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Best Retirement Communities in Small Towns

Best Retirement Communities in Small Towns

We have noticed that the best retirement communities are located in small towns. We hear all the talk about retiring to the city but the best retirements are definitely located in small towns. Why is that?

Well people want to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of city and suburban living especially traffic and noise.  Most suburban homes in metro areas always have a hum from traffic noise that you might not notice until you get out of that environment. Then you realize how nice and relaxing quiet can be.

Small towns have more land so that the large retirement communities that offer so many great amenities have the room to build them. In cities land is so expense that the retirement communities are built in high rises or very small size retirement communities that do not offer any where near what the retirement communities in small towns do.

With larger retirement communities in small towns there are more amenities offered like softball fields, bocce ball, pickel ball, tennis court, walking trails, sidewalks throughout the community, large clubhouses, and many people to meet and social with. May not be the case with city retirement communities.

When you move to a retirement communities you may want to explore and enjoy the surrounding areas especially natural areas to enjoy things like lakes for fishing, hiking trials, small town shopping, arts and crafts fairs, mountains, wineries and day trips to other small towns. Can’t do these things living in a retirement community in a city.

Also there is something about enjoying the character of small town living while having the advantages of living in a great retirement community too.  Best of both worlds.  Small towns have parade, arts, community theaters, footballs games, and a real community spirit that you may not find in a city or even the suburbs.

These days with Internet shopping and two day delivery by Amazon you can order just about anything you want and have in delivered to your home.  The Internet also levels the field with news and keeping in touch no matter where you live. Place is not as important anymore.

The people who move to a retirement community in a small town are genuinely excited about the new lifestyle. Sometimes people moving to a retirement community in their neighborhood or a city to be close to their relatives are not as excited about the retirement lifestyle.

Well there are pros and cons to everything, but these are some of reasons the best retirement communities may be in small towns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gainesville Hoschton

Two Interesting Small Towns with Retirement Communities in Georgia

Interesting Georgia Small Towns with Retirement Communities

Retirement communities and small towns go together anywhere and Georgia is no exception.

Maybe it is the idea that folks want to slow down and get out of the rat race. Maybe some folks remember growing up in a small town and would like to return to the days not so complicated by traffic and businesses everywhere.  Some want the natural scenery and being close to many outdoors attractions. Some say the land is cheaper for the big track of land to be developed into a large retirement community.

What ever the reasons, many of the retirement communities in Georgia are located in small towns, albeit many are in close proximity to the large Atlanta metro area.

So what are some of the small towns with retirement communities in Georgia?

Fall Festival in Hoschton GA
Fall Festival in Hoschton GA

1.  Hoschton, GA – Is home to Village at Deaton Creek, a Del Webb community of over 1,000 homes. By the way a new hospital with 100 beds is under contruction adjacent to this community.  The City of Hoschton is a small community located just off Interstate  I-85 in Jackson Country in North Georgia.  This area where Deaton Creek is located is the convergence of three or four counties and most of the homes are actually located in Hall County but have a Hoschton mailing address.  This area is a small community but close enough to be at Mall of Georgia in about 20 minutes.  This mixes the advantage of small town living and the convenience of being less that 45 minutes from cities like Athens, Gainesville and Atlanta metro.

Lake Lanier GA
Lake Lanier GA

2.  Gainesville, GA – ia home to  Cresswind at Lake Lanier, a wonderful retirement community on Lake Lanier while still in the city of Gainesville, which is the country seat of Hall County. Downtown Gainesville has a mixture of shops and first class restaurants. Also there are like 4 or 5 theaters and playhouses in Gainesville. At the foothills of the North Georgia mountains and easy access to Metro Atlanta from both I-985 and GA 400, Gainesville is a highly rated town for retirement with excellent hospital, shopping, Lake Lanier and more.

Other Georgia towns with nice retirement communities are Griffin, Canton and Greensboro.

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Small Town Living

Small Town Pride | Best Towns Contests

Small Town Pride | Best Towns Contests

I have noticed people living in small towns have a lot of pride about where they live.  They have pride in their local parades and community events like fairs, art festivals and beauty contests. They have pride in their high school sports teams. They have pride in winning town contests.

Magazines hold contests where you can vote for your small town to win the title of something and people really get involved and promote voting for their town. I did a post about the South’s Tastiest Small Towns contest. Then there are the prettiest towns,  best places to live, most liveable towns, best small towns for food, healthiest small towns and many others.

People like calling their town “the best” in anything. Newspapers and Chamber of Commerces really liked the PR of having the title of being ‘the best” gives their town.

In the news today, I see the headline “Travelers Rest tied for third in ‘coolest small towns’ contest.  This is in the Budget Travel magazine’s annual contest to find the coolest small towns in America.  Other finalists include Berlin, Md.; Buckhannon, W.Va.; Cazenovia, N.Y.; Deadwood, S.D.; Elkin, N.C.; Estes Park, Colo.; Evergaldes City, Fla.; Galena, Ill.; Hunting Woods, Mich,; Kelleys Island, Ohio; Matthews, Va.; Nevada City, Calif.; Pahoa, Hawaii; and Rockport, Texas.  Apparently there were about 1,000 small town entries in the coolest small town contest.

So I went to the Budget Travel website to see what the criteria is for the coolest small towns 2014 but only see “we know a cool small town when we see it”.  I guess coolness is hard to define but you will know it when you see it.

So I go over to view the comments left by people on the contest page to see if I can find any clues as to why a small town may be cool.

Fay says “Travelers Rest SC is the perfect place for people who love the outdoors and want the very best of living with nature and having all the things civilization has to offer in Greenville. Lots of local culture and the ocean is only 4 hours away.”  (Ashevlle is nearby too).

The contest does have a good description for each of the finalists in coolest small town contest. You have until Feb 25th to vote.