Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Retiring to Prescott, Arizona

The city draws visitors from all over the world to enjoy the unique setting, old-west history and enjoyable climate. Throughout the year Prescott offers a variety of events and activities so that no matter when you are here, you'll get chance to experience the many faces of Prescott and find out for yourself why Prescott is considered one of the top emerging metropolitan cities.

Population: According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 41,528.

Weather: Prescott is located in the Bradshaw Mountains of central Arizona, at an altitude of 5400 feet. The town has a four-season climate with relatively mild winters. Historical average annual precipitation is 19.32 inches; average snowfall is 25.4 inches.

Colleges and Universities: Prescott College is "an independent, liberal arts college. This colleges educational programs reflect the College's commitment to the environment and social justice. Prescott College is also one of the few colleges in the United States that offers adventure education as a majorNorthern Arizona University and Old Dominion University also have specialty campuses here as well as the online university, Northcentral University.

Population: As of the census of 2000, there were 33,938 people.

Things To See and Do: Prescott has many Victorian homes and has been remarked to be the most Midwestern-appearing city in the Southwest, and it has 525 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. There are six golf courses within the city limits: Antelope Hills Golf Course, City of Prescott South Course, City of Prescott North Course, Hassayampa Golf Club, Prescott Lakes Golf Club, Talking Rock Golf Club. More courses are located nearby in surrounding towns.

Estimated median house/condo value in 2005: $227,000 (it was $162,700 in 2000)

Retirement Communities: (not inclusive) Prescott Samaritan Village, 928-778-2450, Peridot Retirement and Assisted Living Community, 928-777-5511

Health Care: Northern Arizona VA Health Care System,
View the Web Site
500 N. Hwy 89Prescott, AZ 86313Phone: (928) 445-4860 or (800) 949-1005


Los Angeles California Retirement

Los Angeles, California

From Hollywood to East LA, Los Angeles is one of America's iconic cities. Home to movie stars, movie moguls, billionaire industriasts and and millions of regular people, the City of Angels enjoys an incredibly diverse cultural heritage as well as a reputation that varies from glamourous to squalid to legendary.

Retirement Communities
(not inclusive!)
Keiro Retirement Home www.keiro.org (323) 263-9651
Grandview Retirement Residence (213) 380-7000
St John of God Retirement (323) 731-0641
Retirement Housing Foundation (323) 662-5043
Polish Retirement Foundation (323) 735-1381
Hollenbeck Palms www.hollenbeckpalms.com (323) 263-6195
Keiro Nursing Home 323-225-1393
Olympia Retirement Home 323-932-6519
Belmont Village of Hollywood www.belmontvillage.com

Population of Los Angeles: 3,849,000

Los Angeles Weather and Climate:

Very Moderate. Warm temperatures all year. Smog can be a problem here so check with your doctor is you suffer from any respiratory related illness.

Cost of Living:
Varies greatly depending on where you live in the massive metro area. Check Las Angeles retirement options very carefully to make sure your style is compatible with the neighborhood or community that you choose.

Housing Costs:
Los Angeles Real Estate is expensive, though neighborhood pricing varies. 759,000 is the median cost for homes in LA, and Zillow has more detail for home prices in the greater Los Angeles area.

Taxes: California taxes are generally high compared to other states.
California Tax details are here: www.ftb.ca.gov

Transportation: Los Angeles has a massive public transportation system. Details are at the LA Metro website: www.mta.net

Health care:

USC University Hospital www.uscuh.com 323-442-8500
California Medical Center Los Angeles www.strosehospitals.org 213-748-2411
St Vincent Medical Center www.stvincentmedicalcenter.com - (213) 484-7111
Good Samaritan Hospital www.goodsam.org (213) 977-2121
White Memorial Medical Center www.whitememorial.com - (323) 268-5000
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center www.cedars-sinai.edu 310-659-3732
Orthopaedic Hospital www.orthohospital.org 742-1000
County of King-Drew Hospital Los Angeles lacounty.info 310-668-5011
USC-Norris Cancer Hospital ccnt.hsc.usc.edu (323) 865-3000

Travel and tourism:
Here are just a handful of Los Angeles area items.
Disneyland: Disneyland.com Yes, you really need to go to Disneyland. Try for off season and early morning to avoid the massive crowds. Disney's California Adventure is right next door and is not nearly as charming as Disneyland but has some amazing rides like "Soaring over California", a massive full immersion hang glide simulation. Be sure to use the "fast pass" system at Disneyland and California Adventure to help alleviate the wait times.

Hollywood Website Walt Disney Concert Hall Disney Concert Hall website
Mann’s Chinese Theatre Mann’s Theatre Website
Universal Studios Hollywood
Musso & Frank Grill
Spago Beverly Hills
Hotel Bel Air Hotel Bel Air Website
Hollywood Bowl Hollywood Bowl
Mann’s Chinese Theatre (formerly Graumann’s Chinese Theatre) where you see all the star’s prints in the cement. Hey, here’s the webcam

Betsy at About.com has good Los Angeles and Hollywood travel advice.

Retirement in El Centro and Yuma California in the Imperial Valley

El Centro, California and Yuma, California:

East of San Diego in California's travel region known as the "Desert Country", El Centro is
the largest city of Imperial Valley. El Centro is the largest U.S. city that is entirely below sea level at about - 50 feet. This is the key city of the statistical area called 'El Centro, California" which is in fact all of Imperial County.

El Centro's population is approximately 41,000

Retirement Communities:
El Centro Senior Villas: 515 Park Ave, El Centro, CA 760-0370-0635
Heart & Hand 499 S Sunset Dr, El Centro, CA (760) 353-1387

Climate: California Desert Climate. Hot summers, moderate to cold winter nights.

Cost of Living: Moderate by national standards, low for California

Housing Costs in El Centro and Imperial Valley:
Median home price is $265,000 which is very modest by California standards.
Zillow has more detail for home prices in El Centro and the Imperial Valley of California.

Taxes: California taxes are generally high compared to other states.California Tax details are here: www.ftb.ca.gov

Imperial Valley Transit www.ivtransit.com serves the El Centro area with Bus service.

Health care:
El Centro Medical Center: www.ecrmc.org

Travel and Tourism:
El Centro is the largest city of Imperial County, CA. The El Centro Chamber website has a visitors guide and more information: www.elcentrochamber.org