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Old 11-09-2011, 03:36 PM
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Originally Posted by Dreaming of Hawaii View Post
My first thought is Indian Hills, which is off of highway 285 southwest of Denver.
What's the current selling price for an acre of land in Indian Hills?
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Old 11-09-2011, 03:58 PM
Location: Colorado
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Just tossing out some suggestions:

Pinewood Springs
Drake/Glen Haven (nr Estes Park altho no clue about the drive to DIA)
Big Elk Meadows (nr Lyons)
Area between Allenspark and Estes Park
Area along the Peak to Peak Highway

(I would suggest Meeker Park but I don't think those properties sell for less than $500K AND they rarely come on the market)
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:09 PM
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I live in Woodland Park.
You will not like Deckers or Sedalia.
Or Woodland Park - Very conservative and way out with very scary dirt roads to Denver part of the way.

Monument is not so great in winter, Black Forest is horrible. Pretty conservative too. These are popular places for out of state people to choose because of the proximity to Denver. Then they find out about Monument hill in the winter (sort like a sledding hill for cars), and the crowded commute. Also, there isn't much Community feel there as so many people are moving in and out as they change jobs. Pretty pricey too. Almost all of Monument is new development.

Palmer Lake historically has been known as a Biker, as in Harley, town.

Always look at the elevation of the town as that indicates how cold and how much snow you can expect. In Woodland Park at 8500 ft we get spring an entire month later than Colorado Springs and Lots more snow and cold than Colo Springs or Manitou. Colo Springs is another very conservative place - lots of military bases and retired military live there.
The exception in the Springs area would be Manitou Springs which has been called Hippie Mayberry, small and very quaint in the foothills west of Colorado Springs much warmer winters than WP. Crowded with tourists in the summer though. Keep in mind there is a airport in Colorado Springs. About twenty minutes from Manitou. A more pleasant place to go through security. The fly up to Denver is pretty short.

The Liberal haven of Colorado is the Denver Boulder area - not cheap!
**Another VERY important thing if you buy above 6500 ft or in a canyon like area - Consider how much sun you will get. Some mountain towns are so very quaint but because they are sandwiched between hills they get limited sunlight. Always try to get southern exposure and long daylight ESP on your driveway because it will be icy all winter long if you don't in in the mountain towns. Good luck trying to sell it if you have to move in the winter.

Do not buy a place with a sod lawn. They take so much water to keep green - just isn't what nature intended for Colorado.

If I were you I would rent for the first year.

Last edited by Mike from back east; 04-02-2012 at 04:03 PM.. Reason: Merged 2:1
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Old 04-02-2012, 02:29 PM
Location: Wherabouts Unknown!
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Sterling4212 wrote:
If I were you I would rent for the first year.
Good advice. I second that emotion! Get to know the area before making a purchase. Your initial impression is likely to change after you've lived in the area for awhile. Some things ( both positives and negatives ) just aren't apparent until you've spent time time in a place.
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:51 PM
Location: Southeastern Colorado
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Sterling 4212 also wrote:

...Then they find out about Monument hill in the winter (sort like a sledding hill for cars)...

LOL. Perfect description; worth a thousand pictures!
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