One of the Best Places to Live When You Retire.

January 30, 2011 by admin · 1 Comment 

Thinking of retiring? Have you researched the best places to live when you retire?

There are many choices. Is it possible you have over looked an important option? Choosing where to live when you retire can be one of the most important elements of an enjoyable retirement. The reasons are obvious. Our choice of where to live when we retire will affect our cost of living, the social and cultural opportunities available to us, what entertainment options will be available, our personal safety, the kind of weather we will experience in our day-to-day activities, and in short, the overall beauty of our experience.


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shutterstock 56881843 e1296428276493 One of the Best Places to Live When You Retire.There was a time when retirement was something for old people, and it wasn’t so much planned for as it was resigned to. In our day and age, we’ve come to expect more. Retirement planning has become an art form that is much more widely practiced, and early retirement has become more common. Still, with unexpected economic events, even the most wise and frugal are heading into those “golden years” with an eye to making the money last, so selecting one of the best places to live becomes even more important.

Retirement is supposed to be something wonderful, right? Not merely a matter of surviving until we die, but rather a time of celebrating life and enjoying the fruits of our labors. We want the Golden Years. We want to live the golden dream of walking into a sunset, and finding a whole new level of joy and fulfillment that we didn’t have time for during our frenetic working years. We have come to understand the value of time, so we want to invest our remaining time on activities that are meaningful, and important. So where do we go to find that dream? I submit once again that it begins with finding not just any place to live, but rather, one of the best places to live. If you were not fortunate enough to have lived all of your life in such a place, you may need to consider relocating as the first action you take in launching this new era of your life. If we are talking about relocation, we want to choose wisely. That would require becoming very specific about this dream of ours.

What would one of the best places to live have to offer? What traits would have to be present for an area to be considered one of these “best places to live?” How about a moderate or low cost of living, for starters? No matter how hefty our coffers are, it makes sense to get the most mileage out of a given dollar. And yet, if retirement is going to be a quality experience, we don’t want to be so frugal that we pass on all of the finer things in life. If our chosen lifestyle costs less, we can live well, for longer, right? So it seems obvious, a modest cost of living has no down side, as long as there are some nice amenities available.

What about social and cultural opportunities? Clearly, the best places to live would probably include a little peace and quiet. After hustling for thirty or forty years, there is a lot to be said for slowing down a little. Of course, slowing down does not mean withdrawing altogether. We still want to be able to get out and experience things like museums, plays, sporting events, music performances, festivals, and other interesting and stimulating cultural activities. The hustle of a big city may not be the experience we seek every day, but if we decide we want to experience some sophistication and culture, we want it to be within reach.

And if we are really describing one of the BEST places to live and relax, how about having some fun while we are at it? The rocking chair is no longer the universal Symbol for retirement. Many retirees are extremely active and vibrant. In fact, they may still be quite busy; they are just busy doing the things they want to do, rather than chasing after the almighty dollar. So our perfect place to live would need to have a slower pace, but also a lot of entertainment options, including fine dining, and a social life with good people of our own age who have lived through some of the same experiences we’ve known. At varying levels, we will want outdoor activities, sports, exercise, and all the things that make up a healthy lifestyle.

shutterstock Happy Group in Gym.66156970 e1296428772153 One of the Best Places to Live When You Retire.All of this would need to come within the context of a place that is safe and stable, so that we don’t have to worry about our personal safety while we enjoy our Golden Years. Ideally, this might mean living in a gated community with a full-time security staff that monitors the coming and going of people in the neighborhood. It sounds expensive, but if we are building a dream, we should include such luxuries. Remember, we are talking about one of the Best places to live, not just an acceptable place to live.

What about climate? Wouldn’t it be nice to avoid shoveling snow for three quarters of the year? The changing of seasons is a beautiful thing, and lends a nice rhythm to life, but wouldn’t it be great if winter were mild, and passed almost as quickly as the Winter Holidays? Of all the elements to consider when selecting an ideal place to live, perhaps weather should be foremost. For years, people flocked to Florida for this very reason. But it turns out the Florida lifestyle is not for everybody. In response to extreme weather, cost of living, and personal taste, there is now a reverse migration of retirees underway, with many people moving north out of Florida, yet still seeking to stay within the band of warmer climates in the South East. This may help us begin to narrow down our choices, and zero in on a specific geographic zone.

