Best neighborhoods to retire

If life after work means more than a beach chair, the best place to retire might be the big city. We looked at 30 of the nation's largest metro areas and found the right neighborhoods for you.

Seattle
Best place to retire: Belltown
Pros: A walkable neighborhood with everything you need.
Cons: About 20 minutes to hospitals and not many elevator condos.
Real estate: The average median price of a condo rose to $360,000 by 2005. Nice one-bedroom apartments can rent for up to $1,500.
If you picture vendors tossing fish back and forth at Pike Place Market when you think of Seattle, you're also picturing Belltown.

This waterfront neighborhood just above the central business district also houses another historic institution, the century-old Moore Theater, a concert hall featuring eclectic dance, pop, and classical programming - think John Zorn, Mark Morris, and The Kingston Trio.

Over the last few decades, many trendy restaurants and boutiques moved in, and new residents followed.

For a downtown waterfront neighborhood, Belltown is surprisingly affordable, but prices are even more reasonable inland. For a gorgeous "small town in the big city," look northwest of downtown to Magnolia, which sits on a peninsula in the Puget Sound. You could spend a ton for water views, but most apartments are in the low $200,000s.

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Hudson Heights

Tudor City

South Loop

Streeterville

Marine District

Liberty Station

Penn Quarter

Woodley Park

Pearl District

Goose Hollow

South Park

Museum District

Copper Square

Washington Square

Downtown

Arts District

SoFA

Downtown

Riverside
Avondale

Mass Ave

Downtown
SoMa

Short North

Warehouse District

South Main

Cultural District

Mt. Vernon

Uptown

Back Bay

Belltown

East Town

LoDo

East Market District

East Las Vegas

Midtown Nashville

Midtown Atlanta
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