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Considering a Seattle retirement community as your retirement destination?

Nestled between Puget Sound to the west and Lake Washington to the east, Seattle is the largest city in the state and home to approximately 600,000 residents. The Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area is the 15th largest in the country and the largest in the Northwestern U.S...

Despite the citys reputation for rainy days, the roughly 37 inches of precipitation it receives is actually less than that of New York, Atlanta, Houston and most of the cities on the east coast. The precipitation here usually falls as a drizzle or very light rain but the frequency averages about 150 days per year.

Winters are cool and wet with average lows around 3540 F while summers are dry and warm, with average daytime highs around 7380 F. In the spring, late fall and winter, skies are overcast and cloudy but it seldom rains.

The health care system in Seattle is second to none. Harborview Medical Center, the public count hospital, is the only Level 1 trauma center serving Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho and the University of Washington is consistently ranked among the country's top leading institutions in medical research.

There are plenty of year-round outdoor activities for active adults including walking, cycling, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, rock climbing, motor boating, sailing, team sports, and swimming. Discovery Park is 535 acres and is the largest park in the city with its own Lake, forest, bluffs and beaches. There is plenty of hiking and skiing in the nearby Cascade and Olympic Mountains as well as kayaking and sailing in Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Strait of Georgia.

If you enjoy sports, Seattle is home to several professional teams including the Sounders (Soccer), Seahawks (Football), Mariners (Baseball), Thunderbirds (Ice Hockey) and the Storm (Womens Basketball). Seattle is also home to several college sports with the University of Washington and Seattle University both being Division I schools.

The Cons:

Located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, Seattle is a major earthquake zone. The most recent major quake struck on February 28, 2001 with a magnitude 6.8 and did significant architectural damage but there were no fatalities.

Overall, the cost of living in Seattle is roughly 25% higher than the national average. Health care costs here are roughly 20% above the national average and housing is about 45% above the national average making it considerably more expensive to live here than many other areas of the country. Utilities, on the other hand, are approximately 3% below the national average which will alleviate some of the housing costs.

Here are just a few of the Seattle retirement communities:

Located on Puget Sound, Jubilee is an active adult community with walking trails and a beach. Amenities include a club house, swimming pool, golf and walking trails with views of Puget Sound and Mt. Rainer. 200 single family homes priced from $300,000.

Providence Point is an independent gated 55+ active adult community that is home to over 1,250 residents. It consists of seven villages with 1008 condominium units featuring over 50 different floor plans ranging in size from 880 to 2300 square feet. The majority of homes feature 1 level living in a building of 6 to 8 units. There are also duplexes all on one level, two-story homes and apartment style homes. Monthly homeowner assessments are based on the size of the unit and include some utilities, insurances, community amenities, exterior building and grounds maintenance and the maintenance of common buildings. 1 Bed/1 Bath homes begin around $150,000.

The Seattle Retirement Community of Mirabella opened to residents in December of 2008. It is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community with a variety of services including Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing Care in all-private suites. Some of the many amenities include: an Art Studio and Hobby Center, Auditorium, a Convenience Store, Emergency alert call system in each apartment, Penthouse dining room with fabulous views, a Wine Tasting Room, Fitness Center with a Saline Lap Swimming pool, game room, health center. Library and woodworking shop.

Is Seattle on your list of "Best Places To Retire," if so, these are only a few of the many Seattle retirement communities that retirees have to choose from. Be sure to check out the many other retirement communities as well as these before making a decision on whether a Seattle retirement community is right for you.

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