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Old 05-16-2012, 10:13 PM   #21
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Sounds nice Crispus and the pic makes it look very inviting.

As a Texan I've lived with humidity lifelong and I'm used to it, but I would prefer the dry heat. We toyed with moving to that kind of climate, but with family all here decided not to move.
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Having lived in the Baltimore DC area most of my life, I can assure you that the humidity and temperatures are no worse only a longer period. The temps are actually not as extreme as Maryland. Highs in Maryland were frequently in the upper nineties to low 100's. Here I am told it rarely gets above low nineties. The best part about Florida is the amount of sunny days.
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When we first bought a place in southern AZ we were amazed by the number of people who had moved to AZ from FL or the gulf of TX. When asked why, their common response was humidity.
Interesting discussion of humidity. That has been my experience. Moving down to the Rio Grande Valley meant a big drop in humidity compared to Central and East TX. In the summer, as temps climb in the afternoon, humidity quickly drops to 50% if not 40%. This is a very comfortable humidity range. When outside in the shade, it can be 95 degrees, yet feel very comfortable. We usually have a good breeze going too, which makes a difference. The summer evenings are spectacular.

We have high morning humidity (75 to 95%) but only until late morning, then poof! I can't really explain why the humidity profile is like that here other than we are halfway between the gulf and the desert, so maybe we get gulf weather in the morning, and desert weather in the afternoon and evening?

All I know is that I would just die (melting) in the Austin summer heat. Kerrville (west Central TX) was definitely an improvement, but still not that pleasant. Summers in the Valley? No problem! Otherwise we would have never moved here.

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I'm in the I hate humidity crowd. Then why am I in Seattle? Well, in warm weather our humidity levels are almost always comfortable. It is humid all winter of course- it is often actively raining. But this is not a bother for me or most other people. But the high heat, high humidity found in much of the East is very rare here.

To me, for pure climate, it would be hard to beat the East slopes of the Sierra Nevada, (West slopes are great too!)the area around Reno NV, parts of NM, much of Sonora, MX. If I ever move, not for family, it will be to Reno. In Reno you are an easy bus ride to San Francisco for a high grade big city fix, and for the size of the town Reno offers a lot. Sitting in the Cal- Neva betting baseball will while away some very pleasant afternoons and evenings. And football season? Blessed be football season in NV. Summers and Fall are delightful, and winter and spring not half bad

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Glad to hear you're still loving life in The Villages!

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I'm in the I hate humidity crowd. Then why am I in Seattle? Well, in warm weather our humidity levels are almost always comfortable. It is humid all winter of course- it is often actively raining. But this is not a bother for me or most other people. But the high heat, high humidity found in much of the East is very rare here.

To me, for pure climate, it would be hard to beat the East slopes of the Sierra Nevada, (West slopes are great too!)the area around Reno NV, parts of NM, much of Sonora, MX. If I ever move, not for family, it will be to Reno. In Reno you are an easy bus ride to San Francisco for a high grade big city fix, and for the size of the town Reno offers a lot. Sitting in the Cal- Neva betting baseball will while away some very pleasant afternoons and evenings. And football season? Blessed be football season in NV. Summers and Fall are delightful, and winter and spring not half bad

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Betting at the Cal Neva in downtown Reno? Ha, you are definitely "old school" They have the best lines though by far in my book. On rare occasions when flights are as cheap there as to Vegas, I go to Reno as the sports books aren't nearly as crowded. I don't know if I could handle the Reno windy cold days, though to live there. My goal is to move out to NV in 10 years, but if my goal is to bring my GF with me, it will probably have to be AZ. I still haven't given up on a 55 and over community in Mesquite NV as a compromise.
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Betting at the Cal Neva in downtown Reno? Ha, you are definitely "old school" They have the best lines though by far in my book. On rare occasions when flights are as cheap there as to Vegas, I go to Reno as the sports books aren't nearly as crowded. I don't know if I could handle the Reno windy cold days, though to live there. My goal is to move out to NV in 10 years, but if my goal is to bring my GF with me, it will probably have to be AZ. I still haven't given up on a 55 and over community in Mesquite NV as a compromise.
Why does it have to be AZ? NV has no state income tax and Sun City Anthem (in Henderson, NV) is one of the best active adult retirement communities in the country. It's rated in the top 10 'luxury' retirement communities in the country, yet is affordable.
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Why does it have to be AZ? NV has no state income tax and Sun City Anthem (in Henderson, NV) is one of the best active adult retirement communities in the country. It's rated in the top 10 'luxury' retirement communities in the country, yet is affordable.
Lisa, your my kind of gal! Unfortunately my lady has in her mind if we lived in Nevada, I would drink my morning Joe, read the paper, and then head off to the nearest sports book and not return home until the last game of the day I could possibly bet on was over. She thinks AZ would serve as a buffer to my ability to do this. I personally think I would have some restraint. Since I am a pensioner the income tax savings would be probably over $3-4k a year. It has fell on deaf ears so far, but I still got time to wear her down
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Lisa, your my kind of gal! Unfortunately my lady has in her mind if we lived in Nevada, I would drink my morning Joe, read the paper, and then head off to the nearest sports book and not return home until the last game of the day I could possibly bet on was over. She thinks AZ would serve as a buffer to my ability to do this. I personally think I would have some restraint. Since I am a pensioner the income tax savings would be probably over $3-4k a year. It has fell on deaf ears so far, but I still got time to wear her down
Good luck Mulligan with your discussion. Has she actually visited AZ vs Henderson? We live in Henderson and recently visited several communities in AZ. I personally didn't care for AZ, but we all have our preferences.

