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Where do you want to live when you retire?

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It is reported about 10,000 baby boomers retire daily.

Some of them want stay home where they are.

Some want to move to other place to enjoy their retirement.

Do you want retire and stay where you are?

Or do you want move to a community where you can make friends and share commen interests?

 

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I want to live where the women are friendly and the law leaves you alone.

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To amcoffiebean:  Got  your message through AARP email.  Sorry but I wouldn't even know how to find a private message and unfortunately I wasn't the person who wrote of Georgia.  I would not go that far South.  I'm a four seasons person so NC would be the furthest south I'd go to live.

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LogicsHere, so very sorry I will double check to see who received the PM. Was trying to reach eb65614617 who posted about the GA area we are interested in.
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I am staying in my house because it is comfortable and close to my grandkids!

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The answer is simple: MEXICO. My wife and I are proud to be among the estimated 1 million + US expatriates who have chosen to live in Mexico. The cost of living is significantly better and friends tell us how expensive and impossible it is to live a decent retirement in the US. Despite news reports on cartels and violence, we feel safer here than we did in the United States. The current administration's policies are mean-spirited and immigration matters handled in an inhumane way. One of our best life decisions was to retire to Mexico.

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I want to live in Camas, Washington to be near my kids and grandkids. I hope to find an affordable condo on one level.

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I want to live near my kids and grandkids, so it will be in Camas, Washington. 

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Scottsdale, Arizona is lovely for a solid 9 months - bit HOT in the other 3 months...but with the Grand Canyon (North and South Rim), Prescott, Sedona, Cottonwood, Flagstaff and all of the lovely mountain areas - 5000 feet or so... plenty of places to escape the heat and go fishing.  Definitely will remain in Scottsdale...but, may size down the home a bit.      

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I retired in Hawaii but my daughter wanted to go someplace else.  She scouted around and decided, why not Las Vegas, Nevada.  We have sunshine, great weather, not humid, and only 4 or 5 months of cold, well, it would be cold to us(40-50) since living in Hawaii.  It's super hot 3 months and the house will be inviting.

Our family could come and stay with us.  Even friends could stop by as they go gambling and see the shows.  Actually Nevada is the 9th island of Hawaii.  Food is inexpensive and just about anything else.  Oh, the Dollar Store will blow you away!

so, we packed up and moved to Las Vegas.  We've been here 6 months.  I'm loving it!  It's all how you look at the place you moved- share your Aloha!  Share your compassion.  When, people asked me why did you move from Hawaii to Las Vegas?  Because it's Paradise!

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Right now my current home is the best place for retirement.  I'm within walking distance of a grocery store, drug store, 5 banks and a number of restaurants.  The senior center may not be the most sophisticated but it works.  I know my way around so I can get to the places I want to go to either by driving, bus, train or taxi.  When I'm no longer able to drive I am considering selling my apartment and moving to an Over 55 community in Arden, NC if it is still in existence that is.  I don't want anyone to have to deal with selling my place should something happen to me.  Why NC?  The cost of living is considerably less than it is here in NY and the only way I could achieve a similar area is to move further north and that I WON'T do.  The place I'm looking at has a great activity schedule, good apartment layouts and I think would be a great fit for me when the time comes to sell.

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Conway, SC. Very low property taxes and my wife hates the cold NJ winters.

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For quite a while it's been Ireland I'd like to head to. But I'm only 28% Irish and that isn't enough to get me in! Housing costs are high.  I have been told it's difficult for an American to settle there --I have no idea if this is true.

I'm trynig to make contact with some ex-pat communities in Ireland and Portugal.

Portugal would be a completely different life from everything I've known and that sounds wonderful! To have one last great adventure.

Anyone know anything about retiring to Portugal?

I'm in Iowa now,and bless the nice peoople here, but I want something more exciting. I'm from Chicago and would go back in a minute--if I could afford it.

 

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I love Michigan summers. As a 30 year construction worker, the winters seem longer than I like now. Retirement is around the corner and New Mexico or Arizona would be ideal in the wintertime. I kinda want the best of both worlds.  Tax free pension state would be my choice to live when retired. 

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My wife and I are retired and live in New Jersey. We have sold our home and renting while we decide where we want to move. The choices are either stay in New Jersey or move to Pennsylvania. Each state has it's pros and cons, however, we need some definite info on which state overall is the best for retirees. We do not want to move to Pa. and when we get here find that, overall, it isn't any cheaper than NJ. Can anyone help?

