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Old 08-23-2011, 11:41 AM
 
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My husband and I will be visiting the area in late September to check out potential relocation sites. We want to check out neighborhoods where an open-minded 50 something couple would feel at home. Our current home where we live now is a 50s rancher around 1500 sf in a heavily treed neighborhood - around $300K. Would like to duplicate or even downsize. Groceries are also important to us as we love to cook with fresh ingredients, ie Whole Foods, farmer's markets etc. Lastly, would like to spend a couple of days in the mountains either camping or cabin rental. Any suggestions fairly close by (2 hrs or less?). Any and all thoughts are appreciated as we need to plan an itinerary.
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Old 08-23-2011, 12:04 PM
 
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Check out Salida. RP
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Old 08-23-2011, 12:09 PM
 
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Here are some options.
high rockies vacation rentals classifieds "salida" - craigslist
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Old 08-23-2011, 01:07 PM
 
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Salida is one of my favorite places. Check out some hot springs!
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Old 08-23-2011, 01:47 PM
 
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As for areas with trees, Black Forest, and Monument would be excellent choices. Black Forest homes are set on 5 acre lots. If you don't mind an older home that needs fixing up, you can find something under 300k. I know, we looked at some a few months back. We recently bought a home in Monument, but by that time we had decided to up our price range and location, so we did not look at anything under 300k in Monument. I'm sure there are homes here in your price preference, though. The area where we live, (Woodmoor), has a lot of people your age, as well as some younger and older. It's not what I would call a young neighborhood. I had to have a foresty feel, so Monument was a good choice. Black Forest is very foresty too, though that changes from area to area. One spot will have lots of trees, and then there will be none. There is a Whole Foods in Colorado Springs. I'm sure there are probably more, but I have just seen one. I have also seen some farmer's markets around, too. People in this area tend to be health oriented. You will see a lot of joggers, walkers, and people riding their bikes. People are very friendly out here and welcoming, (from my experience). I don't know any good camping spots as we haven't had time to fit that in as of yet. Good luck
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Old 08-23-2011, 02:06 PM
 
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If you're looking for a downtown location, check out Old North End. Lots of trees, wide streets, and close to everything, including the college, just a few blocks away. You may find a 50's rancher (we did) but you may have to pay more than 300K. Smaller bungalows can be had for closer to your price point, but will probably need updating. Overall, pay a premium to live here when comparing houses here vs elsewhere, but IMO worth it. This neighborhood is noted for its "open mindedness." We moved here 10 months ago and love it.
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Old 08-24-2011, 05:32 AM
 
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Actually, piggybacking on what Carrera said, if you widen your downtown search to beyond the Old North End, you can get trees, farmers markets/foodie access for less money.
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Old 08-24-2011, 01:05 PM
 
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...and to piggyback on what lalahartma said, if you widen your neighborhood search to the West and Southwest of Downtown (still well within the "open-minded" areas, generally speaking), you can have "all that" AND be walking (or biking) distance to foothills and trails galore. Lots of farmer's market options, but for Whole Paycheck er I mean Whole Foods I'm sorry to say you'll have to head to North Academy, one of the most congested parts of the city.
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Old 08-24-2011, 01:22 PM
 
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Yup, if I were to buy again, I'd buy on the Westside. Westside and Old Colorado City really have it all.
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Old 09-03-2011, 02:30 PM
 
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Are there any reasonably priced hotels near the west side?
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