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Well I was born in Morgan,town West Virginia,have no desire other than to visit,moved to ferndalemich where we lived for several years have been back for a visit a couple of times like it don’t love it,moved to so calif,have lived here   years hate it except for the weather,politics suck,very very high auto registrations,utilities are a killer,,home prices astronomical,more people moving out then in,then there’s immigration,we’ve all heard about calif immigration problems they are worse than you’ve heard,my wife  passed away two years ago so I’m alone now I only have to worry about me,personally I’m lookIng at Prescott Arizona,I have nothing to lose,p.s. take care of your partner I was with mine for 47 years and it’s lonely without them,   Dave

 

 

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UCF, Rollins, and Nova all have Orlando campuses

Many hospitals in area (Orlando Health has six alone) including a major VA hospital and at least three lesser VA sites.

To make up for no income tax, we have "resort fees" that apply to hotels, attractions, and such. Sales tax is 6.5% in Orange county.

Many gated and senior communities

"Restaurant Row" is four miles away. Universal is 2 miles. Dizzy is 16 miles.

Many many mallls

Some nice "Pick a Parts" with online inventories.

 

But the ultimate characteristic of Orlando is we have a Prada...…......….outlet.

 

ps weather is now under 90 and will stay that way until June. Of course even my garage is air conditioned.

 

 

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4 hours ago, JustDave said:

Well I was born in Morgan,town West Virginia,have no desire other than to visit,moved to ferndalemich where we lived for several years have been back for a visit a couple of times like it don’t love it,moved to so calif,have lived here   years hate it except for the weather,politics suck,very very high auto registrations,utilities are a killer,,home prices astronomical,more people moving out then in,then there’s immigration,we’ve all heard about calif immigration problems they are worse than you’ve heard,my wife  passed away two years ago so I’m alone now I only have to worry about me,personally I’m lookIng at Prescott Arizona,I have nothing to lose,p.s. take care of your partner I was with mine for 47 years and it’s lonely without them,   Dave

 

 

 Dave, sorry for your loss. Life sometimes isn't easy as you already know. There are a lot of guys and gals here in Prescott in the same situation.

Here in Prescott the attitude is very much God and Country and it's easy to make friends. It's a place where you feel safe. There are always Car related things to do ( organized and unorganized ). This morning and every Saturday morning for example about 40 of us car guys always go to our local donut shop for coffee and then we head for breakfast. Yesterday 60 of us ( there are over 100 guys on the email list) met at a restaurant for lunch which along with the donut shop is a routine that happens every week. Here in Prescott if you are a car guy or if you are a church going person you are never alone if you don't want to be. This afternoon My wife and I are going to another car buddy's wedding.

 I know all about California, I lived there for 61 years. The only thing that kept me from going was my love of surfing. With a back problem and surgery all of ended so there was nothing left to hold me from leaving. My old state is destroyed.

 

Today as I write. The high for today 75, humidity 12% Chance of some rain next week. PM me if you ( or any of you ) want more details.

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The only thing keeping me here is my kids an grandkids.i know all to well about back surgery but each day I challenge myself to continue to do as much as possible,I have noticed home prices are rising in Prescott,when I leave calif I’m going to give my home to my daughter so I’ll just have my little savings and about 2.000 a month retirement,but calif is sucking the life out of me and I have to get out,  dave

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22 hours ago, padgett said:

Many gated and senior communities

 

This I don't get. If the area is so crime ridden one needs to live in a gated community to stay safe, I want no part of it!👍

 

 

 

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My father retired to Hill Country (Central), Texas. Fredricksburg is expensive, but towns 20 minutes away are cheap. There are scenic routes for cars and bikes that people come to drive from across the country. Weather is mild in the winter and better than other parts of Texas in the summer. Cars shows run nearly year round due to the climate. 

 

I am going to be listing his garage for sale next week and his house soon. Check out some sale prices on homes in Harper, Texas. I can’t believe how cheap they are, even with property. His 2002 double wide with 5 acres will sell for well under 200k. 

https://texashillcountry.com/3-scenic-drives-texas-hill-country/

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12 hours ago, JustDave said:

The only thing keeping me here is my kids an grandkids.i know all to well about back surgery but each day I challenge myself to continue to do as much as possible,I have noticed home prices are rising in Prescott,when I leave calif I’m going to give my home to my daughter so I’ll just have my little savings and about 2.000 a month retirement,but calif is sucking the life out of me and I have to get out,  dave

 Just a suggestion. Why don't you sell your house, move out of Ca. and buy a new house and will that house to your daughter. Later she can move in and also rid herself of Ca.

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I would except she’s lived and raised her family in that house.years ago my wife and I bought a Newhouse about a mile or so from this one so the oldest daughter and her family moves in this one they are to keep the house up and make the payment,the wife and I talk about moving to Tennessee,,at that time my wife’s health is failing real bad,just asthingscantget any worse my youngest daughters partner,soulmate husband what ever you call it gets killed in a motorcycle accident,at that time my youngest and her disabled 3 year old daughter move back in,at that time my partner moves away and wants the business sold,well the business was sold with a small down and monthly payments,at that time I receive some sma. Payments but I’m unemployed and have lost my  medical ins,a year later the wife is getting  more and more frail when the guy buying the business up and dies at 42 years old, after several months of fighting I end up losing the house,at that time I sell my restored cars and motorcycles and move to an apartment.after a year my youngest decides to move out on her own,at that time my wife is pretty frail. So my oldest daughter asks us to move in so she could spend her last days with her,after about a year my wife passed away in August 2017.so here I am once on top of the world now just a pauper,,but I wouldn’t trade one bad time for one less day with my wife,    Dave

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Many gated and senior communities

 

 

 

I never considered that term to mean "crime ridden"

 

to me it always sounded exclusive............  oh well. different interpretations to diff people.

