WENATCHEE — Are you retired or soon to retire and looking for a great, affordable community to live out your senior years?
Well, if you’re reading this, you’re probably already here. And if you’re reading the latest issue of AARP Magazine, the national publication of the American Association of Retired Person, you may well be considering Wenatchee as your next move. The magazine goes out to more than 23 million people aged 50 and older.
In an article set to come out next week in the September-October issue, AARP Magazine lists Wenatchee as one of the top 10 U.S. places to retire, based on cheap housing, affordable tax rates, low cost of living and great lifestyle opportunities. Magazine staff surveyed 350 U.S. cities to come up with the list.
“It’s easy to confuse Wenatchee, Wa. with the garden of Eden,” the article’s author, Sarah Mahoney, writes. “People are drawn to the region for its almost endless recreational options, which include truly top-notch skiing, hiking, camping, hunting and fishing.”
Of course, we who already live here know that.
But the article presents some compelling reasons why others should be here too. The average cost of a house — $192,000 — is more than that of Tulsa, Okla., Gainesville, Ga., and a few others on the list, but in its favor it has world class scenery, the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail and AppleSox baseball games.
“We moved here 29 years ago, in part because it was so much cheaper than Seattle,” Barb Trandum, 67, says in the article.
“There’s just so much to do here,” adds her husband, Jerry. He listed Rocky Reach Dam and Ohme Gardens as his favorite places to show out-of-town guests.
The magazine suggests a milk shake at the Owl Soda Fountain and a walk through the downtown “Art on the Avenues” sculpture collection as the best $10 date in the area. No doubt about it, we have it pretty good.
Rick Steigmeyer: 664-7151