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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2006 2:07 pm    Post subject: So many places, so hard to decide Reply with quote

I have heard that Alabama has a lot of great places to retire to. But i don't really know where to start. We'd like to be near the water, and a golfing community would be ideal. Anyone have any ideas for some good leads?

Addled in Alabama
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2006 9:13 pm    Post subject: Golf is good Reply with quote

There are a lot of great places in Alabama. The golf is great too,
thanks to the trail of wonderful golf courses built to promote
tourism. You could live near one of those courses and be well off. Or
consider Fair Hope near Mobile. It is a beautiful, well-organized
community that has many fans.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2006 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are a lot of good places to retire. My wife and I havent picked anywhere out yet, but i think we might make our choice soon (being newly retired, we are free to move wherever we want!) We are going to go south for a month this winter and check out different places. Seems like for us anyway, seeing a place on the ground is the only way to decide.


On the other hand, i would be interested to hear from folks from colder climates who spend the winter roaming - either renting different places or staying here or there. Somehow the appeal of not being tied down to one place has some appeal.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2006 11:02 pm    Post subject: Best place to retire - but first Reply with quote

The wife and I feel like we are too young to settle on one place yet. I know others suggest that you get started early so inertia doesnt take over, but.

On the other hand i see our friends with places (for the winter) that go down all the time - and go shopping for furniture and drapes. How about a little golf or tennis?

So i would rather cruise around, rent here, rent there, travel. At least for the next few years.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:06 pm    Post subject: Conflicted about where to live in retirement Reply with quote

I am so conflicted about what to do. Gated communities are boring. Mixed generation communities have traffic and cars. Not very many places are ecologically friendly. Florida is hot and crowded. The Carolinas arent warm enough for a winter escape. I love Hawaii, the wife thinks it is a place too far. Stay tuned.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 10:16 pm    Post subject: Lots of good places, but Reply with quote

i think most people can be happy just about anywhere. But, it sure is a lot easier in a place with beautiful surroundings, pleasant people, and lots to do.

Here is one of the biggest things i am really wrestling with. I am reasonably young (5Cool, my wife a few years younger. When we walked down the streets of Venice Florida we were the youngest people there by 10-20 years - it was shocking! Certainly if we live long enough we will get over it, but on the other hand we might need to live somewhere where the ages are mixed together a little better.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 1:28 pm    Post subject: Venice, FL is a great place to live & safe too Reply with quote

Yes, being 50 in Venice is young but the median age has risin in the last 9 years I've lived here and I'm 45. Venice is a bedroom community for Sarasota, there are a lot of people that live in Venice because they don't like the higher prices in Sarasota as well as the busier roads and it's only a short drive away.

Did you know that Venice was named on of the Top 10 Places to Retire by US News and World Report, copy and paste link. (www.usnews.com/usnews/biztech/articles/070920/20retire.venice.htm). I moved to Venice as a single female and yes, it might be a little quiet but I do go to Sarasota or Tampa if I want a little more excitement but I feel very safe living here.

When you go downtown, yes it is mostly older people but it's very beautiful downtown with the palm trees that line the street and if you're really ambitious you can walk all the way to the end of Venice Avenue right onto the beach, which is the "Sharkstooh Capital of the World." For some reason, sharks teeth wash up on our beach and there's even a Sharkstooth Festival every year. Downtown offers a wonderful Farmers Market every weekend. We have arts/craft fairs, parades, festivals, a boat parade at Christmas time, Wine Tastings and other events to numerous to mention.

You might wan to check out the following website for more statistics.
www.city-data.com/city/Venice-Florida.html Venice, Florida is only an hour and fifteen minutes from Tampa and Ft. Myers where there are International Airports but Sarasota has one as well. You can reach Disney in 2 hours, Daytona in 3 hours and Homestead, Florida in three and a half hours so, as you can tell we are centrally located. If you have any further questons or you need relocation information, please contact me directly as I am a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and serve the Venice, Sarasota, North Port and Englewood areas. I love all the surrounding areas but I call Venice home.
www.city-data.com/city/Venice-Florida.html
Kim : )
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So true, so many places, so little time. My goal is to visit as many as I can before I finally decide. Weigh all the advantages against the disad's - but see for myself and fall for the stereotype. My experience is nothing is every quite like it is described.
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Jamie



