May 11, 2021 — Maybe the question should be, “Where Are You Going to Retire”, as many of our Members have either not yet retired, or haven’t quite come to a final decision. We all want to know about those greener pastures that beckon(ed) to you. Or perhaps, you have decided to retire where you live now, either in the same home or in a different neighborhood. Whatever the case, the Topretirements community is very interested in your plans, because where people are actually retiring is always a lot more interesting than what all those “best places to retire” articles come up with.
Knowing what other people are thinking about gives people ideas as well as food for thought. There will be many possibilities where baby boomers are retiring that you hadn’t thought about, as well as considerations that you hadn’t taken into account before. To get things started, we have copied a sampling of suggestions from over 140 Comments we received a few years ago on this topic (although that Blog was specifically about where singles will retire, most of the Comments were applicable to couples as well as singles).
Your thoughts please! We encourage everyone reading this Blog to give us at least a sentence or two about where you retire, or the places you are considering. If everyone will do that, which will only take a minute, we will have an amazingly rich resource that thousands of people will find fascinating. Just go to the Comments section at the end of this article and give us a sentence (or more about why if you would like). In some cases we have to approve it before it goes live, but we will try to do that quickly. Thanks!
Sampling of Comments from Are You Single? Where You Said You Were Going to Retire
I live in Maryland, just to work only, and I want to explore states south of MD to get an idea of where to retire. No more snow shoveling and icy road conditions for me. I thought about North and South Carolina but I am open to other areas. I want some cultural activities and the beach not far away, low cost of living and I will be renting until I am sure. JoyceR
I would like to move to a city for 6 mos to a year then move again for another 6 mos to a year so i could try out different cities. I am a single woman so I can’t move all my furniture that often. I am thinking I could put most of my belongings in storage then arrange to get them once I make my decision. LouAnn
The 55+ communities in Mission Viejo and Laguna Woods, around since the 1960s, are pretty established. The Trilogy Brentwood homes in NorCal are brand new, and their new features, such as solar and efficient layouts, really appeal to me. libran
Now I am single and trying to figure it all out. As a couple we wanted to live in Ruidoso, NM, for a while. As a single person, while a beautiful area and I enjoyed the people, it may be a bit isolated. My first solo trip was to Santa Fe. Many activities and expensive. Am still drawn to New Mexico. Nyla
I love the idea of “Golden Girls” style of living. I think this could become a more viable housing option in the coming years. Some home can be adapted to duel master suites to accomodate this style of living, and I suspect builders will follow suit if the demand is there. Although I am currently married, my sister and I joke about the eventuality of home sharing at some point in the future. Pauline
I rented a duplex in Cape Coral for 6 months this winter to really get a feel for the area. I find people here to be very friendly–everyone is from someplace else. I love being on the canal. I looked long and hard and finally found a condo about a block away from where I was renting. I am enjoying my new neighborhood. Linda
I’m looking for very large 55+ communities in NC, PA, DE or VA. I am viewing my retirement in 10-year increments. I figure my needs from 66 to 76 might be different from my needs when I hit 76-86. Sharon
I am moving to Arizona from the Chicago area. My niece lives in Cave Creek, AZ so I will use her place as a jumping off point to figure out where I want to land. Since I am from the Midwest I like trees and different kinds of weather (won’t miss 2 feet of snow though). For that reason I am going to look at Prescott, AZ and Cottonwood. I am also going to trek over to New Mexico in Rio Rancho. Christine
I have 2-3 years left before I retire. I have narrowed it down to St. Augustine in FL or Athens, GA. I haven’t checked out Athens yet but will the end of May. The plus about GA to me is my nephew and his wife plus friends of theirs. Stacey
Sold the big home and purchased a lovely new home in a neighborhood with lots of amenities. Moving out to Arizona was the best decision I ever made. My new life is great… have met many nice people and lots of things for me to do. Loralee
I am leaning towards Kings Point at Sun City Center for a number of reasons. At first I thought I would prefer the single family home section so that I would have a private yard and much lower fees but I have changed my mind because at Kings Point I would not have to worry about a lot of maintenance and a lot is included in the monthly fee. Gloria
Plan to retire to the Florida panhandle, i.e., Panama City, where properties are very reasonably priced. I’m single and plan to purchase property on a few acres close to town. I have several single women pals who would love to live close to the beach and away from the snow and cold, but can’t afford it. I have offered them a place to live once I get settled. Our plan is to build several cabins or small homes of about 800 square feet each on this acreage so that we can live together on the same land and care for and check on each other, but each have our own home. CoryB
I’ll be moving from a small town in North Georgia to a small town in Western North Carolina. The main reason that I am moving is to be around people working in the arts. I worked as a potter for a few years, but I was afraid that on my own I couldn’t support myself. I went back to school and got degrees and began a conservative career. My philosophy about moving and change is nothing is forever and if you decide you don’t like where you are or what you’re doing, you have the power to change it. Gloria
I started thinking about moving to a lake, and decided I would quickly get bored sitting on the dock, and most lakes are far from everything. That got me thinking about where I could go where there was lots of action and things to do.
I decided to go on vacation year round in Myrtle Beach SC. Low taxes, low cost of living and plenty to do both as a tourist and as a resident. Doug
Moved last June from Northern Virginia to The Villages, FL. I sold my home, gave away all my furniture, packed up a small POD which was sent to a storage facility in Orlando and moved to Florida on the auto-train. I’m renting a home for a year to see if I like it here. Maggie
Am intent on moving from Summerville, SC to Boulder, Co. Why? Because my online research persuades me that Boulder is a near-ideal venue point for me to fulfill a life-long dream of glorying in the natural splendors of the American West! Weldon
What I love about Chattanooga in comparison to Michigan, is the beauty of the city. Northern Michigan is gorgeous (in my opinion). However, the winters are brutal and when you live near the water, you tend to have to drive to restaurants and shopping.I love the mild winters of TN and the gorgeous colors in the fall and spring as well as being in the city.Their are a lot of transplants in Chattanooga and the people are friendly, smart, fun and accepting to others. LisaJ
I have narrowed my retirement location to three places: Puget Sound area, Tucson (where I now live) and Fayetteville, AR. I have family in each location, which is a primary requirement for me. I want to live in a semi-rural area that is close to a university. I hope to work part-time or as a consultant in retirement. Elaine
I want to avoid the isolation of the suburbs. I’m thinking about Greenville, SC, Elkins WV, Peterborough NH ,Oberlin OH, Annapolis MD and Richmond IN among other places. Also Madison WI. Leslie
Your place to retire. These were just 20 comments from the 141 made to this 2015 article. Please add yours (or update what you said back then – those are always great)!