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Move...make new friends...discover new places...
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Rural western Nevada and the eastern Sierra Nevada. Small towns in western Nevada are cheap enough that you can afford a summer home in the Sierra Nevad Mountains (or elsewhere).

Towns are small and walkable. There are unlimited recreational opportunities, libraries, docs, hospitals, casinos etc. And, while shopping may be minimal there are groceries available. The Eastern sierra are but 1/2 to 3 hours away.

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I'm a writer, so I won't ever retire-- as long as I can press the keyboard on my computer.

I have done a little research on St.Augustine, FL.

I grew up in Chicago and would love to live there, but it is wildly expensive.

No offense, the MIdwest doesn't do much for me. I do like Minnesota.

I want to be  by water, I don't a need a condo or anything luxurious, two bedrooms, and allowed to have a dog.

Activities would include walking, participating in all the museums and events St. Augustine has to offer.

I read about the tourists, but I'm used to crowds.

Is there a large retiree population?

Being from Chicago, I can't help it, politics are imortant -- which is why FL does give me pause, it leans right. But St. Augustine sounds like it might be a bit more liberal. Any suggested websites? I keep coming with real estate people.

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To those of you hoping to retire to Florida, welcome and I hope your dream comes true!

 

Cm, since I live in the greater Tampa Bay Area, I can't help with specifics on St Augustine. I can tell that you've chosen an extremely conservative area of the state and it sounds like that isn't what you're looking for. But as a whole, we are on the brink of turning purple so you may want to look for other areas that would be quite similar. If you Google Florida's presidential map, it will give you a good idea of what areas have views similar to yours. Miami-Dade, West Palm, Pinellas County , Etc are examples . Good luck to you!

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@cm2216799wrote:

I'm a writer, so I won't ever retire-- as long as I can press the keyboard on my computer.

I have done a little research on St.Augustine, FL.

I grew up in Chicago and would love to live there, but it is wildly expensive.

No offense, the MIdwest doesn't do much for me. I do like Minnesota.

I want to be  by water, I don't a need a condo or anything luxurious, two bedrooms, and allowed to have a dog.

Activities would include walking, participating in all the museums and events St. Augustine has to offer.

I read about the tourists, but I'm used to crowds.

Is there a large retiree population?

Being from Chicago, I can't help it, politics are imortant -- which is why FL does give me pause, it leans right. But St. Augustine sounds like it might be a bit more liberal. Any suggested websites? I keep coming with real estate people.



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 You can live in St Augustine and not live near the tourist attraction. There is Villano Beach,

,St Augustine Beach, South St Augustine and several other places. BTW if you enjoy shopping there are 2 large outlet malls north of St. Augustine on I-95. Google a map of St Augustine and check out nearby places.

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You’re so lucky to be a writer. I’ve always wanted to retire to Fairhope, Al. When I was a young kid, I was told writers, like Herman Hesse, retired there. It’s a beautiful area on Mobile Bay near Gulf Shores. 

St. Augustine is a beautiful area, but I like being on the Gulf because the water is warmer. 

Fairhope isn’t as expensive as St A, but it’s a lot more expensive than when I was a kid. Some people are moving to Daphne and Dauphin Island which is one of my favorite places in the world. 

We currently live in Overland Park, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City and I just hate the weather. It snowed on Easter.

Good luck to you.

 

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Sarasota,FL  It has a tropical charm and beauty that is amazing!

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Next to a golf course with reasonable green fees.  

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If you are struggling with this decision, read

Where Shall I Live When I retire, by Carol A. KIng. Available through Amazon's Kindle store now; paperback coming shortly. 

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Montana

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Near my children in California, but to expensive & state doesn’t have as many “over 50 communities.” Any ideas?
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Hilton Head Island, SC

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Hope you've got a ton of money. Housing prices are astronomical. Don't forget hurricanes as well.
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Asheville (Flat Rock) North Carolina
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     Definitely North Arkansas.  The scenery is spectacular, fishing great, and most do not have money.  I would fit right in.  Arkansas is slow paced and the common people are generally courteous.  My parents moved from southeast Texas to southwest Arkansas when I wasl 11 years old, now at 62 I still liive in southern Arklansas.  The rich hillscape will capture even the plains people.  I may never make it to Northern Arkansas but if I ever move that's where you will find me.    S.Hilton, Prescott, AR

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