I am almost 60 years old and my wife and I are looking to buy a townhome or condo for retirement (minimal maintenance!). We would like to find a lakefront location in a city where it doesn’t usually drop below freezing, has an urban environment with pedestrian accessibility to shops and restaurants, a university / college, good hospitals, museums, theaters and music venues. Live. Ideally, you would have a liberal mindset with a sense of community. We’ve always thought Burlington, Vermont, would be ideal, if it were just 700 miles further south.
When COVID-19 canceled the Mardi Gras parades in 2021, some houses decorated the Mardi Gras floats. fake images
Urban, multicultural, walkable, aquatic, university (Tulane University). Lake Pontchartrain if the Mississippi River isn’t your thing. Music galore. Also the theater, including traveling Broadway shows. More than 135 festivals each year, headed of course by Mardi Gras. Food lover’s paradise. Museums: The National WWII Museum ranks # 1 on Trip Advisor, and in 2021, the Museum of the Jewish Experience of the South opens. Historic houses and neighborhoods. Medical care? University Medical Center – New Orleans is a Level 1 trauma center. Need I say more? New Orleans, with about 390,000 residents, has an overall WalkScore of 59, or the same as Burlington, Vt .; the only community in Louisiana that ranks higher is Gretna, on the west bank of the Mississippi and just east and across the river from uptown New Orleans, with 64. Almost 18,000 people live there. Yes, it gets wet. The extreme humidity of the summer is the compensation for the absence of snow (although it is a little less humid than Miami). Yes, there is a risk of hurricanes, as is the case in Miami. The median list price for a home in New Orleans in February 2021 was $ 319,000, according to Realtor.com, less than the median list price in Miami. Here’s what’s on the market now: Winter Park, Florida
Downtown Winter Park. fake images
The exclusive city of 30,000 people northwest of Orlando is full of lakes, parks and restaurants. Check the college chart with Rollins College, an expensive private college for 2,100 students that US News ranks first among regional colleges in the South. It has museums and performing arts; Start with the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art and the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Southern Living magazine included Winter Park on its 2018 list of the best food cities in the south. What you can’t find in Winter Park will be next door in Orlando, starting with the nationally ranked hospitals. Bonus: SunRail train service to Orlando stops in Winter Park. Amtrak too. Winter Park’s overall WalkScore is 44, but again, the neighborhood matters. You can also explore along the 7.5-mile Cady Way Trail, which connects to the longer Cross-Seminole Way. Head north for half an hour to Blue Springs State Park to watch manatees swim. Winter temperatures will not be a problem; average highs are in the low 70s. Summer highs average around 92. The median list price for a home was $ 410,000 in February 2021, according to Realtor.com. This is what your money will buy you. Eugene, Oregon
The Eugene Symphony plays at the Cuthbert Amphitheater. Courtesy of Turell Group / EugeneCascadesCoast.org
This is my wild card, just because that lakefront spot will be harder to find. You may have to settle for a view of the Willamette River. Eugene, home to the University of Oregon, has 175,000 residents; live downtown or nearby and have a walkers paradise, according to WalkScore. The center has a WalkScore of 90; Eugene overall has a score of 45. You’ll find a vibrant beer and food scene, plus about two dozen nearby wineries. If you schedule your exploratory visit for January, you could experience the Oregon Truffle Festival. There are also many museums, live music, and other cultural events so you don’t miss out on Washington. Eugene and the nearby communities, sandwiched between two mountain ranges, are a utopia for outdoor enthusiasts. You’ll find plenty of hiking options (with hidden waterfalls), and the League of American Bicyclists calls Eugene a gold-level bike-friendly community. (Both New Orleans and Winter Park are silver-level communities.) All of Lane County, which stretches to the Pacific Ocean, has about 375,000 residents and turned blue in 2020. Average summer highs exceed 80, but with little humidity. Average winter highs are only slightly warmer than Washington, DC (40 degrees higher) and you’ll get more rain than snow. The Pacific Northwest has a reputation for dreary winters, and Eugene gets that hazy winter rain. Is winter weather a deciding factor? Or do lower property prices make up for it? The median listing price of a home in February 2021 was $ 386,250, according to Realtor.com. This is what is on the market now. If Oregon appeals but Eugene isn’t quite right, what about Corvallis (suggested here), Salem (suggested here), or Bend (suggested here)? Readers, where should Scott and his wife retire? Leave your suggestions in the comment section. Learn more about MarketWatch’s “Where Should I Retire” column We want to retire to “an area like Berkshires, but warmer”, where should we go? I will have $ 10,000 a month to spend and I prefer a city with beautiful exteriors, warm weather, and lots of culture, so where should I retire? We retired to Athens without speaking Greek – that’s how we got the easy trip and affordable life we wanted