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10. (tie) California Despite the state’s economic woes, the climate is spectacular and life expectancies are among the best in the nation.

10. (tie) Texas Moneyrates.com also chose the WORST places to retire, and I’m chagrined to report that Illinois is among them. I suppose it’s not a surprise – with the state of our economy, weather, and Chicago crime rates, I wouldn’t have expected us to be at the top. I know, however, many friends and clients who have retirement homes here. Maybe the answer is to find a way to enjoy a home in Chicago and a home in one of the top 10 states! If you need a real estate agent in one of those states – call me! I have colleagues and resources all over the United States who can help you find your next great home! Anne Rossley Baird & Warner 773-620-5333

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Walk Score – choosing a home that’s close to what you love February 24, 2013 Walk Score is the new scale by which home buyers calculate the closeness of amenities to their potential new property. The scale, ranging from 0 – 100, ranks how easily you can conduct your life on foot: 90 – 100 Walker’s Paradise – daily errands do not require a car 70 – 89

Very Walkable – most errands can be accomplished on foot

50 – 69

Somewhat Walkable – some amenities within walking distance

25 – 49

Car-dependent – a few amenities within walking distance

0 – 24

Car-dependent – almost all errands require a car

The site (select this link) can be accessed on its own, or within listings you find while searching online. Walk Score gives Chicago a 74 – “VERY WALKABLE” — making it the 4th best city nationwide for walking. My home scores an 86 — most errands can be accomplished on foot. It’s not the highest score, obviously, but it made me ask the question -

Living Well in Chicago  

Anne Rossley's Chicago Real Estate Blog- information on how to best take advantage of the opportunities for buying/selling/living well in Ch...

Living Well in Chicago  

Anne Rossley's Chicago Real Estate Blog- information on how to best take advantage of the opportunities for buying/selling/living well in Ch...

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