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Old 07-13-2010, 11:51 AM
 
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Default Heading out of Oregon

The family and I have been wanting to move to Colorado for some time but we are having some trouble narrowing down our options. We are very flexible because we own our own business so commute is a non-issue. Here is what we are looking for; I'm hoping we can get some great opinions.

-We have 2 young kids (not even in elementary yet) so family friendly is a must with GREAT schools for the future. Bear in mind I'm coming from Oregon so comments about the school's not being good are very relative. Oregon has very few fabulous districts.

-We prefer older established neighborhoods. My husband is a finish carpenter by trade so we enjoy the older homes with more character.

-Obviously low crime is a must with young kids.

-We are not urban/city-dwellers but not looking to live in the farming areas either. Middle of the road is great.

-Budget is $400-500K

-We consider ourselves middle of the road in politics so no areas that are known for being too far right or left.

Hope that covers everything....Any help would be much appreciated before we make the trek out there to scope out some places!

Thanks!
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Old 07-13-2010, 01:59 PM
 
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I should put it in my tag line, but as I say Colorado is either very urban or very rural with little transition between the two. So there isn't really much in the way of established small cities outside of the Ft. Collins to Pueblo Front Range Population Blob. Also most of the state is "new" with population booming in the last 40 years, so if "older established neighborhoods" to you are from the 1960's and 1970's you are in luck, but most of the victorian era type homes are in places like near downtown Denver or old mining towns up in mountains that had their heyday back in 1890.

Sounds like you have never been to Colorado or at a minimum are not familiar with the lay of the land, so seeing how that is a big move for you, I'd invest the time in an extensive trip to see the state. Armed with that reality, you'll be better equipped to narrow things down.

Also Colorado just went through a massive building boom which has painfully died leaving many out of work with no hope of getting any work. I have several competent relatives and friends in this business in Colorado existing on tiny scraps right now. I would definitely try to ensure you will have a source of consistent work plus that you have extensive savings to establish yourself.
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