Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!
"There is more to life than increasing its speed." ~Mahatma Gandhi
May 22, 2022
Nestled along Florida's southern Gulf Coast, balmy Sarasota is famous for its 35 miles of hypnotic white sand beaches, cobalt blue waters, shopping venues, high-end resorts and more.
Sarasota Waterfront Home for Sale for $94,900
This little home sits next to a marina and has water views. Amenities include a Tiki Bar and heated swimming pool.
Beautiful Seattle sits on the shores of gorgeous Puget Sound in west central Washington and boasts a bounty of eateries and pubs, theaters and museums, parks and trails, excellent medical facilities and more.
Charming Seattle Houseboat for Sale for $154,900
This completely charming houseboat is tastefully decorated and has views of water and other houseboats all around.
Bustling Myrtle Beach, part of South Carolina's Grand Strand, boasts long, oceanfront white sand beaches, golf courses, fun shopping venues, great restaurants, reasonably priced homes and much more.
Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Home for Sale for $125,900
This cozy home has water views and is literally feet from the beach.
Nestled along inlets, islets and the Little Manatee River on Florida's Gulf Coast, Ruskin is a laid back place where crickets chirp and frogs sing at night. Oceanfront beaches are about 30 minutes away.
Ruskin Waterfront Home for Sale for $83,500
This low key home has two bedrooms, one bath and sits right next to the water.
A nice little town nestled along the majestic Tennessee River in scenic southeastern Tennessee, South Pittsburg boasts outstanding outdoor recreation, a popular cornbread festival, reasonable prices and more.
Bordered by Everglades National Park and a short drive to oceanfront beaches, Coral Springs is known for its attractive cityscape, good government, fun arts festival and overall rich quality of life.
Heron Bay, Coral Springs, Florida
Laced with canals and dotted with manicured grounds, lovely Heron Bay has single family homes, condos, town homes and a TPC golf course.
Tucked amid rolling hills and close to two large lakes, Lake Norfork and Bull Shoals Lake, Mountain Home boasts outstanding water recreation, a slower pace and reasonably priced housing.
Tucked along Maine's scenic southern coast, picturesque Portland brims with history and has a charming downtown, an artsy vibe, pretty beaches and a working waterfront.
Quiet, slightly ramshackle and dotted with tall trees, Yankeetown is on Florida's untamed Big Bend Coast and is a world unto itself.
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At the edge of the Cumberland Plateau where the mountains meet carpets of bluegrass, Berea is a quiet place with a small college, plenty of Appalachian artisan culture, a slight touristy vibe and reasonable prices.
Town Snapshot: Nestled amid vineyards, wineries and farmland outside of San Francisco, beautiful Santa Rosa boasts a symphony, a theater collective, a summer repertory theater and a lovely downtown.
Town Snapshot: Sometimes called the Sixth Borough, stylish Boca Raton is known for its beautiful shopping venues, gated neighborhoods, pastel-colored buildings, verdant parks and two miles of sparkling white beaches.
Nestled amid vineyards, wineries and farmland outside of San Francisco, beautiful Santa Rosa boasts a symphony, a theater collective, a summer repertory theater and a lovely downtown.
Sometimes called the Sixth Borough, stylish Boca Raton is known for its beautiful shopping venues, gated neighborhoods, pastel-colored buildings, verdant parks and two miles of sparkling white beaches.
Where Are All the Inexpensive U.S. Beach Towns That Don't Have Hurricanes?
Not all U.S. beach towns experience hurricanes or tropical storms, but inexpensive U.S. beach towns are hard to find. Some are somewhat reasonably priced with prices below the national average, but few are cheap - most have costs above the national average. So a cheap beach town with no hurricanes exists primarily in the imagination.
Choosing a Great Place 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, education levels, shopping venues, infrastructure, recreational opportunities, housing options, the poverty rate and more. 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.
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? The average home price is determined by adding together all the prices of homes sold during a specific timeframe and then dividing that amount by the number of homes sold. On the other hand, 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.
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