Suggestions regarding towns/cities to retire (in 48 states)

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Suggestions regarding towns/cities to retire (in 48 states)

Post by doraemon » Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:48 pm

Hi. I'm currently living in the Washington, D.C., area, and am thinking of retiring to a smaller city/town with a lower cost of living.

My criteria/wants are:
(1) A city/town that's close to nature (hiking, mountains, rivers, lakes, etc.). I'm not a big beach person, so proximity to an ocean is not a priority.
(2) A city/town with three-four seasons, but that doesn't have overly long winters.
(3) A city/town with walkable neighborhoods, where one can walk/bike to restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores.
(4) A city/town with cultural offerings -- where one can regularly see good theater, attend concerts, etc.
(5) A city/town with a nearby airport served by at least two major airlines.

Any thoughts/suggestions would be most welcome.
Thanks!

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Post by livesoft » Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:50 pm

West University Place, TX.
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Post by Watty » Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:19 pm

Be sure to add good healthcare to your list of criteria.

I know someone that build a retirement home in a small town that had OK doctors and a small hospital but for anything like seeing a specialist for minor knee problem they had to drive into a city about three hours away and resulted in multiple trips and overnight stays for pre-op appointments, outpatient surgery, follow up appointment, etc. They saw that would not work when they were older so they moved to a larger city.

Many college towns would be worth considering.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_c ... ted_States

Asheville NC is very popular with retirees and would fit many of the items on your list but the influx of retirees has made it a bit expensive for the south. There have been some threads on it that you can look up.

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Post by Hockey10 » Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:15 am

Here is a recent thread that overlaps with this one.

viewtopic.php?p=4577153#p4577153

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Post by jrbdmb » Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:25 am

livesoft wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:50 pm
West University Place, TX.
I would add that college towns in general might be worth looking into. In general more compact / less sprawl to accommodate college students and usually more cultural / entertainment options than other towns of similar size.

But isn't West University Place, TX (outside of Houston) a two season climate - Hot and Hotter? :D

Humble suggestions - Chapel Hill NC, Chancellorsville VA, Other places like State College PA or Princeton NJ also come to mind, but the weather might be off-putting.
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Post by 02nz » Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:35 am

Charleston, SC comes to mind. It's gotten more expensive but outside of the old town housing will still be cheaper than DC. It has an outstanding food scene. Good cultural scene, too, including the annual Spoleto Festival in May-June. But if you don't like DC humidity, it may be a non-starter. Charleston gets hotter, more humid, and for longer than DC. Charleston airport has added a lot of service, it's even getting a nonstop to London later this year.

Santa Fe, NM would be another. Very different scenery than on the east coast. The airport doesn't have much service but it's not that far from Albuquerque.
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Post by flossy21 » Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:37 am

Charlottesville, VA is worth a look.

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Post by livesoft » Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:45 am

jrbdmb wrote:
Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:25 am
But isn't West University Place, TX (outside of Houston) a two season climate - Hot and Hotter? :D
West U is definitely not outside of Houston.
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Post by tainted-meat » Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:54 am

That's easy, my town, Louisville, KY.



My criteria/wants are:
(1) A city/town that's close to nature (hiking, mountains, rivers, lakes, etc.). I'm not a big beach person, so proximity to an ocean is not a priority.

Hike and mountain bike in city limits? Yes, we have plenty of that. Frederick Law Olmsted's firm, who designed NYC's Central Park, also designed our park system.

https://www.olmstedparks.org/
https://louisvilleky.gov/government/jef ... ial-forest
https://louisvilleky.gov/government/louisville-loop
https://www.theparklands.org/Parks/Beck ... ville-Loop

(2) A city/town with three-four seasons, but that doesn't have overly long winters.

Louisville's climate is similar to DC, maybe a tad warmer here.

(3) A city/town with walkable neighborhoods, where one can walk/bike to restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores.

No problem here, take your pick:

https://www.gotolouisville.com/neighbor ... highlands/
http://crescenthill.us/About-Crescent-Hill
https://www.tripsavvy.com/st-matthews-l ... od-2237188

(4) A city/town with cultural offerings -- where one can regularly see good theater, attend concerts, etc.:

Just a couple of many options.

https://www.louisville.com/category/music
http://www.kentuckycenter.org/

(5) A city/town with a nearby airport served by at least two major airlines.

