Retire in Boston

Meet Richard and Betty

Want to know what it's like to retire in Boston?

Betty and I have both lived in the Boston area our entire lives. We both received our undergraduate degrees from UMass and our graduate degrees from Boston University. Our three grown sons all work in the Boston area and live on their own. I am a retired chemical industry marketing manager and have had the good fortune to travel the world on business. Betty is still employed locally as a software engineer. Betty and I enjoy the variety of activities available in the Boston/Cambridge area. We attend shows, concerts, museums and events in the nearby cities offered by the many private venues and area universities. As an example, I recently enrolled in the Lifelong Learning Program at Tufts Unversity and take classes with other retirees that engage me mentally and socially. Other family members attend similar programs offered by other institutions. When the weather is favorable we take advantage of the nearby beaches, sea side communities, wildlife refuges and mountains. We do not have to travel far to use the wide array of outdoor activities available in all four seasons. And when the weather turns foul, we have a litany of indoor activities (as described above) if we so choose. We can be active all year round.

So Richard and Betty, what about Boston initially appealed to you?

We are both born and raised in the Boston area. We remain because of the activities and services available. The Boston area has some of the best hospitals and medical services in the world. Also, Massachusetts is a leader in supporting the special needs community from which our son greatly benefits.

What is an aspect of the area that you, or other retirees may dislike?

Yes, Boston gets cold in the winter, but because it is on the ocean, it does not suffer the extremes of inland regions.Because communities expect winter storms, they have the resources to clean roads and sidewalks quickly. Housing in and around Boston is expensive. The economy is very good here and space is limited. Traffic is annoying. But the advent of ride hailing services like Uber is enabling more commuters, even in the suburbs, to leave their cars at home and access public transportation into the city.

What is an aspect of your daily life in the area that you weren't expecting before you moved?

The proximity of so much. Visitors to Boston are surprised by how small the city itself is. One can very easily walk across Boston and Cambridge in a short time. For those choosing to live in the suburbs, there are two concentric highway rings (Rts. 95 and 495) around the city, which are dotted with malls and shopping centers at the exits.

If you ever left Boston, what would you miss the most?

The four seasons and quality of life as demonstrated by the availability of activities, support services and, if desired, employment.

What advice would you have for people moving to this community?

Be prepared to downsize as housing is expensive. Also, take advantage of the many cultural activities and resources available - both indoor and outdoor. You do not have to spend a lot to access them.

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