Dave, who has a good sense of humor, wanted to give me an idea of what he was looking for in a retirement home. Here are his requirements, and he’d like to keep it under $800,000:
MY THOUGHTS ON RETIREMENT
I realIy don ‘t want to stay in Arkansas forever, yet the alternatives seem all to have drawbacks.
- Florida is out because of humidity and overcrowding and crazy people.
- I grew up in California but it is full of too many people now.
- Still some very beautiful unspoiled places in California but too expensive.
- I visited Colorado in January. It did not appeal to me much but the scenery is spectacular.
- New Mexico was shabby looking, full of poverty.
- The whole Midwest area and the upper-south is full of crap and clod hoppers.
- There is the Mississippi coast but it is in the shop for repairs right now after Katrina.
- The U.P. of Michigan is full of tourists and tourist leeches in the summer and way too cold in the winter.
- The East Coast? Fugetaboutit.
Here are my simple requirements:
- Cool and breezy in the summer. Full sun but I warn you, I don’t want to break a sweat.
- Warm, sunny winters but cool enough for a sweater daily.
- Spectacular autumns and springs with endless days of vegetative growth, wild animals and butterflies. The morning doves softly cooing in the trees.
- High up in the mountains with awe inspiring views.
- Near the seashore with excellent surf casting, mornings and evenings.
- Soft, talc like sand that doesn’t get into your clothes, shoes or car.
- Oh, and great cathedral-like sunsets.
- Low cost of living but I don’t want to live near any poor people.
- Unspoiled and teeming wildlife.
- No tourists.
- Peace, tranquility, no crime. For God’s sake, no crime.
- Very few neighbors, yet plenty of friendly people with similar outlooks and taste as mine.
- No traffic tie-ups but quick access to world-class shopping, live theater, constant entertainment with low ticket prices and high availability of seats.
- Absolutely no noise but yet a feeling of being in a cosmopolitan area. (Like being dressed in expensive clothing, having a bank account full of money and sitting, feeding the pigeons in Central Park. That kind of feeling.)
Have I left anything out?
How do you like my chances of selling him a house around San Diego? I have the cooing doves in the morning, but I don’t see many butterflies!