Maybe I just missed it, but wondering if there is a thread about retirement locations here. I will be retiring in a few and would like to visit some possible places before then. Probably will stay west of the divide. So far thinking of the Carson Valley. Wanting to hear the good and bad about the locations.
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In 1978 I sold the house in the Bay Area, quit a job working with my parents, packed our belongings in a U-Haul, the wife and four kids and two dogs and headed to Boise Idaho with no job! It was the gutzest move of our lives and also one of the best. I have not missed Cally one bit. I was able to retire after 20 years with Hewlett Packard and am enjoying the good life!
My thoughts on retirement are that I should find a place that is quiet and cheap to live in, but close to transportation so that I can travel wherever I want to. My parents added a good idea, which is to retire somewhere near medical help, just in case you need it. Other than the excess amount of rain and humidity, I would not mind retiring where I live now. I already know the area, I am close to a major interstate, we have good medical care nearby. It really would not be that bad. The advantage of the west for me is less rain. I get tired of mold.
No that this is any rating of a retirement location, but, if I want to take a walk and just plink with a 22, it's a 2 hour drive for me here in So Cal. Unless I wan to go to an indoor range or organized outdoor range. There are other less organized locations where it is legal to shoot but the place is like the day after the end of the world. Being 60 now, if I move from here it will probably be where I stay so it has to be the right place or I just stay here and drive, till I can't.
A suggestion would be to do an internet check on places you think you'd like. You can check county rules and regulations on line and make a short list of places you'd like to investigate further. I did that and found Klamath County, Oregon, Freedonia, Arizona, Kanab, Utah and most of south east areas are much less regulated than most counties here in California.
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I like downtheroad's suggestion--finding the "right place" is such a subjective thing that maybe the best thing to do is simply spend a couple of weeks in several potential places in an RV to get the tenor and tempo of the area. I love living in Idaho (especially with the mild winter like this one has been) but it certainly isn't for everyone.
We're dogsitting in Northern California at the moment and love the weather and convenience but wow, in the evenings and on weekends the sound of those leafblowers and edging tools along with all the Harley Davidson's going constantly just makes my teeth ache--and this is a nice, nice neighborhood! I don't know how the kids stand it.
The best place to retire is Emmitt, Idaho, 35 miles north of Boise, Idaho. a
A very pretty valley and you can grow most anything.
Close to good fishing and deer hunting out your back door. Check it out