Top 10 inexpensive Mountain towns for Retirees

Are you looking to head to the mountains when you retire? Check out these towns they stand out for low living expenses and quality of life!

To find low-cost mountain towns, U.S. News & World Report looked for places that offer access to plenty of skiing, trails and wildlife, while still providing affordable housing and a reasonable cost of living. They also screened for other retiree-friendly characteristics, such as access to health care and a low crime rate.

1. Redding, Calif.

The Sacramento River runs through the center of Redding, and the city is eclipsed by the towering, 14,161-foot Mount Shasta, with plenty of opportunities for fishing, climbing and hiking. Don’t miss nearby Lassen Volcanic National Park and Burney Falls.

2. Blacksburg, Va.

Blacksburg is located on a plateau between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains. The home of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, it boasts a mobile connection to the Internet from anywhere in town as well as access to the Appalachian Trail.

3. Bend, Ore.

Skiing, white-water rafting and hiking are just a few of the ways you can while away your retirement in the Cascade Mountains. Only 22 miles away, Mount Bachelor is Bend’s nearest ski-lift mountain

4. Boone, N.C.

This Blue Ridge Mountain town is close to four ski resorts and home to Appalachian State University. A regional bus service, AppalCART, provides free public transportation, and those over 60 can even arrange to be picked up at their homes. 

5. Colorado Springs, Colo.

Nestled among Pikes Peak, Seven Falls and Garden of the Gods Park, you’ll never lack scenery in this Rocky Mountain city. The high elevation and abundant fresh air make this an ideal spot for athletes to train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, located near the heart of the city

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Things to do in Colorado Springs

1.  Garden of the Gods

This remarkable 1,360-acre park is so full of weird and surreal red sandstone rock formations that it looks like Mother Nature teamed with Salvador Dali in forming it. Numerous well-maintained nature trails, some of which are paved, fan through the park and offer great photo opportunities. Educational markers are numerous and enhance your understanding of the who, what, where and why of these one-of-a-kind formations. Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, located across the street from the north entrance, offers hands-on exhibits, tours, a cafe and more. Admission is free. For more info click here.

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Selling a Home During the Holidays

Author: Brian Williams, Broker

Each year about this time I get asked by potential sellers if listing their home for sale during the holidays is a good idea. The answer you will hear from most Realtors is “Of course, because only buyers and sellers that are serious are in the market.” I don’t necessarily disagree with that statement as I find it hard to believe buyers are going to be out “just shopping for a home” during December as there never seems to be enough time to fit in other obligations. That said, I do have some additional thoughts.

Most sellers do not want their home to be shown during times when they are entertaining family and friends. Coincidentally buyers also have engagements that they attend that are usually during the same time of day and week; on the weekends and in the evenings for one. Buyers and their agents need to be flexible and understanding of the sellers and their schedules. If a buyer wants to see a particular home, they will make an effort to be available when the seller can allow the home to be shown.

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