We just spent a few days in Lawrence, looking at it as a potential retirement spot. DW is a KU alum, so she's a pretty easy sell. I'm a Longhorn and texas native, so it's a bit more of a sell for me.
We've been living in the upper MIdwest (Iowa) for almost 9 years, so the winters don't scare me especially with no job to worry about. I like the change of seasons and enjoy seeing the snow, especially when I'm not moving it with a shovel.
Getting around is quite easy, roads are in good shape. Lots going on in town with the college there. Good health care. Plus Kansas City is less than an hour away, almost anything you want is there.
I'm am still getting over the hurdle re- active adult community. Meaning there's not really one in Lawrence. I'd like to not worry about someones screaming kids next door and the idea of being in a community with a lot of other retirees appeals to me. Robson Ranch near Denton, TX is high on our list for this reason.
But, we really like Lawrence and it's not like we hate kids or anything. We're still talking about it. I suppose if we get in the right neighborhood, we'd be set.
It's also appealing that Lawrence is 6-7 hours away by car.
Any advice is appreciated.