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Surrounded by apple orchards deep in northern Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, Winchester is a quaint place rich in history.
This peaceful community is an established place and has 124 single family homes, a clubhouse and a nearby coffeehouse.
September 18, 2018
In Depth Review:
Artsy, dusty and understated, Tubac boasts art galleries, good restaurants, cobbled streets, interesting home styles and an unhurried pace. It is a great retirement spot!
September 16, 2018
Once a fishing and shrimping community, today Hudson is popular with bargain-seeking "snowbirds," sun-worshiping vacationers and nudists.
On a desert plateau in western Colorado, unassuming Grand Junction has a mix of outdoor types, families, college kids and retirees.
Touristy Bar Harbor sits on a scenic, rock-bound coast and boasts breathtaking views, a darling downtown and a rich maritime culture.
September 15, 2018
Nestled on the Intracoastal Waterway, Port Orange is a pleasant, well-managed city with safe neighborhoods, nice shopping venues, fun festivals, plenty of green spaces and reasonable costs. Is it a great place to retire?
September 13, 2018
The small barrier island community of Indian Shores is a balmy, relaxed place without the crowds found in nearby communities.
On the southern end of Indian Shores, Barefoot Beach Resort, a condominium community, spreads across five acres and overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway.
Reno sits at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in western Nevada and is about an hour north of stunning Lake Tahoe.
The quaint little college town of Due West is in South Carolina's Upcountry, an area rich in Revolutionary War and Civil War history and far from the coast.
September 11, 2018
In Depth Review:
Nestled amid cypress trees and bluebonnets, sleepy Wimberley boasts a gentle charm, an artsy sensibility and an easygoing pace. The town square is quaint and touristy. Neighborhoods are peppered with pecan trees. Modern day stresses seem far away. All of which make Wimberley a great retirement spot!
September 9, 2018
Once home to pirates, rum runners and sea captains, this waterfront hamlet is now popular with history lovers, romantics, water aficionados and retirees.
A cozy seaside village, Manzanita rests in the shadow of Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain on the scenic northern Oregon coast and has a cute downtown.
Spanish Fort sits across the bay from Mobile on Mobile Bay's eastern shore and has a history that dates back to 1712.
September 8, 2018
Tucked in a peaceful valley and surrounded by mushroom farms, Kennett Square is steeped in history. Its leafy neighborhoods are stocked with prim homes. The downtown is cute and touristy. The annual Mushroom Festival is a must-attend event. Is Kennett Square a great place to retire?
September 6, 2018
Dredged from wetlands and the ocean floor, mellow Hernando Beach boasts direct Gulf access and homes that back to canals.
On the shores of Lake Ontario, historic Niagara-on-the-Lake is has a lovely downtown, is popular with tourists and might be Canada's prettiest town.
Nestled along the Snake River, Twin Falls is known for dramatic Shoshone Falls, a nearby series of waterfalls that are actually taller than Niagara Falls.
September 4, 2018
In Depth Review:
Outside of Atlanta, leafy Athens is known as the "Classic City" and is home to the University of Georgia. With a lively atmosphere, a fun downtown, strong senior programs, a rich cultural scene and stately architecture, it is a great retirement spot!
September 2, 2018
On the rural Big Bend coast, the relaxed little fishing village of Steinhatchee makes its home, attracting tourists and fishermen alike.
Quaint and seductive, Steinhatchee Landing Resort boasts a boat dock, a spa, a swimming pool and charming cottages, some of which are occasionally for sale.
Founded by Italian Waldensian immigrants, Valdese has a scenic setting and is proud of its unique Old World heritage.
Twenty miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, Sebastopol is surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards and has a bohemian vibe.
September 1, 2018
With sugar white sand, emerald waters and tall, gleaming beachside condos, Orange Beach looks like a picture postcard and is a favorite vacation destination. Is it also a great place to retire?
What is the Difference Between Average Home Price and Median Home Price?
When searching for a place to retire, housing costs are a top concern. So what is the difference between the average home price and the median home price in a particular area? The average home price is determined by adding together all the prices of homes sold and dividing that amount by the number of homes sold whereas the median home price is the middle sales price of all the homes sold. In other words, a median price means that half of the homes sold at a price below the median and half sold at a price above the median.
How We Choose Great Places to Retire
When looking for great places to retire, we consider a number of factors, including cost of living, medical facilities, climate, transportation, crime rates, cultural amenities, educational amenities, shopping venues, infrastructure, recreational opportunities, housing options, the poverty rate and more. No one factor alone, except a high crime rate, a high poverty rate, population loss or crumbling infrastructure, will disqualify a town as a great retirement spot. We weigh all of the evidence to decide if a town has enough going for it to make it a top place to retire. We are not affiliated with any of the places that we review.
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