Savannah is a place like no other. Yes, there are historic homes, famous walking districts, and more history than you can shake a stick at. But for me, Savannah is the true south – the epicenter of southern hospitality. You can’t just visit for a weekend. You need to stay a while, see the azaleas in full bloom, visit Forsyth Park, check out the plantations and take a riverboat cruise. Bring the golf clubs! My idea of heaven would be to retire in Savannah, Georgia for a winter and just settle in.
What would it be like in the winter? The temperature usually hovers around the high 50’s F. In the summer, it gets swelteringly hot and humid at 85 and higher – so any other season would be perfect. It rains about 50 inches every year, mostly in the summer. For me, the only real downside is that Savannah is impacted by a hurricane (high winds) every other year or so, but rarely gets a direct hit. While not right on the ocean, it’s not far away either. Hurricane season here is mostly in August.
Housing prices in this coastal town are all over the map. Finding a house in the historic district – good luck with that! – will set you back a pretty penny. But homes just outside that area are quite reasonable with the median sale price in the $128-135,000 range. Rentals will set you back $850-1200 a month.
We found this home with four bedrooms and two baths (1600 square feet) for $162,000. This is in the northern part of the city, not far from the historic district. Its on a larger lot with a garage and several trees.
If you retire in Savannah, Georgia, even for a season, you will find plenty to do. One of the things we liked best was a visit to the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air force . This museum features several interactive displays and an impressive history lesson for anyone interested in flight. You can see the restoration progress on the B-17 “City of Savannah” including operational systems and components. This is a huge museum – plan at least a day.
Another fun thing to do is take a paddlewheel riverboat tour of the area or a horse drawn carriage tour of the historic district. For the best shrimp anywhere, try one of the many waterfront restaurants who pride themselves on traditional southern recipes. Try a “lowcountry boil” for an indigenous seafood feast made with shrimp, sausage, corn and potatoes. Note: Only the brave should imbibe in “Chatham Artillery Punch” – a local party fuel made with liquors, wine, champagne, tea and fruit! History has it that this was served at officer’s parties when multiple guests spiked the punch!
Savannah claims herself to be “America’s Most Beautiful City” and no wonder. The urban canopy of huge oak trees are dripping with Spanish moss (which is neither Spanish or moss) and the city is filled with beautiful parks. A very walkable city, you will find no shortage of things to see as you stroll along the avenues or stop for people watching in Forsyth Park. With the myriad of amazing restaurants, walking is a must!
Take a day-trip to Tybee Island and enjoy a great little beach town just east of Savannah. The water is warm and the sand is beckoning! Stay for sunset with beer on the pier and a pizza.
For more than 300 years, Savannah has been the jewel of the south. The town is a treasure trove gold mine of American history with Revolutionary War and Civil War sites and stories. Reported to be America’s most haunted city, there are several tours who are happy to tell you of all the ghostly apparitions and sites.
We loved Savannah!
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