"It is not down in any map; true places never are." ~Herman Melville
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Home to the University of Virginia, leafy Charlottesville is a lively city with a rich history and academic stimulation. Locals enjoy festivals and fairs, galleries and museums, wine tasting tours, college athletics, an OLLI and more.
A laid back barrier island town along the southeastern Florida coast, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea has a long stretch of oceanfront sand, "beachy" shops, nesting sea turtles and a bohemian vibe.
Sprawling, rural, rustic Hawaiian Ocean View Estates sits on the Big Island of Hawaii and is bordered by water and a forest preserve. The ocean views are simply amazing and homes are reasonably priced.
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Artsy, a little dusty and understatedly chic, Tubac boasts art galleries, great restaurants, cobbled sidewalks, interesting home styles, an unhurried pace and plenty of sunshine.
Beautiful Old Saybrook sits where the Connecticut River meets Long Island Sound on the central Connecticut coast and oozes understated New England charm. For many years, it was Katherine Hepburn's home and has a wonderful downtown and lovely homes.
Winter Garden is a pleasant lakeside town known for its delightful downtown, leafy neighborhoods, fun farmers' market, good parks system and more.
Known for its beautiful German architecture, touristy, historic Fredericksburg is in the Texas Hill Country and is surrounded by peach groves, herb farms and bluebonnet fields.
On the rugged, scenic Oregon coast, Florence is a weathered, touristy hamlet with a cute downtown, uncrowded beaches and a magical hobbit trail.
Low key Laguna Beach sits on the central Florida Panhandle coast and is a residential community with a long, wide stretch of undeveloped soft white sand tucked against the dazzling, warm turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Charming Bluffton overlooks the May River not far from the Atlantic Ocean and boasts a cute downtown, canopy streets, boat docks and historic homes.
Home to prestigious Smith College, leafy Northampton is at the base of the Berkshires and has a collegiate vibe, a lively downtown and a bounty of amenities, everything from plays and workshops to botanic gardens and farmers' markets.
January 27, 2022
Originally a religious colony, today Estero boasts abundant wildlife, plenty of recreational opportunities and beautiful nearby oceanfront beaches.
Where Are All the Inexpensive U.S. Beach Towns That Don't Have Hurricanes?
Not all U.S. beach towns experience hurricanes or tropical storms, but inexpensive U.S. beach towns are hard to find. Some are somewhat reasonably priced with prices below the national average, but few are cheap - most have costs above the national average. So a cheap beach town with no hurricanes exists primarily in the imagination.
Choosing a Great Place 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, education levels, shopping venues, infrastructure, recreational opportunities, housing options, the poverty rate and more. 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.
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? The average home price is determined by adding together all the prices of homes sold during a specific timeframe and then dividing that amount by the number of homes sold. On the other hand, 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.
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