Lake Oconee is a great place to retire!. When people begin to compare retirement locations they consider many facets of the lifestyle including climate, medical services, recreation, cost of living, and proximity of friends and relatives.
After researching general information about what constitutes a satisfactory retirement location, I have created my own list of Reasons to choose Lake Oconee as your retirement home.
Lake Oconee has the proverbial four seasons that make life more interesting. Spring arrives in March, Fall presents a show of colorful leaves, Summer can be hot, and it is rare to have any snow in Winter. Outdoor activities are feasible for the majority of the year.
Today’s seniors want to continue the active life they had been living. Here is a partial list of Lake Oconee sports:
- Golf (7 local courses)
- Horseback riding
- Off-road trail riding
If you enjoy spectator sports, college football and professional baseball, basketball, and football are a little more than an hour away in Atlanta. In the spring the community is hopping with patrons who attend the Masters Golf Tournament, only an hour away. There are also unlimited opportunities for hobbies such as painting, bridge, and book clubs.
3. Assisted Living
After independent living becomes a concern, the Lake Oconee area has several alternatives for assisted living. There is a choice of costs, and of level of care.
4. Medical Care
Lake Oconee residents welcomed the new St.Mary’s Samaritan Hospital in 2014. St. Mary’s offers a helipad for quick connection to larger hospitals. Several other clinics provide access to specialists who have satellite offices in the lake area.
Many retirees enjoy giving back to the community. At Lake Oconee, there are many opportunities to volunteer; churches, schools, and large charities such as Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club, and Goodwill to name a few. Many of us choose to mentor a child in the local school system.
6. Friendly Taxes
Georgia is rated by Kiplinger as among the 10 best states for tax rates for retirees. [art of Social Security income is exempt, and so are many other types of retirement income. Find the details about Georgia’s taxes at the Kiplinger’s Tax Tool.
7. Wide Range of Housing
Real estate available to buy or rent in the Lake Oconee area covers a range from less than $100,000 up to several million dollars. Selections include small town (residential) homes, gated golf communities, lake communities, and farms with acreage. To see current homes for sale in the Lake Oconee communities, check out the Community section of our website.
8. Investment Homes for Future Retirement
Often our buyers are in their middle years looking for future retirement quarters, as well as a good investment. Their plan is to buy a home now, use it for vacations and as a rental property, build equity in the home, then use it as a primary home for retirement. The use of VRBO and AirBnB make it possible to manage rentals from one’s computer.
Bonus Reason: Grandchildren
Informal polls show that more grandchildren come to visit when the grandparents live at Lake Oconee!
Lake Oconee is a nice place to retire! Come visit and sample our slow-paced lifestyle
For more information, call Suzie (706-347-1115) or Jim Hudson (706-453-6253)
RE/MAX Lake Oconee