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post #31 of 139

Bermuda would be on the top of my list too if I could go anywhere I chose.

 

My list would also include

 

Montreal QC

Quebec City, QC

Vancouver BC

Charlottetown PEI

 

I have lived in Toronto and for me it's just not a place I'd want to retire.  Heck if I want to spend a few million on a house I'll just buy that one I posted in another thread..  bounce.gif

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post #32 of 139

Greek Island like Crete. Not to big but not too small.

 

It would have a small olive grove, fruit trees, a barn with goats, cow, a donkey. And, plenty of bedrooms for family and friends to stay.

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post #33 of 139

Greece was always my place until they followed the US financially.

Nicko, trade the goats for a pig or two. More rewarding  in the pit.

  For now I'll  retire in Mexico. On the water. It's still about .25% of most retirement areas. That's with 3000sq ft home, small barn, help quarters,

gardener, housekeeper, cook and someone to take care of the boat.

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I like the idea of the Motor-home, I did mention this one to my husband, but he had some concerns shall we say about daily up keep. 

I am the Chief of Operations, in other words, I fix stuff (and in this case, dump) not him. 

My Dad gave me a super cute toolbox when we were first married, it was all pink. 

Anywhos... I think that is a ROCKIN' idea, sell the "stick and mortar" and just cruise America.

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post #35 of 139

When my mom's parents retired they sold their farm and bought a motorhome.  They spent twenty years camping across Canada and parts of the US before settling into a rental home near Ottawa ON.  They could have bought a house but decided they were too old for a mortgage again and wanted to enjoy their remaining years. 

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My former KM from the breakfast place is right now living his dream.  He has always had a love for Costa Rica and is currently spending the next year there cooking at a hotel.  He had said many times that he wanted to retire there and I hope for him that this works out and he is able to retire down there. 

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I like the idea of the Motor-home, I did mention this one to my husband, but he had some concerns shall we say about daily up keep. 

I am the Chief of Operations, in other words, I fix stuff (and in this case, dump) not him. 

My Dad gave me a super cute toolbox when we were first married, it was all pink. 

Anywhos... I think that is a ROCKIN' idea, sell the "stick and mortar" and just cruise America.

kgirl,

 didn't anyone tell you not to stay in arizona for the summer? moving from the tropics to the desert is especially tough even without enduring a summer there. the silver lining here is that there are LOTS of rv's for sale in arizona...LOTS! a good place for you to start your education would be ebay. good education in a short period of time. you will see after a time what to look for, what you want in a layout, diesel or gas, how many slides, 5th wheel or motorhome...i highly recommend slide outs...hugely...in your area go online to camping world or the paper or craigslist...as far as upkeep, yeah there is that, but it's no more than your house or a boat..in fact, the onboard systems are closer to a boat than anything...water tanks, gray water tanks, sewage, propane, house batteries, 110 vs. 12 volt, but pretty simple really... maybe you can lease one for a week or two as a tryout...it's really fun trust me....oh, just one thing...absolutely no matching jumpsuits with embroidered names...i'd have to stop talking to you!!!.....good luck...hey, you can always take a little trip up durango way....we got us some real nail bitin' cowboys up here!  yipee ki ay!!!

joey
 

 


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post #38 of 139
Like it here, but if I HAD to move:

One of the beach communities around Santa Cruz.

One of the redwood-forest communities around Santa Cruz.

The City (aka Baghdad by the Bay, aka San Francisco). Love the city. I used to live in Berkeley and work in SF. The best part of the day was driving across the Bay Bridge, looking at the Bay, the Golden Gate, Alcatraz, the sky line...

Madrid.

Spain along the Med coast, a small city with a beach, decent restaurants, and not totally screwed up by Brits -- if such a place there is. Not too far from Valencia or Barcelona maybe.

London.

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post #39 of 139

i love where i live intensely, these mountains, this place, but if i had to move, i would buy a 60 ft sailboat(cat) and spend the rest of my life sailing around the world......next to that a small beach palapa on mexico's baja pennisula in the gulf of california/sea of cortez....amalfi coast (positano,sorrento).... point reyes california...

