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Freeper Suggestions on Where to Retire
Me | 4 Dec 2001 | Me

Posted on 12/04/2001 8:28:05 AM PST by hattend

I am looking for suggestions from FReepers in lower 48 for city/state recommendations on where to retire.

I have pretty much decided on the western US (excluding the Pacific Coast states) and would lean to the southwestern states. I would stay in Alaska but I am tired of the long winter nights.

Would prefer acreage but you can try to convince me to live in town. :-)

If you know of any on-line newspaper links that have the classified, a URL would be appreciated.

Thanks
Don


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1 posted on 12/04/2001 8:28:05 AM PST by hattend
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To: hattend
Reconsider. Augusta GA is a well-kept secret. Nice town, low cost of living. Check out other areas of GA SC and NC as well.
2 posted on 12/04/2001 8:29:53 AM PST by Viet Vet in Augusta GA
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To: hattend
Any "RED" state. If you don't live cold, Texas (No State Income Tax).
4 posted on 12/04/2001 8:31:32 AM PST by PetroniDE
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To: PetroniDE
Do not move to Albuquerque. It's full. And besides, you'd hate it there.
5 posted on 12/04/2001 8:33:09 AM PST by RooRoobird14
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To: Viet Vet in Augusta GA
GA is a well-kept secret

/And we want to keep it that way. Shhhhh.

6 posted on 12/04/2001 8:34:48 AM PST by CFW
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To: hattend
I highly recommend Arizona. Low taxes. Low cost of living. In general a western attitude about being independent (somewhat spoiled by the people who have moved in from socialist republics). Pick your climate, starting with incredible sun and low humidity in the desert valley of Phoenix to the snow and cold of the high country around Flagstaff. If you live on the edge of Phoenix it is cooler. Outside of Phoenix land costs are much lower. It depends on what you like. Great airport. Spectacular scenery. Mayo Clinic and other good hospitals.

Phoenix is a high-tech, prosperous, growing city. I love it here. It would take a SWAT team to get me to move.

7 posted on 12/04/2001 8:34:56 AM PST by Chemnitz
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To: hattend
Check out Grand Lake, Colorado. You get the snow in the winter, the blooming plants in the spring, the colors in the fall and mild warm weather in the summer. No better place on earth to live as far as I am concerned: http://www.mountainlake.com/Mlp.htm relax@MountainLake.com Ask for my buddie Scott or his wife Dona and they can help you with anything you need to know.
8 posted on 12/04/2001 8:37:21 AM PST by samuel_adams_us
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To: hattend
Well, I can give you 3 states NOT to retire in:

Massachusetts
Connecticut
New Jersey

Now you are down to 45 choices.

9 posted on 12/04/2001 8:38:07 AM PST by michaelje
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To: Viet Vet in Augusta GA
Can you be specific when mentioning SC and NC. Looking to buy near the coast with some property/privacy.
10 posted on 12/04/2001 8:39:22 AM PST by StarFan
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To: Chemnitz
I love Flagstaff. What a great little town.
11 posted on 12/04/2001 8:39:49 AM PST by michaelje
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To: RooRoobird14
Hahahahah!!! I have actually looked at property in Las Cruces and near Alamogordo. Might still move to God's Country (Land of Enchanment) - that's why I asked for opinions - to help me off the fence.

I lived in Alamogordo for 5 years...kinda liked it, especially the 340 days of sun a year and BBQing the Thanksgiving Turkey in my swimsuit!

You're right, I'd hate it in ABQ :-)

12 posted on 12/04/2001 8:40:29 AM PST by hattend
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To: hattend
You are welcome in Arkansas, we need you. Northwest is a nice area.

Land and homes are cheap, taxes are low. You can live in the mountains on a lake but are within a reasonable distance of Tulsa, Springfield, MO and a daylight distance of Dallas, OKC, Memphis, KC, or STL. Beaches in the Florida panhandle or GulfShores are a reasonable distance for long weekends if you decide you need the ocean. Fishing and hunting are good. People are friendly. And did I mention that land and homes are cheap.
13 posted on 12/04/2001 8:43:01 AM PST by Arkinsaw
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To: pmgoeri
Lake Tahoe or Reno, Nevada. I lived in Winnemucca NV for 8 years and would recommend there as well.

Another good suggestion...I have been looking at Winnemucca too and I'm at the Reno Air Races every year, might at well live there and save the flight/drive.

It'll be considered...Thanks!

