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Moving into the country
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Ernestine    Posted 03-24-2004 at 21:13:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I want to move away from the hustle & bustle of city life. I want to grow a garden & have flowers & have some land. I am a very good cook & know how to can. I don't really know where to start. My husband & I are both retired & want to live somewhere where the cost of living isn't so terribly high, even though we get sufficient money it never goes far enough in the state of Calif!!

dogbardave    Posted 03-25-2004 at 12:47:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
You should think carefully about where to move and do good study on your place.

I think you'll find that some things are cheaper outside of CA...housing and gas, primarily (except all urbarn areas are probably about the same now). Food is probably the same, too.

Once you know what you can and can't live with will make your retirement years happier.

Do you need a hospital nearby? Will your current insurance be accepted out of state, and in that facility?

What kind of shopping are you used to? What kind will you be ok with?

I think Rand McNAlly has some sort of BIG book on places to live in the US, and they have a WHOLE bunch of different things to look at (weather, economics, hospitals, schools, etc.) A well-stocked library should have the book, and a good resource librarian would be able to help you find that with no problem.

Do you need to be near a larger town? What size town do you want to live in? Did you want to live in a town...or on some acerage? How much can you physically care for? I live up near Grass Valley, Ca, and people from the SF Bay Area and LA come up to retire, and build big homes...because they can, then before long one or the spouses no longer lives in the home, and they have to make major changes to their lives....again.

I'm just saying plan carefully.

Good luck!

Mark in Mo    Posted 03-25-2004 at 09:27:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Anywhere in the Mid West.
The nicest people you'll find anywhere.
And, at least here in Missouri, the Taxes
aren't too bad either.
Welcome to the neighborhood!!

Mark Hill

Alias    Posted 03-25-2004 at 06:54:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
You know how it is, ya get a good thing and you just naturally want to share it. Now, I can live anywhere in the US that suits me. But, what suits me best is Maryland. What we have here is the ideal climate. It get hot in summer and cold in winter. But it gets hotter and colder in other places. We have just about every nationality represented here. And, for the most part, we co-habitate right nicely. Of course there always exceptions to everything, but, taking exceptions are easy here........gfp

Ernestine    Posted 03-26-2004 at 09:37:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Your e-mail got my attn. We have to live within 30 miles of the nearest Kaiser Permanente facility, as that is our HMO. I know Maryland has Kaisers. My husband says " Maryland get too cold." I personally love the snow ( which we get here ). Let me know a little more about it, okay? We want some acreage (at least 3 plus), & want to be secluded. Thanks for your e-mail!!

eb    Posted 03-25-2004 at 05:52:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Wisconsin!!!! Most people here are very friendly, and if you meet anybody from the U.P. they are really friendly too. Lived her for 24 of 28 years of my fine life. Raising my family here too. The other 4 years were in Minn. Nice there too, but I didn't fit in. To fast where we were.

SusieQ    Posted 03-25-2004 at 02:25:04       [Reply]  [No Email]

Have you ever lived anywhere else beside Ca? Check around via internet, if you think you could handle the four seasons, year round, go for it.
Virginia, Mo. Iowa, and other states have some mighty fine prospects...Good luck.

Ernestine    Posted 03-26-2004 at 09:42:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have been extensively checking into Va. Have been in touch with a realtor there. The southern part looks great! Have to be near a Kaiser facility (our HMO). We lived in Oregon for 6 years & liked a lot about it except the rain!!
Thanks for your e-mail!!

not N Va    Posted 03-25-2004 at 03:54:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Va might be ok if you get far away from the northern area, Otherwise, it is an expensive place to live. Lived far cheaper in bay area of Ca than I do here.

Donna from Mo    Posted 03-25-2004 at 01:49:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've heard Arkansas is a good place to consider for retirement.

deadcarp    Posted 03-24-2004 at 21:47:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
After spending 30 years in california, suzn & i agreed it was for younger people and headed back to central minnesota. For us it was a choice between here or mexico. We have some recent (in the last year) immigrants from california here too - the couple who runs the motel, the family in the cafe, the gal in the hardware store. Yep, they all survived the winter and have even learned some of the local dialect. :)

dogbardave    Posted 03-25-2004 at 12:37:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I really love the land and climate here in California...been here since '77, but it's a real political nuthouse sometimes. I miss sanity in leadership. Maybe it's nowhere.

My sister left So. CA and moved to Fairbault (sp?) Minn. She said one winter is was so cold that she went outside w/her hair still kinda wet from a shower, that when she brushed her hair aside, it cracked off!

Have another sister who just moved from Ft. Myers, FL to two weeks ago. She's glad to leave the 'gaters.

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