Best place to retire for a tennis player ?

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  1. GS

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    Okay, I'm sorry that I doubted you. I just think that I'll take my chances. There was an earthquake here in Oakland a few months ago which damaged this old house. The last big quake on the Hayward Fault here was in 1868. It can erupt bigtime any second now, since it's way overdue. At least with a hurricane, I have time beforehand to board up a house, escape, and hope that the house survives. With a possible major quake, I'm screwed.
     
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  2. ttbrowne

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    Fla Panhandle?
    I just returned from Destin. Played at San Destin. No way am I subjecting myself to that humidity when I retire.
     
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    MODESTLY priced homes in Oakland or San Diego!!!!! errr no way - I do believe they are the top 2 places but for sure NOT because of housing cost. (although i would live in Berkeley (the rose Garden is an awesome place to play! that view!) or Orinda or Moraga I would not go near the City of Oakland.

    Houston is a great place to live (I do currently) but I would NEVER want to retire here - work here, live here, make LOTS and LOTS of money here but when time to retire i'm outta here! BUT the humidity is great for your skin - less wrinkles!!!!:)

    No. 1 has to be San Diego - Hell, buy a condo in Rosarita Beach, Mexico - only 30 min away from San Diego and with the prices in Mexico you can live like a king in Baja! more english spoken there than in L.A.!
     
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    Good luck getting from Rosarita to SD in 30 minutes...
     
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  5. Il Mostro

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    South America -- Argentina or Uruguay. Reasonable cost of living and reasonable club fees, clay courts, great food & wine, nice beaches, Euro-centric culture. What else could you ask for?
     
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    don't retire to Arizona unless it's the northern part of the state or you only want to live here during the winter. trust me. :lol:
     
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    Wow, this thread is back after three years....is that a record ? By now the OP might already be retired. Anyway, I've decided I'm going to need some clay courts by the time I'm ready to retire, so I guess that means Florida, maybe the panhandle area ?
     
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  8. MLoutch

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    good point - but get yourself a SENTRI pass and you never have to sit in those INSANE Tijuana lines -

    Going from San Diego TO Rosarita not the problem -
     
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    Word! I've heard lots of things about Oakland but never heard it's tennis being praised (or discussed at all). Berkeley next door has several nice clubs however.

    If you like California and got the Do-Re-Mi (thanks to Woody G.) then I would suggest looking beyond the bay to Sacramento, Granite Bay (home of Tursonov), Auburn, Davis, Roseville, (even Chico)etc.
    The cost of housing drops precipitously and there are tons of clubs and a nice player base to pick from. Be prepared for the summer heat though.
    As you leave the cooling winds of the bay and ocean and get into the inland valleys mid day can bake!

    But if I were to stay in Ca. that's where I would look to. As for me, the tennis scene around Portland, Oregon is more active then you would think. I can also vouch for Charleston, S.C. and Houston (though would I want to live in Houston?).
     
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    I had to bring this thread back after 5 years away, because, well, I'm five years closer to retirement. Anyway, any new ideas where to retire, how about North Carolina ? I need clay courts !
     
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    Then you want Florida and parts of South Carolina...........Carolina's get too cold in the winter though. I still say San Diego would be best - also some Har Tru available.
     
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    san diego? my folks live over there and tennis isn't that great (granted they're 40 minutes outside the city). are you referring to an area in particular? they used to live in OC and I thought the public facilities were better there
     
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  14. sureshs

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    San Diego is the best
     
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    Barnes Tennis CTR, Balboa Tennis in Balboa Park (25 courts and like 1600 reg members), San Diego Racket Club.........even more up north in Del Mar and La Jolla. Lee Merry runs an excellent program near Escondido.
     
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    I would recommend either Florida or Southern California because of the weather.
     
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    Someone said, there are NO retired 4.5 level players.
    Well, I disagree. There are at least one in 5,000 still playing at the 4.5 levels.
     
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    Most courts I see, the early AM crowd is old foogies, and some 3.5-4.0 doubles start around 10AM, lasting maybe thru 1PM.
    Around 4 or so, some real 4.5-5.0's show up, after work.
    And during the lunch hours, some 4.5 can show up to hit, but usually don't stay for sets or matches.
    You can set up matches at any hour, of course.
     