14 posted on 12/04/2001 8:43:56 AM PST by hattend
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To: hattend
I am thinking you all move to Hollyweird - with little ole' me - overcome the scum, and make it a conservative town.
15 posted on 12/04/2001 8:46:16 AM PST by Outraged
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To: michaelje
definitely skip NY (that goes w/o saying)
16 posted on 12/04/2001 8:49:01 AM PST by mapleleafrag
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To: michaelje
lol, that's cute. I wouldn't go to Vermont either. Too liberal.
17 posted on 12/04/2001 8:49:47 AM PST by Boxsford
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To: hattend
there is a web site I use frequently to see what's cooking where my kids live...but this would be excellent for you...it's called.. thousands of newspapers on the net......check it out....BTW, I would vote for Colorado in a heartbeat.
18 posted on 12/04/2001 8:50:19 AM PST by OldFriend
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To: StarFan
Naw, those coasts have too many hurricanes. Looks like further on down here is better.
19 posted on 12/04/2001 8:51:29 AM PST by crystalk
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To: Arkinsaw
Agree. I used to live in Northern Ark. it's beautiful. Except, for the little matter of tornadoes.
20 posted on 12/04/2001 8:52:12 AM PST by Boxsford
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To: hattend
The best place in New Mexico is over the line in Arizona, Cochise area, Sierra Vista etc.
21 posted on 12/04/2001 8:52:54 AM PST by crystalk
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To: hattend
I've heard lots of good things about Gulf Breeze Florida. Lots of reasonably priced beach front property, A small town atmosphere and you get buzzed by UFO's occasionally just to break up the monotony. :)
22 posted on 12/04/2001 8:53:58 AM PST by Brett66
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To: hattend
If you need to get the most out of your money, go to Rapid City, SD. Winters are relatively mild due to the chinook effect (I have friends that golf there in February most years), and the cost of living is low. Taxes are the lowest in the country. You're just 10 minutes from the mountains. Crime is very low. Just a suggestion.
23 posted on 12/04/2001 8:54:43 AM PST by SoDak
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To: hattend
I'd consider New Hampshire. There are parts where they're giving land away. No state income tax. And more freedom-fighters per capita than any other state!
24 posted on 12/04/2001 8:55:30 AM PST by Christian B
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To: hattend
From my own personal travels across the US, I would recommend Arizona. The state is just simply beautiful.
25 posted on 12/04/2001 8:55:52 AM PST by michaelje
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To: crystalk
Try AOL House and Home on the internet. Select real estate, then go to whatever city you are interested in. Set your parameters for price, etc. and begin your search. A hint. I have checked dozens of them. Have a look at Huntsville, Alabama for the best homes at the most affordable prices.
26 posted on 12/04/2001 8:57:43 AM PST by billhilly
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To: StarFan
You would not like SC at all. Mosquitoes are terrible, taxes are rising every year, democrat govenor, both U.S. senators are old geezers, the people drive too slow and talk funny, the land grant college football team can't get a bid to the humanitarian bowl, the schools are always in a heated race with Miss. for the bottom of the pile, and last but not least there are just too many people here all ready.
27 posted on 12/04/2001 8:57:48 AM PST by JParris
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To: OldFriend
You probably don't live in Colorado. We moved to Colorado Springs (near Monument) 12 years ago. The area used to be small-town, rural in nature. But the city and county "planners" have been on the take from developers for the last 8-9 years. There are now literally thousands of cars on roads that were designed when we had a population of 800. Areas that were wide-open treed expanses are now crowded with houses, with no thought to taxing a limited water supply. No, I can no longer recommend Colorado, except for a visit.
28 posted on 12/04/2001 9:02:00 AM PST by bruin66
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To: JParris
And it is too much like China. They speak a foreign language, they worship their ancestors, they eat a lot of rice...
29 posted on 12/04/2001 9:02:54 AM PST by crystalk
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To: bruin66
The person is looking for a place to retire.....if he had to commute to work that might be deserving of a different criteria. My daughter moved to Denver last year from lousy ole NJ........she loves it.......everything about it is awe inspiring.....on a bad day you just have to look to the mountains to feel restored. Sorry your experience has been unhappy but the state has many many good things going for it.
30 posted on 12/04/2001 9:05:22 AM PST by OldFriend
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Pick up a copy of The Places Rated Retirement Guide, put out by Rand McNally. My copy is a few years old, The authors rate 107 areas from wonderful to abysmal.

Brevard, North Carolina is number one. Ashville, North Carolina is number two. I agree, A marvelous city. Both of thes choices tell you just how good is North Carolina.

The Clakesville-Mt. Airy,Georgia area is third. I like Georgia too, but stay away from Atlanta.

Worst of all the places rated--Laconia, New Hampshire. I have never been there, so cannot comment.

31 posted on 12/04/2001 9:05:40 AM PST by catonsville
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To: hattend
Colorado may be crowded along the front range, but check out Grand Junction on the western slope, great place to retire. Not crowded, beautiful country....Bush country.
32 posted on 12/04/2001 9:06:45 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: xin loi
Sequim, Washington. Outside of Seattle, Washington is Bush Country.
34 posted on 12/04/2001 9:10:04 AM PST by ThreeYearLurker
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To: SoDak
I'm not going to say the temperatures are exactly Southern Californian, but they are certainly a lot milder than the image - it looks like your weather is significantly milder than Boston, with highs rarely below freezing.

And there are even some surprisingly Californian contemporary style homes, although you'll have to pay surprisingly Californian prices for one :-(. I was surprised to see the most expensive listing break $1,500,000, which is just about average for Malibu. But that was a rare exception; most listings, of course, are way under a million. (Data kindly supplied by realtor.com)

But for those of you who are less extravagent, it looks like you could do pretty well for $100k, even $50k, which certainly is in no way Californian.

