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Re: Good east coast retirement cities?
John, you must be a rich farmer if price doesn't enter the equation. I think once you start looking at PRICES for coastal property, not in a swamp, near any civilization, with enough water to float how much keel? You'll be crossing big pieces off the map.
Look at the retirement guides, see how each area strikes you for amenities if you want them, or health care, or taxes. Big differences. Want to be within an hour of a hospital or airport? More places crossed off the map. Then take what is left, use Zillow or another online site to see what property is going to cost you--including annual fees and taxes. You may be surprised at how quickly you can cross off most of the coast, or where your choices lead you to.
The other way to do it might be to get a boat up to Maine, or buy it in Maine, and start down the coast. When you find someplace that feels like home, buy in.