By Cecilie Rohwedder

The Wall Street Journal’s Mansion section is rolling out stories from our special retirement issue. Check out stories like this one on retirement communities turning up the heat on their fine dining options, and this one on how one couple planned to retire in North Carolina, but somehow ended up in South Carolina.

To escape cold winters in retirement, Minnesotans John Fox and Louise Turkula looked at homes in Jacksonville and Naples, Fla., where they had friends. Instead, they bought a four-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot house in Alabama.

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