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   Posted 5/7/2010 12:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Let's daydreams for a while today. Where would you like to retire and why? So many people like to either move south for the warmth or have a second up north and the other down south. This southern house is their retirement house. Then there are the snowbirds who are always on the move to find good weather.

I prefer my own home for retirement. But when hubby does finally retire the two of us want to travel around the country a few times. We love the national parks and some of the backgroadof America.

Where do you want to retire?
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   Posted 5/7/2010 2:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I'd want to retire somewhere with a big piece of land where you have a forest, animals, streams, lakes... located around Crater Lake or even higher elevation where I can spy the Northern Lights and Sunsets and Sunrises. I'd want the ocean nearby with beach. Why? I am such a sucker for nature, and I feel very in my element when I am in nature. I love being struck by beuty and wonder hence the northern lights, sunset, sunrise. And I'd get snow every year probably (omg have always lived on sea level and if we are lucky we get a dusting (not even an inch) every two to four years. So I'd want to see the beauty of the nature when I retire.
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   Posted 5/7/2010 3:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I want a house on a secluded beach. One with a huge sunroom and deck where I could listen to the seagulls and the waves. The sun room has exercise equipment specialized for me, a spa, hot tub and massage tables so that my personal massage therapist can come daily. Miles of nothing but white sand and sealife and total relaxation.

Now if only I could win that lottery ;)
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   Posted 5/7/2010 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm already retired. My husband and I spent five years studying where to retire, because we knew one move would likely be all we could manage. We were living in Austin, the land of hundred degree summers with constant humidity and mold counts, so we knew we'd be moving.

We settled on East Tennessee, moved here a little over a year ago, and I love it. We live in a wooded community with multiple lakes, gentle mountains and friendly people. The population density isn't so high (we have about 10 neighbors in a four-block area), but we're not in the wilderness. We have lots of critters and the widest variety of birds I've seen anywhere I've lived. I get to watch the Bald Eagles fly and have bluebird nests in my yard. I get four seasons, but none of them too harsh. I get spring flowers and fall color. This is the perfect place for me.

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   Posted 5/7/2010 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
My hubby and I plan on retiring to BEAUTIFUL Tennessee! We lived there 6 years ago, moved to FL for jobs, but desperately want to return. There is nothing like living on the top of a mountain but able to see the valley from your front door. You also get 4 seasons! Too AWESOME for words.

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   Posted 5/7/2010 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
We are also thinking of Tennessee. We lived in the Chattanooga area for almost four years
awhile back for my husband's job. Tennessee is one of the most beautiful states I've
lived in.

We are still considering Florida. I know it will be a hard decision to make. I also love
right where I'm living now in Arkansas. Time will tell where we end up. I know it will be
somewhere the temps aren't to cold in the winter.
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   Posted 5/7/2010 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Lostnomad, I think this place is perfect. AND, our property taxes are like 10% of what they were in Texas.

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   Posted 5/7/2010 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
We want to be by water - I'm leaning towards ocean, my husband towards a lake with a motorboat. Not a big city, but also not too isolated. As far as I'm concerned, it partly depends on where our kids end up. He says that doesn't matter, but I can see him changing when the time comes, esp. if there are grandchildren in the picture!

One thing I do know is I don't want to be anywhere too cold
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   Posted 5/7/2010 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd like to retire someplace nice. I'd like to be where a beach is near. I am tired of my state. I would want to retire someplace where it never snows.
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   Posted 5/7/2010 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Gosh, it sounds like Tennessee is the place to go. I loved reading about it. Four seasons, none of which are too cold. Gentle mountains, that sounds beautiful. I bet there are gemstones there. Eh?

We can all dream, that is what I am doing. Freezing here in Michigan today and a chance of accumated snow!!! Bummer...

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   Posted 5/7/2010 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Guess I'll stick with my wacky upstate NY that I've lived in all my life. Even now I'm about 10 miles from where I grew up...
12 from where I went to school and within 5 to either of my sons. The weather here is always unpredictable, last week it was
85 and this Sunday there is a chance of snow showers. I have 2 acres of woods I own and mow about another 1 of my
neighbors so it looks like I own more than I do. I'm cut out of 76 acres that wrap around me with deer in my backyard and this
year I actually have wild turkeys there. Everyone and everything I care about is within hollering distance and I think that means
more to me than not having to shovel.
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