Sequim has been on the list of the 10 Best Places To Retire many times during the last two decades in national retirement magazines, and there’s a reason. Actually, there are many reasons, and that’s what I want to talk about today.
If you could make your own list of the 10 Best Places To Retire, what would you put on your list? Maybe an equally important question would be what you would not want on the list. Let’s start with the things you do not want for sure.
Guess how I compiled this list of community problems none of us want? I simply read the daily newspaper in several California cities these past few months. No kidding. All these things are happening in California on a regular basis. No wonder people are escaping California in the tens of thousands every month. [See this Video on Escaping California]
Here’s the good news, and this is almost too good to be true, but it is true. Sequim WA has none of these problems. I’ve called Sequim “Paradise” for many years, until Paradise, California burned up. But in many ways Sequim is a paradise. I just met with some California buyers yesterday, and here’s some of what we discussed.
- Sequim has none of the bad weather we see every year from the east coast of the U.S. to the west coast, which means Sequim never has tornadoes, hurricanes, forest fires, floods that damage homes and farm fields, massive wind storms, lightning storms, mudslides, and
- Sequim does not have either weather extremes or temperature extremes, meaning it doesn’t get either cold or hot here, and
- Sequim rarely even gets snow, and when it does it melts the same day or within days [See this video with rare Snow in Sequim], and
- Sequim only gets 16 inches of rain a year, 1/3rd the rainfall of Seattle only 2 hours away [See my Sequim Weather Video and the Sequim Blue Hole],
- Sequim is a magnet for some of the most amazing retirees in their 50s and 60s you will ever meet, because they are successful but humble, and they are mature mentally, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. They are content and well balanced, and wonderful conversationalists. They know what they want, and they know how to live it. No wonder Sequim is such a happy place to live. [See this video Why Retire in Sequim?]
I’ve lived in Sequim for 25 years, and I raised my children here and had a career here as a real estate attorney. Like so many others who have lived here for a long time, I say, “I don’t ever plan to live anywhere else. I love living in Sequim.” [Short Video of What See and Hear in Sequim Everyday]
Not only is Sequim One of the 10 Best Places to Retire, if more people around the country knew how amazing Sequim is, it would be even more popular. Let’s keep this little secret between us.
Last Updated on September 22, 2019 by Chuck Marunde
Andrew Przenkop I just moved here in Sept 2020, the only drawbacks are as follows.
Lack of Medical Dental Services
Poor customer service from building contractors, overpricing jobs.
And long wait times between getting any type of contract work done
80 an hr for lawn care
Have to go to Silverdale or Seattle for major medical care
everyone seems to want a piece of your retirement money
too many homeless Jobless young drug users when there seem to be lots of Jobs available
Andrew, I appreciate your comments, but I do have a short response to your sincere comments. I’ve never had any problem with medical or dental services in 27 years in Sequim. Poor customer service from contractors is a function of who you hire. I only hire good ones, so the customer service I get from them is stellar.
On lawn care, I do my own. Why hire someone and pay a lot of money when you can just mow your own law? But I know of many lawn care contractors who are waiting for new jobs.
I’ve never had to go to Silverdale or Seattle for medical care, and I would say 99% of all out patient care you’ll ever need is right in Sequim on 5th Avenue, but to see a Cardiologists you need to go to Silverdale, and if you need brain surgery, you do need to go to Seattle.
You’re right about everyone wanting a pice of your retirement money, but that’s true in Anywhere, USA.
Sequim doesn’t have jobless drug users walking around. Drive all over Sequim, you won’t see any, and you won’t see tents or people camping under bridges, and you won’t see very many beggars either. You might see one guy on one street corner wanting free money, but that’s about it. I have never seen anyone you could identify as a drug user in public in Sequim. Ever. If they build the Methodone Clinic, and they start shipping in drug users from Seattle, we may see some street druggees then. If that happens, you can thank all those pushing the clinic, including the Olympic Medical Center and the Jamestown Indian Tribe.