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#834736 - 05/29/13 10:49 PM Re: Thinking About Moving to Florida [Re: Smidsy]  
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#834737 - 05/29/13 10:51 PM Re: Thinking About Moving to Florida [Re: Huzband]  
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#834740 - 05/29/13 10:58 PM Re: Thinking About Moving to Florida [Re: Huzband]  
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Originally Posted By: Huzband
Originally Posted By: SWB


I hear Greenville, SC is pretty nice as well, and the airport is there. Feedback?

- Scott


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Not for much longer. Seriously.

And Greenville is only as nice as it's downtown area. Really the only appeal (well, that, and a great dealership in Touring Sport BMW). Outside of that, it's strip mall USA in all directions. Head 30 miles up HWY 25 to a change of pace, plus better roads.


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#834759 - 05/30/13 02:24 AM Re: Thinking About Moving to Florida [Re: Francis]  
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After reading all these responses, I've about convienced myself that I need to move to the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina. Less than three hours to the beach and less than 3 hours to the mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway. With three major universities in the area, a diverse population brought in by bio and tech companies, and pretty much a year round riding season (a week off here or there for snow, rain, or heat); what more could you ask. Well, there's also a foodie and cultural emphasis, tree hugger and natural foods segment,a comic relief government, and the RDU international airport. Sweet tea and NC style barbacue are bonuses.

Only other place I'd consider would be Tennessee because it has no income tax, lower cost of living, and a slower pace of life. All of which become more important to me as I desolve into retirement.

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#834764 - 05/30/13 02:40 AM Re: Thinking About Moving to Florida [Re: Quinn]  
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Originally Posted By: Quinn
After reading all these responses, I've about convienced myself that I need to move to the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina. Less than three hours to the beach and less than 3 hours to the mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway. With three major universities in the area, a diverse population brought in by bio and tech companies, and pretty much a year round riding season (a week off here or there for snow, rain, or heat); what more could you ask. Well, there's also a foodie and cultural emphasis, tree hugger and natural foods segment,a comic relief government, and the RDU international airport. Sweet tea and NC style barbacue are bonuses.

Only other place I'd consider would be Tennessee because it has no income tax, lower cost of living, and a slower pace of life. All of which become more important to me as I desolve into retirement.

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Well, Tennessee was also on my list. However, I like being somewhere close to an Ocean, don't know why exactly (heck, I'm 3 miles away from a So. California beach I visit, maybe 2-3 times a year). North Carolina looked interesting, but South Carolina tax rates seem a heck of a lot better than N.C. (though "tax" is a hodgepodge of moving parts; depends what parts you focus on).

S.C. seemed to be a nice mix of weather, coastal influence, tax rates, etc. Plus, I like their attitude toward private arms ownership (bought my last handgun from a S.C. dealer).

S.C., Tennessee, Florida, maybe Texas, but none are anything like Southern California, and I've lived around the country enough to know the difference. But if I'm going to leave my lifetime home in California, and probably take my adult kids too, it's got to be the "right" place.

Oh, and yeah, riding in the South East would be a blast! I could get to anywhere from S.C. or Tennessee.

Good luck on the hunt.

Scott

#835225 - 06/01/13 11:45 PM Re: Thinking About Moving to Florida [Re: Francis]  
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I'm on my fourth year in Jacksonville (moved from MI). For you do get to ride year round down here, but the roads are pretty boring.
95 on the east and 75 on the west, and both are loaded with the worst exiled drivers from every other state in the nation, so you have to practice defensive driving skills.
Adjusting to the weather is a factor as stated previously. Imagine that nasty hot northern week, but for four months. When it rains, it doesn't cool down, just gets more humid. It doesn't cool down at night either. Makes ATGATT a challenge.


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#835317 - 06/02/13 02:38 PM Re: Thinking About Moving to Florida [Re: Quinn]  
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Y'all should check out the 10 reasons you should move to Texas thread wink


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#835336 - 06/02/13 04:40 PM Re: Thinking About Moving to Florida [Re: Quinn]  
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Originally Posted By: Quinn
Only other place I'd consider would be Tennessee because it has no income tax

Tennessee does tax investment income and that can be significant to retirees. Since a retiree's income usually consists primarily of investment income, social security, and maybe a pension and neither TN nor NC tax SS then in my case it's pretty much a matter of whether I pay investment income tax to TN or NC, and since the rates are similar there's not much difference between them. If you have a lot of pension income then TN would be better but NC has a partial tax break for public pensions (whether from NC or not) and has rather low property taxes (also a big part of a retiree's tax picture) and relatively low insurance rates so that helps offset the difference. TN also has the highest sales tax rates in the nation so that goes into the mix as well. Bottom line, a state's overall tax burden/cost of living does not necessarily begin and end with the income tax rate alone. In Florida you can end up paying as much for home insurance as income tax in some other states, and so on.

In the end you have to pick where you want to live and then do the math. Much of the time it tends to even out somewhat, but even if not the way I see it it's false economy to try to save maybe a few $k per year to live somewhere other than you really want to.

#835349 - 06/02/13 08:40 PM Re: Thinking About Moving to Florida [Re: Francis]  
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I have always been especially fond of the Willamette Valley area of Oregon. Warm summers, mild winters. Not far from the mountains to the East and the ocean to West. The Corvallis area with the college there is very nice.

I would have retired there instead of Washington if there had not been an OR state income tax.


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#835366 - 06/02/13 10:42 PM Re: Thinking About Moving to Florida [Re: philbytx]  
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Originally Posted By: philbytx
Y'all should check out the 10 reasons you should move to Texas thread wink


Would be funny to hear "y'all" said with a British accent. grin

Kind of like a California guy saying "spot on!". Just incongruous.

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