Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe
Old 01-13-2007, 02:54 PM   #41
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Brat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 5,913
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe

Events such as the Columbus Day storm are very, very rare in the Wmt. Valley. Almost a one-off.

Because of the mountains weather patterns are so localized that generalizations are futile. For example, I live on an island in the Puget Sound. The south end is known for being sunnier than the north because some 'hill' in Olympic Mountains creates a rain shadow, wringing out moisture from the jet stream that passes over my neighborhood.

The south end of the Wmt. Valley doesn't get enough wind. Grass seed farmers burning their fields is a major issue. At the north end, on the east side of Portland, winds whistle through the Columbia River Gorge (which is why Hood River has great windsurfing).

If weather is a major concern take a local meteorologist to lunch.

OldBabe, if you choose Portland let me know. There is a social group for older singles that has lots of activities.
__________________

__________________
Duck bjorn.
Brat is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe
Old 01-13-2007, 06:14 PM   #42
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
BunsGettingFirm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 1,502
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe

Quote:
Originally Posted by justin
Chapel Hill, NC. Progressive (think Boulder, not quite Berkeley).

Inside the city limits the property is pricey (for North Carolina) and property taxes are high, but step across the town limits into Durham city/county or Chatham county, and you'll find much cheaper homes and lower taxes and still be a couple miles from downtown.

Warm/hot part of the year (and humid in the summer), moderate in spring/fall, "cold" for 2-3 months in winter. Snow maybe 1 time a year.

I lived there 3 years while attending Univ. of North Carolina from 2001-2004 so I can answer any Q's you might have.
I have heard Phil Liggett's commentary during the Tour duPont days that cycling in NC is incredible -- a lot of little country roads with perfect pavements and little traffic.
__________________

__________________
Got retiree health care through your company? What if the company goes bankrupt? Retire and go RVing full time? RVs are not structurally sound. You'll die in a fiery crash. Retire and live overseas? What if you die? Aren't you worried about your body? No, I don't think I will be able to seeing how I am dead.
BunsGettingFirm is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe
Old 01-14-2007, 01:30 PM   #43
Dryer sheet wannabe
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 19
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe

Oregon and western Washington are on the pacific rim of fire (earthquakes and volcanoes). Keep in mind that no one is going to pre-warn you to evacuate because an earthquake is going to hit your area on Tuesday afternoon at 3PM. Oregon and Washington are much less prepared for earthquakes then California. Would not stop me from living in either place, but if the potential for natural disasters is a factor in your decision, then you need to know you are not going to find a refuge in Oregon. Actually I do not think there is a refuge from natural disasters. Just pick your poison.
__________________
Bailing-Bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe
Old 01-14-2007, 01:41 PM   #44
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Brat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 5,913
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe

Few know that MO actually had among the worst seismic events in the US in recent geologic history. Few, if any, were killed because it was before the westward expansion.

Earthquakes happen because the land beneath all of our feet is dynamic. The best laid plans of human kind are of no consequence to natures' forces. All any of us can do is choose to live in an environment where the foreseeable risks are within our comfort level.

[typo]
__________________
Duck bjorn.
Brat is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe
Old 01-14-2007, 03:13 PM   #45
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
wabmester's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 4,459
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brat
The south end is known for being sunnier than the north because some 'hill' in Olympic Mountains creates a rain shadow, wringing out moisture from the jet stream that passes over my neighborhood.
Hmm, I thought the south end was sunnier because of the southern exposure. Now I'm going to have to pull out my weather station and see which of us has the better weather.

The rain shadow does have a profound effect, though. Here's a WA rain map:

[img width=749 height=750]http://www.ocs.orst.edu/pub/maps/Precipitation/Total/States/WA/wa.gif[/img]
__________________
wabmester is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe
Old 01-15-2007, 02:46 AM   #46
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 247
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe

What about Tucson? It's warm 10 months out of the year, and not too expensive. Probably moderate on the liberal-conservative scale.
__________________
Surfdaddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe
Old 01-15-2007, 09:50 AM   #47
Recycles dryer sheets
perinova's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 424
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe

Quote:
Originally Posted by wab
Hmm, I thought the south end was sunnier because of the southern exposure. Now I'm going to have to pull out my weather station and see which of us has the better weather.

The rain shadow does have a profound effect, though. Here's a WA rain map:

[img width=749 height=750]http://www.ocs.orst.edu/pub/maps/Precipitation/Total/States/WA/wa.gif[/img]
Is there a map of # of days of sun or a map of incoming radiation. The amount of precipitation doesn't say a whole lot as there could be short heavy downpours or it could be drizzly every day.
__________________
perinova is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe
Old 01-15-2007, 12:45 PM   #48
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
wabmester's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 4,459
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe

Quote:
Originally Posted by perinova
Is there a map of # of days of sun or a map of incoming radiation. The amount of precipitation doesn't say a whole lot as there could be short heavy downpours or it could be drizzly every day.
True. WA can't be called the sunshine state.

__________________
wabmester is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe
Old 01-15-2007, 01:05 PM   #49
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
haha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Hooverville
Posts: 22,380
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe

Quote:
Originally Posted by Surfdaddy
What about Tucson? It's warm 10 months out of the year, and not too expensive. Probably moderate on the liberal-conservative scale.
I spent 2 wonderful months -Jan and Feb- in Tucson years ago, learning to PERT. What a place it was then!

