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How will things stand 5 years from now, at age 52? ...I think my assets may look something like this:

Retirement Savings (total): $450K
Nonretirement Savings (total): $130K
Home equity: $132K

My husband and I semi-retired at 52 with similar savings apiece--and immediately went through the 2002 recession! And now this recession. But we're doing fine.

Just as you're planning, we moved to a lower cost of living area and bought a house for cash. I worked part-time for 3 years (at the same pay range you're talking about), then retired completely at 55. Hubby changed jobs (director of software engineering-->college instructor) with a huge pay cut but better quality of life. I can't persuade him to retire yet, maybe because we take a 2-3 month RV trip every summer, and a foreign trip most years as well. Since semi-retirement, we've been to Europe 3 times as well as Canada, Africa and India. Semi-retired life is good!
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