I have brought forward my retirement plans as I am so disillusioned with the state of my home country post the debacle that is Brexit. My original plan was to move to the Cotswolds somewhere but recently me and my wife are thinking further afield.
A bit about us to start with. We are fortunate enough to be able to retire early after a couple of health scares each. Our children are: Son 1 aged 19 (just about to start Year 2 at Uni who then wants to work abroad, and the USA is prime for him), Son 2 aged 15 (who is about to start Year 11 and is undecided from there on), and Daughter who is aged 9 (who has two years before starting "big" school). Our timings will be based on the youngest and want to try to coincide any move with her changing schools.
So where do we go? We all love the beach and have lived near all our lives. That led to our initial thoughts leaning toward Florida - but property does not seem to have a lot of land, and as odd as it may seem, I quite like winters, especially snow at Christmas.
So we looked elsewhere - and found New York - specifically Hamptons area. These seem to have more land, but are the beaches there suitable for swimming etc? I assume we would get a full range of seasons there - which we would like.
So we looked toward the other side - California - and have seen a few places that possibly fit the bill - but initial impression - visually from the map - is the community is too widespread. I want privacy but not to be too remote. Santa Barbara looks great - property adjacent to the beach, property with plenty of space.
I then found Lake Tahoe - and some images online are breathtaking. The mix of seasons almost on the doorstep is a big attraction - the types of property are awesome, plenty of space, and lake front instead of beach front is appealing as I can buy a boat and bimble across the lake - friends and family will love it. Minutes from skiing, sunbathing and the views are also big plusses.
So I went a step further and looked at Colorado. There is a place in Aspen I have already taken the first steps and spoken to the real estate agent about - and planning a trip out in October to start the viewing process.
Are there any other suggested lake front areas worthy of investigation?
Apart from the property, I want:
Top notch school for my Daughter
Top notch college for Son 2
Reasonable connection to the rest of the world!!
Avoidance of anywhere too touristy
Somewhere for a boat/yacht
Skiing on the doorstep would be a bonus, not a necessity
Good nightlife for kids as they grow up, and us parents as we grow old! Restaurants etc need to be within easy reach, though I am sure the areas above cater quite well!!
Overall, I am looking for somewhere where I will eventually end my days. Somewhere where the family will descend at Christmas/Thanksgiving. Somewhere with a variety of seasons - if I can almost guarantee snow at Christmas, it will go to the top of the list.
So what am I asking for?
Thoughts on suggestions above? Florida, California, Tahoe, Colorado?
My property search is with Zillow currently - but are there others?
Thank you so much, in advance