Approaching retirement a few years ago, Joanna and Roger Beam began searching for a new home by looking in the usual direction: south.
“There was a house in North Carolina that we really liked, and we almost bought a house on a river in Virginia,” said Joanna Beam, 75.
But instead of following other snowbirds, the Beams moved north two years ago, buying a house in Exeter, N.H., to be close to their granddaughters, now ages 3 ½ and 6.
“It’s just so much fun,” Joanna said.
The Beams aren’t alone. Family typically trumps warm weather and low-cost living for people heading into retirement. As such, the choice often isn’t about comparing lifestyles in, say, Florida and New Mexico, but rather considering the advantages of the places where the children and grandchildren live. Just ask the Beams, who also have children in Albany, N.Y., and Dallas.
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