Skip to comments.Where are you retiring and why?
Posted on 08/02/2005 2:29:28 PM PDT by Die_Hard Conservative Lady
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Appreciate the advise good buddy, but my heart has yearned for home a long time. I'm a native originally from Austin (family still there) and am familiar with the rising taxes in our Republic. But I figure for what I'll get for my Calif. property, I'll be able to own our retirement home outright. Still, I've got easily 15yrs. to decide . . .
The various retirement communities along the line between the two states have grown tremdously after a slow start in the 70s.
Golf courses, nearby lakes, some of the fairly large and an easy standard of living with little snow.
You do get some ice in the winter and the occasional big storm but otherwise the biggest adjustment will be the July and August humidity and dealing with the bugs.
Wasps, chiggers and the like will take getting used to on the level that exist in the Ozarks compared to your current region.
Spring and fall are "drop dead" beautiful and there is plenty to explore within a four hour drive.
Already retired to a life RV'ing. Home base is Alabama, (had to be in the South somewhere, and our son goes to Auburn). Winter in Texas or someplace warm. (good two stepping, close to S. Padre, Mexico, lots of resorts for RVs there) Summer in California (and don't tell them we are there) along the northern coast. Need to find other summer spots, like the New England area, but have not had the time yet.
If I recall, isn't Fredricksburg the home town of Lady Bird Johnson, a.k.a. Claudia Taylor?
Didn't care for the place at all.
Stayed in Belize city & visited Placentia.
Most tourists go to Ambergris Cay but I had no intentions of mingling w/ tourists.
Not a paradise. A cliquish, poverty stricken hell hole w/ tremendous crime (theft) IMHO
We are considering Couer D'Alene, Idaho as well. Or possibly somewhere in Washington. Not sure about the winters there though. We've lived out our lives in San Diego and are not used to harsh winters at all. Still, I want somewhere green and semi-rural. I really like Idaho.
We were up there last June looking around. We liked it but I know what you mean.. I picked up a local newspaper and read stories about the local meth problems.
How depressing. That's just the sort of thing I want to get away from when I retire....
10 more years.... /sigh
Ain't tellin! I'm already there and don't need any neighbors.
How 'bout Fallbrook, instead ?
If I get my way, Tybee Island, GA, but if She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed gets her way, it'll probably be in the mountains somewhere.
Ahem. Retired people is not what I meant.
Interesting thread topic..thanks for starting...let me toss in a curve ball..why wouldn't you want to test move to the area for a year or so..and rent..before committing to the whole shebang of building a home...I mean, you wouldn't buy a car without a test drive?
I'm wondering how everyone is convincing their children to follow 'em with their grandkids.
I'll be retiring "Somewhere-Near-Grandkids."
Heard a good one yesterday: After a hurricane devastated Mexico and killed millions, the U.N. sent money, Europe sent food and the U.S. sent two million replacement Mexicans.
I just got a home improvement loan for 65K. I will not be retiring in this decade.
The Meth problem is everywhere....anywhere there's rural land, there's meth sooner or later.
The main Couer D'Alene issue for us the the "LA" types moving there. The typical rude, self involved, botox types.
We're from Los Angeles, but we're just north of it...we're horse people. We live on a ranch. We like to rural living. These people want to turn Idaho into LA. I makes us crazy...
Couer D'Alene winters aren't Wisconsin or Iowa harsh. It snows, but it's not brutal!
Forget that idea..that's why they made airports..look, you could settle near the grandkids..then one sone gets a transfer to London, the other to Seattle..so, are you gonna live in Nova Scotia?
Well, we're still thinking about moving there. The thing that first attracted me was the fact that for what I can sell my house in San Diego for, I could buy 2 or 3 houses up there WITH land.
Hopefully that won't change too much in the 10 years we have left till retirement.
We also liked Bend, Oregon and Spokane Washington areas.
Color me "Grandma."
Argentina. Cheap land (for now), educated population (good for conversations), good food. I can tolerate governments falling every once in awhile. Besides, by the time I hit 70, I may be looking for a new wife, and Argentina has plenty to offer.
Not this Nana. Not hot; not cool.
FYI...Nana was an Old English sheepdog..(G)
My husband was pushing for Maine, but it gets a wee bit cold up there for me. We considered the cape, but it's pricey. Florida is too humid. It's a continuous source of disagreement for us. :)
What's your definition of the "inevitable"?
I've never understood the concept. Long as I'm alive and able, I'm doing something to create wealth or help folks...something....but to each his own.
But if forced to, then Vina Del Mar, Chile is near the top of the list. On the beach, Mediterranean climate, metropolitan Santiago just 60 miles away, best economy in S. America, deserts to the north and cool forests to the south, skiing at the top of the Andes within a 2 hours drive, and still relatively socially conservative (lots of good Catholics and some evangelicals, too.) Home prices are still very affordable, saw a 3-bedroom clifftop with a poolside view of the Pacific for $250,000.
If the good Lord allows, we'll stay right here in Michigan, only nowhere near Lansing. 80 acres and a gun tower, that's all I need.
The place we are going to is the north central part of the state, close to Hardy....
I would want to retire to a place with four seasons, a cool dry summer, a snowy winter, and either water or mountains to enjoy. Affordable housing, pleasant conservative company and an interesting city nearby. Any ideas folks?
Good choice....beautiful there too :)
Las Vegas, NV. The libertarian-minded citizen's Last Frontier. ;)
Interesting concept. Retire and move. I retired last year, but haven't decided where to move to. Probably if I move it will be to someplace where the stars are still visible at night.
It's like that physics experiment in high school where you send a wave down a wire and it bounces off the end and comes back. The wave of civilization started on the east coast and moved west until it hit California and now it is bouncing back east. Eventually it will hit Boston and won't that be an eye-opener for the Mugwumps.
Death and taxes are inevitable. And we've already had the taxes part.
I've already decided that I'm retiring in Washington State.
What a beautiful place!
And I'll just be one more conservative vote in the area. :-D
Spokane, Washington, Grand Junction, Colorado, nearly anywhere in Utah, Flagstaff, Arizona, much of Idaho.
Your idea sounds fine to me.
I think cheap and simple is the way to go. You lose some stores, but who needs them?
Because I've lived in Alaska for 53 years.
I own a house in Wallace Idaho, just East of Coeur dAlene on I-90. The houses are really nice old turn of the century & newer houses, and they go for REALLY INEXPENSIVE!!! I have mine on the market for $50,000 and there are MANY OTHERS for that same price (3 bdrm+). They get snow there, but it is usually pretty mild. You should check out Wallace Idaho or the Silver Valley - it is beautiful!
Ya, I think the meth problem is EVERYWHERE! At least it seems like I run into the problem everywhere I move. I live in Seattle now, but own a house in Wallace. Seattle is really nice when the rest of the country is in 100+ degree weather, we are still in the 80's. My other 1/2 is about to retire from the Navy in a year or so, we are not sure if we will go back to Wallace, or stay in the Puget Sound. Have lived in Colorado, Calif, Washington State, Idaho... Meth is everywhere, I hope they get a grip on it soon. It is like sex offenders, EVERYWHERE!
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