a condo downtown, which is my suggestion for where you should live.

Good luck!
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:35 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Thank you all, very much! Is it true that the humidity lingers even in the winter months? I've seen mention of this in other threads here - it makes sense - it is surrounded by water, after all.
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Old 05-28-2013, 05:42 AM
 
Location: New Orleans
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Yep, pretty humid year round. Not only do you have the gulf, the river, and the lake, but the surrounding areas are mostly swamp and marsh.
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Old 05-28-2013, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Metairie, LA
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Being surrounded by water does contribute to an abundance of humidity, but it also has a nice moderating effect on the temperatures here. Summer temperatures above 95 are rare as are freezing temperatures in the winter. Areas outside of New Orleans like Gonzales, Baton Rouge and Covington have more temperature extremes.
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Old 05-28-2013, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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I have felt colder in N.O. at 40 deg and 80% humidity than when I was in Lisle at 15 deg and 40% humidity.
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