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Pros and Cons of a Waterfront Retirement

When retirement time arrives, many folks want to relocate to a waterfront location. Here we look at a few of the pros and cons of such a move.

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Town Snapshot:

Pooler, Georgia

Reasonably priced, quiet and safe, Pooler is not far from posh Hilton Head Island, sunny Florida beaches and bustling Atlanta.

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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.

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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.

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Miramar Beach, Florida

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

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In Depth Review:

Walla Walla, Washington

In a pretty region, welcoming Walla Walla is known for its quaint downtown, wine culture and gentle ambiance.

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Prospect, Kentucky

Outside of Louisville, Prospect boasts leisurely country lanes, elegant homes and horse pastures lined with white fences.

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Bozeman, Montana

Surrounded by mountains and once just a dusty cow town, Bozeman is home to Montana State University and is a gateway to stunning Yellowstone National Park.

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Northlake, South Carolina

A waterfront town popular with tourists, Northlake has well-tended, leafy neighborhoods and a reasonable cost of living.

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Short Review:

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Nestled in the Ozark Mountains, Eureka Springs is a Victorian village, an artists' retreat and a fun tourist destination all rolled into one.

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Carolina Beach, North Carolina

Pleasure Island sits along the southern North Carolina coast. On the island's northern end, the little town of Carolina Beach makes its home and boasts a low key, 1950s-ambiance with modest cottages in quiet neighborhoods.

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Canadian Lakes, Michigan

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

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Groveland, Florida

A mellow lakeside town, Groveland has a country quality and is peppered with weeping willows and palm trees.

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Brunswick, Maine

On Maine's beautiful mid-coast, down-to-earth Brunswick is dotted with classic architecture and home to a small, selective liberal arts college.

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Santa Rosa, California

Nestled amid vineyards, wineries and farmland outside of San Francisco, beautiful Santa Rosa boasts a symphony, a theater collective, a summer repertory theater and a lovely downtown.

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Cocoa Beach, Florida

Touristy Cocoa Beach sits on a barrier island on Florida's "Space Coast" and has six miles of beautiful, white sand beaches, a long fishing pier, surfing festivals, art festivals and more.

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the scenic rolling hills of eastern Tennessee, lively Gatlinburg is a tourist magnet with a never-ending list of fun things to do.

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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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