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Best Places to Live & Retire

Ideal-Living offers a free comprehensive service that begins with helping you find your ideal lifestyle. Until you know how you want to live, you can’t know where you want to live. We offer a wide array of tools to help you get answers to the questions that are keeping you from moving to your ideal destination. We can help you find the best places to live & retire.

 

There are lots of publications that put out annual lists of the best places to live. We have compiled a list of the cities and towns that are most often cited as the best places to retire. So, here is our list of the top 10 best places to retire.

  • Naples, Florida
  • Asheville, North Carolina
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Milford, Delaware
  • Beaufort, South Carolina
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
  • Fort Myers, Florida
  • Williamsburg, Virginia

The fun is just beginning! We have communities in all of these cities and many more. We can provide you with information on communities in some of the most inviting locales across the United States and internationally.

We give you the information so you can compare across all the things you think are important for your ideal lifestyle. What makes a city or town one of the best places to retire? Weather? Taxes? Cost of living? Fun things to do? Sure, they all matter, but most of all it is your preferences, your taste, your dreams that make it the best place to retire for you.

Our free Retirement GuideDigital Ideal-Living Magazine and e-Newsletter offer an abundance of information on which states, towns and cities are the best for retirees, vacationers and second-home buyers. All sent to you for FREE.

You can get specific information that is critical to helping you find best retirement cities, states and communities. You’ll find out information such as:

The Most Tax Friendly States
Tax Benefits for Retirees in Specific States
Best Climates
States with the Lowest Cost of Living
Population & Demographics
How to Get the Most for Your Home

Proximity of Schools, Hospitals, Airports & EntertainmentWe can help you answer these and any other questions you may have concerning YOUR best place to retire.  Our free resources can give you the scoop on this and much, much  more. It only takes a quick minute to fill out the short form and get the information you need to decide where you can find your ideal lifestyle.

We can help you answer these and any other questions you may have concerning YOUR best place to retire.  Our free resources can give you the scoop on this and much, much more. It only takes a quick minute to fill out the short form and get the information you need to decide where you can find your ideal lifestyle.

Sample Communities to Discover

Beach Cove

Sebastian, FL
New Homes starting at $179,900

Beach Cove is a sought-after manufactured home community in the warm, tropical town of Sebastian, Florida. Whether you’re looking for a second home to escape to when the winter temperatures hit, or you’re ready for a full-time change in scenery, Beach Cove is the perfect place for you. Our 55+ active community features luxury amenities right outside your home, not to mention the world-class golf courses and beaches that are nearby. At Beach Cove, our new, custom homes aren’t just beautiful, they’re affordable too.

Come discover some of the best of what the Sunshine State has to offer at Beach Cove.

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Kent Homes

Wilmington, NC
New Homes mid $400k - $850k

From its founding in 1989, Kent Homes is structured to provide an overall building experience that earns rave reviews from clients. With Kent Homes, you’ll find that attainable luxury is wherever you want it to be, whether on your home site or in one of the master planned communities in SE Coastal North Carolina. Kent Homes is a featured builder in many of the South’s premier planned communities, such as Brunswick Forest, The Bluffs on the Cape Fear, Compass Pointe, Oyster Harbour, RiverSea Plantation, St. James, Sunset Reach, and Winding River.

It’s important to us that you love where you live. We welcome you to personalize one of our plans from our portfolio to fit your lifestyle and needs. Our professional Design Center allows for an efficient, streamlined selection process. You’ll save time and energy with our convenient showcase housing all the designer selections under one roof.

Kent Homes uses today’s technology, smart home features, energy-efficient products, and the latest in new home construction methods to keep your costs down. Reducing energy use in your home saves you money, conserves natural resources, and creates a healthier home.

By partnering with Kent Homes to build your new home, you will enjoy an outstanding customer experience throughout the home-building process. Kent Homes has one of the best building experiences in Coastal North Carolina and North America! The proof is in the independent, third-party surveys of our homeowners through GuildQuality. With over 2,000 surveys under our belt, our homeowner’s feedback throughout the building process has given us a way to grow, improve, and continue to be a builder of choice. Kent Homes has received the Guildmaster Award from GuildQuality for 12 years in a row for demonstrating exceptional customer service within the residential construction industry.

