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Colorado

Best Small Towns to Retire in Colorado

Did you recently retire and you are looking for a really great place to retire to?  Maybe you will be retiring soon and you are looking forward to some peace and quiet after a lifelong of working really hard.  For a lot of people, they opt to retire in places like Florida where it is warm and sunny all year round.  Still, it is good to be open to other options because there are many places in the United States that are definitely looking into.  Colorado happens to be one of them and before you start thinking that retirees generally do not like skiing, these are some things that you should know about the place. Here are nine of the best smalls towns to live in Colorado.

Originally posted 2020-09-01 08:54:00.

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Retirement Small Towns

Factors That Make Small Towns Desirable for Retirement

Factors That Make Small Towns Desirable for Retirement

In planning for retirement, many people seek out a new home in a new town, whether to downsize, move to a sunnier climate, or simply for a change of pace. While some baby boomers are looking for more excitement and a thriving night life, many people – both singles and couples – hunt for new homes in quieter, more cozy places than the suburban or urban environments in which they spent their working years.

Small cities – those with populations of 25,000 or fewer – offer some distinct benefits for senior citizens seeking a respite from the hustle and bustle of life, but don’t want to live out in the middle of nowhere. In the hunt for the perfect small-town retirement destination, you may want to consider a number of factors: criteria that can help you determine whether or not a small city in question is a good spot to retire.

So, what makes certain small towns more desirable for retirement than others? There are a wide range of answers to that question, but the same few seem to pop up again and again: Low crime rate; mild weather; ease of travel within city limits (walk-ability) and to other destinations (nearness to international airport); number of retiree amenities per capita; natural beauty and charm of the surroundings; and ability to make quality social connections. While some of these factors (low crime rate and mild climate) are easy to quantify, others are a bit more subjective.

Ease of travel: To some, this may mean the ability to walk easily to the majority of restaurants, venues and shops in the community, while to others it may mean excellent public transportation options in a small city. For those who are moving to be closer to their children and grandchildren, how easy is it to visit them is a factor as well. They want to be on the right side of the metro area to be close for visits.

Retiree Amenities: Some are looking for a  55+ community with all the included amenities and facilities, while others look to the town in general to see what healthcare facilities, senior centers, adult education opportunities, libraries, and arts and entertainment venues are available.  Is there a senior center nearby?

Social Connections: Many small towns or small cities share a common “theme,” or may have large concentrations of certain types of people. Perhaps citizens share a common ethnic heritage, like Leavenworth, WA’s Scandinavians, or shared interest like the Sedona, AZ population of artists. Towns that host annual festivals and other events also offer many opportunities to meet new people.
Are there many baby boomers or seniors your age?

Regional Medical – Is there regional medical resources nearby and 24 hour medical services close by?  See

Tip! Small towns with one of the large Active Adult Communities like those of Del Webb, K. Hovnanian Homes, Brookfield Homes, Lennar, Beazer Homes,  WCI Communities or Erickson Retirement communities – they usually have done the research for you and are in or near desirable small towns for retirement.  See my post Hospital Nearby Is Mandatory.

Retiring to a small town can be an appealing option on many fronts. After battling traffic and hassles of urban or suburban living for decades, the attractions of small town life can be a serene alternative, and offer opportunities to learn, grow, socialize, and live happy and healthy lives as seniors.

Originally posted 2020-09-07 08:10:21.

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Tennessee

Tennessee Best Towns

The enchanting state of Tennessee is filled with lush greenery, amazing bodies of water and woodlands, and a culture unlike any other state. With Nashville as the glue of the state, the country culture flows out from the city and into the small towns of the Volunteer State.

For those frustrated with city traffic and smoldering fog, small towns in Tennessee offer a haven of peace, culture and plenty of recreational activities. Tennessee with beautiful scenery and good four seasons weather.  I know I live visiting the Great Smokey Mountains Park.

TN will also be very attractive to retirees from other states. Starting in 2021 Tennessee will have no state income tax and also other retirement income breaks. The location has good proximity to much of our country.

Clarksville TN is on Money Magazine’s Best Places to live.

Around Nashville and there are several small towns that would be nice to retire in and the town of Brentwood is one of the nicest ones. Brentwood has 13 parks and plenty of walking trails to keep you fit.  Nolensville is another small town with a close knit community in the Nashville area. Mount Juliet is a Nashville suburb located 28 East with a population of about 30,000.  Hendersonviille TN located on Old Hickory Lake, next to the Cumberland River and is a good place for water sports and that retirement favorite fishing.

Murfreesboro is a big small town (120,000 pop.) with parks and 12 miles of greenway.

Oak Ridge on the East side of Tennessee, which is Anderson County, about 25 miles outside of Knoxville, has one of the lowest crime rates and costs of housing in the state.  It is not hard to see why this is a good retirement small town.

Germantown is a place you should check out if you are planning on living in the Memphis area, it has affordable housing.  Another small town to check out in the Memphis area is Collierville, which is a prosperous area with a population of about 50,000.

More Tennessee Retirement Towns

1. Cosby TN

With a population of around 5,000 residents, the small town of Cosby is slow-paced and inviting. Cosby is located in the northwestern corner of the state near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Traditionally a small Appalachian town, Cosby is recognized today for its serene setting and astonishing views. Family run businesses are scattered along the main road and fruit stands abound offering nearly every variety of apple. The town is peaceful and free from traffic, yet offers everything a person needs with regard to modern amenities.