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    Best place to retire is near your family, certainly if you have kids; you can play tennis anywhere. Retirees in my area in the northeast play all the tennis they can handle at indoor clubs that have early bird specials that allow you to play every day for a very low seasonal flat fee. (Don't worry -- nobody sleeps well at that age -- the average person over 65 sleeps 5 hours).
     
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    But how many tennis days do they lose in winter due to not being able to go to the club because of snow storms?

    Also, I heard indoor clubs are very expensive - at least that is what many posters have claimed. I am not sure how much early bird specials reduce the rate.

    When I was in IW this time, I heard so much about retirees who have moved there for the golf and tennis. On the main road to the Tennis Garden, as it branches off from the highway, is a huge billboard for an electrical crematorium. I have heard similar things about places in Florida, California, Arizona, Texas, and Nevada. But not about the NE.
     
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    too hot in Austin?
     
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    The early bird specials are pretty reasonable; maybe $500 for all the tennis you want before 10 AM, from September until May. Cremation is extra.
     
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    wow, something to look forward to

    early bird tennis;
    early bird dinner;
    bingo at night.
     
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    Why don't you smash the stereotype and go for dinner at 5:15 pm instead of 5?
     
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    Hilton Head, SC..... great weather.... and clay courts everywhere....
     
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    Ha! The early bird blue plate (blue hair) specials down here END by 5pm!

    LOL
     
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    It's never too hot for me, but the lack of clay courts can be a little brutal on the body, plus I wouldn't mind being near the water in my old age....
     
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    Well then...Santa Barbara!

    Just ask Granitechief.
     
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    If you live in the more rural parts of the frozen northeast, indoor tennis facilities are few and far between, and even if you live near to one, they are expensive and there aren't many people who play at high (4.5+) level. This is why I read every new message that goes into this thread: I'm moving out of this forbidden zone.
     
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    Watch out for earthquakes
     
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    a friend of mine goes to school in SB and raves about the weather. though she drives down to LA a lot since things can get a bit slow around town entertainent-wise
     
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    SB is a town for rich families and rich students at UCSB. The fancy place Solvang is also close by. Not much action there.
     
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    Lots of restaurants and clubs/music, but in LA is times 10.
     
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    Tell that to the gang members, Westmont and Santa Barbara City College students and homeless contingent. There are people of all demographics here, including a struggling middle class.
     
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  37. sureshs

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    Yeah I was just kidding.
     
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    to which I shall add personally soon.
     
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    The ironic thing is that I went to UCSB back in the day. I still love it there, but yeah, I don't think I could afford to retire there, or anywhere in Socal. I'm thinking maybe Columbia....
     
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    Do you mean Colombia or British Columbia?
     
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    That is why I make do with a small condo. There is so much tennis and good weather that you don't need to be at home.
     
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    Columbia as in Medellin, I'm thinking there will be lots of women who look like Gloria on Modern Family....
     
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    i was about to buy a house in North Carolina until i read this thread :)
     
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    Just got back from being in Boise, ID first time ever. People would be very suprised how nice it is there, especially if cost of living is a factor. Strong tennis scene, great climate, nice people.
     
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    Place to retire

    Consider southern Delaware. Very nice resort at Sea Colony which has 6 indoor courts, and a moderate climate. Not Florida climate but still nice. No sales taxes, low real estate taxes. I am semi-retired and spend a fair amount of time there. For the two cold months I travel to Naples, or Long Boat Key to get out of the cold.

    Good Luck
     
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  46. El Diablo

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    Best place to retire is a city with good mass transit. As you get on into your retirement, the two things you may no longer be in any condition to do are drive and play tennis. Retiring to a place primarily for tennis is beyond shortsighted; you can play tennis almost anywhere.
     
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    That's the post-retirement phase...anyway, cars will be self-driving by then :)
     
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    Wow,this thread has staying power. Location and climate aside, you might want to pay attention to the prevailing court surfaces in different areas. I live in Southern California and relish any chance I have to travel and play on clay. The hard courts out here (and many of the surfaces at public courts are simply painted cement) really deliver a pounding over time -- and if you plan on having your retirement revolve around tennis, a more benign surface will be important to your aging body and degenerative joints. There is no getting around this.
     
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    Actually Southern Delaware sounds pretty good to me, they have clay at Sea Colony, right ? I used to go to Bethany beach back in the day and it was pretty fun, although I've heard it's very crowded now.
     
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    Should Federer retire?

    Oh sorry, wrong thread.
     

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