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hey bdl, i've sailed under the GG bridge...does that count for anything?


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post #40 of 139
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mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

the beach...

my astrological sign is cancer, the crab, I love to sit by the ocean

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post #41 of 139

I would move to Switzerland... cheese, chololate... rolleyes.gif

post #42 of 139

In no particular order -- 

 

Within the United States:

 

Pittsburgh PA. (It is has many of the amenities of a larger city, but interesting neighborhoods too. The cost of living is reasonable for a city of its size, medical care is good, and there are many services for older people) 

Ann Arbor, MI

 

Outside the US:

 

Vancouver, BC

Switzerland: cheese, chocolate, lots of flowers, clean, orderly, safe, and within striking distance of France, Italy, and Germany

Paris

Nice (never been there, but have heard wonderful reports)

Helsinki (never been there, but very fond of about Finnish design and architecture)

 

post #43 of 139

Being from Canada and only have visited the USA my view may be somewhat naive.  But I will say Americans seem far more willing to pack up and jump state than us Canadians.

 

First Choice for me NYC.  right in Midtown.  I worked for UBS and was at the Midtown offices frequently and loved being n NYC more than any place in the world.  If I could have afforded to live right in mid town I would have transfered to that office and stayed for good.  Instead I had to settle for staying at the Beakman Towers every other week.

 

Second Choice and a close tie to NYC would be to sell everything and buy a 45-52 foot sailboat.  Spend the summers in Newport RI and then come winter sail south to the Keys or bounce over to the Islands when/as desired.  Antigua is great in the Winter if your a Sailor and they have a huge transient live aboard population that just start touring together.  You would be surprised how comfortable a 52' boat can be for a couple.

 

 

post #44 of 139

I'm with you, there Brook!   Or Vienna where chocolate *really* reigns.
 

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Switzerland: cheese, chocolate, lots of flowers, clean, orderly, safe, and within striking distance of France, Italy, and Germany

 

 



 

post #45 of 139

You actually ran the boat, Joey?    I'm impressed.   I took one of those tour boats around the bay and they took us just outside the bridge.

The waves were immediately so much stronger, bigger I thought I was going to lose my lunch.   I was on the upper deck and made a beeline to the lower one and thought about getting on my hands and knees even there.   I'm guessing 50º tilt on some of those largest waves.   Enough for me!

 

"The City" is certainly beautiful, but.....

 

BDL, I had an aunt that lived very close to where you are, first Duarte when she first moved out there, and later West Covina.   I spent several months out there, all told.    "Go to Monrovia" was a familiar phrase  She worked at Bell & Howell..   I remember one restaurant where you ate peanuts while waiting for your food and threw the peanut shells on the floor.   Can't remember the name of the place, but as a young 'en, I thought throwing the shells on the floor was just great.  Wouldn't want to clean that up, tho.  Couldn't tell you much about the food, but I remember a vegetable soup that I loved there.

 

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i love where i live intensely, these mountains, this place, but if i had to move, i would buy a 60 ft sailboat(cat) and spend the rest of my life sailing around the world......next to that a small beach palapa on mexico's baja pennisula in the gulf of california/sea of cortez....amalfi coast (positano,sorrento).... point reyes california...

joey

hey bdl, i've sailed under the GG bridge...does that count for anything?



 

post #46 of 139

I'm a fan of Southern Utah.

 

Moab, Monticello, Blanding, Bluff, Torrey, Kanab, Glendale. would be my primary points to shop from.

post #47 of 139

phatch,

if you know utah, then i'm sure you're familiar with Canyonlands..one of my all time favorite places on the planet...magical, mystical, bigger than life big. living close by in colorado, we head there whenever we can....have you been to zion?

indygal,

i was the cookie, my husband the captain(100 ton). over 30+ years and 60,000 logged nautical miles i have stood many a watch in many a sea and in many a bad storm including 5 hurricanes. i've only been seasick once when we got stinko drunk on french rum after winning a race to martinique and had to race back the next morning...suffice it to say, i no longer drink rum!

as for sailing in general? sometimes the hardest part isn't always the jumping out of the plane!

