Some of the best Hoosier basketball comes from Bloomington’s Indiana University, but the college outputs a lot more than hoop magic. About 50 miles south of Indianapolis in the central part of the state, the small, walkable city attracts many retired alumni who even have a special name: Bloomerangs. Continuing-education classes keep the brain’s pages turning, and the university displays its immense faculty and student talent in concerts and performances.
Boone/Blowing Rock, NC
The Blue Ridge Parkway winds its way around the stunning North Carolina mountains and High Country, where a city named for frontiersman Daniel Boone lies. Its prominent university, Appalachian State, has been creating proud graduates since 1899. Retirees enjoy the school’s guest lectures, crafts workshops and more. Next to the college town is Blowing Rock, a resortlike village with a hip downtown -- and a railroad theme park named Tweetsie.
With numerous superlative rankings for its arts scene, golf and more, Naples on Florida’s southwestern coast is easy to relish. Many millionaires have homes here, resulting in an emphasis on charitable causes. Conscientious city zoning laws prevent a profusion of billboards and strip malls. Its eclectic Fifth Avenue downtown is populated with sidewalk diners and boutique shoppers soaking up the engaging atmosphere.
Sun Valley, ID
In 1936, Sun Valley became the country’s first ski resort, and people -- including many retirees -- have been downhilling it here ever since. Bald Mountain, nicknamed Baldy, is considered one of the world’s finest. The outdoors is a celebration every day here in central Idaho. Extensive bike trails become some of the nation’s best cross-country skiing paths in winter. Nearby towns of Ketchum and Hailey offer downtowns with breweries, restaurants and retail outlets.
8 Low-Cost Cities
“We should have done this sooner.” This is the happy pseudo-lament of one retiree who relocated to Bullhead City, AZ, and found striking beauty -- and money savings. Our annual low-cost cities feature is for those who want un-plundered financial accounts and no shortchange in lifestyle. In addition to Bullhead City, check out Cleveland, TN; Hammond, LA; Idaho Falls, ID; Laramie, WY; Lynchburg, VA; Myrtle Beach, SC; and Palm Coast, FL.
Financial Consultant: A New or Resale Home? 7 Questions to Consider
What a joy to step into a just-built home, with the faint smell of fresh paint and mitered woodwork. Others are steadfast in buying a gently lived-in residence to enjoy the money savings of a resale. Here are seven questions that will help you decide the best option for your retirement relocation, taking into account money, amenities and the timing of the move.
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