SheWrites wrote:Where do you presently live? Might give some perspective into what you will or will not find in the Pensacola area.
Welcome to the forum.
Thank you She.
We have lived just about everywhere and decided to try rural, so we are currently in north central Arkansas. We've been here 10 years and we seriously overshot the "getting away from it all" thing. All the doctors/specialists in the area have retired or moved (partly because of ObamaCare), and there aren't a lot of people in the area to provide services such as house/grounds maintenance, etc. As we get older, we will not be able to do many of the things we'll need to do and will have to hire people to do basics such as lawn maintenance, etc. Of course as we get older we'll also have a greater need for quality health care, and as I said above, that is on the downswing here.
We also like to go out from time to time. Here, there is only one restaurant we have gone to more than once, and it really isn't that great. The closest entertainment is in Branson, MO, 110 miles away, and there really isn't anything there we are interested in.
So we are looking to get back to civilization but not too urban. Lillian has the appeal of quiet, but fairly close to the things we want. We want good restaurants, to go to an IMAX from time to time or the occasional aquarium or museum. We want to be able to solicit bids for things as simple as sealing a driveway or cutting the grass, and actually have at least one person come out to give us a price, and then actually show up to do the work.
We like the water and plan to spend time on it (but not on the beach). We are holding out for a house on Perdido Bay (with a pier, so we can pull crabs or fish right off of it). We also like to fly and will keep a plane at Ferguson if there is hangar space there.
We dislike too much government/regulations/high taxes. Property Taxes on equivalent Florida property runs about 5 times higher than on the Alabama side. Sales taxes are better in FL (none on groceries as I understand), and while income taxes exist in Alabama we don't have much income so that isn't an issue.
Does Lillian sound like the right place for us?