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Old 02-21-2012, 06:22 PM
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Our family is thinking of relocating from upstate New York to Colorado, but we're not sure where. We'd like to be somewhere near Boulder (not right IN b/c I see it's expensive). We have two small boys and we were thinking of renting for a year then buying a house. Right now we pay just over $900 for our mortgage, but would like to rent for less if possible. We love festivals, hiking, malls, museums, and I homeschool so I'm not worried about schools.

We own a house cleaning business here and would probably start one up there, too. We have no idea about neighborhoods or where to look for an apartment. We're thinking of flying there in the summer/fall to look around, and wondered if anyone could give us some ideas of where to look.

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Old 02-21-2012, 10:19 PM
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Wink Most likely east

Not that it's impossible, but expect to pay more for housing in Colorado, compared to probably most places in upstate New York.

Most rental options outside of Boulder will be to the east, on the plains. Think of the suburban towns down along US 36, such as Louisville/Superior, Broomfield, and Westminster. Longmont is another option, residing northeast of Boulder. There are also some smaller towns, and a variety of unincorporated areas in the vicinity where something might be possible. If you are interested in the mountains outside of Boulder, the options are more limited. Nederland is 18 miles to the southwest, and a nice place, but with surely limited options. There are any number of private residences closer in to Boulder scattered throughout the immediate front range mountains, but finding something suitable on a relatively limited budget will be a challenge. In this vein, also consider what may possible in the small town of Jamestown, northwest of Boulder. To the more immediate southwest you might luck into something near Eldorado Springs, or maybe Coal Creek Canyon, which runs west into the mountains via CO 73, off of CO 93, which runs south out of Boulder.

In practical terms you are probably best off in one of the suburban towns near Boulder, meaning on what amounts to the flat plains, but possibly with a nice view of the mountains to the west. If choosing to live in the mountains you will pay for it in a variety of ways, probably in longer commutes and petrol costs for one. Also in shoveling snow, who those down below are not as prone to. But if your heart is there, it can be worth it.

The biggest challenge, anywhere, will be in finding something you like well enough at that price point, and enough employment to pay for it.
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Old 02-22-2012, 03:25 PM
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Thank you so much for your reply. I appreciate all of the towns you've mentioned and look forward to checking them out
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