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Retirement Living in Small Towns : Is It for You?

Some people looking forward to retirement have their sights set on adventure and travel. Others may want the hustle and bustle of a big city, to enjoy cultural pursuits they never had time for during their working years. Many, though, would like nothing better than to relax in a quiet, homey environment with friendly neighbors and low stress. If this is you, small town retirement may offer the peace and quiet you seek, as well as a surprising number of other benefits you may not have considered:

Lower housing costs. Rural land is generally less expensive than that close in to urban areas, homes usually cost less to build, and property taxes are often significantly lower than those in the city.  Some retirement communities in small towns.

Lower cost of living. Although transportation of goods may mean that some groceries and household items cost a bit more outside of urban areas, most other expenses of daily life are lower. In general, utilities, insurance, home maintenance, car repair, and many other goods and services are less expensive in smaller towns.

Lower crime rates. With less concentrated populations, small towns avoid much of the crime you might experience in big cities.

More park like, natural setting. If you are invigorated by exposure to the outdoors, trees, and wildlife, you can get these benefits by stepping right outside your door into your back yard. You could even plant your own garden to reap more benefits of the time you spend outdoors. Small towns are less densely populated and because of the virus, some are moving away from the cities to small towns.

Peace and quiet. Unlike living in the city, you don’t hear “noise pollution” such as sirens, yelling, traffic, horns, and the general rumble of thousands of people living in close quarters. The lights you see at night come from the moon and stars instead of the “overglow” from neon signs, traffic lights, street lamps, and headlights. The reduced sound and light distractions can lead to less stress, and an improved ability to relax and sleep.

More Personable – People  in the small towns seem to be more friendly.  They say Hi to you on the street. Some people are more accessible  to you, for example you can even phone up your mayor or state representative and talk.

Many small towns have 55+ communities within their borders or just outside of town. Even if you choose to live in your own home outside of a retirement community, small towns may provide similar benefits: a close-knit community, helpful and friendly neighbors with similar lifestyles, and a town center where you can engage in social activities. For a retiree seeking rest and relaxation, a small town retirement is a lifestyle worth considering.

Advantages of Small Towns
More Reasons to Live in a Small Town

Originally posted 2020-09-06 08:09:22.

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Small Town Living

Small Town Living Headlines

Small Town Living Headlines

This blog is about small towns and a lot of headlines about small town living cross my desk every week. This post will highlight some of the more interesting ones about small towns.

Miniature Paintings Pay Homage To Small Town Life – Well this guy, Rod Penner, takes a photo of a ordinary and unassuming scene from small town life and then goes about creating a very detailed painting of the scene.  Not only that, but they are miniature paintings, like post card size.

If you ever lived in a small town you will think you recognize some of these scenes.

The scene to the right is a Penner painting. Source: story

5 Fictional Bollywood Towns That Have Great Tourism Potential – Well this is certainly an interesting story … seems Indian film makers are making up stories and characters in small towns, that is fictional small towns, that have their own interesting and colorful cultures. These towns have their own distinct characters in the films. Some suggest these fictional small towns would have great tourism potential.  So would this be like visiting Hunger Games?   Source: story

25 Signs You Grew Up in a Small Town – Well if you  grow up in a small town as I did, you will recognize at least a few of these.

A few of the signs you grew up in a small town that I like:

  • 2) You could name every person in your graduating class. (I think I had about 52 in my graduating class).
  • 5) You never carried a key for your house because it was always unlocked.
  • 11) An exciting day was driving 20 miles to the nearest Walmart or McDonlad’s. (yes, driving the 15 miles to Milledgeville to the Dairy Queen/Braissaire was a treat!
  • 21) you went to school with kids from eight other tiny towns. (yes, we only had one high school in Wilkinson County in Middle Georgia  and went to school with kids from Gordon, Irwinton, Toomsboro, MyIntyre, Allenton, Ivey – well only 6) Source: story

Originally posted 2013-11-24 13:47:22.

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Active Adult Small Town Living

Negatives of Active Adult Communities

I have written about the positives of Active Adult Communities and sometimes it looks like it is all positives.  (just scroll down to the bottom of this page for a list of posts about positives) So for the last few months I have been asking people, especially people who live in Active Adult Communities, what are the negatives.

A recent 15 day cruise gave us a lot of time to talk with wonderful people we met that live in Active Adult Communities in California and Arizona. These were mostly Del Webb Communities. They could talk for hours about the positives. When we finally asked them about the negatives, it took them a long time to come up with anything.  That is a good sign!

1. Number one complain was the Homeowners Association.  The HOA were too restrictive, or too noisy, too petty, too political. I know in any subdivision that has a HOA they came become like little dictatorships and really piss people off. When you add all the additional restrictions an age qualified community must have, then all the more to deal with. Also mentioned was neighbors reporting neighbors for violations. Even some taking to doing their own inspections vigilante style. (Having said this, the HOA board members are hard working residents and usually do a great job!).

2. Several residents of the communities originally built by Del Webb in CA and AZ felt the new homes built in their communities after Del Webb sold out to Pulte were not up the the same standards of quality. I hear that in my active adult community as well. ( A lot of resident upgrade their own homes with improvements).

The following comments were related to us from a third part.

