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Leaving Florida for Colorado, Florida housing expensive, high property taxes, traffic congested, unfriendly people in Tampa area, Colorado people more friendly

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Old 08-05-2013, 09:26 PM
 
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I know this is an old post but...NOT a 2007 Thing! My family moved to Sarasota 2 years ago, from Woodland Park, needing a change, and found it to be the biggest mistake of our lives. The water, beach, and fishing are wonderful but the OP is exactly on point about the people. While we have made friends with our landlord, I have never seen such blatant contempt for strangers in all my life. I thought it was the economy getting people down but if the OP saw it in 2007, it blows that theory. We go home to WP at least once a year to check on our home there and took our landlord (only friend here) with us and he commented on all the smiles and "hellos" he received while visiting. He said "what is wrong with everyone here, they are all so happy?" That was it for me! I'm headed home in July for good!!!!!!
I signed onto this board because we're military, and Colorado Springs is one of our options for our upcoming move. We live out in Brandon (east of Tampa) and you are exactly correct about the people. I had one person in our neighborhood, after going a whole school year seeing her every day at the bus stop and, for what I thought was being friendly, made the comment that if she knew so many military people lived here, they wouldn't have bought in this neighborhood. WHAT? Of course, she said its nothing personal to the people she knows, it's just she doesn't like to make friends and then they move away. NICE.

Our kids put up with entitled little snots at their school. I thought moving to an affluent area meant our kids would be up against 6 sport kids, or Einstein camp kids. Nope. They're rich kids whose parents can't be bothered, so they aren't involved in anything but run wild through their "gated" subdivision. In the 7th grade, my daughter was sniffed for marijuana because someone was smoking it in the bathroom and they were trying to catch the perpetrator.... And 2 kids overdosed on their parents pills.

My whole family is ready to leave. If we get Peterson AFB hopefully life will be much nicer... But we definitely don't want to deal with the snow....

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Old 08-06-2013, 07:51 AM
 
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It's only a problem if you absolutely hate snow. I've traveled quite a bit around the country, and having experienced the deep freeze winters of the midwest, I thought I'd only be interested in places without snow. Of course, I also didn't want the dreary rainy winters that drag on in the PNW. However, I love it in Co. Springs. I actually enjoy the snow now! We get it often enough to feel like we are having snow and winter, but it melts away before I'm sick of it
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Old 08-06-2013, 01:12 PM
 
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I only like snow when I can sit at home and look at it through a window. I HATE, HATE, HATE to drive in snow. But I'm happy enough here...honestly the last 2 winters I've been here it really hasn't been too awful. But I also live down in Security-Widefield and not up in the hills (west or north) where they get a little more snow sometimes.

It's an adjustment, if you're coming from a clime like FL...but not as huge an adjustment as you think sometimes. I think the year-round dry air is actually a bigger deal than the occasional snow, as far as things to get used to. And the altitude.

Yeah it's amazing about East coasters, I've had arguments lately about this because they don't get...it's actually OK to be nice. They say that's being "fake." No, actually, it's being considerate and decent and there are places where it's totally normal. And you can be honest and still be nice....unless your soul really is that mouldy and miserable. Jeez.

(I remember when I left the east, and it was a HUGE adjustment for me. But once you get used to being around reflexively nice people, you really appreciate it.)
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Old 08-06-2013, 01:25 PM
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Yup, hence why we are dying to get back too. However, I worry about doing too much bragging about CO- don't want everyone moving there.
Welcome to Monument- a fantastic place to live!
I think that train has already left the station ...
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Old 08-18-2013, 01:17 PM
 
Location: North of Colorado Springs, CO
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My wife came out in May/June of this year. We were lucky to find something the weekend before the Black Forest Fire happened. After that, our landlord told us he got 50 calls on the place we just signed for. Housing is tough, be prepared for it -- but -- once you get past that, you will be glad you came. 2 months here and I have found one negative thing here compared to Atlanta: you wait here - at the light, at the DMV (more so than in Georgia), at the Comcast office, at the clinic but I am chalking it up to pace of life here. People here are more patient. I have been living at a fast pace in Atlanta for the last 20 years -- my wife has to remind me to be more patient and more polite in traffic. Hopefully *I* will adjust to that within a year or so. :-)
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Old 08-18-2013, 02:31 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Gee, the more I read the threads from you CS people, the better it sounds! Just researching where to move for now, so I have also been looking at the Flagstaff AZ threads, and those people seem so depressing. All talk about terrible schools and 'poverty with a view.' You CS people all seem so friendly and upbeat! Husband and I may just have to start planning a trip to visit it, but I am afraid I would not want to leave.
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:22 AM
 
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Gee, the more I read the threads from you CS people, the better it sounds! Just researching where to move for now, so I have also been looking at the Flagstaff AZ threads, and those people seem so depressing. All talk about terrible schools and 'poverty with a view.' You CS people all seem so friendly and upbeat! Husband and I may just have to start planning a trip to visit it, but I am afraid I would not want to leave.
If you stay, you will have plenty of company. I've encouraged my friends and family to move here, because I have no intent to leave. Better to just bring them to me I know the feeling of researching cities for an upcoming move. For me, it was a search that took over a year and included places all over the world. I'm glad to say that my research was accurate, and the city has the things that were most important to me in choosing a new home.
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Old 08-19-2013, 03:20 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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If you stay, you will have plenty of company. I've encouraged my friends and family to move here, because I have no intent to leave. Better to just bring them to me I know the feeling of researching cities for an upcoming move. For me, it was a search that took over a year and included places all over the world. I'm glad to say that my research was accurate, and the city has the things that were most important to me in choosing a new home.
I have already been researching for over a year myself, even though we are probably still at least 2 years away from moving. But I think that's just the planner in me - I'm the type that wants everything planned out and decided, and I'm finding that it's tough to do that regarding moving, since our needs may change. I think the more I can know sooner, though, the more it will help us make the final decision later. Do you have any recommendations regarding what time of year would be good to come check out CS, and how long we should stay? Just as a first trip, since we've never been to CO before, and would likely visit multiple times in different seasons to get a good idea of what it's like.
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Old 08-19-2013, 03:29 PM
 
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Plan to visit soon, like late September, to see the Aspens at the higher elevations to the west of town. The drive to the casinos in Cripple Creek can be very pretty in what passes for our fall color season.
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:23 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Thanks Mike! Do not know that we can take off work that soon, but I wish we could. Maybe next May, after my husband is done with his licensing exam. See all those snow capped peaks. Hopefully see it in the fall too. You have casinos? Are they on Indian land, like have here in CA?
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