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Old 10-23-2011, 10:46 AM
 
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We are a soon to be retired couple looking for a location that offers some close proximity to shopping, restaurants, etc. relatively reasonable housing(for CO) and outdoor activities as well. What would be your choice if a job wasn't a deciding factor?
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Old 10-23-2011, 11:01 AM
 
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Denver metro area. TONS to choose from. You need to tell us more about what you want to do, how you want to live and your budget.
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Old 10-23-2011, 12:40 PM
 
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We are a soon to be retired couple looking for a location that offers some close proximity to shopping, restaurants, etc. relatively reasonable housing(for CO) and outdoor activities as well. What would be your choice if a job wasn't a deciding factor?
You left two important criteria for a retirement location; availability of good extensive healthcare and very good public transportation. Getting older and needed more healthcare services is obvious. In addition, many earlier retirees do not have an idea what will happen when they become eligible for Medicare. Where you live is going to affect the supplemental options that are availble or not available when you have Medicare--that is very important. There are limited options in less densely populated areas. Public transiit is necessary because you ability to drive will become less or you will not be able to drive at all, you need other options.

Adding Healthcare to your list, any areas near in and around these cities would be good: Fort Collin/Loveland/Greeley, Boulder/Longmont/Louisville/Lafayette/Superior,
Denver/Aurora and any suburban areas within a good distance which can include go to Brighton, Evergreen, Castle Rock; Colorado Springs metro area; Pueblo and the near areas around. You could look to the Western Slope in and around Grand Junction.

Adding good public transportant then I would select primarily the Denver/Aurora/Boulder and suburbs that are closer in that are served by the RTD (Regional Transportation District) which provides excellent public transit many areas and very good in some.

Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Loveland and Greeley, Grand Junction can have good public transportion in the denser parts but very limited or no service farther out.

I would forget about mountain towns or towns far out on the eastern plains, unless you can afford the ritzy or overpriced areas for the rich or wantabe rich, like Aspen, Vail, Durango etc. Some retirees move to more remote areas, but as they age further and they need more and frequent health service--they move. They also are forced to move because they cannot longer drive and there are no other options.

All areas have reasonable housing depending on your desires and your needs. Shopping, restaurants and extensive outdoor amenities are everywhere in Colorado, that would include Denver and closer suburbs which has extensive parks, trails, open space and nature preserves.

Those are my thoughts as a senior disabled retiree.

Livecontent

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Old 10-24-2011, 03:10 AM
 
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You left two important criteria for a retirement location; availability of good extensive healthcare and very good public transportation. Getting older and needed more healthcare services is obvious. In addition, many earlier retirees do not have an idea what will happen when they become eligible for Medicare. Where you live is going to affect the supplemental options that are availble or not available when you have Medicare--that is very important. There are limited options in less densely populated areas. Public transiit is necessary because you ability to drive will become less or you will not be able to drive at all, you need other options.

Adding Healthcare to your list, any areas near in and around these cities would be good: Fort Collin/Loveland/Greeley, Boulder/Longmont/Louisville/Lafayette/Superior,
Denver/Aurora and any suburban areas within a good distance which can include go to Brighton, Evergreen, Castle Rock; Colorado Springs metro area; Pueblo and the near areas around. You could look to the Western Slope in and around Grand Junction.

Adding good public transportant then I would select primarily the Denver/Aurora/Boulder and suburbs that are closer in that are served by the RTD (Regional Transportation District) which provides excellent public transit many areas and very good in some.

Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Loveland and Greeley, Grand Junction can have good public transportion in the denser parts but very limited or no service farther out.

I would forget about mountain towns or towns far out on the eastern plains, unless you can afford the ritzy or overpriced areas for the rich or wantabe rich, like Aspen, Vail, Durango etc. Some retirees move to more remote areas, but as they age further and they need more and frequent health service--they move. They also are forced to move because they cannot longer drive and there are no other options.

All areas have reasonable housing depending on your desires and your needs. Shopping, restaurants and extensive outdoor amenities are everywhere in Colorado, that would include Denver and closer suburbs which has extensive parks, trails, open space and nature preserves.