And we rarely go to the casinos. Before moving here we came out pretty regularly to gamble, but now that we live here the 'glamor' is gone and it just seems like a hassle to get out and mingle with the tourists.

One more benefit of here (and then I'll quit selling) is that every casino, movie theater, restaurant, etc, have great prices for locals and even better deals for seniors. There is so much to do here that you won't have time to bet sports if you really want to have fun doing other stuff with your gal.
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Betting at the Cal Neva in downtown Reno? Ha, you are definitely "old school" They have the best lines though by far in my book. On rare occasions when flights are as cheap there as to Vegas, I go to Reno as the sports books aren't nearly as crowded. I don't know if I could handle the Reno windy cold days, though to live there. My goal is to move out to NV in 10 years, but if my goal is to bring my GF with me, it will probably have to be AZ. I still haven't given up on a 55 and over community in Mesquite NV as a compromise.
I am such a downscale person, the Cal-neva fits me to a tee. My first Nevada betting was at the old El Cortez in downtown Las Vegas in the mid-60s, but since the early 70s I am happiest in Reno at the Cal-Neva. Their parley cards can offer some good bets in the early college football season too. As you know, they are all over. I'd like to get one of my sons interested in going there, or even Vegas, for the NCAA. I have never really defeated my lonely feelings I get when I go alone, so I haven't gone since my brother found love and stopped going out there. My other friend from SF who went there with me died.

Re: weather- you are certainly right, it gets cold and windy, but nothing compared to the Northern Rockies or eastern Montana or Wyoming. Anyway, I have an old sheepskin jacket with shearling lining that defeats wind.

About your woman- maybe you can sell her on the nightlife? Take her with you, and show her a really good time occasionally and that might do it. I think it is way best of you can take a woman with you if you move out. Lots of single men there.

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Well we've lived here in The Villages a year an a quarter. It feels like home now. Since I last wrote on this thread we have two new championship golf courses and 5700 more residents. This place is huge. I traded my electric golf cart in on a new fuel injected gas Yamaha. This was after running out of juice twice.
We have made many friends and aquatances. Life has settled down a little. We eat home most nights and have been able to stick to our budget.

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This is from last evening. A car show in one of the three town centers Spanish Springs. We ate dinner at a blues club $24 including tax and tip. Then we went to the movies (zero dark 30) $6.50 a ticket. A great evening for under $40. You can't beat it.

I'm going to enjoy doing my tax return for Florida. It's our first full year as residents. Zero income tax. Yippe.
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Thanks for the update Crispus.
It has been about 11 months since DW and I did "the visit."
Still trying to decide what to do, but The Villages are still in the running.
Do you have any feel for how housing prices are doing there?
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Still trying to decide what to do, but The Villages are still in the running.
You considering another relocation?

No moss growing on you, eh?
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Home prices stable maybe slightly higher since we've been here.
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Happy to see you're happy!

Lowered the handicap any more since last May? 5+/- is already pretty darn good. How would you compare The Villages golf courses to others? Say typical resort courses?
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My Mom lives in a retirement community (Sun City Center) that we have visited often and considered spending the winter. One of the big things stopping us is that the population seems quite older than we are (sorry Johnnie no disrespect). We are 57. Nice place and nice people, but we would be pretty young compared to the average bear. Would you say the same is true for The Villages?
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Nice to hear from a happy resident...
Have you been to the new Paddock Square?.... It was still under construction when we were there last...
And how about your take on the humidity?... When we're there (Leesburg) can't say that it bothers us at all. Mostly I suppose because in June thru August, we're inside the house, clubhouse, a mall or store, or in the car.
Do you go to the "Squares" for evening entertainment? How about the Polo Matches?
When we arrived FL, there were no "Villages" ... Just Orange Blossom Gardens on the east side of Rte 441.
We'll be back to our LGH home in early March... and one of first priorities will be to eat at Sweet Tomatoes, and go to Spanish Springs for some Country Western Dancing. (we like 'free'). DW and I will be wearing Shamrock Hats... see you there!
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Golf handicap around the same. Golf courses here are in good shape and interesting. Greens a little slow. Not up to par with say a grand cypress or similar resort, but well manicured. There are plenty of high end courses within a half hour ride. Prices are very competitive or outside links to try to lure us off the compound. Example Ocala national fantastic course has a deal $39 with cart round and lunch.

Age wise the average age is around 62. There are always younger people visiting. People are very active here. Not a lot of ethnic diversity though. I'm 58 and have no trouble finding friends around the same age.
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