Where Should I Retire?: We want moderate weather and live within an hour of the mountains and less than three hours to the beach — where should we retire?

by | Mar 25, 2023 | Stock Market

Dear MarketWatch, My wife and I are 57 and looking to retire in five years. Here is what we are looking for in a locale:
Mountains within an hour and beach within a three-hour drive. Access to water close by would be ideal (lakes, river, ocean)

Moderate climate, with winters near freezing (or warmer) but nice summers

Moderate cost of living, especially housing. We would like to buy a home for $700,000 or less

Access to theater, music, great restaurants, similar to a college town

Moderate-to-low state taxes

Walkable neighborhoods

Strong healthcare system

We will likely have a retirement income approaching $220,000 a year (after a home purchase) but my wife and I are very frugal and would rather pass most of our wealth eventually on to our children than spend it all.

We love the Carolinas but would consider …

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