Mainly I remember a nice dog track, canyons full of deer and javelina, good Sonoran type Mexican food, and lots of wheat-farmer snow birds from Alberta. Just outside Tucson is a beautiful natural botanical garden to illustrate the Sonoran Desert flora and fauna.

Took a few short drives down to Nogales, SN, where we ate fancier Mexican dishes like chicken mole in a restaurant named (appropriately) Las Cuevas.

Tucson is also home to the U of Arizona Wildcats, and I think a medical school/teaching hospital.

The night life was honky-tonks, and way less stimulating than Phoenix.

I thought it was a very nice place. Like every other nice place it is somewhat less nice now, but it is definitely worth a look.

Ha


__________________
"As a general rule, the more dangerous or inappropriate a conversation, the more interesting it is."-Scott Adams
haha is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe
Old 01-15-2007, 04:26 PM   #50
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 4,898
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe

I am really liking the idea of serial snowbird trips! I could do that forever. The only problem is that I wouldn't like to leave my dog for extended periods of time. I'd have to find places to rent within reasonable driving distance that allow dogs.

I have taken a look at www.vbro.com. Does anyone recommend a similar vacation rental website?
I have thought about house swap too. But my dog is still an issue.
__________________
Zoocat is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe
Old 01-15-2007, 08:07 PM   #51
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Spanky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Minneapolis
Posts: 4,046
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cut-Throat

No place is perfect and who wants to visit the same place every year!
DW says that it's a drag to visit my parents in the San Francisco Bay Area every Xmas, but it's perfectly fine to visit her mom every Sunday.
__________________
May we live in peace and harmony and be free from all human sufferings.
Spanky is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe
Old 01-15-2007, 08:10 PM   #52
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
haha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Hooverville
Posts: 22,380
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe

Quote:
Originally Posted by Spanky
DW says that it's a drag to visit my parents in the San Francisco Bay Area every Xmas, but it's perfectly fine to visit her mom every Sunday.
As Tom Leykis would say, D. T. B.!

Ha
__________________
"As a general rule, the more dangerous or inappropriate a conversation, the more interesting it is."-Scott Adams
haha is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe
Old 01-15-2007, 08:25 PM   #53
Recycles dryer sheets
Linney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 262
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe

Quote:
Originally Posted by Oldbabe
I have taken a look at www.vbro.com. Does anyone recommend a similar vacation rental website?
I have thought about house swap too. But my dog is still an issue.
I also use Vacation Rentals By Owner a.k.a. VRBO at www.vrbo.com. (Interesting that your typo of "vbro" worked too).

I just used VRBO a couple days ago to book a condo rental in Maui. I've been using VRBO and CyberRentals for the past 10 years and have had much success at booking wonderful accommodations, especially homes and condos. Of the two, VRBO is easier to use and has better content, IMHO.
__________________
Linney is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe
Old 01-15-2007, 08:34 PM   #54
Full time employment: Posting here.
mountaintosea's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 553
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe

Oldbabe,

Try http://petswelcome.com
__________________
mountaintosea is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe
Old 01-15-2007, 10:22 PM   #55
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Ed_The_Gypsy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: the City of Subdued Excitement
Posts: 5,292
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe

Quote:
True. WA can't be called the sunshine state.
The only rainforest in the US is on the Olympic Peninsula.
__________________
my bumpersticker:
"I am not in a hurry.
I am retired.
And I don't care how big your truck is."
Ed_The_Gypsy is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe
Old 01-15-2007, 10:40 PM   #56
gone traveling
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 1,036
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe

And Hawaii!
__________________
honobob is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe
Old 01-15-2007, 10:44 PM   #57
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Ed_The_Gypsy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: the City of Subdued Excitement
Posts: 5,292
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe

OK, CONUS. Happy, now?
__________________
my bumpersticker:
"I am not in a hurry.
I am retired.
And I don't care how big your truck is."
Ed_The_Gypsy is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe
Old 01-15-2007, 10:54 PM   #58
gone traveling
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 1,036
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ed_The_Gypsy
CONUS.
Did you mean mainland?
__________________
honobob is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe
Old 01-15-2007, 11:04 PM   #59
Full time employment: Posting here.
Alex's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 696
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe

Have you considered California's Coachella Valley (the Palm Springs area)? Besides the fantastic weather, the community is diverse. With great dining, arts, concerts, gay friendly, Uber- liberal and there is still reasonable real estate to be had.
__________________
Oh, you hate your job? Why didn't you say so? There's a support group for that. It's called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar.--Drew Carey
Alex is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe
Old 01-15-2007, 11:06 PM   #60
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Ed_The_Gypsy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: the City of Subdued Excitement
Posts: 5,292
Re: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe

Also fantastic taxes?
__________________

__________________
my bumpersticker:
"I am not in a hurry.
I am retired.
And I don't care how big your truck is."
Ed_The_Gypsy is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
MOVED: "Affordable" town in warm climate for single old babe REWahoo FIRE and Money 0 01-11-2007 06:36 PM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:38 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.