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

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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

 

 

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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"FindYourSpot.com" is a fun tool to use to look for places to retire based on your criteria.

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

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Advent Christian Village is a 55 and up commmunity near Live Oak Florida. They offer houses, mobile home lots, retals, apartments, assisted living, skilled nursing care, and memory care. They also have medical and dental care plus a pharmacy.  It basically a small town. They have a library, restaurants, and a hotel. 

 

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

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If you're thinking of TN, try Hendersonville--low crime, decent things to do, a little pricier than the rest of TN but not by much.  And you have Nashville only 20 minutes south with lots of concerts.

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Check out the Ocala area. We're at On Top of The World, a 55+ gated retirement community. HOA fees are reasonable and property taxes are also. Lots to do, if you want to.
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