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 I want to live in a non Democrat/leftist state in a rural parcel directly bordering state/federal: forest lands/lakeshore/seacoast where I can drop off the grid aka "walden" type existense/hunt/fish/garden/fruit tree/crab/sail/use dead[only]timber for fuel/rustic furniture/explore local nature/geology/hydrology in:southeastern coastal AK,ID,eastern WA,OR,WY, UT, MT,ND,MO,east TN,west NC,AR,NH,ME.

I turn 66 this May,and my SS will be limited

I need a good Protestant woman to join me SOON-ER !!!

Wh of you ladies will join me in these plans/move?

SN I'm talking about a cabin with static geothermal heat,some solar  roofing/ wind turbine/ram pump,shallow potable ground water,arable soil,>=10 miles out of town but within 72 hours of decent hospital,no close neighbors/shopping center/hazardous waste site,above tsunami/food lines/Ideally with landline electric[water pumping&refridgeration]&phone[basic internet[not cable TV/social media].

Any of you really ought to read:"Strategic Relocation"by Skouzas,distributed by Deltapress.com.

I have a heavy environmental/health/safety background,speak English and limited German,am plain spoken,Pro-2nd Amendment,currrently United Methodist Church member-and am Protestant by my deeds-not merely reciting verse!,process my own food/scratch cook&bake,tan fur/hides,make rustic furniture,dislike software/political correctness,am conservation oriented,like cats/dogs/skunks/other critters/etc. I figure on going to town[for church or supplies]once a week or less.Won't be a hermit.Want to "pick and choose" who I mingle with.

Again,who's going to join me?

Thanks,

Karl 

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I am currently a full-time software developer...

I plan to semi-retire, at 59, by doing short-term (3-6 month) work contracts (till 65 ?).  That will allow me to do some "traveling" !  I am hoping to get some gigs in Europe (my granparents are from Spain/Galicia and the Canary Islands).

Permanent retirement at 65 ?  It depends where and what the three kids are doing !

I was born in Cuba - I would like to spend some time there.  It has been 46 years since I left, and I have never been back...

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Simply--In a RV, on BLM Land Boondocking-very low cost. In the south for the winters, in the north for the summers.

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try canyon, tx.  Moved here from MN 15 years ago, and love it.

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I'm beginning to look into retiring.  One of the lifestyle situations I feel must be available is good public transportation.  While I've never been to San Francisco, I have heard that it is possible to get around easily without owning a car, so I plan to look into that.  Weather is also important.  I am originally from New England and moved to San Diego 10 years ago.  I found it extremely expensive and unfriendly toward renters (I had sold my house in New Hampshire and had promised my family I would wait to purchase anything -- I waited too long!)  I later found a job that paid barely enough to live, but the job was in Las Vegas, so I moved there and have been unhappy with the extreme heat.  When I retire (I will be 74 this year), I would like to volunteer in a library or school, I would like to be around a diverse group of people of all types and ages and I would like to be able to walk to all of my destinations.

 

Am I looking for more than any one city can provide?

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Iceland. I like remote areas. Plus, I don't really have a preference where I'll be buried.

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1.   Make your decision so your kids or other relatives will not make it for you when a quick decision must be made.

 

2.  Consider a CCRC.  CCRC's are great and will provide care as you age.  Investigate each one carefully and inspect their financial status.  We live in a non profit CCRC in Florida with a strong sponsor.

 

3.   In Florida it is hot, but every summer when I try to make a trip somewhere to cool down, it is hot there also.  We went to St Louis last year and it was so hot, I could not stay outside.  The good thing in Florida is the winters are not bad.

 

4.   Retire where you can catch a commercial flight.

 

5.   Consider the cost of living.

 

6.   Make sure your neighbors will have the same interests as you.

 

7.   Check the medical care available.

 

8.  DO NOT MOVE IN WITH RELATIVES.  IT WILL DESTROY YOUR RELATIONSHIP!

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If you want to live near the water, you may want to check out Delaware (Oceanview, Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Bethany Beach).  It is inexpensive to live there, there is no sales tax and they do not tax you on your pension.  My husband and I are looking at Oceanview when we are ready to retire.

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How do you know in advance the level of government corruption in a community? My husband and I acquired a condo in Howell Michigan. It was to be our retirement dream home. Fortunately we decided to start with the basement and found out that the condo community only allows you to illegally finish the basements as they do not want the legally required egress windows. The city of Howell is complicit in this and creatively interpreted the building code on behalf of the condo community to say that partially finished basements are exempt and that if you take the doors off a bedroom is not a bedroom. Building  inspectors have told us that those statements are false. The city  also accepted letters from co-owners saying the work was done before 1/1/2009 when egress windows were required for any habitable basement space , not just bedrooms . We saw the work being done on one unit in 2013 but the city did not want to hear it from us and accepted a letter from the co-owner, a local business man, stating  that all they did was carpet and paint. These "exemptions" seem to be applied to Brandon Chase Condos only and not to everyone in Howell. In consulting a lawyer, we were advised that as "outsiders" we were unlikely win a case against the local "old guard" of Howell MI. We are deciding where to move to but how can you find out in advance that you won't be a second class citizen there? Michigan is lax on enforcements. Appealing to the State and state senator Joe Hune and Hank Vaupel did no good.

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We live in the San Francisco Bay Area, Northern CA and love it. But where we live a car is a necessity, and traffic is worsening. Being retired we can generally run errands or travel when it's non-commute hours, but once we stop driving it will change the entire scenario.

 

Our home is not possible to retrofit for universal access. The costs would simply not be worth it. It's extremely expensive to remodel here. 

 

We plan to stay in the area. When we can't keep up the house and garden any longer, we will either rent the house out or sell outright. We have done extensive financial planning so have looked at all our options should one of us become disabled or pass away. 

 

Our income is very comfortable and we have comprehensive LTCi policies. Our preference would be to move into a nearby CCRC, but it does have a costly buy-in so we'll have to decide if it's worth it. There are many other senior living options so a wealth of choices to investigate.

 

We have looked at eight nearby facilities but it's time to look out of our own neighborhood. Especially if we stop driving, it might be better to be nearer the other members of my family, who all live within a small geographic area about 20 min. away from us.

 

We could also move out of CA, so we are thinking to make some trips to the PNW and explore those options as well. 

 

Being socially and political liberal, we wish to remain within an ethnically and culturally diverse region. We're also serious foodies, so the more varied the restaurants, the better!

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