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.

Best place to retire: Museum District
Pros: Smack in the middle of a park, museums, and medical center.
Cons: If you want groceries, you might have to go to midtown.
Real estate: Basic townhouses list in the $200,000s. High-end condos can run as much as $450,000. Two bedrooms rent for as little as $1,400.
Houston is known for sprawl, but you'd never know it in the Museum District, a unique corner of the city. You'll find 10 museums there: contemporary arts, fine art - even a weather museum.

The neighborhood also borders Hermann Park, Rice University and Texas Medical Center, a gigantic collection of 46 non-profit medical institutions that each "exist to serve all of mankind," regardless of age or income. Houston's new light rail system has a stop right in the middle of the district.

"I have a house not very far away," says Anne White, a 62-year-old real estate broker. "If I were going to move out, I would move over there."

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Hudson Heights

Tudor City

South Loop


Marine District

Liberty Station

Penn Quarter

Woodley Park

Pearl District

Goose Hollow

South Park

Museum District

Copper Square

Washington Square


Arts District




Mass Ave


Short North

Warehouse District

South Main

Cultural District

Mt. Vernon


Back Bay


East Town


East Market District

East Las Vegas

Midtown Nashville

Midtown Atlanta
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