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Old 10-13-2008, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I spoke to someone in COS the other day and he told me that he regrets not moving there 20 years earlier. I live just outside Philly and love mountain biking and the great outdoors. Oddly enough, I just applied for a pest control job today and saw the previous posts here !

I have a few q's.
How much snow a year ?
Summer high temp ?
Winter low temp ?
300 days of sunshine/year ?
I guess there are plenty of clubs/bars ?
Alot of trails for hiking/biking ?
Canyon roads for my sportbike ?

Thanks ! Larry

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Old 10-13-2008, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Northern Illinois
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Housing in and around the Springs is amazingly cheap, I couldn't believe it. Rentals and purchases. I am in a similar situation, single no kids, I drove out to the area from Chicago two weeks ago to check it out and look at places.

I don't know a single person there, though I do have some family in Denver and Aspen. The job market is not something I can comment on but I heard it's fairly indicative of the rest of the country; fairly tight. I don't really work all of the time so I don't know what it's like.

For myself I picked Manitou Springs, just west of CSprings, and am currently going through the packing process. I move next week sometime I think. Good luck to you.
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Old 10-13-2008, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Northern Illinois
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Dear lord I didn't notice how old the original post was. Maybe some housekeeping is in order?
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Old 10-14-2008, 03:07 AM
 
Location: westside
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Hey Blue the Springs is housing is pretty cheap on rentals but Manitou isn't IMO. Yeah it is a old post but it is good to keep them active so that new people can get CURRENT info from them.
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Old 10-14-2008, 05:08 AM
 
Location: Crossville TN
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Whats the real truth about living in the Springs. Given my background, education and current living situation, does anyone think that I could successfully make a go at living in the Springs? What kind of work is available to someone with my background? What about renting costs? The perverbial "singles scene?" Anyone on here been in my situation before?
Hi Tim,

only thing I can tell ya from when we lived there: Its gonna be what you make outta it. Yes cost living can become a lil higher then your AL, TN area's, but you can also find decent priced places- Dep what you're willing to settle for/ pay for.
If you've AF backround I'd def suggest to you to work as civ for the military (Peterson Airforce base, Ft Carson etc).
Go for it!
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Old 10-14-2008, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Northern Illinois
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Well, I did not look at rentals anywhere but downtown COSprings and west of there up to Cascade, I thought there were all extremely reasonable.

As for Manitou, I have seen decent apartments at less than $600/mo and nice houses for less than $900/mo, all within a short distance of the main drag, some right on it. If you are willing to live in a more rundown spot, even cheaper. Obviously you can find nicer and more expensive places. My original limit of $1500/mo showed me places that I really really do not need for just one person.

For a so-called 'pricey' and 'touristy' city, I think it is amazingly cheap.
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Old 10-14-2008, 02:44 PM
 
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For a so-called 'pricey' and 'touristy' city, I think it is amazingly cheap.

Compared to Chicago, it is !
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Old 10-14-2008, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Northern Illinois
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Chicago is no comparison.

I've lived in lots of different cities of different sizes, it's still cheap.
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:18 PM
 
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You may have to work a couple of jobs to make ends meet, but there's 4 military bases here in town (Peterson, Cheyenne Mt., Schriever, and Ft. Carson) and you can probably find something...anything, and then keep looking for something better.

Terytee
Don't forget the Air Force Academy, that's 5 military bases and all hire lots of contractors at reasonable pay. It's kind of hard to get into civil service right now in some areas, but others are thriving. I'm sure you could find something if you keep looking.
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Old 10-24-2008, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Charlottesville, VA
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I'm considering moving to the Springs--right now the decision is between there and Philadelphia.

I visited the Springs last week. I nearly fainted when I stepped out and saw the Rockies. Your city is beautiful. And based on this little apartment booklet I picked up, the apartments are very cheap.
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