If I do say so myself, we live in one of the best places on planet Earth.
The following is from The U.S. News & World Report which listed The Traverse City area third in "The 10 best places to retire in 2012"...
The 10 Best Places to Retire in 2012
These cities will meet your retirement lifestyle needs and suit your budget
October 17, 2011
Dream of retiring to a lake house? The Traverse City area offers more than 180 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and 149 large lakes measuring 10 acres or more. Residents can climb the high sand dunes and lounge on the freshwater beaches at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, or take a ferry out to the Manitou Islands. There are also plenty of opportunities for boating on the twin Grand Traverse Bays. Housing prices in this lakeside city average a reasonable $155,715.
...and this is from the Denver Post, Oct 15, 2011
Read more:Indulge your inner hermit in Michigan's Leelanau - The Denver Posthttp://www.denverpost.com/travel/ci_19107370#.TpuXV6lQ2Pk.email#ixzz1bdXELnIX
The only possible bad downside to all of this sudden publicity is that we could be suddenly overrun with with a population influx, driving property values up and straining our available resources.
But, then again, "A stranger is a friend that you haven't met yet", so come ahead and be my neighbor.