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Old 02-28-2013, 10:26 AM
Location: Out in the Badlands
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Originally Posted by delta07 View Post
Are you stuck on Colorado? If not, you might check out Bend, OR where I currently live. It has all that you are looking for, and thanks to the real estate bubble, land and housing is extremely affordable right now. My husband is an RN here and makes $41/hour. Much better wages! There are also quite a few other smaller towns in OR that might fit what you are looking for. Land is a bit harder to buy here because of our urban growth boundaries, but it can be done. You might check out the OR forum for more info.

You might also check out Santa Fe or Taos, NM. Our friends that moved to Durango ended up in Taos! He makes a little bit more than what was offered in Durango and the cost of living is lower.

Why are you looking to leave AZ?
Santa Fe and Taos=mucho expensive. How about some of the medium size towns in Washington?
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:07 AM
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My wife & I signed a lease on a 2800 SF condo in Durango for $1450/mo last weekend. Starting my first "moving" trip to Durango tomorrow morning pulling a 5,000 lb cargo trailer behind me. I'll be in Durango for 10 days while I start setting up house.

Interesting thing I've discovered, the food prices in the local supermarkets are actually considerably cheaper than here around Pittsburgh. Fresh asparagus for less than $2/lb, Apples at 10 lbs for $10. At the moment here in Pittsburgh, Asparagus is currently ranging from $3.99 to $4.99/ lb and apples are selling for $1.99 to $2.49/ lb. In addition, gas is about 0.15/ gal cheaper in Durango.

Too bad housing is still 20% more expensive here although I was very surprised at the reasonable rents for how much house I could rent. The condo we rented is a 3BR/ 2-1/2 bath unit with a 2 car garage and tons of storage so we won't need to rent any storage while we're living there and building out on the Florida Mesa.

Everything is relative and where you come from will determine how expensive Durango really is for you. When we complete our move to Durango this June, we will experience an immediate drop of $600/ mo in our living costs.

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Old 03-01-2013, 09:28 AM
Location: Evergreen
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What about Conifer, Pine or Bailey, CO? These towns are by no means cookie cutter. I have friends that live in Bailey (the furthest from Denver of the towns I mentioned) on acreage and it takes them an hour to get to Swedish Medical Center. I also have friends that live in Conifer on 2-3 acres and it takes them 35 minutes to get to the new St. Anthony's Hospital on 6th Ave. My sister and BIL live closer to Denver in Littleton and my sister has 12 years experience as an RN and makes $31.50/hr as a PT RN at Swedish. My BIL works FT weekends as an RN and makes $40/hr with less years of experience at Littleton Adventist. Good luck in your decision! Hope this was helpful.
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Old 03-01-2013, 04:58 PM
Location: Corona
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My elderly Mom sold her place in Pagosa almost 2 years ago partially because the health care sucks in Pagosa, no hospital only a clinic trying to be a hospital. Durango Hospital is the only game in town. It's new. The cost of living in Durango is even higher than Pagosa, don't know what RN wages are to compare to. The problem you will find in small towns is cronyism. I wouldn't move there without an offer because you are competing against the locals and the rate of unemployment is high in that part of CO. Most of the people we know in Pagosa work 3 part time jobs all year round and still scrape by.
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