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Old 10-04-2012, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Can you? Denver born and raised, but gone for over 30 years - thinking about Fort Collins area, but wonder as I scan realty listing if this would work: want an older (pre-1950) house with some character, but think it may be hard to stay under c. 200K if it's not a dump or in a dicey neighborhood... realize that older places tend to be on small lots too; but under a quarter acre seems clastrophobic to me after living country/suburbs for years always on over an acre.
So, kind readers, would appreciate some reality checks if we need them - no kids, so schools don't matter.Any thoughts?
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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I live in Pueblo but I always meet people who have moved away then came "home" and absolutely love it. So I say if you want to move back to Colorado go for it!
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:37 PM
 
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Population growth didn't really take off until after 1950, so I don't think you'll have as many choices for older homes as you would in a state back east. I don't know about Fort Collins but I am familiar with older neighborhoods in the Denver area and yes some of the lot sizes are small, but not really smaller than many of the modern McMansion lots however. I think if you can find a good gentrified neighborhood, it's not a bad choice.
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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well thanks. What about prices -- I know things are much higher than Tenn; I do see listings in our price range (under around 200K ) but you know how it is; something looks great on realtor.com, but turns out there's a meat packing plant next door, or it's a gangbanger neighborhood or something. are there likely to be decent houses in that range in FC or Loveland?
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Eastern Colorado
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You can find some older homes in Fort Collins around old town and you can find homes around $200,000 or less, but you will have trouble finding a old home on more then a quarter acre for less then $200,000 in Fort Collins.
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:35 AM
 
Location: West
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I came from So Cal in 99 and went back for Spring Break this past April: WOW!

Forgot about the palm trees!

After going there, crying how much I missed the beaches, I realized that financially, we'd NEVER, EVER be able to go back 'home.'

Since 99, i have learned a lot living here and can say the changes since then have really floored me. There was no crime during 99 .. i mean, watching the nightly news, nothing occurred.. So CAL: every single day there's a car chase on the frwy,, murder, rape, arson, every single day.

I have friends who live in NEW homes in MN, WI and IA ... they also have LAND! Just right around 89K.

Can you come home? If you go North or way South I think... Not in Denver.
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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This is a question I ask myself all the time. Yes, I think I can go back to Colorado, just not sure I could go back "home," ie Denver. After living half my life away from Denver, and living in small towns or cities for the last 18 years, I think it would be a really hard adjustment to move back to such a large city. However, that's the predicament we face, as work is mostly along the Front Range, at least with the salary we desire. We have looked again at Fort Collins, but unsure we could afford to live there. I think it becomes a pros and cons situation and you have to decide whether you can do it. I do miss everything about Colorado though, except the traffic and congestion along the Front Range. Good luck deciding!
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Wherabouts Unknown!
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Bon Jovi & Jennifer Nettles "Who Says You Can't Go Home"
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:59 AM
 
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. We have looked again at Fort Collins, but unsure we could afford to live there.
Is it that much more expensive to live in Fort Collins?
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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Is it that much more expensive to live in Fort Collins?
It is, if you don't have a job. I realized that I worded that funny. What I meant to say, is that it's expensive compared to the wages and jobs.
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