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  • Currently live in south Jersey. Considering Charlottesville, Va and Asheville, NC

    Asked by someone from Lanoka Harbor, NJ on 2/18/2016

    We are 2-3 years away from relocation. Looking into the two areas mentioned above. What are the pros and cons of each area? Possible reasons to avoid these areas and look elsewhere. Also the favorable or positive features of these areas. We enjoy good restaurants, some cultural events, a pet friendly environment. We have been advised to rent for a year to see whether the area is comfortable.

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  • Categories: Best Places to Retire, Housing

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  • Steve 

    Steve 
    NewRetirement

    San Francisco, CA

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  • Interesting question and worthy of careful consideration since cost of living, lifestyle, access to healthcare and a great community are all big factors.

    There are some articles on this here:
    http://www.newretirement.com/blog/2015/05/21/best-places-to-retire-avoid-the-worst-states-to-retire/ - note VA wasn't ranked that highly in this article
    http://www.newretirement.com/blog/2015/01/30/retirement-destination-checklist-find-the-best-places-to-retire/

    Zillow has an interesting tool here: http://www.zillow.com/research/best-places-to-retire-8658/
    Kiplinger has another tool here: http://www.kiplinger.com/tool/real-estate/T006-S001-find-your-best-city/

    For what it's worth - I remember visiting Asheville, NC and being struck by how great a town it seemed to be - one person's opinion. I like your idea of renting for a year to see if it's a good fit. Ideally you can find some local folks who have moved there to retire and get their take on it as well.


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