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"This morning, the sun endured past dawn. I realised that it is August, the summer's last stand." ~Sara Baume

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Today's Short Review:

Tucson, Arizona

One of the oldest continually inhabited areas in the country, Tucson is home to the University of Arizona and has a palpable Southwestern vibe with adobe architecture, a rich cultural scene, a fun arts district and more. It is a great place to retire?

La Cholla Hills: a Settled 55+ Community in Tucson, Arizona

La Cholla Hills residents live in single story attached homes and enjoy two swimming pools, nearby golf courses and an abundance of events and activities.

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Lake Mary, Florida

A pretty city full of lakes, Lake Mary started out as a citrus farming center and today is a semi-rural bedroom community known for its high quality of life.

The Forest: a Gated 55+ Community in Lake Mary, Florida

Secluded and low key, The Forest has quiet lanes, friendly neighbors and manufactured homes nestled under tall trees.

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Goose Creek, South Carolina  

Not far from the coast and once home to cotton plantations, Goose Creek boasts tidy, reasonably-priced neighborhoods with Cape Cods, four squares, Colonials and more.

Norman, Oklahoma  

The site of the University of Oklahoma, Norman is a comfortable, growing Midwestern city and has landed on numerous "best places to live" lists.

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Brevard, North Carolina

Tucked in scenic western North Carolina, Brevard beckons with its musical soul, cute downtown and many waterfalls. It also has a reasonable cost of living, making it a great retirement spot!

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Bay Harbor Islands, Florida

Bay Harbor Islands is a sun-soaked town that sits on two small islands along the southeastern Florida coast just east of North Miami.

Vintage Condo: a Gated Community in Bay Habor Islands, Florida   

This quiet, established community has a swimming pool, condominiums for sale and is less than a mile from some beautiful beaches.

Sahuarita, Arizona

Outside of Tucson in southern Arizona, fast-growing Sahuarita is home to pecan orchards, master-planned communities and a reasonable cost of living.

Rancho Resort: a Small 55+ Community in Sahuarita, Arizona   

Rancho Resort boasts attractive single level homes, a large clubhouse and a bounty of activity groups.

Palisade, Colorado

Tucked along the Colorado River in rugged western Colorado, Palisade is surrounded by peach orchards, truck farms and a growing number of vineyards.

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Maryville, Tennessee

In the wooded foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in eastern Tennessee, Maryville boasts affordable living, safe neighborhoods, a beautiful library and outstanding outdoor recreation just down the road. It is a great place to retire?

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Lake Alfred, Florida

Leafy and growing, Lake Alfred has five lakes, a small but well-tended downtown, a slightly rural quality and a reasonable cost of living.

Palm Shores: a Quiet Lakefront 55+ Community in Lake Alfred, Florida   

Palm Shores is a very low key place with waterfront homes, a recreation hall, planned events and pretty views.

Duck, North Carolina  

Tiny Duck, with an understated seaside ambiance, has a seven mile long beach, cute shops, upscale eateries and is a designated bird sanctuary.

Sanderling: an Elegant Community in Duck, North Carolina   

Stretching from the dunes of the Atlantic Ocean to the marshes of Currituck Sound, Sanderling boasts classic coastal homes, a swim and racquet club and more.

Pasadena, California  

Bounded by the San Rafael Hills and the Angeles National Forest in southern California, Pasadena has not only a famous parade but tree-lined neighborhoods, golf courses, theaters, a fun Old Town and more.

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Manitou Springs, Colorado

Touristy, quirky and artsy, Manitou Springs is a Victorian mountain village nestled in a forested box canyon at the foot of majestic Pikes Peak. Homes are eclectic. Restaurants are fun and plentiful. Neighbors are friendly. All of which makes Manitou a great retirement spot!

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Fernandina Beach, Florida

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.

Amelia Park: a New Urbanism Neighborhood in Fernandina Beach, Florida

Shaded and hushed, Amelia Park boasts colorful homes with traditional coastal architecture and a "main street Americana" quality.

Placencia Village, Belize

On Belize's southern coast, laid back Placencia Village sits on the southern tip of a long peninsula and is best known for its powder white beaches and mesmerizing blue waters.

Mt. Juliet, Tennessee

Well managed and well kept, Mt. Juliet is outside of Nashville and known for its high quality of life and fast growth.

Lake Providence: a Lovely 55+ Community in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee   

This Del Webb community has single family homes, town homes, a lake, plenty of green spaces and a waterfall entry.

Abilene, Texas

Once a primary cattle shipping hub in West Central Texas, today Abilene is a quiet, friendly place home to families, military personnel and college students.

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Celebration, Florida

Built by the Walt Disney Company, Celebration boasts tree-lined neighborhoods with New Urbanism architecture and white picket fences, a brightly-colored town center, a pretty waterfront and more. It is a great place to retire?

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Palm Coast, Florida

A pleasant place along the northeastern Florida coast, Palm Coast started as a planned community. Many of its homes back to a canal.

Park Place: a Gated 55+ Community in Palm Coast, Florida   

This small community has single family homes, a lake and an amenities center with a putting green, a swimming pool, a summer kitchen and more.

Dillard, Georgia

The little town of Dillard is buried in northern Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains and is popular with tourists and "weekenders" from Atlanta.

Northampton, Massachusetts

Home to prestigious Smith College, Northampton has a liberal outlook, plenty of green spaces, interesting architecture and a bounty of amenities.

Bosque Farms, New Mexico  

Not far from Albuquerque, Bosque Farms started out as part of a Spanish land grant and remains rustic and rural today.

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Lynchburg, Virginia

Leisurely Lynchburg sits amid rolling hills in central Virginia and boasts a reasonable cost of living, a historic sensibility, an attractive downtown and leafy neighborhoods. It is a great retirement spot!

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Land O' Lakes, Florida

Pretty Land O' Lakes is a quiet place, dotted with bodies of water and shaded neighborhoods. It also has a couple of nudist resorts.

The Groves: a 55+ Community in Land O' Lakes, Florida   

An established community, The Groves has single family homes, patio homes, town homes, an 18 hole golf course and an abundance of open space.

Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Bay St. Louis is a low key town that sits amid rivers, marshes and estuaries along the Bay of St. Louis and the Gulf of Mexico.

Rockaway Beach, Oregon

A peaceful, casual place with mountains on its east side and seven miles of often empty beach on its west side, Rockaway Beach is a world unto itself.

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Matlacha, Florida

Mellow Matlacha, cute and a slightly ramshackle, is an old fishing village that completely covers a little island just off Florida's western coast.

Matlacha Cottages: a Cozy Resort in Matlacha, Florida

Tucked between motels and seafood eateries, this quaint resort has colorful cottages and waterfront views.

Holden Beach, North Carolina

Little Holden Beach has a mature population and is known for its windswept oceanfront beaches and a dramatic bridge that rises over the Intracoastal Waterway.

College Station, Texas   

In the Brazos Valley deep in the heart of Texas, College Station grew up around the railroad and is home to sprawling Texas A&M University.

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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 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.

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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