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Old 02-08-2012, 11:20 AM
 
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I plan on moving to CO with my boyfriend, friend, dog and cat this fall. We're in our early 20's, love being outdoors(snowboaring, skiing, snowshoeing, Mt Biking, everything). We're basically looking for a place that's not too far from Denver (about an hour and half or so), close to mountains, fun/safe/young community, very dog friendly (sidewalks, dog parks, etc). We're planning on taking a trip out there this spring, but I jsut want to see if we can narrow it down to a few towns! Any help is much appreciated!
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Old 02-08-2012, 11:42 AM
 
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Vicky, our usual responses to posts like yours would be "where is work" and "what is your budget" as that usually determines where one lives here.

Give us some of those parameters and we'll give you great advice, else all we can tell you is to look at the far western suburbs of Denver, and as far west as Idaho Springs.
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Old 02-08-2012, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Colorado Plateau
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I am originally from Northshore MA. I now live in western Colorado. I've been here 9 years. It's quite a ways from Denver here, 4 hrs, but there is a lot of outdoor activites here and no crowds.
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:05 PM
 
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Hi Vicky, I'm originally from Saugus, left there in '92 and moved to CO. I now live in England, but I loved CO so much that I tell people I'm from CO instead of MA.

Enjoy the move!
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Colorado Plateau
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Hi Vicky, I'm originally from Saugus, left there in '92 and moved to CO. I now live in England, but I loved CO so much that I tell people I'm from CO instead of MA.

Enjoy the move!
I'm an Ipswich native and miss it sometimes, but I love living in Colorado now.
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:39 AM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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I'm originally from Southboro, but had many school friends in Ipswich, Beverly Farms, Manchester, etc. I went to college in Colorado Springs and much later lived in Boulder for about a decade before moving to Denmark. I go back at least once a year!

Between 1962, when I first arrived, and 1996 when I left, I saw a lot of changes, but things have slowed down, recently, compared to that boom period. Housing prices have fallen, but not by that much in Denver, more so in Colorado Springs.

The places you are describing aren't that numerous within 1.5 hours of Denver and close to/in the mountains. If you drive west out I-70, you're looking at "el costa plenty" territory in the Evergreen to Conifer area and the morning traffic is barely survivable. If you look Southwest of Denver, off I-25, and in the mountains, there are few houses and the territory is pretty rugged. You might look at Palmer Lake, but my memory of that area is from the 80s, and it's pretty far south.

That means NW and that means Boulder and points west or perhaps even as far up as Ft. Collins, which I always avoided. Based on your preferences, Boulder -- while not in the mountains -- would be a good fit. But plan to pay somewhere between $1,000-$2,000 a month in rent. There are places for rent up in the mountains, but they often are quite isolated and tend to be either very high priced palaces or high-priced shack-like dumps. But living in Boulder proper is not so bad. North Boulder or near the center (but away from the University) is also nice...and again pricey. South Boulder --- that's another world.

Take a look at various Boulder rental sites on the WWW.

The rush hour traffic from/to Denver from Boulder is pretty bad, but there is bus service and bus lines. To get to the center of Denver from Boulder by public transport is in your commuting time-range.
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