Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!
"Count your age by friends, not years." ~John Lennon
June 29, 2022
Note: Homes sell fast these days, but all properties below were available as of the date they were published here.
Carolina Shores, North Carolina
Close to oceanfront beaches, quiet Carolina Shores is a collection of well-tended planned communities and is popular with baby boomers.
Beautiful Carolina Shores Home for Sale for $272,900
This lovely home is in a community with a pool and a lake.
Tucked in northwestern Arkansas' lush Ozark Mountains, Eureka Springs is a lively Victorian village, an artists' retreat and a fun tourist destination all rolled into one.
Cute, Secluded Eureka Springs Home for Sale for $229,900
This single family home is surrounded by mature landscaping and has a hot tub.
Nestled along the Rocky Mountain foothills in pretty northern Colorado, Loveland is the "Sweetheart City" and boasts safe neighborhoods, a charming downtown, blue skies and plenty of outdoor recreation.
Tiny Edisto Beach is at the mouth of the Edisto River on the southern South Carolina coast and is a quiet seaside community with four miles of pristine white sand beaches.
Quaint, touristy little Bayfield sits on a peninsula and is the gateway to the Apostle Islands. Locals enjoy breathtaking scenery, a cute downtown, a pretty marina, an apple festival, bountiful outdoor recreation and more.
Along the southern Georgia coast, idyllic Jekyll Island is one of the Golden Isles and has 10 miles of soft sand beaches, gorgeous sunsets and an untamed quality (but with amenities).
Jekyll Island Resort Home for Sale for $199,900
This cozy home is in an oceanfront resort community with an uncrowded beach.
Tucked high in the majestic Rocky Mountains and surrounded by national forest, little Cloudcroft is remote, rustic and a bit touristy, thanks to the elegant, possibly haunted Lodge at Cloudcroft.
Bay Harbor Islands is a sun-soaked town on top of two small islands along the southeastern Florida coast. Stunning beaches and warm waters are close at hand.
Bay Harbor Islands Home for Sale for $270,000
This beautiful, breezy home is about a block from the water.
Kentucky's second largest city is in the heart of the state's lush Bluegrass Region and is known as the "Horse Capital of the World." Locals enjoy equestrian events, museums, an opera company, festivals, college sports and more.
Colonial Beach is a safe, slightly faded waterfront town with reasonable prices and Virginia's second longest beachfront.
Colonial Beach Waterfront Home for Sale for $240,000
This home sits next to the water and has views from the bedroom and living room.
In an area dotted with primitive wetlands and woodlands, peaceful Bayonet Point sits next to Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, which is adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico and brimming with wildlife.
Avalon is on Santa Catalina Island off the Southern California and is a beautiful, upscale place, only reachable by ferry and small plane.
With an idyllic coastal setting, the little working fishing village of Southport boasts marinas, salt-laden air and a well-worn waterfront dock.
A quiet country town with deep agricultural roots, Alachua is outside of Gainesville and has a charming tree-lined downtown. The soothing, nearby natural springs are perfect for swimming, snorkeling and manatee viewing.
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Tucked amid lavender farms, strawberry farms and raspberry farms on the scenic Olympic Peninsula in western Washington, cozy Sequim is quiet and relaxed. The downtown is cute; the scenery is beautiful, and outdoor recreation abounds.
With its lively, collegiate atmosphere, leafy neighborhoods and nearby lake recreation, Lawrence often lands on "best places to live" lists.
Straddling the Myakka River and adjacent to the Myakka State Forest in southwestern Florida, North Port is leafy and residential. Beautiful oceanfront beaches are about 12 miles away.
Inviting North Port Home for Sale for $279,000
This single family home has a screened-in patio and no HOA fee.
Near San Tan Mountain Regional Park outside of Phoenix in south central Arizona, growing, sun-soaked Queen Creek is dotted with planned communities and restaurants and has a new-ish ambiance.
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Next to popular Logan Martin Lake in northeastern Alabama, sleepy Pell City boasts abundant water recreation, an attractive downtown, an easy pace and reasonable costs.
Quaint Pell City Lakeside Home for Sale for $375,000
This single family home sits on a leafy one acre lot and has a private boat dock.
Lewisville is a friendly city along the shores of 29,000-acre Lewisville Lake outside of Dallas and has an active Old Town, a large marina, numerous shopping centers and much more.
Fernandina Beach sits on idyllic Amelia Island, a barrier island known for its high-end resort hotels, golf courses and miles of white sand beaches.
Next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the scenic rolling hills of East Tennessee, lively Gatlinburg is a tourist magnet with a never-ending list of fun things to do.
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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