One of my dilemmas is the difficulty I’ve had with determining where I’d like to live when I retire some day. In fact, I’m having enough trouble deciding where to live next year. While I should probably solve the more immediate issue first, I still think about how I’d want to live in the future.
This year, I started throwing something around 25% of my overall income into retirement accounts. Of course, I wouldn’t be able to do so without the extra side business income. I don’t want to struggle financially when I finally quit the traditional working lifestyle, so I’m trying to prepare for that today while still making the most of my life in the present.
Recently, Sasha wrote about 10 exotic, affordable retirement havens. This type of living would certainly be an option, but what if I want to stay close to my family? Thirty years from now, retiring in the United States just may not be affordable.
Apparently, there’s an option I never considered. The government is selling off its lighthouses, and retirees looking for “adventurous” living are picking them up. After historical societies have had their pick of the best locations, the remainders are made available to private buyers. I’m more of a land-lubber, so this isn’t going to be my first choice, but I find the idea fascinating.
If you have $30,000 to $200,000 to spare and you’re looking for a location with unpredictable weather and… well, water, then perhaps you would consider purchasing a lighthouse and remodeling it. It could be an interesting life.
For the Golden Years, a Bright Idea [Barron's]
Updated April 9, 2008 and originally published November 9, 2007. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.