2. Dyersburg TN

Dyersburg is located in the southern section of the state and offers a population of just under 25,000 residents. Dyersburg is an ideal location to live because of its affordability, not to mention high quality schooling and beautiful display of Victorian homes and architecture. The town is free from congestion and large amounts of traffic yet close enough to state highways and interstates offering convenient access to the city.

3. Franklin Tennessee

The town of Franklin, Tennessee contains approximately 58,000 residents and has a strong historical presence. In fact, some Civil War sites can be seen in the town. The area is just twenty minutes from Nashville and has a large musical influence featured throughout the town. Some of the country music’s up-and-coming stars live in the town and can be seen at the downtown coffee shops before heading out to perform a live concert. During the summer months, a Bluegrass Festival and Franklin Jazz Festival take place.

Originally posted 2020-09-03 07:00:41.

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Retirement Hobbies

Libraries Offerring More for Boomers & Retirees

Library for Boomers

Have you checked out your local library lately? These days libraries offer way more than books. For a while now they have been offering other media such as CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, film archives, all kinds of magazines and newsletters, research rooms, voter registration, and tax forms. There are wireless Internet access and computer terminals for your use, which is great when you are away from home.
Some libraries have very interesting web sites with digital content and archives, blogs and photo galleries. These are really virtual libraries where you can check out eBooks, videos and music on line and download for use for a limited period of time.
Now libraries are becoming community centers with free activities, senior programs, exhibitions, lectures by authors, and classes on many subjects.

No wonder about 66% of American 50+ already have a library card. Maybe you have a card but have not kept up with the new services your library is offering.  Now is the time to “check out” your library to get up to date.

Originally posted 2010-04-17 21:41:30.

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South Carolina

Retiring to South Carolina’s Lowcountry

Bay Street in Beaufort SC

 

We made a visit to Beaufort in the South Carolina Lowcountry. This area around Beaufort seems perfect for retirement living.

Here is a report on a few of the small towns, islands and communities in the Lowcountry that you may want to check out for places to retire.

 

Beaufort SC

Beaufort is a wonderful small town to visit on vacation, that is for sure. We enjoyed the carriage tour of the historical district and seeing the wonderful old homes here. We enjoyed walking the streets in the tourist areas off Bay Street and eating at the wonderful restaurants, especially those with seafood. We enjoyed the day trips up the Sea Island Parkway to visit Lady’s Island where some of the people we talked with in Beaufort told us they lived and mentioned when we asked about a good place to retire in the Lowcountry of SC. We enjoyed walking along the Waterfront Park on the Beaufort River on the backside of Bay Street and sitting on the decks of the restaurants there.

Lowcountry Retirement Towns / Islands

There are not any Over 55 Communities that we could find in the area except of course the Sun City Hilton Head which is about 30 miles away. People do retire to the Lowcountry but live in homes near Beaufort or on one of the many Sea Islands. Crossing the bridge from the historical district on the Sea Island Parkway you enter Mary’s Island which is home to several retirement community like communities, but not age qualified.

That’s OK for sure and actually preferred by many, living among multi-generations. Several of the communities had wonderful clubhouses with plenty of amenities. Of course these are resort style communities and are usually not far from a body of water,  if not actually waterfront or marsh front themselves.

Living in any of these communities would give you a great base for visiting nature, the beach, any of the numerous sea islands, Beaufort, Hilton Head, Savannah and Charleston.

Some Lowcountry Communities That Might Be Nice to Retire To

Our research led us to these Lowcountry communities as being great places to live, retired or not.

Coosaw Point http://www.coosawpoint.com/ – Located on Lady’s Island, this is a 400 acre beautiful Lowcountry community on the edge of the ACE Basin with all it’s wildlife , old rice fields, streams, wetlands and marches. Yet this community is only 10 minutes to Beaufort. A 12,000 square foot clubhouse with amenities and a causal feel for Lowcountry living at it’s best.

Newpoint SC – Another waterfront community on Lady’s Island boast a walking neighborhood that overlooks the beautiful Beaufort River. About 50+ acres it is a good size but not huge community.

Distant Island – We rode through The Village at Distant Island on Mary’s Island and saw some beautiful custom built homes in this waterfront community.

Pleasant Point Plantation on Ladys Island also has a waterfront location and a wide price range on homes.

Habersham SC is a beautiful small town on the coast of Broad River and is perfect for your retirement living. http://www.habershamsc.com/index.html

Dataw Island http://www.discoverdataw.com/ – East of Beaufort, this really is a retirement island as there are mostly adults living here in a gated community. It boasts golf course homes, waterfront and marsh front homes in this beautiful community that would be great for retirement.

Fripp Island http://www.frippislandrealestate.com/ is another island about 21 miles from Beaufort to check out. The whole island is a gated community! It’s a vacation resort but several hundred people live at Fripp also.

I think staying for a few days in Beaufort would give you a good base to scout out all of the above communities and have a great vacation as well. Maybe you will find a Lowcountry community that will be perfect for you to retire to.

For more information on Beaufort and surrounding towns and communities contact Keith Strawn at explorebeaufortrealestate.com

Resources:
More small towns in South Carolina
Thanks to Todd Covington at Low Country Properties

Originally posted 2013-11-01 16:44:42.

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Georgia

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

Originally posted 2013-10-13 23:51:58.