If you do not have a home site selected, no problem! Many of our homebuyers come to us without a home site. Don’t worry, we are here to help! And since every homesite is different, we are happy to visit the homesite with you to identify and estimate the costs involved to get your homesite ready for your brand-new Kent Home. Contact us for a free home site evaluation with our New Home Consultants.

Get inspired with our model homes, photo galleries, virtual tours, and interactive floor plans at www.kenthomes.net!

Notable Landmarks Nearby
Wilmington Riverwalk, Downtown Wilmington, Battleship North Carolina, Airlie Gardens, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Holden Beach, Oak Island, Southport, NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, numerous local museums and shopping destinations, hotspot for great restaurants and local breweries

Testimonials
“We love our new Kent home beyond description and are always eager to mention our great satisfaction when discussing home construction with family and friends. We made the right choice selecting Kent Homes as our builder and highly recommend others to do the same!” – Mark and Maureen P

“We have had several homes built over the years and by far this has been the best experience and if we ever needed another home built, Kent Homes will be at the top of our list.” – Richard and Terry A.

“Kent Homes was very responsive and worked hard with me to make my dreams come true! They are making sure that I get everything I want in my dream home, and I am very pleased with the process so far.” – Janna and Jeff R.

“After experiencing two previous new builds by other companies, we could not be more impressed with the Kent building process from beginning to end. We felt your team worked with us on all aspects of this beautiful home. Thank you!” – Joseph and Lori W.

“We have had a wonderful experience with the build process and the warranty follow up. Nothing is perfect, but Kent is making good on items identified in this process. Very attentive and willing to go above and beyond to get things corrected properly. We appreciate the efforts!” – Pierre and Beth V.

“If you are searching for a reputable builder and a great building experience, strongly consider Kent.” – Paul and Kathy A.

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Osprey Bay

Fort Myers, FL
55+ Homes Starting at $180K

Discover Osprey Bay – a brand new, vibrant 55+ community by the beach opening in Fort Myers in early 2024. Filled with charming cottages, best-in-class amenities, and active programming, here mornings are spent on the Pickleball court and afternoons by the water. And it’s easy living one day to the next.

Join us for our Grand Opening on Saturday, February 24th from 1pm – 4pm and discover designer, amenity-rich coastal living. This is a limited time offer, up to $20K in incentives! Request more information today to learn more information.

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Yucatan Country Club – Amanha

Merida Yucatan, MEX
AMANHA RESIDENCES Start at $700K-1.3M - 60% Sold of Total Project

Welcome to Amanha Private Residences, an exclusive haven nestled within the prestigious Yucatan Country Club community. Located in the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula, our residences offer a unique blend of luxurious living, breathtaking surroundings, and world-class amenities.

Situated within the lush landscapes of the Yucatan Country Club, Amanha boasts an unparalleled setting that seamlessly combines nature and sophistication. The community is surrounded by golf courses, shimmering lakes, and tropical flora, providing residents with a serene and picturesque environment.

Amanha Private Residences redefines the concept of upscale living with meticulously crafted homes that reflect modern elegance and comfort. Each residence is thoughtfully designed to showcase contemporary architecture while seamlessly integrating with the natural beauty of the surroundings. From spacious living areas to private gardens and panoramic views, our residences are a testament to luxury living at its finest.

The Yucatan Country Club community ensures an unparalleled lifestyle with an array of amenities catering to the needs of our discerning residents. Golf enthusiasts can hone their skills on the championship golf courses designed by world-renowned architects, while those seeking relaxation can indulge in the spa and wellness facilities.

Beyond the community gates, Amanha is strategically located to offer convenient access to the vibrant cultural and historical attractions of the Yucatan Peninsula. Explore the ancient Mayan ruins, discover the rich cultural heritage, or indulge in the local cuisine—all within a short drive from your doorstep. The proximity to pristine beaches adds a touch of coastal charm, allowing residents to enjoy the best of both worlds.

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