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Old 01-19-2015, 03:08 PM   #21
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Aside the location issue ...maintaining two homesteads and splitting time 50/50 is expensive. Every time I do the math, short term renting comes up cheaper ...

Health insurance coverage in two separate locations /states has proven by some to be a real pain in the tail ( in network. Out of network Etc etc)
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Old 01-19-2015, 03:41 PM   #22
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Your location says Coppell, is that in TX? So you are actually wanting to stay there, not just any southern town, right? How about getting a 2nd home/cabin a couple hours south down in Hill Country, like around Llano, Marble Falls, Johnson City, etc? I would think that rather spending months at a time where one of you isn't happy, you could split time and spend a few days in one place then the other, and tailor the schedule to weather and other events. That way you also don't have to deal with shutting down a house for months at a time. Maybe occasionally be apart if you want. Just a thought, unless you'd rather go north for cooler summer weather.

Another place a bit further away but drivable would be the Ozarks.
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Old 01-19-2015, 06:37 PM   #23
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+1 to short term rentals, via VRBO or otherwise.

FIL and MIL do this up and down the coast of CA w places in Bay Area and one of the LA South Beach cities. They tend to spend the worst month or so of weather on each end in the other location. Contemplated buying, but ran the numbers and hassle factors and renting was cheaper. Real benefit to lock and leave on both ends.
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Old 01-20-2015, 12:12 AM   #24
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We do the winter/summer house thing. They are about 1050 miles apart and the distance is a drag. Hard to find different routes for seeing something new and just doing a 2-3 day driving slog is not totally fun. My fantasy involved moving N or S with a toothbrush and a few pairs of socks and stocking each place with the necessaries. The dual stocking of all clothes and furniture and gear happened, but we still transport a solid station wagon of stuff both ways every trip.
Had to chuckle at this as we do the same thing and also hate the 3 day drive. There must be a 50% increase in truck traffic since I retired. When its the DW's turn to drive I tell I don't want to see anything less than 3 mph above the posted speed limit set on the cruise control.

I am good with the "toothbrush" thing and have dual stocking of clothes but the DW insists on hauling her whole wardrobe back and forth even when I tell her I will buy a new one.
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A few years ago we bought a house in the mountains to use as a weekend getaway. It's only 60 miles /1.25 hours from our main home and we spend about half of our weekends there. Once I RE this year I hope to spend more time there. Eventually we may sell our main home and move to the mountain house for nine months a year and rent a place where it's warm for the winter. Or maybe not -- we've got time to let it play out.


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Living in 2 different locations to satisfy both partners after ER?

We do the RV bit - we take off when we feel like it, to wherever we fell like, return to home base and family when we feel it. Very little planning involved. We're generally gone 6+ months out of the year - 1 to 3 months at a time. About a month back home and we're ready to go again.Bikes on back of camper, Ally 17' expedition canoe in the back seat (it's a folder). We have a nice truck camper which gives us room, amenities, yet is small enough to take places a Class C, Class A or trailer won't get into. 400 watts of solar power keeps us generally independent of campgrounds. We use it like a hard shelled tent to live out of, not live in, and keep our power usage low. Cheaper that way. Just our way of doing things. There's a lot of flexibility, and your DH would not be locked into the same scenery and bike trails - one can follow the sun, the wind, or merely one's desire...

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We do the winter/summer house thing. They are about 1050 miles apart and the distance is a drag. Hard to find different routes for seeing something new and just doing a 2-3 day driving slog is not totally fun. There are issues with leaving a place for 6 months of the year: we've dealt with frozen pipes and a break-in and theft. Then there is the maintenance that has to be kept up (pool and lawn/leaves) and the restoration for a few days when you reopen a house. While I thought our utilities would be less by living in only the temperate climes/times we end up paying $86/month to one city just to have the water meter - on or off. Flipping robbery. Then there is the dual electric and gas bill.

My fantasy involved moving N or S with a toothbrush and a few pairs of socks and stocking each place with the necessaries. The dual stocking of all clothes and furniture and gear happened, but we still transport a solid station wagon of stuff both ways every trip.

Pets? Gotta mention just how much joy cats have had on multi-day car trips.

The good thing is that we both are pretty good with both locations - if we weren't it seems like a real problem...
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Now, w/23 years of experience doing this... You nailed it...
Biggest problem with renting? I need my "stuff". For anyone who hasn't done the 6+6... consider what you'll miss when the only parts of your home stuff that you can take with you... has to fit in your vehicle.
Now that we're settling back to our IL home, the decluttering of FL is a challenge, but we wouldn't have traded the snowbird experience for any amount of money.
For us, buying and becoming a part of the communities was important. We're social animals, and living in a place where we know everyone, and spending our retirement with people we learn to know and love... all with the same goal of enjoying the retirement years... this has been a fantastic experience.

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