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Old 08-31-2011, 05:40 PM   #41
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I've heard that Albuquerque is a wonderful place to retire. Lots to do and a reasonable cost of living.
It snowed the last two times I drove through - over Christmas Holidays on my south Sierra Vista, San diego, Vegas.

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Old 08-31-2011, 05:51 PM   #42
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Yeah, I agree. One really needs to visit areas mutiple times and during different seasons. FYI, based on my multiple visits, I've found that San Diego has only two seasons; warm and pleasant, and warmer and pleasant.

And yet, of all the many places where I have lived, San Diego was my least favorite. I guess I just prefer a smaller town, with lower cost of living and more humidity in the air. That dry air was so hard on my skin. The thread originator might love it, though. Thank goodness we all aren't looking for the same things (or that place would sure be crowded).

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It snowed the last two times I drove through - over Christmas Holidays on my south Sierra Vista, San diego, Vegas.

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Well, maybe it would be too cold for the thread originator, then.
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And yet, of all the many places where I have lived, San Diego was my least favorite. I guess I just prefer a smaller town, with lower cost of living and more humidity in the air. That dry air was so hard on my skin. The thread originator might love it, though. Thank goodness we all aren't looking for the same things (or that place would sure be crowded).
Interesting. My wife and I have friends there and have visited multipe times, although never for longer than a week. We've always felt that we wouldn't mind living there (as opposed to L.A., where I don't think we would be very happy).

In any case, we like our small town in Northern California just fine and have no plans to relocate.
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Interesting. My wife and I have friends there and have visited multipe times, although never for longer than a week. We've always felt that we wouldn't mind living there (as opposed to L.A., where I don't think we would be very happy).
Perhaps so. Frank and I each independently vetoed the entire state of California when we were thinking of places to retire. (Nothing against California - - between the two of us, we also vetoed probably a dozen other states.) There are other states that interest us more.

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In any case, we like our small town in Northern California just fine and have no plans to relocate.
That is tentatively where we stand with regards to New Orleans. For the present, we have no plans to relocate. However we are leaving the door open and could always change our minds again.
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W2R, I guess if you need humidity for your comfort, you found the right place. Tampa area is probably not much different relative (pardon the pun) to humidity. We do play golf any day we want but always tee off by 8AM and done at noon. About this time every year I start looking forward to October. To me that's what Florida is all about. The great months, October, November, December, (January can be chilly), February March, April and May. At least those are the months I like. This area is considered the sub-tropics whereas my son in Naples is in the tropics and he loves that. To each his own.
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Perhaps so. Frank and I each independently vetoed the entire state of California .
Cost of living ?
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Cost of living ?
There's one of a million reasons for us! It's a good one, but just scratches the surface. All in all I guess that (having both lived in California), like many others we just happen to find we would much prefer to live someplace else.

Isn't it wonderful that retirees have so many options?
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And yet, of all the many places where I have lived, San Diego was my least favorite. I guess I just prefer a smaller town, with lower cost of living and more humidity in the air. That dry air was so hard on my skin. .
Wow, I live in the Bay Area but SD would be at the top of my list. DD is in college there.

I've also lived on the East Coast and in the Mountain states and think that I would be ok anywhere BUT

- I give everywhere except coastal California one strike for weather, and
- I give everything east of Denver an additional strike for humid summers

I hate hot, humid summers.
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W2R, I guess if you need humidity for your comfort, you found the right place.
That's for sure! I'm the one who likes the humidity. I'm not sure he does, but he will tolerate it here.
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Tampa area is probably not much different relative (pardon the pun) to humidity. We do play golf any day we want but always tee off by 8AM and done at noon. About this time every year I start looking forward to October. To me that's what Florida is all about. The great months, October, November, December, (January can be chilly), February March, April and May. At least those are the months I like. This area is considered the sub-tropics whereas my son in Naples is in the tropics and he loves that. To each his own.
October is heavenly here, too. Still, we wouldn't appreciate it nearly as much had we not been through the heat of the summer.
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Wow, I live in the Bay Area but SD would be at the top of my list. DD is in college there.
That's nice to have her relatively close to you (although I admit that California is a big state).

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I've also lived on the East Coast and in the Mountain states and think that I would be ok anywhere BUT

- I give everywhere except coastal California one strike for weather, and
- I give everything east of Denver an additional strike for humid summers

I hate hot, humid summers.
Great! Then you are in the right place for YOU.... so be happy there! I'll leave you the whole state to enjoy.

Like all states California has some nice aspects, I admit, in this case scenery, wildflowers, and tidepools. It's just not a state that appeals to me overall.
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Thank you all for the great suggestions. We will drive to the west coast next month onwards and try out some of these places that you have suggested.

@meekie: Thanks. We will now research San Diego too

@IBWino, @omni550: Portland weather might be a concern but will check it out

@TexasProud: Yes, I should have written that as a criteria, good Public Transportation

@REWahoo: Thanks. Austin is also now high on our list. The last time I visited, wasn't too walkable, but could be that we were in a more suburban location

@FinanceDude: We have never been to Charleston, is it diverse enough? Will look into it

@Lisa99: Thanks for the info on findyourspot.com. Will be spending some time on that. I do look at the Walkability Score, will see how I can find those walkable pockets. I too have found that the Walkable areas end up being unaffordable in an otherwise reasonably priced city

@DblDoc: Somehow we eliminated the Seattle area because of the rain/wet climate, but will research Bellevue

@kcowan: Will be trying some of these places soon enough

@Packman: We would like to manage with one car and only use it occasionally and walk or take public transport most of the time (to enjoy the outdoor/ambiance, get in better shape). Colorado might still be too cold, although a lot better than Chicago.

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Without being nasty- I might worry about the Cultural/intellectual diversity of some of the places mentioned- especially compared with Chicago. We have New York friends who took health care jobs on a large metro major health center... Other than the intellectual challenges at work for example at their kids sports games, etc they have to bite their tongues and listen to the enthusiastic blather about some pretty stupid stuff...
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FYI, based on my multiple visits, I've found that San Diego has only two seasons; warm and pleasant, and warmer and pleasant.
Except for the gray in May and the gloom in June!
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Here's a map of the US with a different view of recommended places to live, based on a single attribute. I've been resisting for a couple of days but can't hold back...The Price Of Weed in the US | The Big Picture
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Another reason to pick Sarasota ,fl. .Low weed prices !
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Knew there was a reason some member hangs out on a cool soggy NoCal coastline. Which reminds me to check on the growhouse special sale..
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re Albuquerque wind: The spring (April-May) can be very windy, but the other season make up for it. Right now we have the afternoon monsoon electrical storms, followed by double rainbows. The cloud formations can be stunning too.

There is no perfect place. Everyone has their own list of "can't live with this, can't live without this". For us it was humidity - hate humidity. My hair could never live in Austin, I would be so depressed having flat hair all day long!
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I have to admit that except for the cost of living and the vast number of people I enjoyed my short time in London and NYC... both had very good cultural things to do, both had great public transportation, both had decent weather most of the time (did not like the winters, but if I was retired I would think about being a snow bird)...

Another place that I visited that seemed nice was Paris (but was never there in the winter).... and Madrid (again, not during winter)... I would think Paris is very very expensive, but Madrid might not be.... to bad I do not know the language... well, thinking about it, most of Europe is cold during the winter... so maybe not a great place...

I have heard that Italy is also a great place, but have not been there so can not comment...

I would also seriously look at Australia and New Zealand... I think either of these would be a great place to stay from what I hear....
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