my property taxes are $6,200 a year, and I'm not in a mansion by a longshot. Taxes are the singular thing that will drive froggy and I out of this state shortly after I retire. If not for that, we'd likely stay. We're happy in our neighborhood and we love the area, for the most part. But the taxes....oy vey.
Interesting you mention Costa Rica, I have actually done a little (very little at this point) research on that. Problem is, we'll have three children and hopefully as some point a few grand-children in this country. My wife HATES to fly, so I'm guessing we'll be staying in the states. Right now we're researching Tennessee. Acceptable weather and the tax situation is not outrageous for retirees.