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Re: Where do you want to live when you retire?

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I am  semi-retired & live in Massachusetts. I am fortunate to live in my family home, that my grandparents purchased in 1927. I live in a city that's not too far from  Boston. I have access to museums, theaters ,five-star restaurants, major sports teams & excellent shopping venues.I am less than ten miles from Revere Beach, the oldest beach in the nation, that is not only a lovely beach,but the site of some fine restaurants, a yearly Sand Sculpture festival & a bit of eclectic night life. I can drive to New. Hampshire, which I consider my second home, to hike & shop & enjoy  the beauty of what each season has to offer.I can drive to Maine & visit Welles,Kennebunkport & York. But best of all is that my hometown has all of the above, & it's a joy to experience the change of seasons, in my own backyard. 

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Re: Where do you want to live when you retire?

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Hey, I'm looking to retire in the New Bern area, Fairfield Harbor to be specific.  My concerns are: how easy is it to fit in and find new friends in a smaller town?  Also, I noticed  that to go to a movie you need to go to Jacksonville?  Is that correct?

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Moving to Delaware around the Dover area

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I like the four seasons and want to stay close to New York area where my children are. As long as someone else takes care of the gardening and the shoveling, I love the area.

Plenty to do and see, which will keep us busy. Plus cost of living compared to New Jersey where I live now is very low.

I cannot wait!!!!!

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Re: Where do you want to live when you retire?

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We hope to retire in Wilmington, NC or Southport, NC. Our kids live in NC but things can be fluid with them and they may move. I want to live in an area that they will always want to visit if not close by. These are coastal cities but the beach is not what attracts me. Colleges, history, cultural features matter to me in my retirement. 

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Re: Where do you want to live when you retire?

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TN would be a good choice. I live in a little town called New Bern, in eastern NC. It is marketing itself as a retirement town, and I love it here. There is plenty of space on the outskirts for raising horses. 

The cost of living is reasonable, and there are many things to do here. We even have a Newcomers Club, so you meet people immediately with similar interests!  I’ve been here five years, and I am never leaving!  I’m originally from upstate NY, btw. 

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Re: Where do you want to live when you retire?

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Start by deciding what you want to raise....plants or animals, (animals are a 24/7 year round committment, crops are 24/7 during the growing season), and then decide on how much of the year you want to invest, i.e. length of growing season.  Also, think about your financial committment beyond land and buildings: farm machinery, seeds, fertilizer, animal feed, etc, before you break even. You'll have to pay taxes, utilities, and possibly a mortgage, even if you have no income. You might have to eat, too.

 

Then research the potential natural disasters in the geographic areas that fit your first choice....snow, hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, frost, locusts, weevils, beetles, etc, and decide which you can deal with.  e.g. snow comes pretty much every year, hurricanes and tornadoes are less frequent.  You can spray for insects (unless you decide to go organic) but what do you do to cope with drought?

 

After you narrow down what you are willing to cope with, you will have found several geographic areas that fit into your comfort zone.  

 

I wish you well.

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Re: Where do you want to live when you retire?

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Well, gosh,this one is pretty simple.  We want to live near the grandchildren!  We calculated the transportation, lodging, and food costs involved in monthly travel from our lower cost of living residence in a neighboring state, vs the higher cost of living associated with moving nearer and it was pretty much a wash, so now we live about 10 minutes away from them....close enough to see them as often as they wish, and to help out when we are needed.  We can also take the kids on ocassional weekend getaways so parents can have some alone time.  We attend baseball games, school plays, various showcases and recitals, etc. In the summer we take them to museums, to the beach, to free concerts and plays, and year round we take them to special events...touring broadway shows (Hamilton coming in November!) Holiday events, etc.  We could live somewhere less expensive, but there is nothing that can compare to the joy in our lives.

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Re: Where do you want to live when you retire?

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I want to own farmland but do not know where. Need suggestions on the best place to do this.  

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Re: Where do you want to live when you retire?

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soni5353 wrote:

"FindYourSpot.com" is a fun tool to use to look for places to retire based on your criteria.


@soni5353  That's a cool tool. Thanks for sharing it. Smiley Happy

 

 

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Re: Where do you want to live when you retire?

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"FindYourSpot.com" is a fun tool to use to look for places to retire based on your criteria.