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Old 02-09-2013, 10:47 AM   #61
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Welcome back Rich!

Hope you're managing your illness at a level that doesn't crimp your style too awful much.

Regarding the vote: I vote for "The City by the Bay"... The WARM one...Tampa.

I've lived in SF and surrounding Bay Area (~10 yrs), in middle America (St Louis), and in Florida (east coast-Cocoa Beach). As long as I could live on the water in FL (which is still way cheaper than SF), and not too far south, I'd choose it over CA almost every time; the one exception being, perhaps, if I had uuuuuuunlimited gobs of $$$. Then, I'd consider further south on the Cali coast.
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:53 AM   #62
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With sufficient funds to live comfortably, I would choose SF, otherwise Tampa.

My dream forever location would be the Monterey Bay area.
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:19 AM   #63
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With sufficient funds to live comfortably, I would choose SF, otherwise Tampa.

My dream forever location would be the Monterey Bay area.
Beautiful but, too cold and foggy for me.
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Rich, Welcome back and wishing you the best on the health situation.

If I was picking purely from my perspective, I would probably rank them from first to last as follows: Columbia, Tampa, SF.

Looking forward to hearing your decision and rationale.
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Friends who have retired to college towns have found many more cultural events than the average student is ever aware of (one said of Champaign, he can have a glass of wine at home and be at a concert in ten minutes). Surely true of Columbia, home of the state's flagship public university.
This is my main point- not all college towns are alike. I realize I am the main Columbia basher around here, but I find Champaign as a town significantly different from Columbia...Champaign is much more like the sort of college town cultural atmosphere you are assuming might be in Columbia. For one thing the University of Missouri system is fragmented around the state in a way the U of I is not, creating a different confluence of cultures. The proximity of Chicago also gives Champaign the edge over Columbia. (No offense to St Louis, which I love and live in...we are not Chicago)
I have seen those "best places to retire" lists which sometimes include Columbia, MO and they only confirm my suspicion that no list can substitute for your own experience, values and desires.
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Welcome back Rich. You'll choose the right one.
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And the answer is...

San Francisco, California (San Mateo, to be exact)

Amazing how closely the comments paralleled our own thinking on this one. In the end, being near the little grandkids trumped all the other factors (maybe my health issues gave me an attitude adjustment). Add to that the pleasures of the area, a walk-to lifestyle, and the urban nature of this old suburb (close to SF) and that was the decision that worked best for us. Our Tampa house is sold, rental of modest condo is in place, and now it's time to forge ahead.

I'll start a new thread for dealing with the financial impact of our choice. It's daunting interesting.

Thanks for your replies - fascinating.

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Hope you have a wonderful move, and I'm sure you will greatly enjoy exploring your new hometown!!!

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And the answer is...

San Francisco, California (San Mateo, to be exact)

Amazing how closely the comments paralleled our own thinking on this one. In the end, being near the little grandkids trumped all the other factors (maybe my health issues gave me an attitude adjustment). Add to that the pleasures of the area, a walk-to lifestyle, and the urban nature of this old suburb (close to SF) and that was the decision that worked best for us. Our Tampa house is sold, rental of modest condo is in place, and now it's time to forge ahead.

I'll start a new thread for dealing with the financial impact of our choice. It's daunting interesting.

Thanks for your replies - fascinating.

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How exciting! Welcome to San Francisco, Rich.
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I'll start a new thread for dealing with the financial impact of our choice. It's daunting interesting.
Should we expect a name change, something along the lines of "Not_so_Rich_in_San_Mateo"?
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How exciting! Welcome to San Francisco, Rich.
Where are you in the area? We are very excited but will be needing all kinds of advice, no doubt.

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Should we expect a name change, something along the lines of "Not_so_Rich_in_San_Mateo"?


I was thinking maybe just a space character or two to symbolize the new frugality. Like " ".
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Sounds very nice. How soon will it be Rich In San Mateo? Grandchildren definitely make other factors less important. They will enrich your life and you will enrich their life. Have fun!
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Weather-wise San Diego would be about perfect all year round vs. SFO fog. We bought for winter use in La Quinta (think Palm Springs), which qualifies for too damn hot during several months of the summer - but it's a short hop by air to SFO, or a 7 1/2 hour drive. Point is, you might be well served a bit out of the city proper..
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San Francisco, California (San Mateo, to be exact)
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I can't resist:

Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair .

I agree about the trump card of grandkids!
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OK, now I'm jealous. Just kidding Very happy for you Rich. Enjoy the move.

BTW, Nini's Coffee shop is a great little neighbor place for breakfast. Don't miss it, brings you back to days gone by.
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Congrats and enjoy one of California's unsung glories- the local farmers' markets! Even if you ever find the summer cool temps too cold, just head inland and you can quickly find the hotter weather you've known in Tampa....
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Where are you in the area? We are very excited but will be needing all kinds of advice, no doubt.

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I can see that the "choose a new handle for Rich" contest is going to be very fun, btw....
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Rich,

Welcome back. It sounds like your decision to move to SF was carefully considered and is the right one for you and your family.

I'm glad to hear that your health issues are under control. I still remember the kind words you sent when I was being treated for pancreatic cancer six years ago.

I think it was Jimmy Buffett who sang about changes in latitude and changes in attitude. Good luck on the move.

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