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Christina,
You are absolutely right.This is expensive, but like most others here, it is because we sold a house at the SF Bay prices, that even with God-awful taxes, we were able to buy here and pay the fees.**

I'm really happy for you that you are just where you want to be, aging in place in a kind and caring community. That's the ideal.

Our former friends and neighbors in our small suburban community also all look after each other and now are kindly banding together to help with one of the group who has Alzheimers. But our priority was our two daughters. When we get sick, frail, can't drive, can't cook, get forgetful, droopy, need doctor trips and small errands, the heaviest burden would fall ( quite rightly) on them, or our friends...

As it stands now, they know we are safe and happy, and they won't need to make any difficult choices for us. Although because of distance we can't see the grandkids daily, they can overnight here, use our pool, enjoy Sunday Brunch etc and I still go to babysit if urgently needed.

Financially, when we "vacate", as they say here, our daughters will get 75% of our purchase price.

Our priority was to spare our girls future worry/hassle, but DH and I both agree this was one of the best choices we've ever made.

Maryanne
** I still have to sell my body on the corner near Safeway. ( Some men like old fat women) Please do not tell our daughters, OK?
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