View Poll Results: Where To Retire?

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    66 82.50%
  • Florida - WDW

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  1. #16

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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    I've always wanted to live in California. But the LA traffic would drive me bonkers.

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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    If you pushed me to pick, I'd say near Anaheim (not actually IN Anaheim), mainly because of the sometimes fickle Florida weather (thunderstorms, hurricanes, humidity). Disneyland is certainly more compact, & will require less physical exertion if that ever becomes an issue. I think you could make the argument that there are plenty of other attractions and things to do in either state.

    Truth be told, I'd love to live near one of the parks, but would have trouble living either place. I'd say expand your criteria and retire to the place you love, where you have people, that you can comfortably afford. If that happens to be near Anaheim or Orlando, awesome, but if not, then you just make it a priority to travel periodically to both parks. If you relocate to a place with a lower cost of living, you can apply those savings to making your visits to the parks special.

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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    Florida has no income tax.

    And yes, like a pp said, talk to a financial planner, no matter what decision you make.
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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    No offense to anybody who calls FL home, but I could never personally live there. The humidity is horrid. I'm a desert dweller these days and love it. I've got a LOT of family in FL, but its just not my thing.

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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    I'd take California over Florida, any day, though I wouldn't live in Anaheim (I used to live in Anaheim and it was quite boring... Good thing it's not far from LA). I know we have high taxes and such, but I will gladly continue to pay than live in Florida. I absolutely dislike humidity and I need to see the mountains that I usually see today. The animals/insects in Florida are the second reason I'd never live there. I'm currently living in the Santa Monica mountains (for college) and I've seen all sorts of bugs and garden snakes. I freak out each time, no matter how small. I can barely handle the small bugs and garden snakes... I wouldn't survive in Florida with the even bigger bugs and poisonous snakes. Not to mention alligators, sharks and panthers. Nope, no thanks.

    California's geography can't be matched. I'm turned off by the Florida swamps and lack of mountains. Give me mountains, redwoods, oceans (yes, I know Florida has them), etc. Not to mention the plethora of cities I love in California. California it is.
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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    Quote Originally Posted by TylerDurden View Post
    ^because you see pythons and gators every day living in Florida lol
    My nephew does.

    There are so many reasons not to even go to Florida, let alone retire there - and only three in favor that I can see:

    1. WDW
    2. Everglades
    3. Access to cruises of the Caribbean and surrounds

    If I want to do any of those three - I can fly there, do my business, and get the you-know-what out.







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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    ^^^^ WDW is the only Florida draw for me.
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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    The weather in Florida sucks but Im a little confused about these assumptions that everyone living in Florida lives in a swamp hut surrounded by bugs and wildlife...you guys do know there is some civilization here right? Saying you wouldnt move to Florida because of snakes and gators is like saying you wouldnt move to California because of mountain lions and earthquakes.

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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    I wouldn't live in central/southern Florida mostly because of Dade County. *coughs*
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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    Quote Originally Posted by TylerDurden View Post
    The weather in Florida sucks but Im a little confused about these assumptions that everyone living in Florida lives in a swamp hut surrounded by bugs and wildlife...you guys do know there is some civilization here right? Saying you wouldnt move to Florida because of snakes and gators is like saying you wouldnt move to California because of mountain lions and earthquakes.
    Don't forget lack of dry heat and mountains and such. But you brought up another great point I forgot to mention. Hurricanes. No way, Jose. I'd take the three second-lasting that most of the time you can't even feel earthquakes than the hurricanes/rainy weather in Florida.
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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    yeah I get that the lack of mountains and weather and humidity is unappealing...but in Florida people do live in houses that protect people from the scary swamp monsters.

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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    Quote Originally Posted by TylerDurden View Post
    yeah I get that the lack of mountains and weather and humidity is unappealing...but in Florida people do live in houses that protect people from the scary swamp monsters.
    That's good. I know I'd definitely want a house that did just that if I lived in Florida.

    I'm afraid of water (I'm not afraid to take showers or baths), so the thought of a hurricane would probably give me nightmares.
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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    ....and don't forget about all those Canadian snowbirds who invade Florida every winter....pesky things

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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    Hubby and I have to make this decision in about 9 years.

    California is expensive -- high cost of housing, utilities, property taxes, other taxes, and so much more. The only thing that we seem to have reasonably priced groceries. The weather, though, is near perfect. Care must be taken to locate oneself far enough away from the faults to avoid earthquake damage.

    Florida is too darned humid for us. UGH. I went to Boot Camp when the Naval Training Center was still in Orlando and I remember 9 weeks of oppressive humidity. It was no different in the summer of 2012 -- when it wasn't raining, it was hot and so humid that I thought it was going to close in on me.

    Here's a thought: how about a place like Prescott, AZ? It's a little higher elevation and therefore avoids some of the desert heat of the Phoenix, Yuma, Tucson and Casa Grande areas, while still retaining a 6-7 hour drive to Anaheim.


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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    Quote Originally Posted by teacherlady19 View Post
    Hubby and I have to make this decision in about 9 years.

    California is expensive -- high cost of housing, utilities, property taxes, other taxes, and so much more. The only thing that we seem to have reasonably priced groceries. The weather, though, is near perfect. Care must be taken to locate oneself far enough away from the faults to avoid earthquake damage.

    Florida is too darned humid for us. UGH. I went to Boot Camp when the Naval Training Center was still in Orlando and I remember 9 weeks of oppressive humidity. It was no different in the summer of 2012 -- when it wasn't raining, it was hot and so humid that I thought it was going to close in on me.

    Here's a thought: how about a place like Prescott, AZ? It's a little higher elevation and therefore avoids some of the desert heat of the Phoenix, Yuma, Tucson and Casa Grande areas, while still retaining a 6-7 hour drive to Anaheim.


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    My grandpa lives in Prescott Valley, and there are a lot of retired people who live there. There is a ton of variety when it comes to shopping and dining there, so I guess that is a plus.




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