Are you looking for a place to relocate to retire? You might not have to go as far as you think! On the list of the top 10 Best Cities to Retire (according to CNN Money) among Pittsburgh, Boise, Lexington, and Salt Lake City is Raleigh, NC! The current population is 431,800 and from 2000 until 2010 the population of those aged 55 to 64 increased by 97%. Raleigh has mild four season weather and lost cost while still providing that Big City feel. I highly recommend that you check out Midtown/North Hills for the great deals and location. As we say in Real Estate: Location, Location, Location! Townhouses in that area go for about $200,000, which isn’t all that bad when you think about the price of a home. With a townhouse you have less lawn to manage versus that from a regular home.
In the city of Raleigh there is a variety of restaurants, sources of entertainment and art pieces to enjoy. You can go for Southern Barbecue one night or Italian the next, maybe try Mediterranean. The Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts shows everything from musicals to operas to housing local high school graduations! With income taxes at 5.8%, sales tax at 6.75% and median property tax at $1,800 there are plenty of reasons why you should consider Raleigh, NC as your place to relocate during retirement.
There is a new craft beer shop opening on Fayetteville Street around Thanksgiving this year! It is going to be Paddy O’Beers but do not assume from the title and logo that this is going to be your typical Irish Pub because there is so much more to it! I asked about your favorite Brewery because Paddy O’Beers plans to always include beers from local breweries in their rotation on the taps, as well as have bottle beers from all across the Nation and World on hand. The only thing that won’t be on the menu is the mixed drinks and liquor, but there will be some wines available. A large outdoor patio can seat up to thirty people and would be a great meeting place after work for some snacks and some drinks. Make sure you stop by and check it out once it opens.
Bottle Shop and Tasting Room
121 Fayetteville Street #114
Over the past couple of years Cary, NC has been so close to getting the title of Safest Place to Live. In the past, they have gotten second in the lowest crime rate in the Nation, as well as ninth place in 2011. This past year they are claiming the title to the lowest crime rate in the nation. With 146,000 residents the town of Cary has 14.4 crimes per 1,000 people. In 2012 Cary had no cases of murders, 115 reports of violent crimes and 1,917 property crime compares to Raleigh with 1,778 violent crimes and 13,779 property crimes in 2012 alone. Cary has a great suburban atmosphere and now has the plus side of being named the Safest Town in America. If you are looking for a place to live, Cary has a great small town feel, building up it’s downtown area, and now has reached the top of the ladder as far as safety is concerned!