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Old 04-21-2009, 12:37 AM   #21
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I like a solid home base with travel as long and often as I can afford, DH wants to move to a nicer climate and stay more or less put. As I get older the warmer climate sounds nicer all the time. But I've been burned with real estate once, kind of scared to try it again. We've only been in this house 27 years, what's the rush?
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My wife has been into the urban loft thing, you know those overpriced "work, live, play" type developments that have been springing up in various cities that have historically more sprawlish.

I appreciate the benefits of 'em but man I just don't see how the prices they are charging can be justified for the benefits they offer. Sure I'd love to be able to stroll to the corner to get a bagel or happily bar hop at night without wondering how I'm getting home, but I also like not worrying about my wife out walking alone at night and not picking up my dog's crap from the sidewalk.

I had a coworker who had one it's so tiny yet cost twice what our townhome did. It was fun I guess in that we could tease him about his sexual orientation because the development he was in seemed about 90% affluent middle aged gay men.

I also think our expenses would go up living in one of those developments simply because so many more conveniences nearby.
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:15 AM   #23
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I also think our expenses would go up living in one of those developments simply because so many more conveniences nearby.
I live in that sort of hip urban neighborhood, but not a newly created one. My rent is high but not terrible; but purchase prices are still very high.

As to a more daily expensive lifestyle in this sort of place, this board can help with that. Many people here spend $25 or more almost every day in bars, sushi bars, coffee shops, etc. OTOH you can find much less expensive and very interesting pastimes only a walk away.

In spite of a lot of inflation since I first came to the board in 2003, the only bump up in my COL was my divorce and the consequesnt need to start paying rent. Food and "miscellaneous" as well as auto expenses have actually gone down.

Yesterday some young guy had made an armful of hula hoops and was handing them out to whoever wanted to hoop a little in Cal Anderson Park. He had a nice little group gathered by him.

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My original "retirement plan" was to put the snow thrower in the back of the pickup truck and drive south until people started asking what that machine was for. DW didn't want to go that far from family and in hindsight she was right.

I suspect that no place is going to be perfect and one hopes to find somewhere that meets most of the wants. Sort of the way SIL put it on finding a spouse - "Everybody has flaws. The trick is finding someone whose flaws don't matter much to you."

So except for the months of November-March, when I essentially go into hibernation, WV is pretty nice. Costs are reasonable, it's not too crowded, we don't get extremes of weather, and when it snows we stock up on food and movies and stay home.
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So except for the months of November-March, when I essentially go into hibernation, WV is pretty nice. Costs are reasonable, it's not too crowded, we don't get extremes of weather, and when it snows we stock up on food and movies and stay home.
Last night I got up to get a drink of water and looked out the window and remembered how much I enjoyed our snowfalls this past winter. Consciously at least I have never been a "4-season" lover. But since I no longer have to drive or maintain a car in bad weather I enjoy it. I have those mini-crampons so I can get around safely on foot, and I don't have any sidewalk or driveway snow clearing responsibilities.

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