Nice! You've earned it.
I've been doing the retirement job kind of thing for years, but my wife has had her nose to the grindstone 37 years. Shes got 9 weeks to go as of now. Finally,,,, we'll be able to get out of town more than one week a year.
For those wanting to cash out of a California house and buy another cheap, Las Cruces NM is still a great option. Tons of snowbirds doing it, but lots from CA too. I like to say the only industry here is pecan farms, and building houses for snowbirds to die in.
Here, you can buy a very nice house, brand new, for less than 200k. My brother in CA is planning on coming back when he retires soon, just to cash out of his very modest property in Lake Elsinore.
Its a small city, but not tiny so there is health care, nor another megalopolis like Phoenix. Decent enough climate, though we do get winter. Forest and mountains sort of near if you tire of the desert. Hour and a half drive to forest.
But the big reason its so cheap here, 12 hour drive to any ocean beach. So that's a bummer. My cousin got it just right, he's retired in the pines above San Diego. Just over an hour to the beach, but he lives in the pines. But I can imagine what his place cost.