For those of you who don't absolutely loathe cold weather(*) as I do, it seems like a good deal, and maybe even some good chance for real estate appreciation.

D

(*) Temperatures under, say, 65degF. Tragically, even Southern California's rigourous winters often go lower. I should move to Miami.

35 posted on 12/04/2001 9:10:48 AM PST by daviddennis
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To: crystalk
Didn't have even one this year. God must've figured we were busy enough after 9/11.
36 posted on 12/04/2001 9:11:25 AM PST by Orbiter
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To: michaelje
Avoid the People's Republic of Maryland at all costs...unless you want to sign over all your money and property to the State and be done with it.
37 posted on 12/04/2001 9:12:42 AM PST by Goldi-Lox
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To: bruin66
That sounds funny coming from a newby. Born in Colorado in 1964, we thought it was getting out of control in the seventies, these days it's a nightmare.
38 posted on 12/04/2001 9:13:17 AM PST by samuel_adams_us
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To: OldFriend
Wow, great newspaper website...thanks!

Would any of you people living in Colorado recommend the western slope? Like Grand Junction, Delta or Fruita?

39 posted on 12/04/2001 9:20:38 AM PST by hattend
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To: GSWarrior
Hahahah!! Thanks! That was quick! Guess I should re-load before asking questions.
40 posted on 12/04/2001 9:22:21 AM PST by hattend
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To: hattend
Oklahoma. Boiling hot in summer, cold in winter, miles from anywhere. People friendly, and housing cheap.

However, if I were rich, I'd retire to Phoenix or San Diego.

41 posted on 12/04/2001 9:24:57 AM PST by LadyDoc
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To: hattend
When I retire I often go to places like Big-O Tires. I used a Goodyear place once, but wasn't impressed.
42 posted on 12/04/2001 9:25:43 AM PST by sharktrager
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To: hattend
Best place in:

1. Alabama. Huntsville, for a city. St Elmo or anywhere on the gulf, for a small town.

2. Alaska, rule it out due to cold and costs.

3. Arizona, choose Sierra Vista/Huachuca area. Close to cheap Mexican shopping for pharmaceuticals, yet not really all that overwhelmingly Hispanic, but learn Spanish anyway. Second choice, maybe, uphill from Phoenix around Cave Creek or Black Canyon.

4. Arkansas, it would have to be the NW but not to my taste.

5. California, I would avoid it unless I already lived there, in which case there are some hideaways.

6. Colorado. Hate to say this but I would avoid it.

7. CT, Del. Avoid.

8. Florida. Best area is the northeast coast, look closely, from Marineland north to the Georgia border. Hard to go wrong anywhere in the state, unless you hate hot summer or the humidity, which is much less bad on the Atlantic coast than the Gulf.

9. Georgia. A well kept secret. Try Moultrie or Thomasville, or Savannah, or stick a pin in the map.

(to be continued)

43 posted on 12/04/2001 9:25:56 AM PST by crystalk
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To: hattend
That baking desert at Grand Junction is freezing cold in winter, baking hot in summer, and ugly as heck. Try Rapid City SD for much prettier scenery, climate, and (shhh!) milder too, and better people. Now I will be flamed.
44 posted on 12/04/2001 9:28:44 AM PST by crystalk
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To: samuel_adams_us
A few things to check on (no particular order):

Income taxes, especially on "unearned" income.
Sales taxes.
Property taxes.
Cost of living (food, housing, medical, energy.)
Climate.
Crime.
Access to hospitals, airports, shooting ranges.
Distance of relatives.
View.
Things you want.

45 posted on 12/04/2001 9:30:21 AM PST by Doctor Stochastic
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To: Brett66
Sorry to butt in on hattend's query but do you know anything of the tax situation in Gulf Breeze FL? Such as state sales, property, income tax rates?
46 posted on 12/04/2001 9:32:51 AM PST by Hostage
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To: Hostage
THERE IS NO STATE INCOME TAX IN FLORIDA! It is against the state constitution.

Property taxes are among the lowest dozen states in the country for the price of house, especially if it is homesteaded as your primary residence. Sales tax is 7% but does not apply to food or pharmaceuticals, unless eaten out in restaurants.

47 posted on 12/04/2001 9:36:21 AM PST by crystalk
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To: crystalk
Georgia. A well kept secret. Try Moultrie or Thomasville, or Savannah, or stick a pin in the map.

See my post #6.

48 posted on 12/04/2001 9:37:10 AM PST by CFW
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To: xin loi
Forget Florida, the southeast is GOMER land; the southwest is too expensive; the northeast is ancient and overgrown; the northwest is new and overgrown.

Also, forget Alabama (stuck in the 19th century), Mississippi (suck in the 18th century), and Lousianna (unflushed swampland from the 17th century). My memories of the Northeast US and the midwest are all too old to be reliable but I wouldn't live there.
49 posted on 12/04/2001 9:37:19 AM PST by balrog666
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To: hattend
Skip the states and move to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico.
50 posted on 12/04/2001 9:39:20 AM PST by Joan_of_Argghh!
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