Top 5 Most Affordable LGBT Beach Communities

Following are Gayrealestate.com’s picks for the top 5 most affordable LGBT beach communities in 2014.

imagesLong Neck, Delaware ~ Long Neck is located along the Atlantic Ocean within easy driving distance of Rohoboth, a popular LGBT vacation destination during the summer months. Long Neck features miles of coastline with sandy beaches. According to City-Data, the cost of living in Long Neck is lower than the national average with a rating 80.0. the United States average is 100.

Same sex marriage became legal in Delaware on July 1, 2013. Title 13, c 1 §§ 101-129 of the Delaware Code. The state also has a law that goes into effect November 1, 2014 prohibiting employer discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Title 19, c. 7 §§ 710-719A of the Delaware Code.

downloadWestport, Washington ~ Westport Washington features 18 miles of ocean beaches. It is located by Port Chehalis peninsula on the Pacific Ocean. According to City-Data, the cost of living was lower than the national average with a rating of 88.4. Westport is one of the most affordable beach towns in the state of Washington.

Same sex marriage became legal on December 6, 2012. RCW § 26.04.010.

download (1)Bolivar Peninsula, Texas ~ Bolivar Peninsula lies along the Gulf of Mexico. The city is actually a barrier island rather than a peninsula. It is accessed by crossing a bridge from the mainland. According to City-Data, the cost of living was lower than the national average with a rating of 83.9.

Same sex marriage is not legal in the state of Texas. That states same sex marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional by a federal district court in the case of DeLeon v. Perry. The Texas attorney general appealed that decision on July 29, 2014 to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and it is currently pending.

images (1)Cape Charles, Virginia ~ Cape Charles is located along the eastern shore of Virginia on Chesapeake Bay. It features a public beach on the bay. According to City-Data, the cost of living was lower than the national average with a rating of 89.1.

Same sex marriage is not legal in the state of Virginia. On July 28, 2014, a federal appeals court, the 4th Circuit, held in Bostic v. Schaefer, III, that Virginia’s same sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. The ruling will not take effect until August 18, 2014 to allow the state time to decide whether to appeal the decision.

images (2)St. Augustine, Florida ~ St. Augustine is located in Northeast Florida on the Atlantic Ocean. It features miles of coastline and numerous sandy beaches. According to City-Data, the cost of living was lower than the national average with a rating of 91.7.

Same sex marriage is not legal in the state of Florida. Several lawsuits are pending in courts challenging the same sex marriage ban. Two different Florida state courts ruled in July, 2014 that the ban was unconstitutional. Huntsman v. Heavilin and Pareto v. Ruvin. The state attorney general has appealed those rulings to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals.

All of the cities listed above are LGBT friendly. While not all them recognize same sex marriage or have other laws in place to protect those of the LGBT community, they are affordable beach communities to live in. Looking at the result of lawsuits in other jurisdictions, it seems to be only a matter of time before same sex marriage will become legal in states that do not currently recognize them.

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Gay-friendly retirement projects being built across the country

The first of the 77 million baby boomers reached retirement age last year, in what’s being called the gray tsunami. According to Serena Worthington of the nonprofit Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), there are currently between 1.75 million and 4 million gays and lesbians over age 65. By 2030 their number is expected to nearly double.

Just as there are niche “affinity” communities popping up to serve tai chi enthusiasts, Catholics, and even Harvard grads, an increasing number of options now exist for LGBT seniors. Birds of a Feather Resort Community in Pecos, N.M., founded in 2004, announced plans to double in size, from 8 to 16 units, this year.

In Los Angeles, management at Triangle Square, a 104-unit low-income facility with a nearly decade-long waiting list, recently broke ground on a second site, a $17.5 million project with 40 units, set to open in 2014. Similar gay-friendly retirement projects are under way in cities across the country “Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, and Minneapolis” joining Rose Villa and Rainbow Vista, both in Portland, Ore.; Carefree Cove, near Boone, N.C.; and The Resort on Carefree Boulevard in Fort Myers, Fla.

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By Mickey Rapkin ~ BusinessWeek.com