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Old 04-05-2009, 05:46 PM   #61
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It seems that the people who make these lists don't do any field work. If you want a fine place to live, I humbly suggest my fair state of Connecticut. I live in a picturesque old New England town (you know, with the big white church on the maple-lined village green), on Long Island Sound and a relatively short train ride to the big city (NYC) for excitement. It is, however, far from cheap.
Minus the Long Island Sound, my favorite picturesque town is Middlebury, Vermont. Wanted to move there but was nixed by DW. Too far north for her likes.
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Old 04-05-2009, 08:40 PM   #62
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We both found the area to be perfect in virtually all respects. All the conveniences of a big city, with outdoor activities just a quick drive out of town, in the midst of great natural beauty. And the people were very nice too. The only downside was that it was 3000 miles away from my wife's family in NJ. (My own family is in MO, which is plenty close enough, thank you.) If I did not live here in CT, I would choose Seattle.
I understand what you are saying, The only thing we lack is is warm saltwater to swim in. But that counts against us in my opinion. In CT I rented a beach house with some other guys in Woodmont, about a block and a half from the Sound. Not an awe-inspiring beach, but plenty good enough.

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I understand what you are saying, The only thing we lack is is warm saltwater to swim in. But that counts against us in my opinion. In CT I rented a beach house with some other guys in Woodmont, about a block and a half from the Sound. Not an awe-inspiring beach, but plenty good enough.

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We lived in Woodmont, at the corner of Hawley Ave and Belmont St., for three years while I was attending law school. You're right about the beach.
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Uh-oh, my parents lived in 4 of those 10 cities. I've lived in 3 of the 10.
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Uh-oh, my parents lived in 4 of those 10 cities. I've lived in 3 of the 10.
I'm not sure I would admit that! Not that there is anything wrong with those cities, but none have an excessively glamourous reputation.
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Hi,

Binghamton, NY is actually a very nice place and community---despite the violence of a few days ago. The community is a good college town, with excellent and low cost restaurants, community theatres, etc. It's near the Susquehanna River, with ample trails, skiing, etc. Yes, we just love our NY taxes, but...the rest of life there is actually pretty decent.

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I spent my senior year at college in Binghamton. I was there recently for a visit to a friend's house in Vestal. While she was at w*rk, I drove around downtown Binghamton and was shocked at the urban decay , especially near Front St and what used to be a beautiful well kept up downtown area. Let's just say I locked my doors and got out of there quickly. Surrounding towns were still nice and more developed as far as retail stores and businesses.
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The mention of kids and grandkids does merit some further comment. Since we have a son and grandson in MD and a daughter and 2 grandsons in OH, extended family in Indiana and Missouri, and we want to travel a lot, we are going to RV it full time for a couple years so we can go anywhere anytime for minimal cost!! Of course, this means we will be nomads for a while, but hey, we'll settle down eventually, and meanwhile we will have had the chance to explore all kinds of potential retirement locations where we can buy a residence and be pretty certain that we have made a good choice. Yes, you do have to give up having a largish home for a while, but we think this will be ideal for us. Now to sell the present home......working on it and are optimistic....
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