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Old 05-05-2007, 02:45 PM
 
Location: The 719
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Next time you visit a place, lower your expectations and you won't be disappointed. Also, shout-out to see their “tarjeta verde” and see who stays in the restaurant. It's kinda' funny...

So you have a 94% Positive Reputation and mine is about 15%. You crack green card jokes on Cinco de Mayo. Nice. We have a place in Pueblo that serves some pretty nice Mexican food and they don't all speak really good English, but I hope they stick around because the food's good and all. Maybe that's selfish of me. I'm Irish and all but I don't go pinchin people for not wearing green. In fact, I don't wear green myself. But it makes me puke in my own mouth a little bit when I see someone wearin orange on that day. All that and I'm a Recovered Catholic

Anywho...I find it funny that someone from California finds Colorado Springs "kind of expensive" even though it's so much cheaper than -I forget, I'll assume SOCAL. If it's SOCAL you're from then it SHOULD be way more than CoSprings. It's got the Pacific Ocean, Eucalyptus trees, Palm Trees, plants that Coloradoans couldn't dream of, jobs, culture that would rival the rest of the planet, and a few problems. So it SHOULD cost a few bucks more.

I'd like to live in a "better town" than Pueblo West so my family has to make some "sacrifices". One of them is dealing with or laughing at what the rest of the world says about my turf. My ego wants everybody to covet where I live. But my gut knows that it would change into "one of those places" if everybody "knew" about it.

Happy Cinco de Mayo from one crazy Cracker! Now I'm going to go celebrate it by eating some of my awesome Pueblo style Green Chili that I made last night- It has NO onions!
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Old 05-05-2007, 02:53 PM
 
Location: United States
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Thank you Aussielover for posting your experience!
My husband is going next week to check out the area.
I have to stay home and work. I do plan on taking a trip this summer by train.

I agree that it will be hard to leave California. Nice thing though, it's not that far away from Colorado that we can't come back to visit.

BTW...what did you think about the drive around the town their compared to driving around out here in California?
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Old 05-05-2007, 03:03 PM
 
Location: So. California
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BTW...what did you think about the drive around the town their compared to driving around out here in California?

Hi!

I'm from a small town over the hill from LA, Simi Valley. We have 100k or so people here, so our traffic isn't an issue like "over the hill" in L.A. We can get from one side of town to the other in 10 minutes. So, for us, Colorado Springs had more traffic and has a larger population. Compared to San Diego, where I have lived before and of course LA, COS traffic wasn't bad at all.
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Old 05-05-2007, 03:17 PM
 
Location: So. California
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Anywho...I find it funny that someone from California finds Colorado Springs "kind of expensive" even though it's so much cheaper than -I forget, I'll assume SOCAL.
Hi McGowdog,

This is what I had said: "Overall, I think I will like COS, but the houses are not as inexpensive as I had hoped....but, still a bargain compared to CA homes!"


I never said it was expensive. I wanted the houses to be more inexpensive...who doesn't? We were just in Las Cruces, NM last month househunting, because my husband had also received a job offer from there. The houses were more inexpensive than COS, for a similar house. That is what I'm comparing my prices to. We are choosing COS over Las Cruces because we liked it better. As I had said in the first post; "still a bargain compared to CA homes!"

I don't believe that I said anything negative about COS. I was mostly disappointed that I wasn't able to see the beautiful view. I wasn't disappointed with the houses, I said I had seen some lovely homes and areas...we just didn't find what we wanted, and didn't expect to find it on one trip.

Did I touch some nerves or something?
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Old 05-05-2007, 03:20 PM
 
Location: The 719
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Simi. Not far from where I grew up. Chatsworth. If you move here, I can only say two words.

Good move.
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Old 05-05-2007, 03:34 PM
 
Location: The 719
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Did I touch some nerves or something?
HaHA! You probably did with some. Join the club.

Honestly though. Maybe parts of Colorado Springs are expensive. Of course it's relative too. I live in Pueblo West and used to live off a Denver based salary. Then 9/11 happened. It was fat-city, then uh-oh. But thanks to my wife's income and a decent mortgage here in further southern Colorado and we got through it until I could crawl my way back to a decent enough paying job. Do I make what I made pre-Terrorist Attack? Not yet. But it's ok. We don't live in Colorado Springs or Denver. Unless you're rich, I don't know how those folks do it.

I don't know if this area is for you though. It's far enough away from the mountains that you can see them. You can get your privacy and your 3 car garage. You'll have to commute 35+ miles for work and civilization (in your case- shopping ). To me, it's all about trade-offs. What can you afford? What are you willing to sacrafice? What will your decision look like 1-2-5 years from now? If I goof up, I can either live with it or -eek, move. If you live out here, you'll be really lucky if you can sell your house.

Easy to buy. Almost impossible to sell.

Good luck though.
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Old 05-05-2007, 03:58 PM
 
Location: So. California
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HaHA! You probably did with some. Join the club.
lol It's hard to get the right tone across in the written word unless you use lots of smilies! I guess I shoulda added a few more in there...

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What can you afford? What are you willing to sacrafice? What will your decision look like 1-2-5 years from now?

Easy to buy. Almost impossible to sell.

Good luck though.
"What can we afford?" We wanted to spend a max of 350K, if possible. We will reluctantly go up to 400K, but really don't want to.

"What are we willing to sacrafice?" We don't have to have a new home, but would love to. My husband travels 45 miles+ each way to work right now, but not in traffic. He is willing to commute, but he has never driven in snow, so he doesn't really know what he is getting into out there.

" What will your decision look like 1-2-5 years from now?" It will change significantly in 5 years, because my youngest (13) will be 18 and be off to college or to explore on his own. And right now, my two older kids (19 & 22) move in and out. The 19 y.o. will be coming with us until she is able to get established and rent an apartment. So that will leave us with a larger house than the two of us will need. So, we will want to downsize. That means we need to buy a house that will be able to sell again...and hopefully make something off of it!


I hear that people from Chatsworth used to call Simi Valley, "Slimey Valley"!
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Old 05-05-2007, 04:54 PM
 
Location: The 719
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My parents moved us out of the Valley in 77 because I used to want to get away and go camping, my older brothers were getting tainted by drugs, alcohol, and the wrong kind of "friends", they wanted to bus us to areas that were supposedly more "segregated" which would have us kids going into more urban areas for school, and economic reasons.

Since we left, Chatsworth got quite the "slimey" reputation. Or at least so I hear. What is that part of the valley known for now? Don't tell me. I don't want to bring that up here. (insert the eek icon)

Oh, two more things that you've got to worry about our altitude: it takes forever to boil water and you'll get a heart attack trying to open Pillsbury biscuits. They explode here. (insert smiley face)
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Old 05-05-2007, 05:04 PM
 
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[quote=... and you'll get a heart attack trying to open Pillsbury biscuits. They explode here. (insert smiley face)[/QUOTE]

This gave me a real smile. Here in Albuquerque, that happens too. I guess my Pringles cans will still be "mushroomed" up in COS then, eh?
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Old 05-05-2007, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Somewhere along the path to where I'd like to be.
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When I read the title of this thread, it scared me! I thought you were going to launch into a tirade about how bad things are in CS, but then I read your post and was relieved. I mean, I'm sorry for your experience with the weather and what-not, but I'm sure things will work out. I love CS and am considering it as a possible city I'm going to be moving to in the near future. I've been through there before and have read so many glowing reports about the area.

And let me assure you, you missed some FANTASTIC scenery. Not that I'm rubbing it in, of course. LOL!
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