Why More & More Retiring Blacks Are Migrating South
She’s widowed. Her three children are grown and married. Suddenly, the dream
home in Stafford, Va., that she planned to spend the rest of her life in seems
too big and requires too much maintenance.
But its value has almost doubled. She cashes in, moves from the Washington,
D.C., exurb and heads south. She buys a new, smaller home in an active-adult
community for far less and basks in the warmer climate and less harried pace.
“I figured I could take that money and dump it into a home someplace else, a
quieter area with not a lot of traffic and where there are a lot of activities,”
says Lewis, 61, a computer programmer who retired after 26 years at the Defense
Department. She now lives in Sun City Hilton Head, a sprawling development of
homes on lagoons, nature trails and golf courses.