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the real answer comes down to where you're happiest to spend your time. I personally moved from Camden, Ohio down to Florida because I'm sick of being snowed in. I wanted a warmer climate and an ocean view.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 12:47 pm    Post subject: sooo many places to choose from but I need to plant roots Reply with quote

Retired about 10 years ago and moved from Ky. to south of France as my husband was French. Loved France but decided it was time to move on as I feel it is too far from children and grands. I returned to Ky. ....the saying "you can not go back home" appears to be true for me, I hate it here so I am looking for another place near beach , ocean view. I did move to Gulf Shores, Al. for a bit. Very beautiful, everything a retiree would want .....except a close airport and I despise driving to and form Ky. for visits and also not too warm during winter. So, my next place needs to be near sand, beach, warmer weather and an airport ! Any suggestions?? Anyone who is out there and can give me some good locations in USA or abroad I would appreciate your input along with reasons.
Thanks, Martha
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 6:27 am    Post subject: Southern FL Reply with quote

Sounds like you might like southern FL - warmer weather, sand beaches. Great airports in Tampa, Ft. Myers, Fort Lauderdale. How about Venice?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 12:51 pm    Post subject: those 100 best places to retire list Reply with quote

Speaking of the Topretirements list of the 100 best places to retire for 2010. http://www.topretirements.com/blog/great-towns/sunbelt-shines-on-the-100-best-places-to-retire-list-for-2010.html/

Asheville, NC? That is RIDICULOUS. Asheville is beautiful but 6 months out of the year it is unbearably cold. The
elderly flee that weather every year. Ever heard of snowbirds?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am at either Portland, Or or Ashville, NC to retire.
I did call the places listed on Topretirements for Ashville but they were family homes.

I was specifically looking for 55+ active adult communities. I know of Del Webb and Trilogy homes which provide the lifestyle I was looking. Unfortunately but they are not in the locations I would prefer.

By any chance do you know of another builder that provides this lifestyle so I can look at their website?

A year ago I heard that Del Webb might be building in Hendersonville- outside of Ashville but now I can't find information on the property. I have called the other sales offices but they want me to look at their location.

EDITORS NOTE: Here is a very useful link for finding builders of 55+ and active adult communities:
http://www.bestguide-retirementcommunities.com/retirementcommunitybuilders.html
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 2:04 pm    Post subject: The Villages is for me Reply with quote

The best place for retirement, IMHO, is The Villages, FL. It is a city of approx. 78, 000 people which has homes in all prices ranges (just under $70,000 to over a million), outstanding health care (a great hospital and Moffitt Cancer Center soon to be opened), just about every major retail store and restaurant found in the USA, many local stores & restaurants, over 40 swimming pools as well as a like number of golf courses which are free for Villages residents, 2 bowling alleys, more than 500 activities available each week (most are free), 2 cineplexes - each has 8 theaters, live music every night (it's free, too) in each of 2 town squares to dance to, listen or just people watch, AND we can get to most places on our golf carts as well as in our cars. Can you tell I LOVE the lifestyle in The Villages? The Villages is located a little over an hour from Orlando Int'l Airport just off I-75. I do NOT work for The Villages. I just think it's a super value for retirement.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 3:12 pm    Post subject: South going North Reply with quote

I've lived in the New Orleans area for over 30 years now. We have about 5 - 7 years to go before we retire. Depends on stock market (Wink. We started our search for retirement places. I use this site as one reference to locate places. We plan to go to two locations in each of our remaining work years to find a location. Check out my blog, http://retiremark.blogspot.com, on the first place we visited and the next one for this year.

The reason we're moving north is to get away from hurricane alley. After Katrina hit, we just don't want to be around during our retirement when the next one hits.

We have visited Plano, TX. Wonderful place. Population of around 200,000, northeast of Dallas. Usually in the top 100 places to retire.

Our requirements for a location:

1. Comprehensive Medical facilities
2. Near a major airport
3. Within an hour or so of a major metro area
4. Crime statistics below the national average.

I have links on my blog where you can find out if your location has these and more.

Mark
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