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Old 08-13-2006, 09:28 AM
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I am considering moving to Colorado this summer. I am an elementary school teacher looking for a small town feel with charm. The cost of living is a huge factor. Is there anywhere that is affordable, with the cozy mountain feel there? I am also single, so meeting people would also be nice. Thanks,
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Old 08-14-2006, 12:46 AM
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Pawprints, that is a tall order since cozy mountain towns are where most people want to live and anything in about the middle area of Colorado, where the Rocky Mountains are located, ie, Vail, Aspen, Telluride, etc., are off limits to anybody but the very rich. You might look into Bayfield, Colorado, it isn't a mountain town but is affordable, has some of the best schools and has rolling green hills with mountains in the distance. It has a cozy town feel, where everyone knows everyone, that type of town.
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Old 08-25-2006, 04:06 PM
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the Westside of Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and Woodland Park all fit that bill.

Please explore>

Good luck!
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Old 08-25-2006, 11:02 PM
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Some of the non-ski resort mountain towns aren't quite as expensive...you might want to look into someplace like Buena Vista, perhaps?

Durango is another option...beautiful, thriving and growing town where it would probably be easy to meet people...but the downside is it's getting more expensive.

I lived in the westside (old Colorado City area) of Colorado Springs for a while. That area and Manitou do kind of have that "mountain town" feel, but it is part of a much larger city. If you work on the other side of town, you will definitely have a much more urban experience than you might be looking for.

Southern Colorado (i.e., Trinidad, Alamosa) is still cheaper than the front range cities and the "uppity" mountain resort towns but still has the great scenery...you might want to give that area a look too.

Good luck!
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