The primary reason the Kochs decided to relocate was
that living in Connecticut was cost prohibitive, in addition
to cold winters. They both said, “We don’t have to su;er
through this!” And, they didn’t. The Kochs relocated to Waterways in Richmond Hill, just outside of Savannah, GA, in
January 2016, and they still have a summer place in Vermont. They started looking in northern Florida, but decided
on Savannah for the great culture and food.
Dodie takes classes at the Savannah Learning Center and
even works with the Dolphin Project where she counts dolphins in the estuaries around Savannah. Every morning they
walk for three miles around Waterways, a 2,300 acre development with boat access. “The community looks like it has
been here forever; they love the trees. There’s no clearcutting
here!” says Dodie. They also love to cycle around the 12
miles of paved roads and talk to their neighbors.
According to the Kochs, the community is very friendly
with new families, young couples, and retirees. It keeps them
young at heart. It’s a melting pot with people from all over.
Their new home is so well-built that it is incredibly e;cient,
costing less than half of what they paid in Connecticut for
their utilities (they save $1,000/year just for utilities).
“As a New Englander, I always thought of Georgia as
the deep South. But, I have embraced the South. I really
enjoy the Southern culture,” Dodie says. And, the Kochs
agree,“You are never too old to try something new. Don’t
be afraid to take the leap!”
Saved over $8,000 a year in property taxes
Dodie and Gary Koch of Waterways, Richmond Hill, GA
Gerard and Jane Sunderland of Brunswick Forest, Wilmington, NC
Wilmington, NC, attracts thousands of retirees each year, and three and a
half years ago, it snared Gerry and Jane Sunderland from Wooster, MA. Jane
was ready to retire from nursing and Gerry’s job was flexible, so they could
move anywhere. Although they already had a second home in Vermont, they
wanted to get closer to the sea. They knew immediately it was the right place
for them when they reached Brunswick Forest.
The Sunderlands were looking for a lifestyle near a city. They thought
they would downsize when they relocated, and did, but then after they built,
they decided to add on a huge sunroom with air conditioning and a fireplace
so they could host more parties for all of their new friends. They now have
many more friends than when they lived in Wooster, MA.
Jane had never golfed before and now is a self-acclaimed golf-aholic. They
enjoy golf, tennis, pickleball, biking, and walking; they are active all day
long. They love all the culture that the Wilmington area has to o;er, including seeing shows at Thalian Hall and the Wilson Center.
Their taxes are now at least a third of what they were, and their cost of
living is so much less, including entertainment and dining options. Even the
parking is significantly cheaper than in the Boston area.
The Sunderlands advise, “Try everything at least once. Reach out and
meet people. We’ve never regretted it.”
Taxes cut to a third
Don’t be afraid to take a leap