In their September/October issue, AARP named Winchester as one of America’s top 10 most affordable and desirable cities for retirement. The magazine examined data from over 350 cities across the nation, basing their decisions on financial criteria as well as recreation, climate and arts and culture.
In addition to the median house price and taxes, the article cited downtown Winchester’s history and shops as a real draw. “Spend hours wandering 250-year-old shady brick streets in its 45-block historic district — stopping in at the Old Court House — or checking out Gaunt’s Drug Store, where Patsy Cline worked before heading for Nashville fame,” they suggest. The story also adds that the “Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall in downtown Winchester is full of little antiques stores.”