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    NIMBY asshatterer Plus Richmond Jake's avatar
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    Your choice for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th or whatever, home

    If money were no object, where would you have a weekend, holiday, summer home? Here's my short list...in no special order.

    Stinson Beach, Marin County, CA
    Coronado Island CA
    South Beach FL
    Malibu CA (on the beach side of the PCH)
    Hilton Head SC
    Key West FL
    Sea Ranch CA
    Lanai, Maui, Hawaii

    All places I have visited.

    Interesting, they are all adjacent to bodies of water. Probably not good given global warming and its effects.

    What are your choices?

    Have we done this before? If so, sorry.

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    Hmmmm....

    The main house would probably be on a lake in Madison, WI. Others would include:

    1) House in the mountains of Colorado
    2) High-rise condo in Chicago
    3) Medieval castle in the south of France
    4) something in Oregon - maybe Sisters
    5) a tropical retreat, perhaps in the Carribean or Hawaii
    6) camper on top of a Dodge 2500 with the Cummins deisel
    Anyone want to adopt a dog?

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    Main house: Denver, Colorado. It's the nation's most well-rounded city, IMHO.

    Winter retreat: Vail / Eagle County, Colorado.
    Spring retreat: Catalina Island, California.
    Summer retreat: Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
    Fall retreat: Burlington, Vermont or the Eastern Townships in Quebec.
    Redneck huntin' n' snowmobilin' n' shootin' guns retreat: somewhere in northern Michigan.
    December holiday retreat: Santa Fe, New Mexico. There's nothing more enchanting than a northern New Mexico winter.
    Zombie retreat: Kelleys Island, Ohio.
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    Main house: on the Winter Park chain of lakes, north of Orlando; talk about idyllic. Where I grew up.

    Secondary homes:
    maybe a condo in the French Quarter in NOLA
    or on Jekyll Island GA

    Yeah, I'm most comfortable in the southeast.

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    Main home: Umbria, IT, wherever the earthquake damage has a clean home, close enough to Amalfi coast to rent, or near San Marino, IT
    Second home: Mattole River at the coast, CA.
    Getaway: near enough to Geneva CH for the jazz fest.
    Getaway: near my buddy's house in Tahoe but closer to Tahoe City
    Getaway: near Pau, FR
    Getaway: near San Sebastian. ESP.
    Getaway: winter cabin in Innsbruck, AUS
    Getaway: in Dubrovnik, Croatia
    Getaway: near Carmel Valley Rd, CA
    Getaway: Pescadero, CA
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    Some excellent picks so far. I will definitely be visiting some of you!

    In no particular order:
    - Niagara on the Lake
    - Southern France
    - Buenos Aires
    - Grand Cayman
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    This would be my second home...

    Someday the wife and I would also like to retire to south east North Carolina.
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Wow... I love the tree lined streets and the abundant old growth forests.
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    I think having a luxury apartment just off of Central Park East in New York City to jet off to on the weekends would be nice. Other choices:

    Palm Springs, CA
    Scottsdale, AZ
    On the Lake Michigan beachront on Michigan's Leelanau Peninsula
    Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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    Anywhere away from people or that I can follow a dream. I tend to lean towards -

    - Colorado Mountains (Gunnison, Silverton, Durango)
    - Maine (Lake Sabago area)
    - Finger Lakes (wine making property)
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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis View post

    Someday the wife and I would also like to retire to south east North Carolina.
    Just went to Wilmington for the first time recently, so lovely! I know people that have retired to New Bern too.
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    But my short list of places to live:

    Summers would be spent on my lakefront home on Bear Lake, with a spacious guest house for Ursus and his family.
    Winters would be spent along the banks of the Bogue Chitto, so I could see my mom regularly.
    A house somewhere on the South Island of New Zealand would be nice.
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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis View post
    Someday the wife and I would also like to retire to south east North Carolina.
    Quote Originally posted by beach_bum View post
    Just went to Wilmington for the first time recently, so lovely! I know people that have retired to New Bern too.
    Eastern NC is my more realistic choice for a second home or a retirement place. I keep my eyes on Surf City and Topsail Beach (just north of Wilmington and south of Camp Lejeune). Carolina Beach or Wrightsville Beach closer to Wilmington would be nice too but the beaches there get insanely crowded... by Eastern NC standards anyway.
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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    Eastern NC is my more realistic choice for a second home or a retirement place. I keep my eyes on Surf City and Topsail Beach (just north of Wilmington and south of Camp Lejeune). Carolina Beach or Wrightsville Beach closer to Wilmington would be nice too but the beaches there get insanely crowded... by Eastern NC standards anyway.
    When my BIL was stationed at Camp Lejeune we spent some time in New Bern. I liked the feel of the area. You get the water access without the typically Florida/Spring Break beach feel. Granted, we visited in February, so I didn't get a real taste of what it's like in the summer.

    Overall though, I think the mid-Atlantic beach towns have a particular pull for those who want the warmer weather, but still want the old-city culture you find on the east cost.
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    Buenos Aires
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    Near Payson, AZ
    Coronado (San Diego)
    Beaver Creek, CO
    Penthouse in Trump Tower, Chicago
    Old part of Charleston, SC
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    Quote Originally posted by beach_bum View post
    Just went to Wilmington for the first time recently, so lovely! I know people that have retired to New Bern too.
    [sigh wistfully] Ah, the beauty of Eastern Carolina!


    (okay, all joking aside I lived in New Bern for about a year and liked the old-city culture, history, and to some extent the climate (they don't really have winter there)
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    [sigh wistfully] Ah, the beauty of Eastern Carolina!
    And just a few miles to the south: https://maps.google.com/?ll=34.52897...oid=po-8295584
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    Mountains -
    West - Logan, UT or Breckenridge, CO
    East - Tupper Lake, NY

    Beach -
    Long Beach Island, NJ

    City -
    West - Denver, CO
    East - Louisville, KY

    Lake -
    Land Between the Lakes, KY or Michigan side of Lake Michigan

    Trail Town -
    along the KATY, Missouri or Cumberland, MD

    Retirement - ?
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