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Old 07-13-2007, 11:25 PM
 
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I would be moving from Ohio...well the midwest in general. I grew up in Indiana and I am in grad school in Ohio now, but I just need to get out of the plain, boring, and flat midwest. I LOVE being in the mountains and I love snowboarding and hiking, so it's pretty obvious that I belong in the mountains. I have visited Colorado multiple times (Keystone, Denver, Steamboat Springs) and I love it there. Now the hard part is findind the best place to relocate to. I still am thinking Colorado Springs sounds like a great place to be, but I am also considering Boulder and Fort Collins.
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Old 07-14-2007, 01:08 AM
 
Location: Northern Colorado
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Although I am biased towards Greeley since I do live there, it is a great town. I moved here in 2004 and absolutely love it! There are so many positives about this area. Greeley is about an hour away from downtown Denver, but since we are not along I-25 we don't have nearly as much traffic as the Urban Coridor from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins. The mountain view is spectacular, we're close enough to have them dominate the western view, but far enough to see them stretch a huge distance along the horizon. We are only 60 miles from the beautiful village of Estes Park with Rocky Mountain National Park a short drive further west from there. The Poudre River Trail is very popular and follows the river as it winds through the Greeley area. Greeley has plenty of parks, one in every neighborhood and a brand new Family FunPlex which I'm sure any kids you may have will absolutely love. There is a well-used dog park on the north side of town, right by the Poudre Trail so many families take their dogs down to the river for a swim. The schools in Greeley are decent and there is a large number of parochial and charter schools to choose from if you don't want to send your children into the public school system. If you're religious, Greeley has plenty of worship places including a Buddhist Temple. There was a housing boom in Greeley a couple years ago(we were building faster than Las Vegas) and now the city is over-built resulting in a buyer's market. There is an unlimited supply of middle class, brand new homes for $160-$200,000. With there being so many new homes available, old home-sellers are forced to lower their prices too. The Greeley Stampede is a huge festival that brings people from around the region into the city. It runs from the end of June to the 4th of July with a carnival, rodeos, a demolition derby, boothes, art shows, and concerts. There are free concerts, usually by local bands, and nightly concerts in the stadium by popular national singers, the majority of which are country but this year we also had Relient K and last year was Kelly Clarkson. On the 4th the parade runs through the east side of Greeley, the largest 4th of July Parade in the state with a good fireworks show to finish the whole festival at night. Shopping is not a problem here in Greeley. I can find everything I need here in town. However if the stores in the city don't do it for you then just go 15mins west to Centerra at Loveland. When finished, Centerra is supposed to be the 3rd largest mall in America.

Well I hope I helped somewhat. But no matter what, nearly anywhere in Colorado is a good choice.
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Old 07-14-2007, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I would say find the job first, especially with a child to consider. Most jobs are in the metro area. If you move to COS, Greeley, Ft. Collins, even Boulder Co., you limit yourself to those areas. It is a pretty long drive from those places to Denver. Your housing prices are low if you want a single family house.
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Old 07-14-2007, 02:07 PM
 
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I LOVE being in the mountains and I love snowboarding and hiking, so it's pretty obvious that I belong in the mountains.
Ft. Collins don't equal the mountains. Boulder gets you closer, but then again, it is Boulder. Some love it, some laugh at it. Colorado Springs gets you higher elevation but you are further from the ski resorts.

Given what you describe, if you truly want the ski resorts and serious mountains out your backdoor, look at Summit County and the towns in central Colorado. Many I knew in Denver were disappointed to truly realize how far the mountains were from the city. After children arrived, many only made it up there 2-3 times per winter.

To give you an idea, Ft. Collins is 4900 feet... Denver 5200.... Colorado Springs 5900. Vail is 7500 and Steamboat is 7000. Different geographical ballgame between a place like Ft. Collins and a place you've referenced like Vail.
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