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post #48 of 139

Many times to both of them.

post #49 of 139

Philadelphia, amazing food town, feel of NYC but smaller and nicer people

Hendersonville/Asheville NC, go regularly.  Family in the area and love to spend weekends there

Chattanooga TN, Close enough to Atl to go for a day but far enough away to not care.  Tons to do all year

Portland, only place on the left coast I would want to live

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post #50 of 139
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Oh man, love Phillie!!  I just couldn't live there, you know, nice place to visit and all...

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post #51 of 139

From places I know, as in having at least visited:

 

Central Oregon. I lived there close to 3 years, and it is my 1st choice.

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania is also gorgeous.

post #52 of 139

Bermuda, or a Log Cabin or a Bed and Breakfast  in a rural part of any nice state.

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post #53 of 139
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Funny that this thread came back around...

I've almost got my husband on the side of just selling this house and then putting all of our stuff in to storage and renting somewhere. 

Maybe take time to  look around again for somewhere to live.

Well, he thinks that going back to Hawaii (Honolulu) to rent would be a great idea!!

NOOOOOOOO!!

Way too expensive!

That's why we left to begin with Dude!!

Please don't get me wrong, I was born and raised there, spent most of my life there. 

I LOVE Hawaii, it's just not the place to live on a "fixed income" and not working.

Well, unless of course you are independently wealthy, like maybe, oh I don't know, a TV personality....

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post #54 of 139

I've never been to Hawaii, but is it really that expensive to live? Aww :(

My top 5 (in no specific order of preference):

London, England

Nelson, New Zealand

San Fran, USA

Montreal, Canada

Nice, France

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Aloha Amyp!  If ever you get a chance, do go to Hawaii. 

For me, I just love to get a couple of sand chairs and a foam cooler, fill it with some local goodies, and we just spend an entire day at the beach, any beach (but we like Kailua and Ko'olina)! 

Just beautiful. 

As for living there, well, when a half gallon of milk is anywhere from $4-$7 and a dozen eggs are pushing $4.  And EVERYTHING is taxed!  Even food.  It's tough on families, we both had to work to make it, and we don't have children.  Alot of our friends with kids had to work two jobs each to be able to make ends meet. 

Again though, don't get me wrong, I LOVE HAWAII!! 

I am of Hawaiian decent, and if we could, believe you me, we'd back there in a flash my friend!!

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post #56 of 139

Ahhhh to dream. I have heard some really amazing things about Hawaii (only from visitors) and it just sounds amazing. Such amazing scenery smile.gif

post #57 of 139

 

 

Europe:

 

If I were to relocate, I would select the southeast coast on Italia´s Adriatic Sea or the island of  Sardinia, Italia  and / or Costa de Luz, the southwest coast of Spain ( Not Málaga ) or Costa Blanca ( Mediterrnean coast ) of southeast Spain or the Baleras Island of  Mallorca.

 

The U.S.A.:

 

If I were to ever return to the U.S.A., which at the moment is highly unlikely, I believe I would choose Washington D.C. and / or Old Town Alexandria, Virginia or:  San Diego, California.

 

South America :

 

Punta de Este, Uruguay ( heaven on earth )

 

The Caribbean :

 

Though I enjoy travelling to the Caribbean, I would not want to go through another Hurricane again ...

 

post #58 of 139

In U.S.:

 

New Mexico (Albuquerque, Santa Fe, or Taos)

Washington state

Hawaii

Northern California

Wilmington, NC (lived here during undergrad; wonderful port city)

 

Outside U.S.

 

Japan (lived here as well; loved it)

Vancouver, BC

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Southern France

New Zealand

Spain

post #59 of 139
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@Margcata, all of those places sound devine! 

 

@Automne, I'm curious, where in Hawaii would you go?

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post #60 of 139

 

@ Kaneohegirlnaz,

 

All places have their positives and negatives no matter where they are and when seriously contemplating a relocation or even a move from one neighborhood to another. So many uncountable factors to consider and research like a fine tooth comb. Though all the places mentioned, I have travelled to several times, and am totally enchanted with most aspects of each, there is reality of  negatives, that one must decide and weigh very cautiously before stepping into a whole new environment. Margcata.  

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