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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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South Dakota. We moved here from a large urban city back east almost 10 years ago and whereas the climate leaves much to be desired most of the year, we think the quality of life is unmatched in the US.

 

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Will you be fine where you are if in your late 70s and 80s and 90s and ALL that goes with it? Or you just wait and see what happens?

I hope you built a family support system while in SD.

 

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Since my wife dies last year[tombird is now just tom] I do not have a support system. I have been getting used to being a single 80 year old man. I am working at it though by joining organizations and discussion groups. My family is scattered back East in Michigan,Ohio,Illinois,North Carolina so there is no place I could move to to be near family. Besides I like it here in San Diego. My health is good but if/when it fails I will check into a home. 

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This is strictly a cultural thing. I'm from a small rural area in Virginia and you would get a crazy look if you asked someone where would you want to live when you retire.  You build your home on your property and that is where you retire is the answer. I feel so lost not having my home to live in since retirement. I don't have one now. I was renting a one-bedroom but became ill and moved in with my kids in different states as needed.  I go to a senior center during the week and most people there live with their kids or have their kids move in with them.  The only people i knew who would ask that would be military who were like vagabonds, moving around and not putting down roots. 

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Charlotte NC

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Salinas, Ecuador!  We have been doing a LOT of research for 9 years now, and plan on retiring there 5-6 years from now.  Can hardly wait!!!!!

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I would love to be near a beach. But Michigan is my home, so I will retire here, and vacation at the beaches in Florida.
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Although everyone I love lives here in upstate NY ,I'd love somewhere warm and dry.

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I will probably retire in 2020-2021 and intend to live between Colombia and central Florida. Part of the advantages of living in Colombia (my wife's home country) is that the cost of living is much less than the US and so is health insurance. We own a home in both countries so that helps a lot although rent in Colombia is very reasonable in most parts of the country. 

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I want to live in the mountains close to a flowing stream with pine trees all around.  I want a big property, at least 5 acres.  I want to have chickens and goats , lots of animals. and my dogs . A log cabin big enough  for my family  to come and stay whenever  they want. I want a garden .  Not mountains with snow most of the year, southwest areas  with snow just a couple  months during the year.  

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@TinaL212109 wrote:

I want to live in the mountains close to a flowing stream with pine trees all around.  I want a big property, at least 5 acres.  I want to have chickens and goats , lots of animals. and my dogs . A log cabin big enough  for my family  to come and stay whenever  they want. I want a garden .  Not mountains with snow most of the year, southwest areas  with snow just a couple  months during the year.  


This would be my fantasy retirement. To me this sounds like a delightful way to spend the next 40 years. 

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Next 40 years?? How old are you now? I enjoyed one-bedroom living in LasV but had cancer surgery and altho I planned for a doctor and nurse to come to my apartment, my kids kidnapped me, basically, because the plan my surgeon had was not "standard of care". They moved mw out with 2 suitcases and a backpack. I miss my 6 chair, pecan dining set. . You don't make the plans for your future, You make plans for backup for what-ifs happening to you.
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Florida or pretty island in Jamacia

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  1. No sure yet but will have family where ever I go. 
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My wonderful husband has lived in our home for over 28 years.  He raised three children on his own in this house.

 

I have come to love our home very much and want to remain here after my husband's retirement.

 

We live approximately 25 miles north of Denver, CO.

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New york

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Southern Oklahoma 

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TN is closest to my children and grandchildren 

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When I retire, I plan to stay put in my current home.  Of course, I'd love to travel to maybe a few new places.  But I intend to spend and end my days of living right where I am now!

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Very good question! 

I'm single, healthy, 62, and might have a modest income at retirement. I'm at the point where I have the following questions:

Should I move near one of my adult children...which one?

Should I move where it is most economical?

Should I move where the weather and amenities are best for me?

I feel like I should play it safe and be prepared ahead of time for circumstances where I might need help and resources, instead of a dream location away from family.

