Best Places to Live: The Sunbelt

Is it time to hang up the snow shovel? If you’re planning to retire this year, or just looking for a second home somewhere sunny, this could be your last winter scraping windshields. Here are our four picks for escaping the frozen north:

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  1. Tucson, AZ. Named one of the best (and sunniest) places to retire by CNN Money, Forbes, MSN Money, and US News & World Reports, Tucson is a natural choice. 350 days of sunshine a year, acres of golf courses, miles of trails and parkland, access to top-quality healthcare, a low cost of living and opportunities for adult education are only a few of the reasons it has become such a hotspot for retirees and vacationers. See our new homes in Tucson »
  2. St. Augustine, FL. Just 38 miles southeast of Jacksonville, this popular resort town has a lot to offer permanent residents. Boating, fishing, world-class golf and other outdoor activities are available along the area’s scenic beaches, inlets and waterways. Add to that a great climate, access to a top-ranked clinical hospital and no retirement income tax or any other state income tax, and you’ll see why it’s another CNN Money and MSN Money Best Place to Retire. See our new homes in St. Augustine »
  3. Las Vegas, NV. From the glamour of the Strip to scenic Mojave desert vistas, there’s always something to see and do in Vegas. The area draws retirees with its gorgeous weather, live stage shows, casino night life, fine dining and easy day-trips to everything from the Grand Canyon and snowy ski slopes to the Pacific Ocean just four hours away. It doesn’t hurt that Nevada doesn’t tax retirement benefits; in fact, the state boasts one of the lightest total tax burdens in the nation. See our new homes in Las Vegas »
  4. Phoenix, AZ. Like Tucson, Phoenix has all the sunshine a summer-lover could ask for. It also has a low cost of living, high doctor-per-capita ratio, and—though home prices have picked up rapidly this year—it’s one of the many places where buying is still a better deal than renting. Phoenix appears on Forbes’ list of Best Places to Retire and takes the #2 slot on the USAA/ list of Best Places for Veterans. See new homes in Phoenix »

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