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Old 04-29-2019, 06:22 AM
 
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There seems to be a trend of people who retire to SF, live 3-5 years, then bail out for greener pastures elsewhere. What are the major reasons for a "failed" retirement there? Lack of diversity and things to do? Healthcare? Culture?
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Old 04-29-2019, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Santa Fe
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I'm one of them and my reasons are: I have trouble with the altitude and the cold winters; my wife is a water-baby and couldn't adapt to the desert. Also, healthcare here is quite poor; and it's hard to easily get anywhere without non-stop flights out of ABQ.
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Old 04-29-2019, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Santa Fe
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Adding: alergies. Actually, this is the most common reason I hear for others who leave.
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Old 04-29-2019, 11:13 AM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Adding: alergies. Actually, this is the most common reason I hear for others who leave.
Allergies are actually really easy to eliminate. There's a guy with an allergy-elimination practice in Rio Ranch and Santa Fe, who's very busy from about February through summer, helping people "adjust" to life in NM. He also handles food allergies/sensitivities, chemical sensitivities, etc. Sounds like he should advertise, if people are leaving just because of allergies.
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Old 04-29-2019, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Santa Fe, NM
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The high desert is not for everybody. Between 7,000 feet of altitude and the desert climate that includes dust and desert critters, it can be a tough adaptation for people, and some just can't manage it. I think it gets tougher as we get older, too.
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Old 05-01-2019, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I think there >is< a bit of snobbish behavior in Santa Fe. I've been looked down on and sniffed at by people sitting next to me at the Lensic, specifically at the Christmas Eve show last year. Fat old lady probably knew I wasn't from there. Just old people attitude or something, or maybe I was better looking or slimmer than she was...who knows. Funny, really.
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Old 05-01-2019, 09:32 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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We frequently take visitors and family to Santa Fe...

I have been to 9 of the 10 at the above list... It's not an issue with me.
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Old 05-02-2019, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Santa Fe, NM
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I think there >is< a bit of snobbish behavior in Santa Fe. I've been looked down on and sniffed at by people sitting next to me at the Lensic, specifically at the Christmas Eve show last year. Fat old lady probably knew I wasn't from there. Just old people attitude or something, or maybe I was better looking or slimmer than she was...who knows. Funny, really.
Perhaps it was your deodorant- or lack of one?🤔
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Old 05-02-2019, 11:20 PM
 
Location: Near San Francisco, CA
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I've been visiting Santa Fe every year for many years, sometimes several times per year, and have never encountered anything close to snobby.
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Old 05-07-2019, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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By my unofficial calculations, cost of living in the Abq. area is 10% to 15% lower than what it is in the S.F. area.
I would say as of about 10 years ago (my latest experience) Albq is substantially cheaper. You can get reasonable pricing in the "regular" parts of S.F. but it's still quite more expensive than Abq.

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I moved here from Shallow Alto, CA, where a lot of folks have an arrogant demeanor.
This I can attest to. (First time I'm hearing the nickname, I'll commit it to memory). By contrast in Santa Fe you won't find that kind of demeanor. I think a lot of outsiders who move to S.F. are actually doing so to get away from that kind of thing. People in Santa Fe, even wealthy outsiders, tend to be nicer than normal.

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Just my dos centavos.
Gracias por los centavos, muy amable.
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