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Old 06-28-04, 06:40 AM
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My wife and I are looking at retirement a few years from now and have decided, if it's at all possible, to move away from Atlanta.
Atlanta = too many cars = air polution = road rage = undesirable area.
In your opinion what's the best place to retire based on cost of living, climate (no snow or long cold winters or months of rain), and terrain (no flatlands, I need hills).
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Originally Posted by RonH
My wife and I are looking at retirement a few years from now and have decided, if it's at all possible, to move away from Atlanta.
Atlanta = too many cars = air polution = road rage = undesirable area.
In your opinion what's the best place to retire based on cost of living, climate (no snow or long cold winters or months of rain), and terrain (no flatlands, I need hills).
California?
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Originally Posted by RonH
My wife and I are looking at retirement a few years from now and have decided, if it's at all possible, to move away from Atlanta.
Atlanta = too many cars = air polution = road rage = undesirable area.
In your opinion what's the best place to retire based on cost of living, climate (no snow or long cold winters or months of rain), and terrain (no flatlands, I need hills).
Even though you said no winters/snow, I would heartily recommend northeast Washington State. I've lived in Spokane the last 7 years and it's a cycling paradise! 1000's of miles great roads, 100's of miles of rails to trails and paved bike paths, surrounded my rolling plains (palouse), mountains, 4 car hours away from the Rocky Mountains and other mountain ranges, a very active cycling community. I love cycling here! Plus the cost of living here is (relatively) dirt cheap! I was in Missoula Montana last week looking at housing, cost of living etc., because of a possible job relocation. Nope, I'm staying in Spokane because of the cost of housing, roughly twice as much in Missoula.

We do have winters here, but because of our dry (low humidity) climate (considered high desert, 2200 ft elevation) the snow isn't the wet slushy kind. Some winters are quite mild, in 2002 we had only a week of snow on the ground. I'm an old-guy and like good, temperate sunny weather. We have it in spades here.

Nice people, great quality of life, even better cycling keep me here.
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Old 06-28-04, 09:01 AM
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Originally Posted by slvoid
California?
I thought California = VERY, VERY high cost of living.
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Originally Posted by Davet
Even though you said no winters/snow, I would heartily recommend northeast Washington State.
Sorry Davet. I've lived in Olympia and visited eastern Washington a few times. Even though the Pacific Northwest is beautiful I don't want to have to deal with rainwear or 9 layers of clothes to ride.
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Old 06-28-04, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by RonH
My wife and I are looking at retirement a few years from now and have decided, if it's at all possible, to move away from Atlanta.
Come on down the road to Auburn/Opelika, Ron. I can hook you up with plenty of riders.

Weather is same as Atlanta. There's some hills to the north of us, but I drive over to Pine Mtn, GA to do those climbs regularly.

Area population is about 70,000. Which makes us not big enough for traffic problems (usually) but large enough so there's plenty to see and do. Plus, you can watch the Auburn Tigers whup up on the Ga Bulldogs this Fall!

About seven years ago, Money Magazine ranked us in the top 10 (or was it 20) places to retire.
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Originally Posted by RonH
I thought California = VERY, VERY high cost of living.
Can't be much worse than NYC. I can't imagine it being too high in rural areas with a lot of open roads and rolling hills, fresh air, etc. It's only when you get into densly populated areas that cost of living skyrockets exponentially.
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Originally Posted by RonH
I thought California = VERY, VERY high cost of living.
South Dakota, perhaps?
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Southern Oregon! A huge retirement movement has sprung up around Medford and Ashland areas. There is the world renowned Shakespeare festival in Ashland. Lots of great cycling areas, hills, and not much rain down there. It can get a bit cool in winter, but not too bad.

I have heard that cost of living is greatly increasing down there though, due to baby boomers retiring and snapping up property.

Also, airport access isn't great. Portland is 6 hours north, and Sacramento is the next biggest place south.
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Well, if you are looking for a small town Crested Butte Colorado is amazing. The cost of living may be kinda steep, but I'd check it out. Most everyone there has a college education but goes to Crested Butte to work at the local shops just for the sking/snowboarding and there is a mountain bike trail right on the edge of town (1 mile from anywhere in town). Everyone is really nice and the weather was always nice. The elevation is around 9,000ft so the climate changes from day to night, but if there was any place I'd like to spend the rest of my days I think that would be it. There are quite a bit of tourists durring late summer and winter though. Oh, and everyone has towny bikes and nobody uses their cars unless they are going way out of town. It's an awsome small bike town in the middle of the mountains. Watch out though, I was checking the real estate and it was a little pricey. Good luck.
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Originally Posted by MERTON
not dallas.
I once had a guy from Dallas try to tell me that his town was prettier than Seattle. I asked him if he'd ever been to Seattle and he said no, but he'd seen many pictures. That right there told me as much about (some people in) Dallas as I wanted to know....

