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Old 01-02-2014, 12:37 PM
 
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I am contemplating a move to your fair city some time in the future. I am retired from the coast guard and are a 55 year old single person. I plan on using the VA for my medical needs and do the usual retired military shuffle to visit the commissary and exchanges. I get my once a month "thank you" from a grateful nation that would take care of cost of living

I'm rather a quiet solitary soul, not given to night life, but to early mornings and sunrises with coffee and a view. I should have about 100k to find an abode that will give a bit of a view for those morning sunrises. I also enjoy the hobby of RC aircraft and to find some wide open spaces to fly would be great.

I would like to be in a low stress area and not have to dodge bullets from over eager hoodlums if possible. I'm Thinking about a condo...where would a good area to focus a 100k search for a home be?

I thank you in advance for any insight into your area. I currently live in Alabamastan, it's ok, but I'm an atheist adrift in a sea of bible believers that seeks a harbor from the fundamentalist mind set.
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Old 01-02-2014, 01:06 PM
 
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Colorado can get very windy at times. That might curtail your RC hobby at bit?
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Old 01-02-2014, 02:32 PM
 
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A condo can be found here in your price range. I found at least 100 condos at 100k or below by using PPAR.com which has a map based search and a rental search. We recommend renting a year while sorting out the area. A condo can be very hard to sell so be careful when considering them, some of them have insane HOAs and/or costly hidden assessments and fees.
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Old 01-02-2014, 03:02 PM
 
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I can personally vouch that the sunrises here are pretty much the most amazing thing ever. Often they are so stunning (sunsets too during certain times of year) that you just have to take pictures. Here are a couple of mine from a recent sunrise.

The first one shows the moon, yes that insanely bright thing, the moon, over the mountains. Then I happened to turn around, and look the other way and the sky was ablaze with brilliant color...



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Old 01-02-2014, 05:17 PM
 
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Thank you all for the information.

Sonic...those pics are what i am looking for!

Mike...sage advice about renting. I will also need to find the gouge about Colorado condo wheeling and dealing.

Colorado...crashing is half the fun and wind can be used to an advantage....

Are there any areas to avoid for a pasty white person thats older? i don't mind driving a bit, since i don't have to work so any suggestions on outlying areas would be welcome...
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Old 01-02-2014, 05:31 PM
 
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Generally, the S. E. area of town is the least nice place but just about anywhere here is fine.
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:00 PM
 
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Grand...thanks again!
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:48 PM
 
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You might be able to get a small house for that price in Widefield/Security/Fountain with good views of the mountains, but it would probably be a fixer-upper.
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Old 01-02-2014, 07:57 PM
 
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Default I will have to have a look...

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You might be able to get a small house for that price in Widefield/Security/Fountain with good views of the mountains, but it would probably be a fixer-upper.
I can do some fixer up...no bob villa though by any stretch ...thanks.
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Old 01-02-2014, 08:13 PM
 
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re: wind. Yes, it gets rather windy at times. But mornings are almost always calm. I have not checked, but I would not be at all surprised to learn there is an RC aircraft hobby group locally.

Views are in the eye of the beholder. This is just one of many reasons to rent first, buy later. A view that is great for one person will be totally unacceptable for another. For example: I have a terrific view of Pikes Peak - from the southwest side; also known as "The least interesting mountain view in North America." Yet, some of my neighbors profess to love it. Fortunately I also have a magnificent view to the south of the Sangres.

Come out, look around, and decide for yourself what your priorities really are.
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