If you have thought about retirement in the mid-west why not consider Branson, MO? Most of my clients are retirees and this list includes some reasons why they have choosen Branson over other places in the country.
1. Mild Weather With Change of Seasons-During the winter when most of the country is overwhelmed by heavy snow and ice Branson and the Ozarks have a more comfortable average of 40 degrees. If we have snow or ice it usually only lasts a day or two and happens 2-3 times during the season. It's just enough to add a touch of winter to the hills and then it's gone! Spring and Fall are in the 70's and perfect unless we have a windy day which can happen before a storm. Summers are like most of the midwest with warm days, but relief is not far away with our tri-lakes, Taneycomo, Bull Shoals, and Table Rock.
2. World Class Golf Courses-Branson has truly become a golf destination. I'm not talking about put-put with the kids. (although we have a lot of that too) We have 8 top rated 9 and 18 hole golf courses, one of them being Branson Creek with 7,036 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. Designed by Thomas Fazio, ASGCA, the Branson Creek golf course opened in 1999. It seems to be the most challenging course we have. Here is a list of all Branson Golf Courses with links to their web-sites:
Top of the Rock--Coming Soon
3. One of the Best Places to Go Fishing- When the White River was dammed in 1958 it created two different lakes-Table Rock Lake with 800 miles of shoreline has some of best freshwater fishing in North America. Bass, Crappie, Catfish, and Blue Gills - Fishing tournaments are regular events throughout the year. Taneycomo Lake below the dam stays a cool temperature to support rainbow trout. This is a favorite spot for fly fishing. In September, 1998 a local to the area caught a whopping world record 25-pound brown trout in this very lake! The Missouri Department of Conservation operates a trout hatchery which stocks Taneycomo..It's a fun place to visit and kids love to feed the baby fish as well.
4.Top Rated Health Care-Skaggs Hospital has grown over the years and now supports one of the area's best "heart teams" With Branson being a destination for many folks over 50-Skaggs had to expand and move more doctors and nurses into the area. Here is a little info off of their web-site. "Skaggs Regional Medical Center is a 165-bed, not-for-profit, community-owned, full-service hospital and health center located on North Business Highway 65, near growing downtown Branson, Missouri. The campus includes Skaggs Hospital, Skaggs Outpatient Center, a helicopter landing pad for air ambulance service and two medical office plazas. Skaggs also manages a variety of family medicine and specialty satellite clinics throughout Stone and Taney counties, as well as Skaggs Health & Fitness Center." We also have VA clinic in Branson that just opened on Gretna Rd.
5.Affordable Homes with Low Taxes- Our taxes are very low compared to other places in the U.S. Typically taxes on a single family home in the Branson area could run $1000 per year on a home around $120,000. Our average median price on a home is $200,000. A second home or condo could run anywhere from 60,000 to 350,000. Many people who are looking for a second home simply want to save money on their vacation by not spending it on motel stay. It's a wise investment since it's very likely Branson will continue to grow and there's always going to be a buyer looking for a second home.
6. Natural Beauty-You never get tired of looking at the Ozarks. Our scenery is constantly changing with every season comes a new color over the landscape from bright greens of spring to bright oranges and rusty browns of fall. The lakes winding through the hills with timber of oak and cedar trees and tangled wild vines make this area interesting and unique. The Ozarks support a number of wildlife including deer, turkey, bobcats and bald eagles to name a few.
7. Easy to Travel To and From Branson- Whether arriving by air or car planning a vacation to the Branson/Lakes Area is easy. Branson is less than a day's drive for one-third of Americans. Flying to Branson from anywhere in the United States has gotten a lot easier with several nearby airports offering expanded commercial service. The newest is the Branson Airport, which opened in 2009 and is providing low-cost flights to Branson on several airlines. Additionally, low-cost fares are available on several airlines flying into new Springfield-Branson National Airport terminal, just 50 miles north of Branson. Branson is a great family vacation value no matter how you get here ... and getting here has never been easier and less expensive!
8. Supports and Active Lifestyle for the Baby Boomer- From a recent survey-The most popular activities for Baby Boomers are: Traveling, Family Activities, Hobbies, Gardening, Fishing, Golfing, Volunteering, Reading, Exercising, Home Improvement. Well, in Branson we have the Golfing and Fishing, and add to that family entertainment and amusement parks such as Silver Dollar City. For hobbies and exercising we have boating, scuba, hiking trails, biking, two health and fitness centers (The Y & RecPlex) ziplines and more. There's also a huge interest in hobbies here including arts and crafts & music. The Branson area is definitely a place to keep your mind and body active!
9. Entertainment- Branson now has 100 shows including some famous acts that come in for special dates throughout the year. There is more variety now than ever before, along with old country favorites and tribute shows to 50's and 60's, we have The Cirque, Dixie Stampede. Family shows that the grandkids enjoy-The Duttons, Presley's, and The Osmonds.
10. No Mosquitoes- I don't know how many people ask me what we do about the mosquitoes here. Well, it's really no problem here. I've heard the summers up north and even as close as Illinois are unbearable with these little critters. You don't have to worry about that here, you can actually go outside in the evenings and fish on the lake and never see a mosquito. We do have ticks-but just make sure you stay out of the woods during the summer and you'll be fine!