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Old 01-29-2013, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Pluto's Home Town
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If you are currently working in a job that is slowly eating away at you, then I would absolutely advise you to look at this as a potentially great opportunity. Yes, Durango is expensive, but I don't think it's a whole lot more expensive than Ashland. Yes, you will be taking a pay cut. But, it sounds like you know how to live frugally, and even if you don't find that dream home, you may be happier living in a 900 sq.ft. home if you appreciated the work you do. Bayfield is definitely commutable, and many people do it. However, you have to decide whether a commute is worth it for you to have a bigger house.

I just drove through that part of Colorado this past fall and it has grown quite a bit. No doubt the growth is way more than what you saw 15 or so years ago. It's a great community though, as you know, and if you have a job prospect and the area is calling you, I'd go for it. It sounds like you've been looking for 5 years and this is one of the better prospects. I think Durango is totally doable on $60K a year. I'd apply and at least see if you can get an interview! Best of luck!

Thanks for the encouraging words Delta07!

It is largely about what one finds most important, I suppose. However, the housing bubble really turned us into nation of haves and have nots in a somewhat unprecedented way. I am trying to make the best of it.

I will be talking with the folks next week, so hopefully will learn more then.
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:37 PM
 
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My wife and I moved to Durango in August of 2010 with no jobs lined up ahead of time. Had enough money to live frugally while we searched for employment. My wife was hired at Fort Lewis in Aug. 2010 as an Admin. Assistant. I worked a temp. job with the city of Durango until I was hired at Fort Lewis in Dec. 2011. We leased a house on Florida Mesa for $1500 mo. and purchased it the end of last year. It had been on the market originally for $500K and then lowered to $400K. We purchased it for $325K. It's 2300 sq. ft on 5 acres with irrigation. Takes 20-30 min to get to Ft. Lewis.

If you get the job you will be able to make it work. I would recommend leasing until you find what you want. Deals on realestate come up regularly. But many sellers start out thinking they can get what their house was worth 5 years ago.

Lots to do for kid here. There is something going on always. Good luck!
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Pluto's Home Town
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My wife and I moved to Durango in August of 2010 with no jobs lined up ahead of time. Had enough money to live frugally while we searched for employment. My wife was hired at Fort Lewis in Aug. 2010 as an Admin. Assistant. I worked a temp. job with the city of Durango until I was hired at Fort Lewis in Dec. 2011. We leased a house on Florida Mesa for $1500 mo. and purchased it the end of last year. It had been on the market originally for $500K and then lowered to $400K. We purchased it for $325K. It's 2300 sq. ft on 5 acres with irrigation. Takes 20-30 min to get to Ft. Lewis.

If you get the job you will be able to make it work. I would recommend leasing until you find what you want. Deals on realestate come up regularly. But many sellers start out thinking they can get what their house was worth 5 years ago.

Lots to do for kid here. There is something going on always. Good luck!

Thanks Charlie M. Glad it worked out for you and your wife, and that you found a nice house!
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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So, are you applying for the job and considering the move? Inquiring minds want to know!
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Old 03-03-2013, 01:44 PM
 
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Default Considering Durango...

Fiddlehead -- you're the only one who can balance your legitimate financial concerns with your lifestyle and career desires. Have you done a direct comparison between the costs of Ashland vs. Durango? The comments about real estate taxes are worth pursuing...you may be able to afford more than you think, when you take into account current low interest rates and the low property taxes here. The overall cost of living in Durango is lower than U.S. average, it's only the high cost of housing that is really out of whack. There are possibilities in and out of town in the low- to mid-threes, but they come and go really quickly.

For a "worst case" scenario, you might look at your potential expenses against only your Ft. Lewis income, in case your wife doesn't land a job soon or at the same salary.

I would encourage you to apply, dude! You will never know what you might have missed out on if you don't pursue it. For what you and your family like to do and how you live (frugally, books, hiking), Durango may be a very good fit for you. I made the leap last summer, from the Mid-Atlantic to here. We are renting instead of buying, for now. Our family income is in line with what your Ft. Lewis income would be, and it's tight, but do-able. I know there are far cheaper places to live -- but they don't have the San Juans, the desert, or many opportunities for outdoor adventure. There is also a terrific charter school, both at middle and high school levels. Anyone who can come here with a job in hand has a great chance of succeeding. I hope you'll continue to check it out. Good luck. Private message me if you like.
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