My wife and I moved to Northwest Montana about 3 years ago from California. I am able to work out of my house, so I can work pretty much live wherever I want.
We built a house on 7 acres, love living up here, and have no intention of relocating, but we are looking at becoming snowbirds during the harsh winter months (plowing snow daily can get tiresome).
While we would prefer to ‘snowbird’ on Maui, for cost and other reasons we are looking for rental property somewhere in the southern half of the US, excluding California, Arizona and Texas.
In talking with a good friend, who recently moved here from South Florida, they recommended that we look at the Ft. Myers area in general, and Captiva and Sanibel Islands in particular.
From what little research I have done these seem to be ideal locations for what we want… sandy beaches, warm weather, clear water, and a relatively low cost of living, but we have never actually been there.
Obviously we need to make a trip down there to check it out, but is there any reason why we shouldn’t consider these locations? We aren’t rich and don’t want to hob nob with the wealthy. We just want a nice quiet place to spend a few months out of the year
Most likely we would be down there for part or all of January, February and perhaps even March, which I realize is their high season, so it would be the most expensive time to live there.