I know there was a similar thread recently - "where would you live" - this is more specific. We're not looking at retiring for around another 5 years as junior won't finish year 12 until 2021 ... but house prices seem to be stabilising and I'm toying with buying somewhere we can rent out and renovate/develop/simply move into when the time comes. We both love the beach - plan to travel heaps - love a cosmopolitan life but without living right on top of the hustle Although we love where we are, we miss the beach being on our doorstep and being half an hour to a major domestic airport, would like to be near a major hospital for our old age ... but mainly the beach thing. I've been looking back in Newcastle - Wickham, Maryville, Hamilton, Merewether etc - but everything seems to be up for auction so might have to wait until the "auction" frenzy dies away. Also been looking at Nelson Bay and Hawks Nest. Sadly, we haven't travelled Australia much - love Byron Bay but can't afford - don't like the Central Coast - worried South Coast might be getting to cold but will have a poke around Tassie just because - Gold Coast to blingy - Perth is tempting (Freo) but so far away from anywhere - haven't looked at Sunshine Coast ... but open to any suggestions.