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Old 01-14-2012, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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ABQ is much closer, 3 hrs vs 6 or 7 hrs and it's an easy drive, no mountain passes. Staright down US550 to I-25 outside of Albuquerque.

DRO is pretty good and I don't consider Durango isolated at all. Yes, you do have to keep your eyes open for airfare specials but with American's daily DFW shuttles you can also fly in & out of DFW. I have also found one way fares to DIA to/from DRO at $100 ea quite often. If you do your homework on the airfares, you'd be surprised at how reasonably you ca get in/out of DRO with a drive to ABQ being the last resort only if needed.
Great to know! I had completely forgotten about Albuquerque! $100 airfares to and from Denver sound like a great deal too.
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Old 01-16-2012, 09:14 AM
 
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Thanks again for all of the info. We hadn't considered the air travel situation, but it doesn't seem totally absurd.

After a few PM's with some informative members the special services is looking like it will be the biggest issue for us. I think we have totally ruled out being outside of Durango at this point. Even in Durango, we won't have access to the level of specialists in Durango that we do now, which is something we need to consider.

The reality of turning our current home over to a property management service is also setting in, it's probably something we should have prepared for or done in advance to be ready for a move. We're still thinking the whole situation over.
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Old 01-16-2012, 10:21 AM
 
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Thanks again for all of the info. We hadn't considered the air travel situation, but it doesn't seem totally absurd.

After a few PM's with some informative members the special services is looking like it will be the biggest issue for us. I think we have totally ruled out being outside of Durango at this point. Even in Durango, we won't have access to the level of specialists in Durango that we do now, which is something we need to consider.

The reality of turning our current home over to a property management service is also setting in, it's probably something we should have prepared for or done in advance to be ready for a move. We're still thinking the whole situation over.
If you do decide to go for it and rent out your home, I would make sure you look the property management contract over with a fine tooth comb. Get recommendations from others as to reputable companies and if possible, take a look at some of the homes they rent out. We decided to rent our home in Grand Junction out while we did some traveling, and we found out the renters smoked inside. While we had told the property management company no smoking, for some reason it wasn't written in the contract. We overlooked that and ended up eating the cost of removing the smoke.
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Old 01-16-2012, 02:12 PM
 
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If you do decide to go for it and rent out your home, I would make sure you look the property management contract over with a fine tooth comb. Get recommendations from others as to reputable companies and if possible, take a look at some of the homes they rent out. We decided to rent our home in Grand Junction out while we did some traveling, and we found out the renters smoked inside. While we had told the property management company no smoking, for some reason it wasn't written in the contract. We overlooked that and ended up eating the cost of removing the smoke.
For sure.

The whole rental thing puts us off to tell the truth, especially here in CA where the renter's rights are strongly in their favor. I know this from my younger days when a landlord tried to abuse their power a bit leading to me citing the laws (much to their shock) and telling them to stuff it. In fact I remember saying something at the time like 'I would NEVER rent property in California'... well never say never I guess. If it wasn't for the down market we would just sell and be done with it.
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Old 01-17-2012, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Durango, CO
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[quote=goin hiking;22570333]For sure.

The whole rental thing puts us off to tell the truth, especially here in CA where the renter's rights are strongly in their favor. I know this from my younger days when a landlord tried to abuse their power a bit leading to me citing the laws (much to their shock) and telling them to stuff it. In fact I remember saying something at the time like 'I would NEVER rent property in California'... well never say never I guess. If it wasn't for the down market we would just sell and be done with it.

Good luck, whatever you decide.
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Old 01-18-2012, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Durango, CO
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Regarding "isolation" and travel from Durango...I travel at least once per month for business, and doing so from Durango is actually a lot more convenient (and no more expensive) than from metro NYC (which I did for 15 yrs before moving to Durango).

United is 100% jet service, and typically has 6 flights per day to Denver, from which you can connect virtually anywhere without changing terminals etc. I can easlily be in Denver by 7am on any given day, and routinely get to my company's San Francisco office by noon.

My tix to SFO are almost always less than $500 dollars round trip, wich is less than I used to pay from JFK. (it's also often cheaper for me to get to SFO than it is for my business partner who lives in Santa Barbara ???)

You can also fly US Air, Frontier and now American from DRO, but I've never had a need to...
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Old 01-24-2012, 11:27 AM
 
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Can anyone recommend a good Realtor in Durango? It seems that we'll be flying out sometime soon and there are a few homes we want to see while we're there.
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Old 01-24-2012, 01:04 PM
 
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Can anyone recommend a good Realtor in Durango? It seems that we'll be flying out sometime soon and there are a few homes we want to see while we're there.
It's okay to ask for realtor recommendations, but anyone who wishes to reply needs to follow the TOS and send that info via the DM method, else we delete public posts as "realtor advertising."

Realtors may send ONE unsolicited DM to people, more than that and we discipline or ban the realtor for DM abuse. If a person responds to the realtor and they develop a dialog that is okay.
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:19 PM
 
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Just wanted to follow up and say thanks to the folks here, especially those who PM'd regarding services for the kids. We visited recently to have a look around town. The people we stopped to talk to were friendly, the locale may not be for everyone but we liked it a lot.

We spent most of the time checking out different the different neighborhoods and developments, which was helpful in figuring out which we liked and which ones not so much. We didn't spend a lot of time in the historic downtown, but did eat over there... great beer at Steamworks, good food too.

There are a couple of things to figure out still, but chances are we'll be making the move this spring/summer.
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Durango, CO
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Feel free to send me a DM if you still need a realtor. The realtor we used did a great job, and was very patient when we were looking around. She's actually become one of our closest friends here in town...
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