2014 Best Places (Smaller Cities) to Retire List

 

Raleigh NC small town

Money Magazine is out with their best places to retire with a focus on smaller cities.

First on the list is Raleigh NC which has long been popular with retirees.  There has been an 96% increase in the number of persons 55 and older. Milder weather and four seasons were noted. A lot of the people moved to Florida, then missing the seasons moved half way back home to NC. Strong local economy and affordable senior housing.  NC State has a life-long learning program that is very popular with locals. Excellent health care too.  Low taxes and lots to do also make Raleigh NC a place to consider for retirement living.

Pittsburgh PA is on the list also.  Pittsburgh has a diversified economy and is an economic hub.  Affordable retirement housing. Sports and an excellent health care is part of the reasons to retire in Pittsburgh PA.

Retirees want culture and  health care but in an affordable smaller city but needs lots to do, not just the sleepy small town of the past.  Low taxes are a consideration too.

St. Petersburg Florida is on the list. It has beautiful beaches but it has a lot of culture and art as well. Retirement income is not taxed. Again affordable senior housing is a plus.

The full list of 2014 Best Places to Retire List will be in the new issue of Money Magizine due out this Friday.

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More smaller cities in NC to retire. Smaller cities in PA. Small cities in Florida.

By Robert Fowler, author. Circle me on Google +.

 

Home With Southern Charm in Bogart (near Athens GA)

Bogart GA

Last weekend I went to a wedding in Bogart Georgia which is located off the Atlanta Hwy just outside Athens.  The house where the wedding took place was in a large house that has been turned into a special events facility.  Getting outside Metro Atlanta and visiting this place took me take to my Southern roots.  I was born in Middle Georgia and went  to the University of Georgia in Athens.

This house as you can see from the picture of the front porch was Southern style through and through.  Very nice wedding took place there but first we had cocktails on the back patio overlooking the gardens and little court yard areas with small buildings around.  Inside had hardwoods floors and nice windows.  The house was nice but I think it was the outside which impressed me.  I took some more pictures, but I don’t want to be tacky and post someone’s wedding photos so I will stick with these two.

It was a very peaceful  setting to have a wedding.  The thought occurs about living in a house like this one and how  neat that would be.

Maybe if it was in Athens which is one of the most charming towns in Georgia but Bogart is a little remote for me.  But I do like those Southern Style homes and wouldn’t mind living in one.

wedding day

Actually, it is called The Thompson House and Gardens and here is a better picture.

Bogart house