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    #21
    Originally posted by StormWarriorC View Post

    Aiken will be cheaper, I believe. Just from showing in both towns. I absolutely agree with the poster who said spend a solid two weeks in the area in July, but I would say August would be the best judge of the heat. August and September to me are the worst. Showed in Aiken in September and it was horrific. I'm talking went back to the hotel after I rode because I couldn't breathe outside hot.
    Down here in Florida we ride before 6am or after 7pm between May and October, there's really just no other way to survive the heat.
    Florida has lovely condo places, if you decide to move down here.
    Yes, there are really, really nice apts./condos in Wellington and there are community pools et al and I don't have to mow a lawn! But I want to be able to ride with a good trainer and own a horse... and I will be living off of my lifelong savings and SS. I am really excited about this - but as my good pal in Aiken said to me "we are too old to make mistakes" at least at this level, i.e. moving/relocating. not so easy to undo....

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      #22
      While Aiken may be less expensive - FL has no income tax. that is a significant savings! Maybe the no income tax balances out the money saved in Aiken?

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      • #23
        Originally posted by Danvers View Post

        Yes, there are really, really nice apts./condos in Wellington and there are community pools et al and I don't have to mow a lawn! But I want to be able to ride with a good trainer and own a horse... and I will be living off of my lifelong savings and SS. I am really excited about this - but as my good pal in Aiken said to me "we are too old to make mistakes" at least at this level, i.e. moving/relocating. not so easy to undo....
        I disagree. Since you want to live modestly and will bring one horse since you want to board anyway, you could rent for a year in either place, travel for a couple of months to the other and test-drive both.
        The armchair saddler
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        • #24
          Originally posted by Danvers View Post
          While Aiken may be less expensive - FL has no income tax. that is a significant savings! Maybe the no income tax balances out the money saved in Aiken?
          It will depend, of course, what tax bracket you are in. But I will bet that housing and land costs here in Aiken are significantly less. I believe someone on one of Aiken's FB groups put average board here at $700/month. But that means lots of that number comes from pasture board situations and some of the barns with programs will be $1K or more, but I don't know as I have not sought to keep a horse in a full care/full training situation here.

          BTW, are you a needy or persnickety consumer of health care? IMO, you won't find the quality of health care here (in Aiken and maybe in Augusta (about 30 minutes away) that I'll bet you can in Wellington. Get someone else who knows about this in Wellington to weigh in.
          The armchair saddler
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            #25
            Originally posted by mvp View Post

            It will depend, of course, what tax bracket you are in. But I will bet that housing and land costs here in Aiken are significantly less. I believe someone on one of Aiken's FB groups put average board here at $700/month. But that means lots of that number comes from pasture board situations and some of the barns with programs will be $1K or more, but I don't know as I have not sought to keep a horse in a full care/full training situation here.

            BTW, are you a needy or persnickety consumer of health care? IMO, you won't find the quality of health care here (in Aiken and maybe in Augusta (about 30 minutes away) that I'll bet you can in Wellington. Get someone else who knows about this in Wellington to weigh in.
            I am def. middle class tax bracket - I can't afford to keep my apt and live part time in Aiken or Wellington. Happily I have friends in both spots (Wellington part-time) so will visit when I can and work out the best spot. so grateful for all the input. Thank you all for your advice! very much appreciated. Please keep sharing your thoughts - I could use good input! Oh and yes, health care is important to me...I am getting old...

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            • #26
              Originally posted by mvp View Post

              Yes, but aren't those pros going up to Vermont and New York for the summer? In other words, they live and show in the same places they always did, but sold the expensive farm in the North where they were based in the summer for the cheaper farm in Florida where they are based in the winter. I'd want to see if any of the pros were around to teach me in the summer.
              I know some BNTs are now making Florida the home base. They still go to Europe or up north to show but spend the majority of the time down there.
              There are also many boarding barns with trainers who stay year round. There are shows held year round, not at WEF but local shows and on the Florida west coast. The horse scene certainly dies down in the heat of summer but there are still trainers and shows.

