The top 25 "dream" retirement communities--based on quality of life, climate, scenic beauty and cultural and recreational opportunities--have been selected by Century 21 Real Estate Corp. from 300 locations nominated in a national survey of its offices.
Housing prices were not a consideration in the survey, and most of the communities were located in Florida and California. Some of the surprises included Cape May, N.J., North Conway, N.H., Tryon, N.C., and Hot Springs, Ark.
To cross-reference its findings, Century 21 consulted retirement community expert David Savageau who analyzed the American Medical Assn. membership rolls of active and inactive non-government physicians to determine the top locations for retired MDs.
"Since a vast majority of retired doctors have the financial means to retire to any location in the country, they provide a solid reference point when identifying exclusive retirement communities," Savageau said.