One baby boomer’s dream come true

About a year ago, Laura Lee Carter told us about downsizing, so she and her husband could move into a home more suitable and affordable for retirement. Finally, they’ve done it, and Laura Lee writes for BoomerCafé about her dream come true.

Have you ever dreamt about leaving city life behind? Have you considered the consequences of selling your nice home in suburbia, and taking that cash to build a home in some lovely rural setting?


Laura Lee and her priceless vista.

That is exactly what my husband Mike and I decided to do three years ago. We chose a nice spot in the southern Colorado foothills, with the necessary solar exposure plus incredible mountain views, and started building our own custom home from the footers up! And all, by the way, with passive solar.

We were like half of all former American workers, boomers who were forced to retire sooner than expected because of health issues or loss of employment. We saw that city living was going to be much more expensive in the long-term, compared to changing lifestyles, especially when we factored in heating costs over the next thirty years. In addition, we were tired of sitting in traffic jams, breathing polluted air, and listening to road noise constantly, not to mention all of the other stresses of city life. This was our leap of faith, in hopes of finding a better life in the Colorado countryside.


Three years later we can report, the challenges of leaving suburbia with all of its conveniences were more than we ever imagined. You try moving from a nice city to a rundown former coal town with few stores or restaurants. And yet the long-term rewards have also been far beyond any of our expectations.

After over a year of construction, the dust has settled, and we find ourselves living in perfect rural silence, supreme natural beauty with solar self-sufficiency.


Sunsets out Laura Lee’s front door.

I packed up my life around age 60 and moved on to a major construction project and a whole new way of life. I’ve been blogging about it for the past two years and now, finally, the dream is a reality. New storms brew over the amazing Sangre de Cristo mountain range which we see from our house, but they beat almost everything we left behind.

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Laura Lee Carter

Thanks David and Greg for spreading the word about how wonderful a move away from city life can be. We are glad we took the risk to make our lives so much better!

Eric Mondschein

Thank you Laura Lee ! My wife and I whole heartedly agree, and we love living in upstate New York at the entrance way to the Adirondack Mountains.

Laura Lee Carter

Yes Eric, the benefits from leaving the city behind are many and difficult to describe to those who feel they must be there!

Carrie Trip

Love these kind of stories and knowing there are people who aren’t afraid to take the leap to living the life they want! Kudos Laura!

Laura Lee Carter

Thanks Carrie! What a long strange trip it’s been, all described in my new memoir…

Jaden Tyne
Laura you are living my dream! I have lived at the foot of Pike’s Peak for some years in the past. How I would love to return and have a peaceful home to live in, looking up at my favorite mountain range while using solar power. I hale from rainy Oregon, which I love because of the greenery. You have the best of both worlds, living near the mountains. You get those afternoon rains with mighty thunder and lightning. This cleans the air and makes the wild flowers grow. I remember those bush like sunflowers and feel you are very… Read more »
Lisa Ricard Claro

This is exactly what my husband and I are talking about doing. We live in a suburb of Atlanta and the traffic/smog/noise is sucking the life right out of us. You’re an inspiration!

Laura Lee Carter

Do it Lisa! And my new memoir might help to show you the way….

Kathe Kline

How wonderful that would be! Peace in the country!


Yow! Breathtaking!