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Same home or neighborhood 51 30.36%
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Old 03-07-2008, 04:12 PM   #41
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If by some weird circumstance I would suddenly have several million dollars, I would return to either Upstate NY or Coastal ME.
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If by some weird circumstance I would suddenly have several million dollars, I would return to either Upstate NY or Coastal ME.
West Texas? With several mil I could afford the property tax.



Heh heh heh - I'm surprised Kansas doesn't leap into the forefront of everyone's mind when picking a garden spot to retire. They show reruns of The Wizard of Oz every year around here.
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I have noticed how many threads deal with this topic. So I decided to make this my first poll.

I plan to stay put where I am, or within a few miles. I may go elsewhere from time to time for up to 6 months or so, but this will stay homebase.

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You're fortunate, and good for you (really). I wish I could live where I wanted, but work has always taken me somewhere else, and I've been well rewarded for the "sacrifice." I put myself in the Out of Region category.
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Not to start a poll within a poll but I caught PBS rerun on the Baby Boomers getting old last night - toward the end one of the themes was to consider the 'Walking community' wherein access to most activities was availible by foot - not the infamous motorcar.

I last experienced that a long time ago as a student in the U district of Seattle. I'm still a "Happy Days" burb dweller - toss a few bags in the car and roll 800-1000 miles to go visit - no problem since I grew up out West.

But someday?

heh heh heh - New Orleans and greater Kansas City. And then perhaps? .
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Visited Sedona AZ in Feb - climbed the red rocks - liked it - that's where I plan on retiring. At least until I visit someplace else I like. Although Sedona could be hard to beat - it was beautiful!
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If by some weird circumstance I would suddenly have several million dollars, I would return to either Upstate NY or Coastal ME.
want me to buy you a NYS Lottery ticket next time i'm at the store? <kidding> i'll let you know if you win by postcard.
i buy 1 lotto and 1 megamillions every week. biggest prize so far was $23. big woo.
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You make it sound very good. Is that row-crop country?

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Yep! Completely surrounded, as far as the eye can see, on all sides of town by corn and soybeans. The farmers are all itching to get back into the fields....they're just wondering when Winter is going to loosen it's icy grip, so Spring can arrive! Soon I hope!
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I've liked the green of Oregon. My eyes and soul feel good when there's a lot of space between me and the mountains out on the horizon. Like people of good spirit, by preference at a distance. Big rocks and desert feel good. Santa Fe NM, Silverton Colorado, Pioneertown and Josuatree California, all have attractions for me. Really getting the urge to stick my butt in the sand and my heels in some warm ocean - trying to convince my gal to fly into Tampa Fla post hasty and check out Venice and the Weeki Wachee mermaids. Perfect weather to check out property in that area right now! Have an eviction to go to on the 17th though, so we would have to get motivated real quick here to grab a week.

A bunch of rentals that are returning nice income and might be difficult to sell argue strongly for staying put in Oregon - there are sure worse places to live - but snowbirding, or at least a Sundome, are getting real attractive!
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Visited Sedona AZ in Feb - climbed the red rocks - liked it - that's where I plan on retiring. At least until I visit someplace else I like. Although Sedona could be hard to beat - it was beautiful!
Sedona is a neat place. Seems to have quite a number of transplants from other areas of the USA.

Our Western United States is unique and beautiful.
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I agree on Sedona. We go with friends/relatives to Az once a year and spend a day in Sedona. The place has amazing scenery. The real estate prices seem high - probably because it is a summer home place for lots of Phoenix people.
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I went to Sante Fe last August on business for 4 days. I thought it was a very poor choice of location (for August) and was dreading the trip. Because of the elevation the weather was gorgeous, and I found the town fascinating. Had no idea there was such a big art community there. Bottom line; I really liked Sante Fe, much to my surprise.
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Really getting the urge to stick my butt in the sand and my heels in some warm ocean - trying to convince my gal to fly into Tampa Fla post hasty and check out Venice and the Weeki Wachee mermaids. Perfect weather to check out property in that area right now!

