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.

Los Angeles
Best place to retire: South Park
Pros: Downtown with public transportation.
Cons: Not as expensive as Wilshire, but still pretty costly.
Real estate: You'll drop at least $600,000 for 1,000 square feet in South Park. Want to rent? You'll spend at least $2,000 for a loft.
If you're looking for a neighborhood where you can walk to everything, Los Angeles doesn't have much to offer: It's about as concentrated and orderly as a Rorschach inkblot. But L.A. is trying.

The Wilshire Boulevard corridor is fairly established, but even low-end condos there will put you out $1 million. Instead, look to up-and-coming South Park. It's on the light rail line, the University of Southern California is just three miles down Figueroa Street, and you can walk to Staples Center, Gallery Row, and the Theater District.

There are also plenty of 55-plus communities all over the metro area, as well as waterfront homes for the super-wealthy.

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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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