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Relocating after Retirement - pros and cons - has it worked out for you?
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However, we did a lot of thinking beforehand and played it very very safe. We had a long list of requirements requirement: eco friendly house, sea view, outside spaces, everything including supermarkets, Dr, post office, swimming pool within walking distance, so don’t require a car going forward, etc ..
We did not have a location in mind so for 2 years I locked at Rightmove at all the seaside property until we found one in Cornwall, which met all the requirements and we could afford!
After a lot of driving back and forth spending all our holidays and many long weekend in Cornwall, we sold our Surrey house in October 2019, stopped working and moved permanently to Cornwall. The only issue we so far encountered is that there are no NHS dentists in Devon and Cornwall who take on new NHS patients.
We have never looked back😀
However it's capped at £100 a year, not much at all, costs £11 each way to local hospital for example from where I live in a town.
This is despite his grumbles about long journeys to get to PIL's to help them out, because they live in a remote area and can no longer drive themselves...
This is in the USA where remote areas tend to have zero public transport.
Covid has meant that we've not been able to do many of the things we wanted to and most importantly it's kept us from seeing family but we were sick of living on a family estate in the South East of England after doing the same kind of things we'd done for years.
I'd encourage you to try something different, given you are already considering it, as long as you are clear on what's really important on your list of "must haves"
You can always rent somewhere for a year, we didn't and instead bought but you will have your own view on the risks you want to take.
Cornwall and Devon have a lot to offer.
Good luck, do your sums, plan and run a risk register
As a Londoner, who had a hopper bus come down the road every 30 mins taking me to the tube, train or nearest town, I never learned to drive
We now live 8 miles from a shop. learning to drive was imperative.
Living out of town ( ours is a market town ) means there is NOTHING. We have no curbs, no street lighting and there is certainly no takeaway deliveries. Some supermarkets ( not all ) will deliver . Up until a few years ago we had to rely on the mobile shop
We swapped a 2 up, 2 down mid terrace with a tiny garden backing on to a garden, to a 5 bedroom detached on a 1/3 acre over looking farmland that will never be built on. I wish we had more land really, now we are settled. Front is drive and lawns so that doesn't take much looking after and a ride on helps We aren't out on our own, we are in a hamlet of now 10 houses ( was 8 ) and our neighbours are fantastic. We are all there for each other, as you need to be when living remotely, but we dont twitch curtains
Country living isn't easy, took me about 4 or 5 years before I felt at home, and takes a lot of planning - we have to make sure we aren't going to run out of oil during a bad cold snap, we have back up heating in case of power failures ( which are common with overhead lines ) we have a septic tank so we have to ensure thats looked after ( no putting anything nasty down the loo or sink ), ensuring we have a fully stocked larder ( can be snowed in for a week or more) and if the weather is really bad, the supermarkets are empty anyway as nothing gets through
I personally wouldn't change anything for the world and we were talking tonight about us getting older and how we will cope in our 80s, but hey ho, we have 20 years to be worrying about that hopefully and then no doubt we will be looking for our care homes
We moved from a terraced house in the inner-city and bought a house in a village in the mountains. There was a bus once a day to Granada (and also get a bus back the same day!). There was a shop in the village, selling everything from chain saws to jars of olives and jamones. The bank opened one morning a week, the surgery and pharmacy twice a week. There were more facilities in the little town forty minutes drive away (and you did have to drive), or on the coast an hour and a half away.
The village was very traditional, only two people spoke English (and neither of them was the Doctor or Bank Manager), so we had to get fully immersed in both language and culture.
We had eight happy years there, but we were relatively young for retirees. It wasn't a place for elderly foreigners to grow old in (due to the terrain and lack of services. The Spaniards all had family to look after them)..
We came back at the end of 2011. We hadn't sold our terraced house in the inner-city, so just moved back into it and in 2015 moved to a bungalow in the suburbs. This has a large garden which is beautiful, but there will come a time when we have to hire a gardener.
My advice is, go for it, but don't burn your bridges if you don't have to. Keep your options open.
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