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Old 10-28-2007, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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Default taking a trip

yes we do plan on visiting colorado before moving. thank you all for your help, its so hard to decide with so many different opinions and feedback on the colorado areas. if anyone has anymore info dont hesitate to respond. thanks again!
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Old 10-28-2007, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Castle Rock, CO
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Skip Aurora. Littleton is nice, but older.

Douglas County is where you want to be.

Consider Highlands Ranch (esp. if you like amenities) or Castle Rock.

Also nice is Larkspur (further), Sedalia (rural) and Parker.

I think the price/value in Castle Rock is very favorable. Highlands Ranch is
hard to beat, but has a yuppy reputation. More house and land for the $$
in Castle Rock.
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Old 10-29-2007, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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This has a few pictures, and is a pretty good example for you.

Colorado Springs Neighborhood Report ~ Middle Creek Manor and Mary Kyer Park - Colorado Springs Real Estate Connection
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Old 10-29-2007, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Castle Rock, CO
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I really like Fort Collins, but the jobs are less plentiful there. Its a smaller college town, but the pace is slower than in other cities. It has a charming downtown and nice university. Its an agricultural town, not a rich-kid town like Boulder. Longmont and Loveland are also nice, if you don't mind commuting an hour each way every day. Castle Rock takes me 35-40 to commute to downtown each day, which is worth it to me ... as the town is really neat and different from Denver.
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Old 10-29-2007, 01:51 PM
 
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Yeah 450 for a "wealthier" area. You are way priced out of the wealthy neighborhoods and towns. However there are plenty of middle class towns and neighborhoods where your dollar would go far. Arvada, Westminster, Thornton, Wheatridge, parts of Denver, Longmont, Erie....lots of places.
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Old 10-29-2007, 09:44 PM
 
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Default Wrong state, friend.

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My fiance and I are in plans to move to Colorado from Orange County, Ca. We want to find a nice city to raise our children in and own our first home. We are moving out of Ca to get away from the crime and overwhelming housing costs due to immigration.

If anyone has any info on some of the wealthier, nicer areas to live please let me know. Thank you!
Judging by your post, I think you'd be more comfortable in Montana or North Dakota. Northern Idaho is another possibility. There are plenty of areas up there that are for those who think a) illegal immigrants are to blame for everything (low wage workers driving up real estate? - HUH???), and b) those who think $450k on a house will make you "wealthy" and "nice." That kind of money will make you look rich in those areas.
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Old 10-29-2007, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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Judging by your post, I think you'd be more comfortable in Montana or North Dakota. Northern Idaho is another possibility. There are plenty of areas up there that are for those who think a) illegal immigrants are to blame for everything (low wage workers driving up real estate? - HUH???), and b) those who think $450k on a house will make you "wealthy" and "nice." That kind of money will make you look rich in those areas.
Facts are facts. The illegal immigrants are causing housing prices to go up. There isnt anything left for the middle class due to the immigrants growing in population in the older middle class communities and turning them into dumps. Im not sure if you've heard of Santa Ana, Anaheim, Garden Grove..etc.. but they used to be nice places to live now they are spitting images of Tijuana. Its sad. Now all that's left is Tijuana or Newport Coast $1mil+. I'm not interested in looking rich or wealthy, however, nicer neighborhoods bring nicer neighbors. I'm sure when you were looking for a place to live carnicerias and panderias weren't top on your list for neighborhood shopping centers. Or maybe they were in which case CA would be great for you.

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Old 10-29-2007, 10:53 PM
 
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Facts are facts. The illegal immigrants are causing housing prices to go up. There isnt anything left for the middle class due to the immigrants growing in population in the older middle class communities and turning them into dumps. Im not sure if you've heard of Santa Ana, Anaheim, Garden Grove..etc.. but they used to be nice places to live now they are spitting images of Tijuana. Its sad. Now all that's left is Tijuana or Newport Coast $1mil+. I'm not interested in looking rich or wealthy, however, nicer neighborhoods bring nicer neighbors. I'm sure when you were looking for a place to live carnicerias and panderias weren't top on your list for neighborhood shopping centers. Or maybe they were in which case CA would be great for you.
I totally understand your idea to relocate to a nice, safe place for your family. I absolute agree with you about the unreasonable housing price of CA(mainly in SoCal and Bay Area). I also belive that illegal immigrants causes a portion of the high crime rate in some CA areas (not in San Jose where I live). I see a lot of illegal immigrants who work very hard for the lowest paid labour work in san Jose. It is impossible for them to afford a home here. Therefore, I don't know how these illegal immigrants make housing price going up in CA???
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Old 10-29-2007, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Castle Rock, CO
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Well, there are plenty of illegals in Colorado. Sadly, Denver has become a refuge city. I'm not seeing them driving up real estate here, so much as they are driving up heathcare by never paying at the clinics and hospitals.

Anyways, you'd be more than welcome here in Colorado. Like I said, lots of CA folks have made the move and liked it here. Our next door neighbors are from CA and everytime they return from a trip there, they tell me how much they appreciate coming back to Castle Rock from the LA area. The sky here is BLUE and most days are sunny. I've heard Idaho is nice, but the winters are a bear ... and jobs are limited.

Right now, a CA buyer can have a nice choice of houses in this buyers market.
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Old 10-30-2007, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Back to the question from the OP...I'd second the earlier comment about Fort Collins. Its a great town that is large enough to have pretty much everything you'd need, but right at an hour to Denver for those big-city shopping needs. Super-safe and very cool downtown area.
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