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Old 08-04-2012, 07:41 AM
 
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After much research, I have decided to take the plunge and move to COS. Can anyone recommend neighborhoods I should consider living? I will be visiting in the next month, but would like to focus in on some areas to visit. I'm female, single, 36, have a golden retriever, love outdoor activities (running, biking, tennis, hiking), and also enjoy being near restaurants/bars where people around my age might frequent. I'll rent and can afford up to $1300 for monthly rent. Thanks for any suggestions!

One other question. I have a car that is getting up in mileage (150K). I'll be driving from MA to CO, so quite a distance. Although my car is not showing any significant issues presently, I plan on getting a new car very soon. Would you guys recommend buying a car before I move (to ensure my car actually makes it in the move) or hope that it doesn't break down and buy a car when I get to CO?

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Old 08-04-2012, 09:01 AM
 
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My Dodge ram has 236,000 miles on it and I drive regularly between here and Ohio, I don't even think about it. If its taken care of, 150K is nothing for a car
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:15 AM
 
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Since you love outdoor activities and restaurants/bars, I might suggest you look around the Colorado College / Monument Valley Park neighborhood.
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Old 08-04-2012, 11:03 AM
 
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If possible, attend a meeting of Jack Quinn's Irish Pub Running Club and you'll meet the mother lode of active young people in town. The food is great there too.

It's downtown, which is safe, flat and really great for cycling. Visit Garden of the Gods, a free city park that is within city limits over on the west side which is great for hiking, biking and climbing (with a permit).

Colorado College is in the Old North End Neighborhood (ONEN) that is a wonderful area of older homes that are well-preserved, sitting on tree-lined streets. It's within a mile of downtown. Check out streets like Cascade, Tejon, Nevada, Weber, Wahsatch, etc.

Don't buy a car until you get here. Any car you bring here will be taxed upon registration, so don't pay taxes on a new/newer car in MA and then again upon moving here. If your old car is running fine it should be okay on the trip out here.
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Old 08-04-2012, 03:36 PM
 
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Adjacent, as you widen the downtown circle, is patty Jewett area (see sesamekid's recent post), it's charming area with bungalows as well.

Another area the original poster might like, would be somewhere close to Old Colorado City. it's a charming section of town, with a revitalized merchant area with bars, cute shops etc., with closer access to nice outdoors areas like Garden of Gods & Red Rock Canyon Open space Park, Bearcreek Park. An upscale neighborhood not too far from it would be Skyway area with great views. There are some other neighborhoods closer nearby, but you should investigate and see for yourself and also check crimes in area just for safety. (there's a couple web pages that do that, but cant locate them quickly (maybe Mike knows them).
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Old 08-04-2012, 05:13 PM
 
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Old 08-05-2012, 08:43 AM
 
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Awesome, thanks for all the help, guys! This will definitely assist me in my search.
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Old 08-05-2012, 06:45 PM
 
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I actually called the local station when we moved into our new apartment. It soothed me to talk to a real person rather than looking at stats on the screen - I was specifically interested in incidents relating to drugs, break-ins, and noise complaints. The officer I spoke with was supremely helpful and candid, and the call definitely put me at ease.
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