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Old 06-04-2021, 02:31 PM
 
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Houston probably wouldn't be my top pick for Texas. While I appreciate the diversity and culinary scene, I like Austin or Dallas overall better. But honestly, I don't think any of them would be my top choice for retirement. I'd probably be looking for a slower pace of life in a beach or mountain town. If I did go the city route, I'd probably opt for a condo in the heart of everything.
Retirees in Texas are much less likely to be found on the upper gulf coast, i.e. Metro Houston east to Louisiana. The Rio Grand Valley has a lot of snowbird and permanent retirees. The Hill Country, an area the size of New Jersey is known for retirement havens include a Del Webb Sun City, north of Austin and a smaller development north of San Antonio. As far as Dallas/Fort Worth, there are a number of small towns like Granbury, Sherman, Waxahachie, Weatherford, Bridgeport that have become popular. Even farther east around Tyler/Longview, more heavily wooded areas and with a UT Tyler Medical complex and several lakes has drawn retirees.
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Old 06-05-2021, 10:50 PM
 
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Live in Texas - I can no longer take it - I'm not going to explain why - all my life here - Im sick of it.

I have friends in Ca and my kids live there - looking into Santa Barbara as I went to school there.

I've asked around and as far as I can see it looks like a wash compared to Texas.

Ca Tax us 1% My Texas tac 2.4%

Ca sales tax is 7.25% My Texas sale tax is 8%

I pay 200-350 a month for air condition/electricty

water is 80 to 120 in Texas - don't know what it is in santa Barbara

I suspect car registranion is a bit more and gas is more expensive in Ca - that is not a big deal - I do have the means.

Slip fees as I have a sailboat are about 10% more

Also use of the use tax if I bring sailboat.

Don't eat a lot of bad stuff so its cheap for us

so what am i missing here? Our house is about 1.4 million - about mid level for santa barbara - I know Ill get less house for sure but god - its santa barbara - you only sleep in the house - your out all day - Houston is cheaper as to housing but its a rathole

thank you
Reach out to local agencies and the state of California portal for good deals on retirement. There are so many different ways to retire in California.

Affordable retirement communities
Affordable Housing similar to singapore
Van Life or Truck+Camper life
The options are endless pick up the phone and start dialing haha
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Old 06-07-2021, 01:28 PM
 
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Imagine if the OP took my advice in 2018 and bought a 1.4M house in SB! They're probably sitting on a property worth nearly 2M now!
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Old 06-10-2021, 10:24 AM
 
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Slip fees as I have a sailboat are about 10% more
Slip fees in SB are quite reasonable for CA, yes. But, you understand getting a slip in SB is near impossible unless you ‘buy in’ ?
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