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Old 09-14-2006, 05:40 PM
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william.......would u mind giving me zipcodes, and city names so I can look up these areas on realtor.com and rentclicks.com. I am looking for affordable housing, I cannot pay some of those outrageous prices. I am afraid I will go broke! I can do a 500sqft house and be happy, but I can only pay $100,000 for it.

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Old 09-15-2006, 01:01 AM
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Hi Sillygal, I thought I'd buzz in and give you the names of the cheaper towns to live around Durango. Williamsmj might want to add more but here they are:
In Colorado, Durango - Ticolote, Breen, Marvel, Red Mesa, Bondad, Oxford, Gem Village, Bayfield, Tiffany, Allison, Arboles and Ignacio (Ignacio is mainly a Ute Native American town with a casino). My favorite would be Bayfield. Gem Village is a nice quaint little town too. Tiffany, Allison and Arboles are closer to Navajo Lake.
Cortez, Mancos, Dove Creek, Pleasant View, Yellow Jacket, Lewis, Lebanon and Arriola (these towns are closer to Cortez),
and in New Mexico - Cedar Hill, Aztec and La Plata. Aztec being my favorite. La Plata is a small rural community and seems like a nice tiny town.
There are lots of suburbs around Durango and some are cheaper then others. Too many to list, you might contact a local Durango realtor and ask them for specific cheaper suburban areas around Durango. I notice a lot of homes out in Florida Mesa and many seem a lot cheaper then in Durango.
And yes Williamsmj is right, you can get a job in construction right off the bat!
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Old 09-15-2006, 05:09 PM
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Thank You Jack, are most of these in the desertlike setting? or any of these more affordable places mixed in with trees/water? I know u had told me that Durango was very beautiful in the setting it is in.......Probably accounts for the price tag.!!!

I realize how much time and effort goes into your posts, and I truly appreciate you!!
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Old 09-16-2006, 03:46 AM
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You are welcome Sillygal! OK, the more scenic mountain type of towns would be Ticolote, Mancos and right by Cortez is mountains, so looking around Cortez is pretty scenic. Cortez will be more on the desert side but not a desert like Farmington. There are green areas in Cortez with ranches and farms. Cortez is "western" looking to me. The type of area you see in the old west movies. There are a lot of horses in the area too.

Ticolote is near Durango and up in the hills with trees. Oxford, Gem Village and Bayfield are rolling hills with farm and ranch land. Ignacio is a mostly Native American town with a casino and out around there is ranch land. Breen, Marvel, Red Mesa, Bondad are farm and ranch towns. Some areas are flatter but some rolling hills with mountains in the distance. Tiffany, Allison and Arboles are near Navajo Lake and it gets to looking more deserty as you go out that way to the lake. The lake is a big deep lake. Mancos is scenic, more on the green side. Bayfield is green rolling hills as is Gem Village. The towns near Cortez will be more ranch land and look similiar to Cortez. Dolores is another town near Cortez but will be colder with more snow and more greener with pines. Cedar Hill has hills around it and has both a desert look and green areas too, especially by the river. La Plata is in a desert but the town is farm and ranch land and is greener in La Plata, but desert all around in the hills. Aztec will be the more desert looking town, but down in the city, it looks surprisingly green with large trees. Another town to mention is Pagosa Springs, a mountain town with pine trees. It is very scenic out that way and is not as expensive as Durango but the winters will have more snow, not a lot more, but it will be more than Durango. Hesperus is another small town, very pretty and in the mountains but will have more snow, as does Durango West, because they are higher in elevation. Durango West is quite a bit higher in elevation than Durango.

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Old 09-16-2006, 08:02 AM
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Oh My Gosh, u are something else!!! Thank You AGAIN.........LOL
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Old 09-18-2006, 11:54 AM
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81326 - Hesperus. North has more snow nad trees, the south half of the zip code is more desert.
Bayfield (sorry I do not know the zip code) more expensive than the hesperus area.
81303 - Durango south of town. More expensive than everything but durango itself.

Be carefull buying or renting in the county. A lot of people don't have wells and you do not want to haul water.
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