Saturday, May 15, 2010

Best Places to Retire to That You've Never Heard Of ~ Contributor Rounsie DHS54-LHS52

May 14, 2010; ABC announced :

Deadwood, South Dakota

Retirees drawn to raw nature and motorcycles can find their bliss in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

"The buffalo still roam out there, and so do retirees now," says Abbott, editor of Where to Retire.

The Black Hills, set off from the Rocky Mountains, offer breathtaking scenery of tree-covered granite mountains and national parks including Mount Rushmore.

The Old West town of Deadwood, which became an economic hub after gold was discovered there in 1876, is now a national historic landmark known for its gambling halls and Wild West history. Its downtown area has been meticulously restored with turn-of-the-century streetlamps and Victorian architecture.

The nearby town of Sturgis is best known for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which has been taking place each year since 1938 and draws thousands of bikers each year.

Retirees who decide to take a chance on the Wild West won't be alone. Almost half of the population in Deadwood is above the age of 45, with an unusually high 16.8 percent older than 65.

May 14, 2010, Rapid City Journal added:

Deadwood Real Estate Center agent Eric Henneman said many retirees choose Deadwood for a second home during the summer. "A person can get into a pretty nice house, even a new one, for a low as $160,000," he said. "There's a plethora of rural properties outside of town, starting at $200,000."

Henneman said the trend is for people to buy homes, live in them for part of the year, then rent the houses out to tourists. Additionally, many retirees spend winters in warmer climates. Frequent special events in Deadwood and the Black Hills create a nice atmosphere for part-time residents, he said.


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