Thanks to everyone for their insights on this forum!

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Hello Info Seeker,

 

I'm in a similar boat.  65.  Retired now.  I decided I would do my international tours and living abroad while I'm still young enough and, hopefully, healthy enough not to need help, and then find a place to live close enough to the kids down the road.

 

May I suggest International Living magazine?  It has all kinds of interesting articles written by people who are living the dream and they go into such places as pricing for food, rent/buy units, healthcare, and other things we want to know.  It's not available on newstands, as far as I know.  Look it up online.

 

Best of luck to you.

 

 

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Kudos to you!  I agree that International Living online site is a great source for finding beauty and economical living.  That is how I started my search, 6 years ago, for ocean-front living in a Mediterranean or dry climate in Spain, Greece, and Mexico.  I decided on North Baja Mexico and purchased 3 years ago, choosing Rosartio Beach, Baja.  I love it here in my ocean front condominum!  Travel is 35 minutes to Southern California. Permanent Mexican residency was easy and fast.
My neighbors are Canadians, various western Europeans, those from the USA- mostly middle-class and upper-middle class retirees and military retirees, plus Australians, a few South Americans, and middle-class Mexican Nationals. Neighbors include a famous Silicon-Vallet high-tech entrepreneur, a retired USA military doctor, an Australian couple, a French restaurant owner, a Mexican restaurant owner and a Mexican engineer.
I now am selling my condo home in La Jolla Real gated community and buying one in the development next door-- both units are built by one of the most respected Mexican developers who uses USA building standards.  My ocean view is 180 degrees.  Below are some photos:West view my balcony to Coronado Isl.West view my balcony to Coronado Isl.Part of living area to oceanPart of living area to oceanOcean view from kitchenOcean view from kitchenMy kitchenMy kitchenMain bedroom-bath suite ocean-frontMain bedroom-bath suite ocean-frontView Southeast from my balconyView Southeast from my balcony

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Candy3954,

 

Thanks for the tip. 

 

I'm going to look up International Living magazine.  My wife and I have been living in Vancouver for about 12 years now.  It's an expensive place, but our money comes from the states (pensions, retirements, investments, etc), and the exchange rate works quite well to our benefit.  

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Good morning RussWestbrook,

 

I visited Vancouver on vacation three years ago and loved the outskirts - the scenery is beautiful.  The city felt safe to me, but very crowded and very expensive.  I was amazed at the Rolls Royce and Lamborghini and other uber-luxury car dealerships I saw that I rarely, if ever, see here (Chicago area).  I have thought about retiring in Canada, but it appears the rules are prohibitive.  How did you manage it, if you don't mind me asking?

 

 

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Hello Candy3954,

 

Well, we "immigrated" to Canada with a little planning and a lot of luck.  By the way you CAN keep your US citizenship, we heard a lot of myths flying around about that.  

 

One trick is we started the process when I was still in my early 50's.  It took about 3 years to get our permanent resident cards.  Also we purchased property here in the early 2000's.  That was for investment, but we were extremely lucky to purchase property at that time, because the values skyrocketed shortly after.  So, now we have a place to stay that is paid for, and two other rental properties to help with retirement.  

 

It actually helped to apply in your 50's, because Canada has a merit system, based on education, job skills, etc, and they look at how long you might contribute to the work force.  But these are not the only criteria, so you shouldn't be put off.   We immigrated under the "Economic, Skilled Workers" classification.  There are other ways to immigrate as well.  You can actually do most of it online, but you have to be patient:

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada.html

 

And yes there are places a lot less expensive than Vancouver, that are very nice to live.  If you like small, scenic, outdoorsy towns, there are lots of those. 

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All of those things are important. You need to decide which are the most important to you? What is it that gives meaning to your life? Where can you find that?

 

For me, the most important thing was my social support network, since I have no family.

 

Carol A. KIng

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