U.S. News and World Report Ranks Best Places to Retire

For many of us, starting the New Year means getting back to the grind as we put away our party shoes and head back to work. However, some lucky retirees are hanging up their working hats for good, and thanks to U.S. News and World Report  (as featured on Yahoo!) they now have a list […]

For many of us, starting the New Year means getting back to the grind as we put away our party shoes and head back to work. However, some lucky retirees are hanging up their working hats for good, and thanks to U.S. News and World Report  (as featured on Yahoo!) they now have a list of the ideal spots to spend their golden years.

Ranking the 10 best places to retire in 2012, U.S. News factored in weather, affordable housing and nearby recreational activities in choosing the best spots for every kind of retiree – from those who care most about pleasant, seasonal weather (head to Flagstaff, Ariz.) to those who strive to be environmentally friendly (how about Walnut Creek, Calif.)?

We spoke with Michael Schmidt of Coldwell Banker Schmidt Family of Companies in Traverse City, Mich., which was awarded the best retiree haven for water views on a budget, to find out what makes this town special.

“Traverse City is somewhat of a hidden gem with some of the nicest freshwater lakes and beaches in the world, fantastic wineries and most importantly such a great mix of people,” he said. “It offers a diverse group of people congregating together all year long with many celebrations of food, music, and our beautiful areas.  If you love the outdoors, you will love Traverse City; we have 10 golf courses within an hour distance and at least five different ski resorts to choose from during the winter time.  Additionally, we have one of the most accessible airports in the country that can get you to Chicago, Minneapolis, Detroit or New York in little over an hour’s time if you desire to hit the big city.”

So what can you find in Traverse?  This lovely three-bedroom home sitting on a beautiful shared beach is less than $300,000, featuring two fireplaces, a neighborhood park and a tennis court.

Traverse City, Mich.  – Voted Best Water Views on a Budget:

  • 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
  • 2,684 Square Feet
  • $299,000

 

Below are few more retiree-worthy listings in some of the top ranked cities. Where is your dream place to retire?

Port Charlotte, Fla. – Voted Best Place for Affordable Housing: 

Heritage Oak Park Villa in Port Charlotte, FL

  • 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
  • 1,364 Square Feet
  • $133,900

Santa Fe, N.M. – Voted Best Place for Recreation and Culture:

  • 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
  • 1,185 Square Feet
  • $199,500

    Property for sale with southwestern charm in Santa Fe, NM

Senior Manager, Public Relations for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Grew up in south Florida as an avid Seminole fan and attended college in the mountains of North Carolina. Athena wanted to wake up in that city that doesn’t sleep so headed Madison Avenue to start her marketing career. Athena has worked for Coldwell Banker for 12 years where she can be found generating buzz about this awesome brand in every way possible. On any given day, she can be found crunching numbers to searching for amazing Coldwell Banker properties to serve up to the media for features. In her spare time, you can find her either digging up a new area in her yard for another flower bed or scouring Etsy for that next amazing handcrafted gem. She resides with the Bukowski of our generation (AKA her husband), a cat and a fish in Atlanta, Ga.

  • http://www.faykelley.com/ Fay Kelley

    Sedona, Arizona, play tennis year round, sun shine, fresh air, pleasant environment overall!

  • http://www.salemoregonpropertysearch.com Jim Sparkman

    I have to agree with your #1 pick of Traverse City, but strictly because of “budget for the view” like you said… if budget wasn’t an option, obviously I’m sure Lake Tahoe would have HAD to go in that list! lol :-) But in any event, as I etch my way closer to retirement, these posts are becoming more and more resourceful! Thanks heather_roberts.

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