July 15, 2020

Redding included in Places to Retire with Year-Round Outdoor Living

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You’ll find some of our most awe-inspiring national parks there and so much public land to play in. You don’t want to be fenced in, so push beyond city limits in the suggestions below for best retirement spots.

Dear MarketWatch,

I’m a single 54-year-old female looking to retire in the next 10 years, but looking to move to my future retirement spot during the next two years. I love dry summer weather, hiking, biking, water sports, year-round outdoor living. I don’t like cold, snowy winters, unless I’m driving there to ski!

I like to be close enough (within a couple of hours) to art and culture, but on a daily basis I’d like close access to trails and lakes. I don’t want to be too secluded but also don’t want to be packed into a subdivision.

My monthly retirement budget will be around $3,500-$4,000. I’ll also have money from the sale of my house.

Any recommendations?

Thanks,

Alice

Alice, let’s head out west..

You’ll find some of our most awe-inspiring national parks there and so much public land to play in. You don’t want to be fenced in, so push beyond city limits in the suggestions below. Equally, given the range of neighborhoods you’ll find, don’t assume that a more urban setting means you’ll be packed into a subdivision. (One reader calls Albuquerque a “delightful, quirky hidden gem.”)

Don’t worry about finding trails wherever you move. The National Trails System tops 193,000 (primarily hiking) miles, and the nonprofit organization Rails to Trails says America has more than 24,000 miles of rail-trails that appeal to cyclists as well as walkers.

Here are three options to get you started. As always, make sure the retirement budget is realistic and spend some time getting to know an area during all seasons before you commit. A bad move is an expensive mistake.

Redding California

This is where California’s Central Valley transitions into the Cascade foothills and is home to 92,000 people. (A similar number live elsewhere in Shasta County.)

It’s essentially surrounded by national forests — so plenty of outdoor living — except for due south, where I-5 will take you to Sacramento in about 2½ hours. Shasta Lake, the state’s largest reservoir, is your water playground, 10 miles to the north. The city boasts of 225 miles of trails within a 15-mile radius. Orbitz has called Redding “California’s best-kept secret.”

There’s no rain in the summer (and essentially no snow in the winter), but this area does get plenty of rain in the winter. Skiing, though, is nearby, including within Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Average highs in July are 101 degrees; average winter lows remain above freezing.

You can get a sense of what your money will buy you in terms of housing here.

While California has a reputation for high taxes, note that it doesn’t tax Social Security income.

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