              However, if I was looking in Florida right now I would probably go to Ocala. That new WEC facility sounds so fabulous

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              • #27
                Originally posted by Danvers View Post

                I am def. middle class tax bracket - I can't afford to keep my apt and live part time in Aiken or Wellington. Happily I have friends in both spots (Wellington part-time) so will visit when I can and work out the best spot. so grateful for all the input. Thank you all for your advice! very much appreciated. Please keep sharing your thoughts - I could use good input! Oh and yes, health care is important to me...I am getting old...
                Well.... I meant that after visiting and once you are moving, sign a year's lease at one location of the other, and then see if you can do an Airbnb-type thing for, say, a cool month and a hot month in the other location.

                When I finally moved to Aiken, I bought a townhouse first (which I will keep as a rental) and then bought land on which I will build a small farm. I had wanted to buy a farm from the other coast where I lived. But it proved too hard to shop for one that way; building from afar (which lots of folks manage to do), would have been too hard for me. I was gung-ho to just buy a place, move and start the live-on-a-horse-farm-again-at-last phase of my life. But I'm glad, in retrospect, that I was given more time to choose where that farm would be.
                The armchair saddler
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                • #28
                  Wellington is very expensive. It's also very hot in the summer. You can go to the Keys which is gorgeous. The Horse scene in Wellington is high quality. The shows are the Who's Who of the horse world. On the plus side, you can rent your condo during the show season and make a ton of money. Make your home work for you, not the other way around.

                  Aiken is very horsey, huge farms with lots of turnout. Lellie Ward of Paradise Farms is the very best trainer in that area. I highly recommend her. She teaches you how to ride and her farm is top notch. Prices are very affordable and lots of farms to choose from if you want to buy a farm. It's also hot in the summer. The town of Aiken is small but very comforting. You have access to a lot of mom and pop tack stores and Aiken Tack Exchange has excellent used tack for great prices. Huge Eventing community and Stable View is GORGEOUS! They hold top notch shows and their XC course is very nice.

                  Tryon is beautiful and has loads of potential. TIEC is a gorgeous show park where you can go to dine in their five restaurants, even if there isn't a show. The scenery is just breath taking. Lots of trails, close to other show venues, fox hunting galore, hiking and it's very close to Asheville if you need to get away for a night life. If you buy I recommend renting out your home during the show season.

                  I would go to each location and spend a week there just to get a feeling of the area. Wellington is in season so best to go there first, then Aiken and lastly Tryon.
                  "Common sense is so rare nowadays, it should be classified as a super power."-Craig Bear Laubscher

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                  • #29
                    Originally posted by StormyDay View Post

                    I know some BNTs are now making Florida the home base. They still go to Europe or up north to show but spend the majority of the time down there.
                    There are also many boarding barns with trainers who stay year round. There are shows held year round, not at WEF but local shows and on the Florida west coast. The horse scene certainly dies down in the heat of summer but there are still trainers and shows.

                    However, if I was looking in Florida right now I would probably go to Ocala. That new WEC facility sounds so fabulous
                    PBIEC has a show legit every weekend. I'm sure global does too, for the dressage scene friends. The B shows there are shockingly affordable for how awesome they are, and you're showing in some of the premier rings of the world. They put the juniors and AO's in the international for their classics - amazing opportunities to get in a huge ring for experience!
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                    • #30
                      Definitely spend some time in Wellington in the summer before you make a decision. After many winters there, I was shocked at the heat the first time I visited in June. Although it was interesting to see flowers on many plants that don’t bloom in the winter.

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                      • #31
                        I just purchased a place in Wellyworld. I found it a reasonable price for a "vacation/luxury" area. I love the atmosphere of Wellington, and it is glorious weather-wise for 9 months out of the year. My friends and I call it "The Bubble" because it is not like real life. My home is in the village proper - right across from the Aero club, so I paid a little more, but places like the Village Walk and other areas have superb homes and amenities for reasonable prices. Aiken, Tryon, and even Ocala do not get near the luxurious winter weather and all still get the heat.

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