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Mountain Living 36 18.37%
Ocean/Sea Living 49 25.00%
Big City 28 14.29%
Medium-Size City 55 28.06%
Small City/Rural Town/Farm 53 27.04%
RV or Mobile Living 7 3.57%
Live in Foreign Country 20 10.20%
Others 8 4.08%
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Old 01-17-2016, 08:58 PM   #21
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My ideal retirement location is a small city or large town near the mountains. As a teenager, my family lived in small mountain towns in New Mexico and the forests were our playgrounds.

Also lived in New Orleans when I was in 1st through 3rd grades near Magazine Street and Jackson Avenue. Remember the Mardi Gras parades, taking the city bus with my older brothers to Lake P. (we were free range children), being scared when I walked by the cemeteries, riding the street cars. Great place but a little too humid for me after living 50 years in the desert.
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12 years New Orleans in the swamp on one of only two rural routes in the city limits. Could go fishing off the 120 foot run out the back door or 25 minute drive the French Quarter or Superbowl parking or the Hilton Casino. Maybe 40 to the airport or Audubon Zoo.

10 years greater Kansas City area. Closer in now for the last three years. Pro sports to Opera to funky Westport. And 2 hours to the farm near the Iowa border.

heh heh heh - I am a burb fan - so turn left for the city, turn right for the countryside. Whichever strikes our fancy at the time.
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Ocean/Sea Living is for me. Our retirement house in in Cocoa Beach FL sitting waterfront on the Banana River lagoon (one block to the beach). We have another undeveloped property in the Outer Banks of NC (Avon with water frontage on the Pamlico Sound (another lagoon one block to the beach)). Used to rent a house every summer in the Outer Banks for two weeks and have all the friends and family come visit.
I am just much happier when I am by the sea.
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I answered "foreign country" but I guess it isn't really foreign since I spent the first half of my life there.
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Old 01-17-2016, 10:11 PM   #25
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Small town/Rural for me, but with an expected several months each year out RVing. No intention to full time RV, but certainly plan to see a lot of the country on some longer trips.

I have lived in big city metro areas, might be better called suburban where I have lived than big city urban though. I can survive with that but prefer smaller and more out in the country.
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Small town/Rural for me, but with an expected several months each year out RVing. No intention to full time RV, but certainly plan to see a lot of the country on some longer trips.
Exactly what I was going to say. 5 with quite a bit of 7 mixed in.
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I am a year from RE and currently live in a medium suburb on the edge of a big city, so have elements of both. My ideal would be to blend this in with mountain living, if the climate were not too cold. We won't move anywhere right away, but will be looking to see if we can find the optimal blend.
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I answered "Others". No place to vote for suburbia.
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We moved to the Upstate in South Carolina upon retirement. We have everything, and actively participate in the opportunities, mentioned in the mountain living option. We are also three hours from friends on the beach near Charleston. We have the best of both worlds!
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Went with the key factor for us: medium city (with user-friendly airport). We'll start out on our land/farm/suburb, but only 10 miles from airport; when land sells, we plan to move into urban core so as to get better access to entertainment options (currently a 20 mile drive each way). After we get a good deal of our more adventurous travel out of the way, we plan to do extensive RV traveling in the US and Canada, but don't think we'll ever go full-time.
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I am a 2,3,7. I live overseas, oceanfront ( cliffs above Pacific ocean), Big city ( pop 9 million). Very touristy year round, several of the worlds best restaurants nearby (Peruvian food is one of the worlds top cuisines). No rain,no bugs,no heater,no AC, no weather of any kind (occasional earthquakes). Very safe as there are cameras everywhere and my district has National and tourist police as well as our own private security force. SA's best rated International airport is 30 min away by taxi ($9.00). All modern amenities,shopping galore, Internationally accredited hospitals, doctors come to your house. Fresh organic everything, generally cheaper to eat out than cook. Traffic is horrible at rush hour but I do not need a car as I can walk to everything except the big box stores which require a bus or taxi. I can be in the desert in under an hour or up in the Andes mountains in 2-3, The Amazon jungle is about 8 hrs by car or 1 hour by air. Did I mention the food?
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1,2,5,7 with 6 months in PV, 5 months in West Vancouver (pop 43000) and 1 month traveling, usually Europe. Seems to be working for us.

Budget has dropped by 40% since we purchased our PV property in 2007. A big surprise. Partly because Vancouver is so expensive. Also travel to Europe is on points earned while working.
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wow, what part of Peru is this? did you buy property or renting ?

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I am a 2,3,7. I live overseas, oceanfront ( cliffs above Pacific ocean), Big city ( pop 9 million). Very touristy year round, several of the worlds best restaurants nearby (Peruvian food is one of the worlds top cuisines). No rain,no bugs,no heater,no AC, no weather of any kind (occasional earthquakes). Very safe as there are cameras everywhere and my district has National and tourist police as well as our own private security force. SA's best rated International airport is 30 min away by taxi ($9.00). All modern amenities,shopping galore, Internationally accredited hospitals, doctors come to your house. Fresh organic everything, generally cheaper to eat out than cook. Traffic is horrible at rush hour but I do not need a car as I can walk to everything except the big box stores which require a bus or taxi. I can be in the desert in under an hour or up in the Andes mountains in 2-3, The Amazon jungle is about 8 hrs by car or 1 hour by air. Did I mention the food?
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I'm surprised there aren't more... 6 RV and Mobile Living... in combination with the other choices.

Its a great way to live and experience different parts of the country. Especially if you're looking to move from your current digs and you're searching for a new area to call home.

Or if you love your existing home (like us) but want to travel to warmer climates in the winter and visit family in different parts of the country while still having your own personal space.
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I'm surprised there aren't more... 6 RV and Mobile Living... in combination with the other choices.
Good point.

I voted "Other" but should have included #6 as well. We spend approximately two months of the year living in the RV - from a few days to a few weeks at a time.
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Small city/rural for us. We moved from the Washington, D.C. area because of the insufferable traffic there. The small town where I grew up was a nice place to live then but now one has to plan life around traffic and I wasn't going to do that in retirement. There is a "rush hour" here but it doesn't last long. There's a hospital not too far away and several grocery stores within 15 minutes. Rural areas are nearby too so the area is not crowded.

An important issue was proximity to family. At the time no one was more than two hours away but several years ago my two sisters moved to Delaware, four hours away so that requires an overnight stay. Even later one moved to Georgia and that's nine hours away. But DW's sister moved when they retired from two hours away to 15 minutes away so that's a good thing.
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Medium city right where I am now...city of 660,000, I live on the outskirts on 1.6 acres with a farmer's field behind me. It's peaceful and quiet. Although I'd like to live in a warmer place, virtually all my friends and family are here, and I'm in 3 great bands that would be hard to replace as 1 of them has 2 life-long close friends. If I moved, I'd lose all that, and those social contacts are more important than the weather.

I'll suck it up in winter and take the occasional trip somewhere warm, but have no plans to move at this time.
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I've got them all covered except RV.
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I would say a combo if everything works out right. Rural/country place in Wisconsin for summer, Medium town in Florida for winter. Then an RV for transport between and trips from both bases.
As we age I can see reducing to just the Florida place but intend to enjoy all three for some years before that.
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