Chapter One: Introduction
The Ideal Life: What is it?
How can we get it?
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The adage, “Where you live affects how you live” is truer than ever today. We’ve been through challenging
economic times, but haven’t given up
our dream, an ideal life. A place with
a calmer pace, beautiful scenery, good
company and—perhaps most important, in today’s economy—where living
is less taxing and more affordable.
The good news is that despite the
housing and financial markets’ tur-
moil, that dream is still very much
within reach. Simply visualize what
you want… a cottage by the sea, a log
cabin in the mountains… and then
set goals to realize it. Be realistic about
finances and what it takes to achieve
your dream. This might mean working
after you relocate or leave high-tax ar-
eas. The choice is yours. Whether you
seek a lower cost of living, warmer
climate, top-of-the-line home features
or community amenities like golf and
walking trails, you deserve to live the
life you want.
The simple, three step Choose the
Right Place process—consider your
priorities, compare communities and
confirm your choice with a visit—will
guide you to find the home of your
It begins with a positive attitude,
and the conviction that how you spend
your days is up to you.
Step 1: Consider Your Priorities
Step 2: Compare Communities