The sand is warm but I think the gulf is still a little coolish . My sister just bought a house in Weeki Wachee . That town is a little remote for my tastes .
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Spent the first 9 months after I ER'd (in '01) building a house in the Finger Lakes of NY. And that's where we're staying. Some folks look at us like we're crazed (especially after 12" of the fluffy stuff & a little sleet in the past 2 days), but we're willing to trade these over-hyped winters for 3 beautiful seasons where it rarely goes above 90F, and always drops into the 70s at night. Besides, that's why Orville & Wilbur went a'flying - so all of us could go to warm climes when we ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO SEE THE SUN ! ! ! Winter is over rated, especially when you don't have to make the daily trek to w*rk. Give me my loungers & another pot of coffee; I'm staying here.
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Winter is over rated, especially when you don't have to make the daily trek to w*rk. Give me my loungers & another pot of coffee; I'm staying here.
Once when I was living in Southern CT I drove over to Ithaca to see a friend. I started down into that beautiful valley and though it was lovely, there were still snowbanks all over the place in May!

I think if I were to go anywhere in upstate New York it would be Rochester. I never went there that I didn't have a ball.

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Ha, the first time I drove up here from FL - after having been on Guam & other places in WestPac for 18 months - there were snowbanks tucked into the hills in mid-April. I agree on your opinion of Rochester - we're ~35 miles south of there, and it's the only place we'd live.
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I grew up an hour west of Rochester, NY. I went to the University of Rochester, then spent an additional year there after college, waiting for my then-fiance, now-wife to graduate.

Plenty of good things there, but honestly I can't see myself going back. Snow isn't as much of a problem -- outside of Philly, 3 inches of snow means nearly everything shuts down. There, a foot of snow overnight isn't necessarily a problem. But the winters feel very long (some snow mounds still around in May at times) and are often gray and overcast. I feel like I've had enough snow to last the rest of my life.

On the original topic, I'm really not sure where we'll retire to. My vague thought involves maybe full-time RV-ing and seeing the country for a couple of years before we settle down. Not sure if DW will really go for that when the time comes, though. Otherwise, it is more likely that we'll retire within 25 miles of where we are now.
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I voted for what we are going to do....not what I would like to really do. We are moving to the southern part of the state. It is a compromise. It is 4 hours or so from kids and grandkids and 8 hours from her extended family. We will have mild winters but very hot summers. We plan to being somewhere else in the summer...maybe Oregon or WA if we can find a good spot to be Sunbirds.

My choice would be to go full time in our RV for a few years to really get the feel for different places before we decide to put down roots. But, that is not going to happen. DW wants a house and wants to stay fairly close to her family. I am OK with seeing mine a couple of times per year so distance away is not an issue.

My other choice would be in east TN on a lake.

The desert southwest has a lot going for it but I do miss GREEN. The areas south of here are red and brown with few trees. It is boring at times but the lack of humidity and resultant fewer bugs helps make up for it.

Sedona and Santa Fe are nice. So are the Prescott and Flagstaff areas of AZ. We drove through there on a trip last year and I could see living there for a while...DW says NO: snow...ice...cold and too far from family. So much for compromise.
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Spent the first 9 months after I ER'd (in '01) building a house in the Finger Lakes of NY. And that's where we're staying. Some folks look at us like we're crazed (especially after 12" of the fluffy stuff & a little sleet in the past 2 days), but we're willing to trade these over-hyped winters for 3 beautiful seasons where it rarely goes above 90F, and always drops into the 70s at night. Besides, that's why Orville & Wilbur went a'flying - so all of us could go to warm climes when we ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO SEE THE SUN ! ! ! Winter is over rated, especially when you don't have to make the daily trek to w*rk. Give me my loungers & another pot of coffee; I'm staying here.
Finger Lakes of NY is a dream of mine also. i go there often during nice weather. I'm 2 hours away, to the northeast just below the tug hill. a bit colder than your area. can't grow decent fruit trees or grapes here. brrrrr.
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Has anyone here considered Mexico? That's all the talk up here in Minnesota.. can you let me know what you here, . Thanks
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Marquette.. what is the Marquette you are dreaming of? The fact that you use this as your 'handle' says that it's an important place to you.

Is it a city, a town, a university? (There are many Marquettes.) Sounds like the university.. and you're not alone in your nostalgia for a time and place where possibilities were infinite. I feel the same about my college town.
I think Marquette has come out as a Yooper.
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