Originally Posted by lonestar9918
I grew up in these "yuppy" areas like you are describing..and i admit i feel most at home in that type of setting. But I dont like being in high pressure yuppy spots where if you do NOT have the 60k sports car and a country club attitude you are treated like a lepper. We are pretty down to earth people. Is your area pretty live and let live? What is the socio-political feel? Is it mixed or very conservative or liberal?
Any and all info you would like to share is so very appreciated..I am neurotic..so no detail is considered extraneous by me : )
I have never had anyone in the neighborhood make a comment to me, its people that don't live here. i find it funny myself. So not like you are going to have a neighbor saying "Can you believe Bob bought a Jag, who does he think he is". So no its not that bad, I've just noticed things like we paint, then so does 5 other homes that did not even look to need it. Although no one has done a water feature int heir yard yet to copy us...so who knows.
I'm not a fan of Classic homes (the building firm) but I will say our area is nice. We are in a classic home, the builder had not installed the windows correctly...thus we are replacing them slowly with MilGard. As for safety I have left the garage open many times and not so much as a DeWalt drill missing or my motorcycle messed with. Not all the homes are Classic homes...the next sub over is a mix of builders. If you want I can jot down the phone number of a home for rent down the street, send me a PM. Some odd reason we have a ton of rentals here, although buying is very affordable right now in this market. We have lots of young children on our street...so its good for young couples.
Oh one more thing we found odd here, sq footage includes basements (in MI it did not as basement have a different cost typically much lower thus illegal for them to include that on forsale information)...not sure how TX works. So for example our home is 3,100 SQ feet...you look at it and its like that's not 3,100 sq foot home but our basement is finished. For example for us, in MI our home was like 2,100 sq foot but they did not count the 2,100 sq foot basement...LOL So in a way we downsized, for more money.
For example the builders had to leave open areas. These areas typically have swings, play forts, we have a basketball court all provided for by Tri-View (we have no HOA thus no dues), Tri-View waters the easements and takes good care of things. Our tax is $2,500 a year...for CO that is considered high (but we paid $5,300 in MI)....LOL
We have Fox Run up Baptist which is a county park free to use. There is also countless other FREE areas to use nearby. Also you got the Sante Fe Trail which is a long trail that you can ride a bike on, hike, or run on on the West side of I-25.
Do you hike, MTB ride, motorcycle ride, off-road ATV or 4x4?
Drive up 83 for 25 minutes and you have Castlewood Canyon State Park that you need to pay or have a annual pass. Very nice place to hike with the dog.
Like I said you got Mt Herman Rd which offers hiking, MTB riding, and off road usage plus FREE camping. If you like shooting people go up there to do that too.
The USAFA is right down the road, in fact we see it from our deck. We have the Thunderbirds fly over for their graduation so we get a FREE show...in fact you got to sign a paper saying you realize they fly over once a year.
Shopping is just down on Academy, but Briargate has store and restaurant too. Castlerock is 30 minutes north on I25. Denver takes me 45 minutes to get downtown Denver. DIA is an hour away. CO Springs airport I'm not sure...but you just go down 83...typically easier to leave out of DIA and typically cheaper to fly into DIA.
Another surprise no one told us about. Vehicle registrations. We bought a 2010 Ford Edge AWD Plus and to get the plate/registration cost $680. They use the wealth tax method here, more the vehicle cost they stick it to you even more. I had my mechanic tell me a Porsche 911 will run you $5K a year. The DMV lady said an F150 will run you $1,000 a year...it comes down slowly as the vehicle ages but when you start at $680 we be happy if it is $550 next time...LOL Oh its the same with motorcycles if you ride. (Again MI was like $120 a year no matter on the vehicle except motorcycles which were $30). Not sure how TX works but very important information....best to wait to change your license and plates till you HAVE too if TX is cheaper.
Any questions ask....