Plenty of flight options. Want to go International? No problem, quick connection to Chicago/ORD and then onto your international destination.

https://www.flylouisville.com/

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Post by bowtie » Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:08 pm

t-m,
Louisville winters do typically include snow, though, don't they?
Also, I'd never heard of West University Place, but it is on a list of 'top 50' smaller places to live .....
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Post by 7eight9 » Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:20 pm

doraemon wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:48 pm
Hi. I'm currently living in the Washington, D.C., area, and am thinking of retiring to a smaller city/town with a lower cost of living.

My criteria/wants are:
(1) A city/town that's close to nature (hiking, mountains, rivers, lakes, etc.). I'm not a big beach person, so proximity to an ocean is not a priority.
(2) A city/town with three-four seasons, but that doesn't have overly long winters.
(3) A city/town with walkable neighborhoods, where one can walk/bike to restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores.
(4) A city/town with cultural offerings -- where one can regularly see good theater, attend concerts, etc.
(5) A city/town with a nearby airport served by at least two major airlines.

Any thoughts/suggestions would be most welcome.
Thanks!
Crazy as it sounds I'm going to suggest Las Vegas/Henderson, NV.

(1) A city/town that's close to nature (hiking, mountains, rivers, lakes, etc.). I'm not a big beach person, so proximity to an ocean is not a priority.
Red Rock Canyon / Mount Charleston / Lake Mead. And those are close. Want to drive a little farther? Lots of national parks (and the beach).

(2) A city/town with three-four seasons, but that doesn't have overly long winters.
Not so sure here about 3/4 seasons. We have winter and summer. You won't have to shovel snow. Put it that way.

(3) A city/town with walkable neighborhoods, where one can walk/bike to restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores.
Live downtown (Las Vegas) and that will be a reality. Thank Tony Hsieh.

(4) A city/town with cultural offerings -- where one can regularly see good theater, attend concerts, etc.
Theater? Smith Center. Concerts? Up and down the Strip. Everyone comes to Las Vegas.

(5) A city/town with a nearby airport served by at least two major airlines.
Got it. It is called McCarran International Airport. https://www.mccarran.com/Business/Statistics
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Post by Sandtrap » Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:36 pm

Prescott, Arizona.

Mile High in the Bradshaw Mountains (not hot like Phoenix which is 2 hrs South)
Surrounded by National Parks and lakes (outdoor folks paradise)
Small Town (50,000) with surrounding 2 small towns, Prescott Valley 60,000+, Chino Valley.
Conveniences: Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, Health Food Stores, Costco, Trader Joes, and other main stores.
Medical Care (YRMC Hospital, etc)
Retirement focused town.
L>M COL (not ULCOL, kinda LCOL but rising fast)
Open land, wide open spaces, most all for public use.
Relative lack of traffic, congestion. (pace is slowwwwww)
Not too hot, not "Arizona" hot, not too cold.
Real Estate prices have risen sharply over the past years, though.
Prescott Airport has shuttle flights.
Major Airport is in Phoenix, 2 hours south. Van Shuttles run all day, daily.

A unique combination of things.
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Post by quantAndHold » Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:33 pm

Asheville, NC.

Or pretty much any college town.

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Post by JOEVANDAL » Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:50 pm

Liberty Lake, WA.
20 minutes from downtown Spokane and 20 minutes to Lake Coeur d'Alene.
Lots of running and biking paths and access to the Centennial Trail which connects Spokane, WA to Coeur d"Alene.
One hour and 15 minutes from Lookout Pass Ski Area (local ski area on Idaho/Montana border) and 90 minutes to Schweitzer Mountain Resort just up from Sandpoint, Idaho (more upscale)
No income tax in the State of Washington.

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Post by jayk238 » Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:30 am

A lot of these southern states dont sound inviting when considering the heat. I live in a traditionally mild climate and our spring/summer temps have already hit 90.

If youre into hiking, are in your 50s or so would you really want to hike or enjoy the outdoors in sweltering heat?

I often wonder if ill need more than one place to retire

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Post by gt5550 » Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:44 pm

East tennessee, plus no income tax

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Post by snackdog » Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:34 pm

Denver ticks all your boxes. The winter is not bad at all.

Seattle works.

Portland works.

Boise works.

West University does not work unless you don't mind flying to the nearest hiking.

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