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.

San Diego
Best place to retire: Marina District
Pros: In the heart of the action; amenities and water views
Cons: Noise
Real estate: High-rise luxury condos start at $600,000 for a two-bedroom. Two-bedrooms rent for about $2,200.
The weather and the beach have long made San Diego a retirement haven. But in the past five years, the drab nine-to-five commercial zone that was downtown has evolved into an urban playground thanks to a new waterfront baseball stadium (Petco Park), the Museum of Contemporary Art's downtown debut, a revitalized theater scene and dozens of high-end restaurants.

At the center of it all is the Marina District. Once little more than a group of warehouses and parking lots to accommodate the convention center and the U.S. Navy, the Marina is now downtown's best-maintained district.

The city's main train and trolley stations are located nearby, so street noise and tourists - especially in summer - are a part of life. But Mike Fowler, 69, a semiretired defense consultant who lives in The Grande, twin 39-story towers on the water, says it's a small price to pay. "The little noise and expense in the Marina [is worth] all the activity of downtown."

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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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