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Almost all the gated communities I've seen use Hughes prox cards. Just saying.

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5 hours ago, mercer09 said:

 

I never considered that term to mean "crime ridden"

to me it always sounded exclusive............  oh well. different interpretations to diff people.

 

Gated reminds me of southern Florida which does make me think of crime.

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27 minutes ago, alsancle said:

 

Gated reminds me of southern Florida which does make me think of crime.

Gated community means " Private Keep out "

Image result for images of what a gated community is

 

It's a layer of safety to keep the unwanted public out.

One of the primary purposes of a gated community is to offer its residents safety that they wouldn't experience in nearby non-gated communities. One way a gated community increases safety is by eliminating through traffic.

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21 hours ago, Frank DuVal said:

This I don't get. If the area is so crime ridden one needs to live in a gated community to stay safe, I want no part of it!👍

 

I agree and that is why most "gated communities" exist, it's to keep out the local troublemakers. I live in Detroit metro and people tell me i should get a CCW, my reply is I'm not going to live anywhere that I feel I need to pack a gun. When I feel I need to, I will leave. It isn't worth the hassle, a friend of mine carries all the time, he forgot and left his gun in his girlfriends car and she didn't know it was in there and tried to enter Canada, she got in a big hassle on the bridge and they made her turn around and go back.

 

-Ron

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And most are a joke - anyone who wants in gets in (particularly if they have an Amazon van).

 

Kinda reminds me of New Jersey - free to get in but you have to pay to get out.

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1 hour ago, padgett said:

And most are a joke - anyone who wants in gets in

 

Worse yet is if the community is large enough, it is residents that commit the crimes! 😵

 

Happens around here all the time in the few gated communities we have.

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By the way, the original poster asked nothing

about gated communities!  He was most interested

in insights for Pennsylvania and North Carolina,

though I'm sure he appreciates hearing about other

areas too.

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Personally I always felt small rural towns were best (say 300 to 800 people). Everyone knows each other, houses are close enough you can watch out for each other, a strange car is unusual, and it avoids the problems related to being "too remote".

 

We lived in such a town in upstate NY for over 25 years. When we closed on the house the sellers couldn't produce a key - they said they never locked their doors. Come to find out none of the locals ever locked their doors. If you ran into the local store in the wintertime you left the motor running to keep the car warm. People coming to the house would knock and enter asking "Anybody home".

 

People would let you know if your kid smoked, drank or was getting into trouble without being judgemental - everyone remembered when they were kids. In the summer kids left the house after breakfast, might be back for lunch (or eat at someone else's house) and always came home for supper (or called).

 

To me, that is the kind of place to retire to..

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that is great Vermont, but what about world class hospitals?

 

most dont exist anywhere near rural areas, and it certainly is a consideration.

 

My buddy lives in the rural mountains of Livermore CO. He has had 4 heart attacks and thank God, he has helicopter insurance! they saved him each time........... but...........

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Would expand that to a small rural town close to a metropolis for stores and restaurants.  Thirty five years ago this was rural (in the county and in what used to be an orange grove before it started freezing this far North. Now can watch the Universal fireworks from my roof.

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Mercer09 you have a point, yes some communities that are nearer to big cities are more expensive, have more people, traffic, etc etc. all the "negative bad" things we want to get away from and live in a place that is cheaper, peaceful, safe, convenient, the "right" climate, etc etc. No place it totally ideal , especially temperature/weather and cost wise. I am glad to be living where the closest top class hospitals are only about a 10 minute or sometimes less ride away . They and their staff are the  reason I am still here and able to be typing this now. Yes, it is expensive to live on long island, especially in an incorporated village that has its own police dept., public works dept . to take care of the roads/snow etc, etc. but what price can you put on quality of life ( not luxury ) or even life itself?  How do you "try a place /area out" to see if it works , hard to tell that from a brief stay .

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We were 25 miles SE of Syracuse NY (with 3 modern hospitals)  all 2 lane rural 55 mph lightly traveled roads. Our Fire Rescue was less than a mile from the house. Our volunteer ambulance service was 6 miles away and was always staffed and backup called when one ambulance  went out. They had 2 full life support ambulances. When I had my heart attack in 2003 at 3 in the morning a neighbor (volunteer FD) was at my door in 3 minutes followed by the rescue truck less than a minute later. The life support ambulance ETA was 8 minutes after my call. ETA at the hospital was 45 minutes after my call.

 

I now live in a large suburb of Rochester NY. I live about 10 miles from a large modern hospital. The last time I called an ambulance it took over 20 minutes to arrive. That 20 minutes would be pretty critical with no medical personnel in the event of a heart attack..

 

Small town does not have to be remote in the Northeast. One mile to the East of us there are no suburbs - only farms, vineyards and open lands.......

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20% (more for great service) is not enough "To Insure Promptness" ?

 

Am told tourists are terrible tippers but natives/regulars are not.

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I went down the mountain once.

It was hot, sticky, and they had bugs.

Don't think I'll do that again.............

 

Mike in Colorado

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99 percent of the things you worry about never happen.............

 

Get busy living........ ...........Cars, Women, Booz............is there anything else?

 

Drive it like you stole it.................

 

When in doubt.........give it gas.............

 

I spent all my money on booze, women, and cars........never wasted a penny!

 

I like to spend time talking to myself.........I like dealing with a better class of people.

 

He who has the most toys when he dies wins!

 

I sure have a neat pile of junk in the garage............

 

Its time to drive my Ossa.......Cadillac, Pierce Arrow, Model T,  Packard, Auburn, ect.............😀

 

 

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