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Old 04-28-2020, 10:21 PM   #41
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Thoughts on NM? .... don't do it... I grew up around there.. as a kid I didn't know any better... its still the wild wild west... if you like the west coast have you looked at the baja.... I don't know about the costs.. but you can't beat the weather...
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Old 04-28-2020, 11:01 PM   #42
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Anybody here spent significant time living in New Mexico? My preference for retirement location has been the west coast for a variety of reasons (grew up there/family there, miss the ocean, and personal beliefs, for lack of a better term, are a good fit for the west coast). But it is expensive out there, and I need to prepare for a likely downturn in the economy that may last a while.

I have been reading about New Mexico as a possible retirement destination. While it obviously is missing an ocean , it does have a lower cost of living and I don’t mind a dry heat. I didn’t mind the heat in TX and I would imagine TX is more humid than NM. It also appears that N.M. has passed laws to protect pre-existing conditions should ACA go away (not trying to be political, just a statement of fact, and I would need to rely on ACA to get coverage, unfortunately).

For those who live(d) there, how did you like it? Were there good part-time employment opportunities? How bad was the lightning (I’m petrified of lightning: another reason I want to live on the west coast). Was there a good tennis scene? Are residents welcoming to newcomers? Is it relatively easy to meet people and make friends? Thanks!

PS - probably would be considering Albuquerque, but am open-minded about location.
I lived seven years in southeast New Mexico, and many family members hail from New Mexico. Try Roswell, New Mexico. It is only a little more than an hour's drive to Ruidoso where one of the largest quarterhorse races are found in the southernmost range of the Rockie Mountains.

In addition, the Hondo Valley on the way to Ruidoso has some interesting art galleries on the left, including Peter Hurd's. Ruidoso is an artsy town, but it also is close to Inn of the Mountain Gods, a fine hotel and casino on the Mescalaro Indian Reservation. On the way to Ruidoso is the turn off to Lincoln, the town Billy the Kid made famous with his escape, and where the most significant fight of the range war took place. Billy the Kid is buried about an hour and a half north of Roswell in Fort Sumner.

Roswell has a couple of good art galleries, including the Anderson Museum which features modern art and Roswell Museum which features artists of New Mexico and also contains many of the original materials which Robert Goddard used to build rockets in the 1930's. South of Roswell is a huge runway which was part of an Air Force base, until it was closed in the 1960's. Many out of service planes are parked there due to COVID. There is a small airport with flights to Dallas and Phoenix during normal times.

Roswell is hot during the summer, and fall and temps can fall into the 20's in the winter. You can get snowed in, but that is rare. The area has some light industry, but is still primarily an agricultural area with cotton, alfalfa, and soybeans. There are some very expensive subdivisions and some dirt cheap areas. About half the population is Hispanic. The closest large city is Lubbock, Texas about 170 miles away, and then Albuquerque and El Paso about 200 miles away. Roswell's population is about 48K.
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Old 04-28-2020, 11:14 PM   #43
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How would you describe big and pushy? I find that an interesting comment.
You won't find the braggarts of Texas in New Mexico. I have lived in California (LA Basin and SF), Texas, and Hawaii (presently). If we move it will probably be to New Mexico or El Paso (NM without the braggarts.
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Old 04-29-2020, 06:45 AM   #44
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Consider Los Alamos

If you're considering NM, I recommend you look at Los Alamos. I grew up there and it's a beautiful part of NM. You have the Mountains and the Desert. I loved hiking from the Jemez Mts (11,000ft) down to the Rio Grande (5,000ft). In one day sub-alpine to Sonoran desert. The second best skiing in the state, only Taos is better. A short drive to Taos or Santa Fe. So the location is ideal. The altitude is 7,200 in the city but down in White Rock you'll get 6,000. More snow in the city and less in White Rock. The reason I recommend considering it is because you get a little out of the crime and resentment you'll find some places. If I was moving back to NM, that's the place I would go. Oh as I remember it summer afternoon thunderstorms in NM had powerful lightening.
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Old 04-29-2020, 09:22 PM   #45
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Have you thought of living overseas? No idea about NM but if you love the sea and want that to be in your daily life but can't afford or accept the taxes, medical costs, etc. in Calif/West Coast (who can??) why not try an overseas destination? I live in Vietnam by the sea, the cost of living is lower than you can imagine, no taxes to speak of and plenty of other benefits. S. America has a lot of interesting choices too and much closer to home. Expand your horizon, you might just find exactly what you are looking for...
Sorry for the delay in response; itís actually been a pretty busy couple of days.

My preference is to stay in the US if possible just because it is familiar to me, and I do have some family and friends here. It feels comfortable. The thought of picking up and moving somewhere that has a different culture, perhaps a different language, and where I donít know a single person scares me a little. If I had a medical issue or got into some sort of trouble, I wouldnít have anyone to turn to.

Iím not totally against the expat idea. My plan is to try and stick it out in the US if I can find health insurance and a place I would enjoy living. If the health care situation falls apart here, then I do have a list of countries that I would consider moving to. One other consideration for leaving the country though is expat insurance. I know that it would be hard, if not impossible, to get insurance if you have pre-existing conditions, which could keep me from being able to move to some preferred destinations, or restrict my choices to certain countries with public options and/or incredibly low cost care so I could afford to self fund (and cross my fingers I didnít get anything catastrophic).
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Old 04-29-2020, 09:31 PM   #46
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You definitely wouldnít like the storms in Texas, especially during tornado season. Lightning is the least of your concerns during a tornado warning

Yes, I lived in Texas for 8 years, really liked it there. Except for the horrible T-storms. I lived in south central Texas so we didnít get many tornado warnings, I only remember two of them during my entire time living there. And other states where I have lived actually had more storms (Oklahoma springs to mind). But there was so much cloud-to-ground lightning in Texas, I was terrified every time there was a storm. If I do go back and buy a house there one day, I am investing in a lightning protection system so I can sleep better at night and not worry so much. I knew too many people whose houses were hit by lightning there.
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Old 04-30-2020, 07:39 AM   #47
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In Texas thats how people replace old home appliances like Central Air Units, microwave ovens, ceiling fans ect...ect...ect... you just wait until a lightning storm hits and you call the insurance company the next morning... and if the winds were strong you also get a new fence and if hail is there you get a new roof and new glass for your cars... so every couple of years your home and cars are like new again... ;-)
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