There are great places to retire if you plan to persuade your grandkids to visit and you probably already have a pretty good idea of where they might be the happiest.
The following are a few extra suggestions to help your thought process.
Say grandkids and think Disney.
And then think Disney Worldwide.
There is a great Disney just outside of Paris, which has become one of the top tourist attractions in France. The rural countryside surrounding this Disney location is bucolic, dotted with charming small villages, yet it is just an hour from Paris.
Retiring to this region of France enables you to live relatively affordably and have an easy appeal not only to your grown kids who might love to spend time near Paris, but also to your grandkids who would be over the moon if you lived right next door to Disneyland.
Just remember, a foreigner buying property in France has to face a very high capital gain tax if they sell so, if this option is appealing, think about renting when you retire there.
If you retire to the area around Los Angeles you will be within striking distance to the original Disneyland as well as to great beaches that your grandkids will certainly appreciate. The region around Los Angeles is superb for retirees as it has a warm dry climate and a rich array of activities.The only drawback is traffic and driving.
Another other option is to retire to the area around Disney World in Florida. It is also an ideal climate for retirees and is more affordable than locating in the Los Angeles area. Disney World in Florida is surrounded by fabulous resorts, golf courses and other theme parks. If you drive to the coast you can even board a Disney cruise ship and prolong the fun!
If you have grandkids that love nature and the great outdoors, your goal is easy. You want to find a location where you can take them for walks, to local farms, apple and berry picking, on gentle hikes, to local ponds to swim, and where they could run or bike. Rural settings can be found anywhere and your delightful task is only to find the place that is just right for you but also offers all the majesty and wonder of the outdoors.
If you see future little forest rangers standing in front of you, you might want to locate to greater wilderness and open spaces. Finding a place to retire near a national park would provide an instant “vacation” for aspiring forest rangers on the lookout for Smokey the Bear.
For grandparents and grandkids to have fun together you just have to mention warm weather and swimming, which means that if you find a retirement destination with a pool your grandkids could visit and you wouldn’t feel obliged to find activities to keep them busy. They could make themselves feel at home around your pool and be perfectly happy.
Think about locations where you would be happy to live year round and still be able to have the pool open for when your grandkids visit.Add to these thoughts the idea of having an indoor place as well where you can come together to do crafts, play, and spend quality time together on rainy days and you will have found your perfect solution.