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Best Places to Live in Florida

Florida, known as the Sunshine State, has been attracting people almost every year since World War II due to its warm weather, world-class entertainment, beautiful beaches and recreation areas, and proximity to both North and South America as well as the Caribbean.  Although many people think of Miami or Orlando when considering moving to Florida, there are many smaller communities that are attractive and still close to those major areas.  In this article, we’ll explore why these Florida retirement communities should be considered for anyone wanting to move to a small town in Florida.

1. Naples, FL – with the first people moving to what is now know as Naples, FL arriving in the 1860’s, Naples has always been noted for it’s mild climate and plethora of fish and other game.  Socialites have always called this place home back to the time of Thomas Edison and Greta Garbo.

Why would someone want to live in an area known for celebrities? With one quarter of the population older than 65, this area is very retiree friendly as well as having beautiful beaches.  With many cultural amenities like museums and parks, there are plenty of indoor and outdoor amenities to enjoy as well. Some museums to check out include the Collier County Museum, highlighting local history through the centuries, and the Von Liebig Art Center, which showcases art after 1950 and in the local style.  Parks to enjoy include the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary , which was the first national preserve in the US Parks System and is great for birdwatching, canoeing, and kayaking, and Fakahatchee Strand State Park which is full of endangered species including the Florida Panther.  It also has a 2,000 foot boardwalk to look at the natural setting.  If you’re daring, you can even get a guide tour of the swamp!

Overall, Naples is full of shopping as well.  Fifth Avenue South is the heart of this shopping.  There are lots of little cafes and restaurants in this area.  Whether you like natural stuff like parks or shopping,

2.  Clearwater, FL– named one of the “Ten Best Beaches From Maine to Hawaii” by USA Today, Clearwater, FL is one of the nation’s top vacation destinations.  However, with a great climate and white sand beaches, it’s also an ideal place to relocate due to a laid back lifestyle.

Located just west of Tampa, FL, Clearwater has 28 miles of beaches and is a stereotypical beach town with small roads, people hauling coolers, and lots of boats.  However, it has a diverse economy with manufacturing, education, and tourism making it an easy place for people to find jobs.  Being close to St. Petersburg International and Tampa International Airports also makes traveling and having friends visit easy as well.

With marinas, beaches, and an aquarium, Clearwater’s location on the beach means there’s lots of water sports and fishing.  As home to the biggest fishing boat fleet on the Gulf Coast of Florida, there are many opportunities to go deep-sea fishing, dolphin watching, and just leisurely sailing the clear waters.

3. Winter Park, FL– this little community is located just north of downtown Orlando and is probably one of the first “wealthy” areas of Orlando.  There is a lot of history here with professionals from Orlando’s early years residing here.

Home to Rollins College, Winter Park is a small community that has kept its roots as a vacation resort to the rich in times past to now becoming a bedroom community of Orlando.  In many parts of this small town, you can walk by various shops with a farmers market every Sunday just west of the main park north of Rollins College.

Although a bit pricey for homes due to the highly-educated and highly-paid workforce, Winter Park makes up for it in cute brick paved streets and low speed limits which makes it quiet for people living here.

Winter Park is a great community to consider living in for those who want a tight knit, classy town that has all the amenities of a small town while being a few minutes from downtown entertainment and work space.

Overall, living in Florida has its pros and cons.  Even though it’s extremely hot in the summer months, the proximity to the beach, mild temperature outside of the summer months, and slow pace of life make Florida a great relocation destination for those who want a simple life that doesn’t involve winter weather.  Naples, Clearwater, and Winter Park are all communities that a person should consider when looking at Florida 55+ homes for sale.

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Originally posted 2010-09-09 06:45:00.

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Small Town Living Small Towns

Small Towns Are No Longer Small

When you think about small towns you may be thinking remote, off the beaten path with very little things to do. There probably are some small towns today that fit that description perfectly, but many that don’t.

Many small towns these days are located on the outskirts of large metro areas or in resort areas. In these towns you still get the feel of a small town, but with many more resources nearby.

Near these small towns there is probably a large regional shopping mall within easy driving distance. Some excellent gourmet type restaurants are located in small towns.

When I moved to a small town a few years ago, I was concerned about how far away I would have to drive for basic things like grocery store, drug store, dry cleaners, restaurants, and retail stores like Kohls or Target. That has not been a concern at all. We now have them nearby.

Honestly, we order so much through Amazon Prime and other on line stores and get it the next day sometimes, that I miss nothing.  I don’t like to shop and with the virus still around, staying out of stores is fine with me.

The 150 bed hospital next door was a major reason we liked this location community. .  Doctors and hospitals are the one thing you better check on before moving. See my blog post Hospital Next Door Is Mandatory

Driving to the largest shopping mall in the state only takes 15 minutes but on the way I pass farm houses, a lamas farm, barns, and traffic is light.

So small towns are not so small after all.

We moved to a Del Webb Active Adult Community in a small town so we get the bonus of feeling like we live in a cosmopolitan areas with people from all over the country moving here. Plus all the socialization opportunities and activities are right outside my door.

We have 9 miles of hiking trails and I can enter the trail about 100 yards from my front door.  I ordered two walking sticks from Amazon and will be out tomorrow to get them a try.

The suburban community we moved from had no activities, busy neighbors, very little socialization except for our good friends who lived next door and no hiking trails.

I think moving to a small town was a good move for us.

Originally posted 2020-09-01 11:32:01.

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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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Small Towns

Great Small Town Main Streets

Great Small Town Main Streets

My travels last week took me to two small towns with great main streets.  I have seen rejuvenated downtown areas of small towns before, in fact they are quite common. But these two small towns had wonderful main streets, which defined each city.

Hendersonville NC Main Street

Main Street Hendersonville NC
Main Street Hendersonville NC
Main Street Hendersonville NC
Main Street Hendersonville NC

Greenville SC Main Street

Main Street Greenville SC
Main Street Greenville SC
Downtown Greenville SC
We love the renovated Downtown Greenville SC

Both of the outstanding Main Streets had plenty in common.  They are historical, have unique architecture, are very walkable. They are the center of downtowns, good places to stroll, esthetically appealing, have plenty of activities weekly and fairs and festivals often. Greenville SC has some great restaurants! Just make you feel good to visit.  These Main Streets are a major reason why both Greenville and Hendersonville have so many visitors.

Main Streets have a history and a personality. They are each different. They are more like walking in a park rather than a shopping mall.  Much more interesting.

Big wide sidewalks, brick accents, statues, interesting lamps and of course benches, flowers and plenty of things to see and do.

Small Town Resources:
Historic Hendersonville NC
Our visit to Greenville SC
Greenville Visitors Center
South Carolina Small Towns

Photos below from – Where is the Best Main Street?

Main Street Rockland
Rockland, Maine
Main Street McMinnville
McMinnville OR Main Street
Holland MI
Holland MI Main Street

Originally posted 2020-09-02 19:32:53.