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: Liberty Station
Pros: Small-town feel
Cons: Away from the city center
Real estate: Condos and townhouses run from $450,000 to $850,000.
For a little less activity, look to Liberty Station, a 400-acre redevelopment of an old naval training center. You'll find a variety of housing set among 125 acres of open space and parkland, a public golf course, miles of waterfront walking and biking trails and a historic district.

It feels like a small town with wide streets and palm-tree-lined plazas, and yet a 2.5-mile bike ride or a $7 water-taxi fare are all that separate it from downtown.

"Being so close but not right in the streets gives us such great flexibility," says Nancy Carasco, 64, a retired middle-school teacher who moved from the suburbs in 2005. Her three-year-old grandson loves looking at the "big buildings" in the nearby skyline from the park that's close to their home.

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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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