Does the “Ideal” Retirement Location Exist?

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Retirement active adult communitiesFor those who plan to relocate after retirement, finding an ideal destination is a top priority. Some have a dream location in mind, and others meticulously seek out a community that has everything they want in a retirement destination. Yet, with all this dreaming and planning, you have to stop and wonder: does an ideal retirement location really exit?

When searching for any ideal, people frequently come to the conclusion that nothing is perfect, particularly when it comes to personal preference. Think about your favorite movies. Are they all in the same genre? If you’re like most people, you can be in the mood for a comedy one day, but a drama or thriller the next. And sometimes it’s hard to decide what you are in the mood to see at all.

Fortunately, your preferences for a retirement location are probably less fickle than your taste in movie genres. Yet a similar tug between two contradictory characteristics can make it difficult to find an ideal destination. For example, you are not likely to find a retirement location that lets you have a rustic cabin home with a large backyard, set in the midst of a bustling city. To come close, you would have to compromise, perhaps with a community like Heritage Park in Sacramento, which is 15 minutes from the city, but offers single-family homes in a tranquil setting.

Compromises also come into play when you are living with someone else. Married retirees may have very different ideas about what constitutes an ideal retirement location. He may want a sprawling, resort-style community like Sun City Center in Florida; she may prefer a smaller, more intimate neighborhood, such as Cypress Falls at the Woodlands. On the other hand, a couple may agree on the same active adult community style, but she favors the Arizona desert, while he dreams of the tropical Florida coast.

Some active adults find it liberating to decide that no destination will be entirely perfect. Others feel that enough research and careful planning will turn up a retirement location that does meet all of their needs. And then there are those who have found that compromising led to a location that was a better fit than they expected.

We’d love to hear from you. Have you been fortunate enough to find your own retirement paradise? Have you decided that there is no such thing as a perfect destination? Please feel free to leave a comment telling us about your own search for the ideal retirement location.

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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
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Anywhere that there is no snow sounds good to me right now.  We have over 6 feet of snow in our front yard in Nashua, NH and my arms feel like they are going to fall off!

Feb 04, 2011 02:18 PM #1
Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate

My husband and I think San Antonio is a great place to retire and we already live here.  We like the mild winters, friendly people, and relaxed lifestyle. (Right now we are experiencing a rare cold winter  LOL.)

Feb 04, 2011 02:22 PM #2
Andres Munar
Keystone Alliance Mortgage - State College, PA
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Of course it exists! In my mind that is. I'd love to retire on an ocean front home :) On a serious note where I live our retirment community is huge and it's mainly due to alot of alumni's of the university. Somewhere cold is not my idea of retiring!

Feb 04, 2011 02:54 PM #3
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