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This page lists towns from the last couple of weeks. The most current towns are always at the top, so if you just opened an email that was sent a few days ago or or clicked through from a previous article or social media post, please scroll down to see the towns referenced in that email, article or post!

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April 23, 2018

Town Snapshots:

Bonita Springs, Florida

Along Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Bonita Springs is a pretty city that caters to retirees and second home owners.

Valencia Bonita: a Large 55+ Community in Bonita Springs, Florida   

Well-manicured and gated, Valencia Bonita has a resort ambiance and will have nearly 1,000 single family homes and town homes when commpleted.

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Mesa, Arizona

A sprawling Phoenix suburb, Mesa is home to golf courses, an arts center, 10 aquatic centers and a large variety of neighborhoods and housing.

Verde Groves: a Small 55+ Community in Mesa, Arizona   

This established 55+ community is gated and has patio homes, a clubhouse, two heated swimming pools and an adjacent greenbelt.

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama  

Home to the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa is a lively city with athletic events, museums, film festivals and more.

April 21, 2018

Short Review:

Loveland, Colorado

Nestled along the Rocky Mountain foothills in pretty northern Colorado, Loveland is the "Sweetheart City" and boasts safe neighborhoods, good medical facilities, blue skies and plenty of outdoor recreation. Is it a great place to retire?

April 19, 2018

Town Snapshots:

Tequesta, Florida

Beautiful, balmy Tequesta is burrowed between two waterways on Florida's southeastern coast and is part of the Jupiter Inlet.

Tequesta Gardens: a Settled 55+ Community in Tequesta, Florida

With tall trees and wide expanses of grass, Tequesta Gardens has condominiums, a recreation center, two swimming pools and more.

Lake Lure, North Carolina

A popular resort town, Lake Lure is in western North Carolina's scenic Blue Ridge Mountains and nestled around sparkling Lake Lure.

Rumbling Bald Resort: a Lakeside Resort in Lake Lure, North Carolina

Two golf courses, a private beach, four restaurants and a wide range of prices are Rumbling Bald Resort highlights.

Canadian Lakes, Michigan

Amid rolling hills and Amish farms, Canadian Lakes is known for its abundant outdoor recreation and is a favorite with retirees.

April 17, 2018

In Depth Review:

Dahlonega, Georgia

Tucked in northern Georgia's Appalachian Mountain foothills, Dahlonega boasts a scenic setting, a cute downtown, plenty of festivals and a gentle pace. It is a great retirement spot!

April 16, 2018

Town Snapshots:

Miramar Beach, Florida

A classic beach town, Miramar is known for its mesmerizing turquoise waters and miles of sugar white sand.

Seascape: a Gated Beach Resort in Miramar Beach, Florida  

A golf course with water views and a wide range of housing types, some for sale in the $100,000s, are Seascape highlights.

Dundee, Oregon

A wine and foodie town, Dundee is nestled in the fertile countryside of northwestern Oregon's pretty Willamette Valley.

Idaho Falls, Idaho  

A quiet, well-managed city, Idaho Fall sits along the Snake River in eastern Idaho and often lands on "best places to live" lists.

April 14, 2018

Short Review:

Colonial Beach, Virginia

Colonial Beach is a slightly worn seaside town with reasonable living costs and Virginia's second longest beachfront. Is it a great place to retire?

Monroe Point: a Waterfront Community in Monroe Point, Virginia

Named after President James Monroe, Monroe Point is a small, attractive town home community with a marina, water views and more.

April 12, 2018

Town Snapshots:

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

A casual seaside town, Ocean Isle Beach retains much of its original 1950s character, thanks to its neo-traditional clapboard houses.

Ocean Ridge Plantation: an Elegant Community in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

Gated, secluded and secure, Ocean Ridge Plantation is an award-winning community with five golf courses and many more amenities.

Deerfield Beach, Florida  

Named for the deer that once grazed nearby, Deerfield Beach has a long beach, a boardwalk and a busy downtown.

