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Maine? New York? Or Hit the Highway?

Find a place and settle down, or hit the retirement road?


The Scenario: Time to move or keep moving

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Check out the choices the Golden's had.

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1. Portland, Maine - Condo in the City ($2,500/month)

“The New England waterfront is a draw for us,” Vivian says, noting the bustling coffee spots, brewpubs and galleries in Portland. They scoped out a two-bedroom condo rental that offered water views.

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2. Everywhere Road Trip ($80,000)

“We’ve spent most of our married life at home,” Vivian notes. So why not become full-time RVers? But first they would have to purchase a truck and a trailer.

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3. Dansville, New York - Vintage Empire ($56,000)

A Victorian cottage in Dansville caught the Goldens’ attention. It needed major renovations, but it was cute and, at a foreclosure sale, dirt cheap.

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Their pick: Options 2 & 3! They hit the road, then bought the cottage!

Dansville, New York ($56,000)

The Goldens pointed their RV west in September 2021 and drove through more than 20 states — visiting friends and following their travel whims. Being on the road “completely renewed our relationship and energized us,” Quinn says, but being full-time nomads got old, so they snapped up the New York cottage. The renovation is in progress.

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