Those are my thoughts as a senior disabled retiree.

Livecontent
I think Livecontent has summed things up very well. Personally, I'd leave Pueblo off the list. Note, I said personally. Each to his own taste. I very much liked Boulder, but a little on the colder side in the winter. Denver is very nice, although you have to be more careful in terms of which part of the city you might settle. Some of the suburbs of Denver seem very nice -- Golden, Littleton (for example). If you like something a bit less city-like, Castle Rock is close to Denver (via the interstate), but up-and-coming. I personally settled on northern Colorado Springs. After a heart scare, I was very pleased with the medical care here, although for some extremely serious things, some friends have had to go to Denver.
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:39 AM
 
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Grand Junction could possibly work for you. There is a highly regarded VA hospital in town in addition to St Mary Hospital which would adequately provide most of your medical needs. But be advised that the climate is more extreme than the climate along the front range. It gets colder in the winter and hotter in the summer, but there is usually less snowfall over the course of a winter. If isolation is an issue, it's good to be aware that Grand Junction ( approx 50,000 population ) is the BIG city for about 250 miles in any direction.
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Old 10-24-2011, 11:31 AM
 
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Unfortunately and Sadly we are caught up as retirees in today's world of sophisticated, expensive medical care and the realities of medicare to avoid retiring in many of the great small towns on the far eastern plains of Colorado. I just took another one of my exploratory drives through the plains that, for me, exemplify the real Americana of the Western Experience and authentic Colorado of Ranching and Agricultural.

What you find are small clinics and some Community Hospitals that cannot offer all the medical services of a large metro area. You are forced to travel to the larger cities to get tests and see specialists. There are a problem of attracting doctors because many physicians want more of the amenities and "questionable" qualities of life that their profession can buy, so there are areas with no doctors and minimally staffed hospitals and clinics.

I do admire the people of these regions who accept medical situation because they have all the needs they desire, and are satisfied with the simple and quiet peace of the Eastern Plains. To me these people are today's pioneers that are maintaining a sense of place; and with a diminishing populations, a presences, in a hard environment. I am not of their caliber and I am a coward compared to their brave spirits. When I drive away, I leave with some shame and much envy.

Livecontent
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Old 10-24-2011, 02:20 PM
 
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I do admire the people of these regions who accept medical situation because they have all the needs they desire, and are satisfied with the simple and quiet peace of the Eastern Plains. To me these people are today's pioneers that are maintaining a sense of place; and with a diminishing populations, a presences, in a hard environment. I am not of their caliber and I am a coward compared to their brave spirits. When I drive away, I leave with some shame and much envy.

Livecontent
Livecontent always has quality input on the forum-always!

Solid quote!
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Old 10-24-2011, 02:30 PM
 
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Thank you for some very good concerns
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Old 10-24-2011, 07:13 PM
 
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We are a soon to be retired couple looking for a location that offers some close proximity to shopping, restaurants, etc. relatively reasonable housing(for CO) and outdoor activities as well. What would be your choice if a job wasn't a deciding factor?
There's three distinct regions of Colorado:
the eastern Plains
the mountains
the deserts surrounding the mountains

Each of these is distinct and different in terms of its landscape and weather and sometimes its culture. As you might imagine, the mountains are snowy and cold in the winter. The deserts are much less snowy, with western Colorado (Grand Junction) experiencing a short, windy Spring season and an extremely hot (110 degree) summer season. Milder summers in other desert parts of the state. The Plains experience thunderstorms, hailstorms and tornados in the summer months.

The next factor is whether you would like to live in a small town, a suburb or a larger city. Your choices are limited in this regard. With the exception of the I-25 corridor (Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs), the rest of the state consists of very small towns and often large distances (1+ hour drive) between towns. Certain parts of the state are very isolated. In particular, small mountain towns can be problematic to navigate in the winter months and may present challenges to access healthcare and shopping.

As for cost and living and real estate, you'll have to specifically mention your budget requirements because in Colorado there is the whole gamut from the very cheap (small towns on the Plains and in the desert), to the uber-expensive mountain resorts and exclusive mountain homes outside Denver.
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