Century Village: a Large 55+ Community in Deerfield Beach, Florida

Century Village is a reasonably priced condominium development with many swimming pools, a golf course and more.

Magnolia Springs, Alabama

Known as one of the prettiest towns in Alabama, Magnolia Springs brims with wisteria, camellias, azaleas and has its mail delivered by boat.

Evergreen, Colorado

A small, upscale mountain hamlet, Evergreen has a lively downtown, an established theater company and homes that meld into the hills.

April 10, 2018

In Depth Review:

Ruidoso, New Mexico

Laid back but with an up and coming resort atmosphere, the high altitude village of Ruidoso is popular with vacationers, second home owners and retirees. Outdoor recreation abounds, festivals are many, and the world-class Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts has an active schedule, making Ruidoso a great retirement spot!

April 9, 2018

Town Snapshots:

Palm Harbor, Florida

Bounded by the Gulf Coast and Lake Tarpon, Palm Harbor is home to the world class Innisbrook Golf and Resort Club and has a cute downtown.

Highland Lakes: a Lush 55+ Community in Palm Harbor, Florida  

Retirees come to Highland Lakes for its housing variety, waterfront lodge, three golf courses and low HOA fees.

South Padre Island, Texas

This popular Gulf Coast resort town is on a long barrier island and famous for its miles of beaches, abundant water activities and party atmosphere.

Lexington, Kentucky  

In the heart of Kentucky's Bluegrass Region, Lexington is known as the "Horse Capital of the World" and is home to an orchestra, two ballet companies, a professional theater and more.

Trent Village: an Affordable 55+ Apartment Community in Lexington, Kentucky  

Leafy and comfortable, Trent Village boasts 24-hour maintenance and planned activities and events.

April 7, 2018

Short Review:

Henderson, Nevada

Outside of Las Vegas and not too far from the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, Henderson is booming and has a newish feeling about it. It brims with master planned communities and has plenty of shopping, golf courses and restaurants. Is it a great place to retire?

Solera at Anthem: a Large 55+ Community Henderson, Nevada

Pretty valley views, a large clubhouse and a good selection of single family homes and attached homes bring people to this 55+ community.

April 5, 2018

Town Snapshots:

Alva, Florida

At the western edge of the Okeechobee Waterway, Alva has a landscape of grazing cattle, citrus groves and large oak trees with hanging moss, evoking Old Florida.

Cascades at River Hall: a Peaceful 55+ Community in Alva, Florida

Single family homes are for sale in this quiet, gated 55+ neighborhood, and many of them have water views.

Ellijay, Georgia

In the lush Appalachian foothills of northern Georgia, Ellijay is a growing country town known as the "Apple Capital of Georgia."

Santa Barbara, California

Known as the "American Riviera," Santa Barbara was settled by Spanish missionaries in the late-18th century and today is a mellow, upscale seaside city in a gorgeous setting.

April 3, 2018

In Depth Review:

New Bern, North Carolina

New Bern is in North Carolina's Inner Banks region where the Neuse River and Trent River converge. Often overlooked by tourists as they hurry on their way to the Outer Banks, it is reasonably priced, peaceful and growing. It is a great retirement spot!

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What is the Difference Between Average Home Price and Median Home Price?

When searching for a place to retire, housing costs are a top concern. So what is the difference between the average home price and the median home price in a particular area? The average home price is determined by adding together all the prices of homes sold and dividing that amount by the number of homes sold whereas the median home price is the middle sales price of all the homes sold. In other words, a median price means that half of the homes sold at a price below the median and half sold at a price above the median.

How We Choose Great Places to Retire

When looking for great places to retire, we consider a number of factors, including cost of living, medical facilities, climate, transportation, crime rates, cultural amenities, educational amenities, shopping venues, infrastructure, recreational opportunities, housing options, the poverty rate and more. No one factor alone, except a high crime rate, a high poverty rate, population loss or crumbling infrastructure, will disqualify a town as a great retirement spot. We weigh all of the evidence to decide if a town has enough going for it to make it a top place to retire. We are not affiliated with any of the places that we review.

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