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"I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care." ~Dave Barry

 

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Today's Town Snapshots (more below):

Miramar Beach, FL   A classic seaside town, Miramar Beach is known for its turquoise waters and miles of white sand beaches.

Seascape: Resort Homes from $100,000s in Miramar Beach, FL Seascape is a casual Miramar Beach resort and has reasonably priced properties for sale.

Lake Lure, NC   Lake Lure sits on the banks of sparkling Lake Lure in rolling western North Carolina and is a popular retirement spot.

Rumbling Bald: Mountain Homes from $55,000 in Lake Lure, NC Rumbling Bald Resort boasts two golf courses, a private beach and some very affordable homes for sale.

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Ocean Shores, WA  

Spread across the Point Brown Peninsula on Washington's scenic mid-coast, this salty Gray's Harbor town was once a cattle ranch and then a favorite destination for Hollywood jet setters. It had a rough time in the 1970s and 1980s, but it has grown by nearly 50% in the last 10 to 20 years.

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Henderson, NV  

Just outside of Las Vegas, Henderson is a nice city with new homes, safe neighborhoods and eight golf courses. Is it a great place to retire?

Solera at Anthem: An Attractive 55+ Community in Henderson, NV   

In Henderson, Nevada, Solera at Anthem is a 55+ neighborhood within the master-planned development of Anthem. It was built between 2003 and 2008 and is the smallest of the three Del Webb communities in Henderson.

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DeBary, FL  

Twenty-six miles northeast of Orlando in northeastern Florida, DeBary is a pleasant community bordered by Lake Monroe, the St. John's River and the Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park. It is named after Frederick deBary, a prosperous wine merchant who settled here in 1871.

King's Lake: a Leafy 55+ Community in DeBary, FL  

King's Lake is a leafy, low key 55+ manufactured home community in DeBary, Florida. A little more than 200 properties are here, tucked along quiet lanes and cul de sacs.

Santa Rosa, CA  

In Sonoma County, only 55 miles north of San Francisco and about 25 miles from the Pacific Ocean, pretty Santa Rosa has been named as one of the happiest places in the United States. It sits amid vineyards and farmland and started with a simple adobe house in the 1830s.

Oakmont Village: a Beautiful 55+ Commnity in Santa Rosa, CA

In the heart of Northern California's wine country, Santa Rosa is the setting for Oakmont Village, a beautiful 55+ community with 3,000 single family homes, patio homes and town homes. It spreads across 1,200 rolling acres and started out in the mid-1960s. Building continues today.

Canadian Lakes, MI  

Pretty Canadian Lakes is a year-round resort community popular with retirees. It is tucked in rolling hills and is known for its abundant outdoor recreation.

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Austin, TX   

Safe, bohemian and lively, Austin boasts a bounty of great restaurants, fun festivals, museums, art events, football games, an OLLI and much more. It is a great retirement spot!

Heritage at Vizcaya: New 55+ Homes Outside of Austin, TX   

Round Rock is a nice Austin suburb and the site of the new 55+ single family home community of Heritage at Vizcaya. Amenities include a swimming pool, nature trails and a bark park.

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Bonita Springs, FL  

Attractive Bonita Springs is sandwiched between Fort Myers and tony Naples on Florida's southwestern coast. It caters to retirees and second home owners and has nearly quadrupled in size during the last 10 to 15 years.

Valencia Bonita: 55+ Homes in a Resort Ambiance in Bonita Springs, FL   

Bonita Springs is the setting for Valencia Bonita, a new, gated 55+ single family home and town home community. Building by GL Homes began earlier this year (2017).

The Pros and Cons of a Waterfront Retirement   

Many people want to live by the water when they retire. A waterfront retirement has many upsides, but it has a few drawbacks, too. Here are the pros and cons of living next to a lake, river or sea.

Lexington, KY  

Kentucky's second largest city is in the heart of the state's lush Bluegrass Region and started in 1775. It is known as the "Horse Capital of the World" and is a healthy, growing metropolis.

Trent Village: Affordable 55+ Living in Lexington, KY  

Trent Village is a comfortable a 55+ apartment community in Lexington, Kentucky and places an emphasis on affordable living. It is one of several older adult apartment developements owned by Episcopal Retirement Services.

Dundee, OR  

In the fertile countryside of northwestern Oregon's Willamette Valley, Dundee is about 30 miles from Portland. It started out in the 1880s and today is known for its wine and food.

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Eureka Springs, AR  

Nestled in the Ozark Mountains, Eureka Springs is a Victorian village, an artists' retreat and a fun tourist destination all rolled into one. Is it a great place to retire?

Holiday Island: A Pretty Lakeside Community in Eureka Springs, AR   

Just outside of Eureka Springs in northwestern Arkansas, Holiday Island is a planned community on the shores of Table Rock Lake. This is a vacation destination but has a sizeable pre-retiree and retiree population.

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Deerfield Beach, FL  

Deerfield Beach is situated along the southeastern Florida coast, about 15 miles north of Fort Lauderdale, and started out as an agricultural community. It was named Deerfield for the deer grazing in the fields and remained a farming hub until the 1940s when it changed its name to Deerfield Beach in an effort to attract tourists.

Century Village East: Affordable 55+ Homes in Deerfield Beach, FL   

A low key, low maintenance 55+ community, Century Village boasts a golf course, a huge clubhouse and a bounty of other amenities.

Callawassie Island, SC  

A secluded barrier island off the South Carolina coast, Callawassie Island is surrounded by salt marshes. No town is here, but a planned waterfront community also called Callawassie Island has 700+ homes, golf courses, shrimping docks and more.

Idaho Falls, ID  

Quiet, welcoming Idaho Falls often lands on "best places to live" lists. It sits along the Snake River in eastern Idaho and began to grow as an agricultural center once the railroad arrived in the late 1800s. Outdoor recreation beckons at every turn.

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Peachtree City, GA   

Well planned from the beginning, Peachtree City boasts lovely homes, wooded surroundings and golf cart transporation. The rich menu of amenities includes lakes, golf courses, tennis courts, nature areas and much more. It is a great retirement spot!

Cresswind: Brand New 55+ Homes in Peachtree City, GA   

Cresswind is an attactive new 55+ single family home community in Peachtree City. It spreads across 400 rolling acres and will soon boast a swimming pool, tennis courts, an outdoor grilling area and more.

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