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Amherst ranked a retirement paradise


Hey, Amherst retirees--did you know you were living the dream?

Amherst came in ninth in a feature from Consumer finance site and real estate Web site ranking the top 20 "retirement dream areas." The survey specifically cited the neighborhood near Transit Road and Renaissance Drive as desirable.

The list was compiled from the neighborhoods with the best "overall combination of housing options, beautiful surroundings, a vibrant mix of educated seniors and other age groups, very low crime, peace and quiet and amenities for every taste."

This Amherst neighborhood, called "stunning," was specifically chosen for its parks, safety, housing stock, value, waterfront, medical facilities and its suburban setting near a metropolis, among many other things.

Other neighborhoods making the list were in Santa Barbara, Calif.; Sedona, Ariz. and Fort Meyers, Fla.

---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

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