3. One 50ish couple from Atlanta didn’t like the Hilton Head Active Adult Community they bought in, so decided to sell and move back to Atlanta. They felt the residents were too old for them.  Be sure to find out the average age in the community, it does make a difference to some. Older developments tend to have older residents, which, for many youth-seeking boomers, might just be a deal breaker.

4. A couple of people did not like The Villages in Central Florida. It may be been too large for them. Plus they may have heard the rumors of all the sex parties!

There is always the stories of people moving across the country to live in a new community but later deciding they wanted to move back to be close to their long time friends and relatives.  I don’t think that is a negative of the community itself.

Some people that have never lived in an Active Adult Community say they would not live in this type community because all the residents would be older and they like the diversity.  There is a lot of misconceptions about Active Adult Communities.  I don’t take that as a negative of the community, just one person’s view. The next person may think it is wonderful opportunity to meet new friends and socialize during the day with people who don’t have to be at work. Plus I know I value the friendships I have made with amazing people that are 10 and 20 years older than me.  Everyone is not the same age, so there is diversity in ages.

Now living in a Del Webb Community for over 4 years, I would say the gossip turns me off.  That is unique only because there are some many social gatherings which can be fertile grounds for gossip. But the outdoor sports I usually participate in has none of that.

Many of the larger Active Adult Communities are located in small towns on the edges of large metro areas and may not have all the nice restaurants you are used to or the upscale specialty grocery stores like Whole Foods, The Fresh Market or a Trader Joe’s. But usually they are not too far away.

As you may know by now, I think there are way more positives than negatives of Active Adult Community living.  Most people say they wish they wished they had moved in sooner.

Originally posted 2020-09-01 10:49:17.

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Small Town Living

More Advantages of Small Town Living

Previously I wrote about the Advantages of Small Towns and all those points still remain. Those were the basic reasons to consider moving to a small town.

I have come across even more reasons to consider living in a small town in the present environment.

Home prices may have come down even more in some small towns, relative to suburban or city homes. Home prices were already reasonable in many small towns, but now they are really reasonable. Affordability is near the top of the list of many boomers nearing or entering retirement.

If you are waiting for your suburban home to come back in price you may be waiting a long time. The lower price you get by selling your existing home now, will be partly made up by buying a lower price home in a small town.

These days small towns reportedly are a more accepting environment and gay or minorities can feel comfortable calling them home.

With these tense times where the news is non stop negative and the employment situation is not good for so many, escaping to a small town can give your life a refreshing change of pace.

Moving to a small town that is increasingly popular for retirees can put you in touch with a lot of potential new friends and offer social opportunities with people to whom you can relate.

These days many 55 plus retirement communities are located in small towns, which is ideal for you to take advantage of this type community plus enjoy small town living too.

Remember that there is not best small towns or top ten small towns, but only the small town for you. Things have changed but retiring to a small town still offers many advantages.

Originally posted 2011-05-27 12:11:19.

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Small Town Livability

Livability is what makes small towns a good place to live and to retire to.

Small Town Sense of Community

Many features makes up what we call livability, but for me it is a sense of community. Big cities and urbanized suburbs have much to offer, but they can’t hold a candle to small towns in offering a sense of community on a personal level. I could give many examples as I have experienced this first hand after moving from a big city urbanized suburbs to a Del Webb Community in a small town two years ago.

I loved living in the suburbs while I was working, but now that I am retired, I like my new small town community and feel a sense of pride in it. Here are reasons we live small town living.

Originally posted 2020-09-01 08:47:04.

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Small Town Living

Advantages Of Living in a Small Town

As a child I lived in a small town and people were always helping out each other.  I miss that feeling sometimes.

So I am making a list of a few things other positive advantages of living in a small town, just to remind myself and share with you.

  1. Most people know each other and when someone needs help it is easier to find.
  2. Families seem to be closer.
  3. The pace is much slower
  4. Church is a major activity
  5. Small group gathering such as hometown picnics and celebrations bring people of all ages closer together
  6. People are there during times of need such as death even if they are not immediate family
  7. Relatives from the city like to visit their relatives in a small town as a peaceful get away
  8. Crime is usually less
  9. Gardening, fishing and other activities such as this are enjoyed
  10. One can walk to the store, parks, church and such just for pleasure or exercise
  11. People share what they grow in their gardens and enjoy sharing their canning recipes
  12. When you go to the town store you actually see neighbors that you know and are on a first name basis with the butcher
  13. Usually if there is a town Dr. and one is sick the Dr. will always see that person
  14. Banks and insurance people know you on a first name basis
  15. There is gossip but some times that is not all bad because people pay closer attention to doing the right thing
  16. The elderly usually have a feeling of closeness in a small town
  17. Housing is usually less expensive
  18. It is a big town deal when there is a birth of a child even if that child is not family
  19. People usually speak and say howdy even if they don’t know you
  20. In the summer you can feel more at ease with leaving your windows and doors open to allow for fresh air
  21. The air just smells better
  22. The birds seem to sing louder
  23. You can actually look at the stars, sunrise and sunset from your own front or backyard
  24. The simple things in life are more satisfying
  25. All in all most small town people are close and friendly
  26. More places to get out and talk a walk
  27. You can see stars in the night sky
  28. With Covid virus around, it may even be safer.

So this is just a few of the positives of small town living that I remember from my childhood when I lived in a small town.  Do have live in a small town or have memories of living in a small town?  If so, scroll to the bottom of the page and comment to let me know.

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Originally posted 2020-08-12 08:33:23.