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Old 07-02-2007, 01:18 PM
 
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I would suggest a little further south - perhaps Monument, Palmer Lake, or Woodland Park? All three have a bit more small town feel, lots of great outdoor activities & reasonable rents on single family homes. Hope that helps!
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Old 07-02-2007, 02:15 PM
 
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You REALLY have to watch living in those areas on I-70 east of Denver......they can get some nasty tornado weather during the summer months and in the winter, you will hear about blizzards in those areas that can/do close I-70 down. We looked at a house in Strasburg three years ago. My wife really like the house, until we had an inspection done......thousands in repairs! No thank you. We called our realtor and said "no" and the very next day a snow blizzard closed I-70 completely down in the area.
We will now take the heat/humidity (over the deep snow we have gotten) and are moving to North Carolina.

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You want affordable, safe, dog friendly, and small town communities? Instead of those choices you mentioned, here's my suggestion, which nobody here has thought of: What about living in a real small town-- one of the towns on the eastern plains that's within an hour's drive of Denver? In Elbert County, Elizabeth and Kiowa are nice towns, higher elevation than Denver itself with a lot of trees (the terrain is similar to Flagstaff-- which I'm sure you're familiar with), and not too far from all the conveniences you need in Parker. On I-70 east of Denver, there's Watkins, Bennett, Strasburg, Byers, Deer Trail, and Limon-- all on barren plains. Of these, I'd recommend Strasburg. These areas won't be too far from Aurora or DIA. You can buy property there for very cheap. There's also Fort Morgan, about an hour northeast of Denver.
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