My retirement suggestions:

Palm Desert California
Destin Florida
Prairie du Sac Wisconsin

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How about northern Italy?
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Originally Posted by khuon
How about northern Italy?
Or Provence?
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Mexico....plain and simple
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Hemet, California: already a large retired population, probably the lowest taxes & cost of living in the Riverside/Palm Springs area & there are some hills around. Close to Palm Springs but not so hot in the daytime & usually gets ocean breezes in the evenings.
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That would be Texas, West Texas especially. Draw a line from Abilene to Austin, anything west of there, and from San Angelo to Midland/Odessa, anything east of there. That area had ~5 nights last winter when it got below 20deg and never a day when it didn't get above 40. This area is well out of tornado alley, and you will have farm roads galore to ride on in absolute peace and serenity.

The area west of San Antonio, east of San Angelo, south of Eden is called hill country and has some of the most beautiful riding in the world.

Midland/Odessa is a particularly nice area, albeit relatively flat, with a strong bike community and a fairly progressive city with many of the amenities you may have gotten used to in Atlanta.

Plus, Texas is a no state income tax state on any kind of income.

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if you want to stay in the SE and avoid FL/the beach

you should look at asheville/ hendersonville nc, although NC taxes are high for the SE..very popular retirement area with good climate, lots of outdoor activities, and decent restaurants and amenities and you are in the mountains!

Greenville SC...nice town that retains small town charm and has a good bit to do

Nashville TN.... great city, some nice suburbs...and great biking...no state income tax (and last year no snow)...it is what Atlanta was like before it got huge
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Santa Barbara California...if you can afford it with the lowest 2 bedroom fixer upper now going for $475K along with high property tax. Very bike friendly community with a wide variety of terrian from flat along the ocean rides to mountain rides, and all within an easy ride from home. Year round temperture averages 74 with winter low's about 55 and summer highs about 84 (once in awhile you may get an extreme, one year I was there it snowed in Goleta near Santa Barbara, another year it got to 100, but these are rare). You do get the occasional earthquake about every 20 years averaging 5.0.
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Originally Posted by RonH
My wife and I are looking at retirement a few years from now and have decided, if it's at all possible, to move away from Atlanta.
Atlanta = too many cars = air polution = road rage = undesirable area.
In your opinion what's the best place to retire based on cost of living, climate (no snow or long cold winters or months of rain), and terrain (no flatlands, I need hills).
TEXAS HILL COUNTRY:
Mason
Kerrville
Fredericksburg
Llano
Marble Falls
Comfort
Hunt
Utopia
etc.
Some of the best riding...very bike friendly, super terrain and very pretty!!
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Grand Junction, Colorado

The town does not even own snow plows!

Grand Mesa for hills (actually, awesome mountains), Fruita for awesome mtn biking. Still small town, but big enough to have major services.
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Anywhere but the midwest. Never ending weeks of ice and -5 Deg F in winter to 105 deg summers with lotsa humidity. Very few really nice days it seems.
Then there's the apparent inbreeding...
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Check out Tucson or St. George Utah. Also, southern New Mexico has a few potentially great retirement spots. All of these areas have below average cost of living, dry climates, mountains in the immediate area and virtually no snow. As I too will be considering retirement in the next 8 years or so, these same issues are becoming more imporatnt. Good Luck!
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Boy, has anyone ever slaughtered the word "important" as I did in my above post? I apologize.
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Northern CA wouldn't be a bad choice. It's not quite as expensive as southern CA. My parents' 3 bed house on a 3/4 of an acre is the same price as the $350K condo I'm trying to buy.

Plenty of hills. No snow. Although if you live inland like in Sacramento, the summers can reach 100 degrees F and the winters drop to 50 degrees F with perhaps a week of freezing temps overnight.

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May as well retire to south Florida. Everyone else does.
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