Oh, yeah, I’ve been off the grid quite a lot lately. I have my reasons, and I think they are pretty valid.
I’m a Baby Boomer and my husband and I have toyed with the idea of retiring somewhere different. Our 165-year-old home requires a lot of care and maintenance. As we get older, we won’t be able to give it the justice it deserves. So, we started researching, traveling and sometimes making lists of the pros and cons of living in different places. We considered spots in the Midwest, living on an island, moving to Ireland and several other possible destinations.
We had a list of what we wanted in our final home and community. We wanted a newer home to reduce maintenance. A small town with plenty of safe areas for walking, easy access to a grocer, pharmacy, a few restaurants and a golf course that was close to our home. We wanted that small town feel that we love in our tiny village along the Mississippi River with small-town festivals and friendly neighbors. But we decided after this past winter, we also needed warmth.
We’d lived along the Gulf Coast (Texas and Florida) as well as in Sicily, Italy. Two years before my hubs retired from the military, we started looking at where we wanted to raise our sons. Growing up in the Midwest, we determined we wanted to return. Now, after twenty-three years in Wisconsin, we think it would be nice to be back in a warmer climate, so we headed to Arizona.
We found a community that meets all of the requirements we determined were important to us. We are building a new home where I can walk the miles I need for my health and creativity. We can play golf anytime. It’s close to a larger community so we don’t have to drive hours for certain services like an airport, for example.
We are fortunate to have this opportunity, and one of the things that I like about the town where we are moving is that they offer a variety of housing options in several different pricing levels. We will be in a community that values diversity with different age groups, socio-economic levels, cultures, religions, and backgrounds. Isn’t that what America is all about? We believe so.
Stay tuned as we begin our new adventure.