Brasstown falls 25 min away.750px e1296505874145 One of the Best Places to Live When You Retire.What else should this “best place” to live out our golden vision include? Hmm. How about beauty? Wouldn’t it be nice to find a place that was simply beautiful to look at? And what about fresh air? And clean water? What if we could find a place to live when we retire that was surrounded by breath taking natural beauty? That is probably too much to ask for, but… we are building a dream here, right?

So let’s recap – a low cost of living, a mild climate, a slower pace, but lots of fun activity and good company, no daily traffic jams, but access to things that only a large city can provide, like Opera, Museums, professional sporting events, and all the amenities of a large population center. How could one place ever have all of these contradicting traits? It seems impossible, but if we did find such a place, surely it would qualify as one of the best places to live when we retire, wouldn’t it?

This is starting to sound like a Utopian dream. What if I told you that I knew of such a place? You would think I was kidding you. And yet, I am going to step out on a limb and say that I think I have discovered one of the best places to live after you retire. There must be many great places to live, but to be considered one of the best places to live, a location would have to be truly unique. This area I am going to recommend is such a place. I have not seen any places to live when you retire that have a nicer combination of advantages for retirement, especially for those fortunate enough to retire early. Where are you going to spend your golden years? I recommend that you give serious consideration to a region known as “The Golden Corner.”

North of Florida, but well south of the “snow belt,” locals in the state of South Carolina know the Northwest corner of that state as “The Golden Corner.” East of Georgia, South of North Carolina, a short drive from Tennessee, the area is an enchanting land with beautiful waterfalls, mountains, hills, forests, rivers, and stunning lakes that sparkle in the warmth of the South Carolina sun. This region has four seasons, all of them mild, and of modest duration. This area must be among the best places to live when you retire.

Boat in distance on Lake1 e1296430085546 One of the Best Places to Live When You Retire.The lakes are amazing. Lake Hartwell, for example, is a 56,000-acre lake with mature, record-setting fish populations, and plenty of room for every kind of water sport. The foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains frame the lake, and in the distance, you see misty mountain vistas. Lake Hartwell is only 45 minutes from the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, and there are several beautiful waterfalls, state parks, and national forests just moments away. Miles and miles of wooded hillsides are bursting with an amazing variety of beautiful plants and wildlife. In this area, there exists all the natural beauty you could ever yearn for.

Surrounding the lake are gorgeous subdivisions, many of them gated communities with Golf courses, Olympic sized swimming pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, hiking trails, water – side parks, and playgrounds for the grand kids.

This idyllic setting is only 90 minutes from Atlanta, Georgia, which is a Mecca for art, culture, professional sports, and is a major jump-off and landing point for air traffic from all around the world. This will make it convenient and affordable for loved ones to come visit you, or vice-versa. In Clemson and Greenville one hour away and thirty minutes away respectively, there are major universities and entertainment venues offering quality libraries, national-level theater productions, and the excitement of college sports. World-class entertainment in a variety of Genres can be found at the Bi-lo center arena in Greenville.

And did I mention the low cost of living? This area has got to be the best-kept secret of the Southeast. You can own property in a gated subdivision for a few thousand dollars. Once you’ve accomplished that, you can build your dream retirement home or cottage with the perfect floor plan for you, all for a fraction of what it would cost in better-advertised locations. And the homes have solid value. Established homes in some of these subdivisions fetched sale prices averaging $250,000, even during the slump of 2010. What could be more secure than knowing that you own your property free and clear, and are living the good life in a gated subdivision where security is handled by professionals, in spite of the fact that the area has a low crime rate?

I am convinced that this is truly one of the best places to live when you retire. I suggest that you consider buying property here, and build the retirement home of your dreams. Live like a million bucks, while spending only thousands. If you are not yet convinced, come browse our website and check out our large collection of photographs of the area. I know you will be impressed. I have already purchased my lake-side lot. What are you waiting for?

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