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Old 10-29-2007, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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Ok back again and looking for more opinions. I've been told to check out these cities among others and think these areas are where I'll be visiting before making any decisions about moving. Once again looking to spend $400-450,000 would like 4,000 sq. ft. safe neighborhood, convenient shopping centers, private school for (future) kids. Is this possible in these neighborhoods? What are the "good" and "bad" areas of these cities? What makes them "good" or "bad"? Thank all of you again!!
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Old 10-29-2007, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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They are all good. Colorado Springs is ten times larger than either of those so it will have some places that wouldn't meet your requirements. You'll probably get more for your money in COS, CR, and HL in that order. I'd live in any of these places. Parker and Lone Tree too.

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Old 10-29-2007, 07:36 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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That is a lot of house for $400- 500K. I think you need to see Colorado instead of relying on what you have been "told". I am being serious. People come out here having "heard" of some place, and they are generally disappointed.

Why do you want private schools? The public schools here are good.
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Old 10-29-2007, 07:40 PM
 
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Four thousand square feet? And, you don't have kids yet? Wow! That's planning ahead.
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Old 10-29-2007, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Four thousand square feet? And, you don't have kids yet? Wow! That's planning ahead.
I'm trying to get to know this guy so I'll have a place to go if my wife ever gives me the boot for spending too much time on City Data.

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Old 10-29-2007, 07:57 PM
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I'm trying to get to know this guy so I'll have a place to go if my wife ever gives me the boot for spending too much time on City Data.

"Charles....I need your help...NOW!" "Get off the g0d dham computer!"
DH has said similar things to me!
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Old 10-29-2007, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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Default planning ahead

yes we will be visiting. but id like to narrow down the cities to visit opposed to racing around the whole state in a week or 2. yeah i know 4,000 sq. ft is large but we do plan on having kids and we'd rather be prepared than having to move while pregnant... ulgh! also i am used to CA school system which is HORRIFIC! so id like to put the kids in private school, possibly catholic. nothing like killing 2 birds with one stone.
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Old 10-29-2007, 08:13 PM
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I don't know housing prices in COS, but I know that in metro Denver you would not get that size house for $400-500K. Probably minimum $600K. And what I mean is, you may not like the looks of these places once you see them. If you are going to work for a living, you probably need to plan on living along the Front Range, roughly COS north to Ft. Collins. (Unless, of course, you are self employed.) Keep your options open.
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Old 10-29-2007, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Avondale, AZ
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HR is nice and has a lot of amenities. It feels and looks a lot like many OC developments. Close to shopping and Denver.
Castle Rock and Colorado Springs are cities and have very different neighborhoods that will appeal to all sorts of tastes.
I think you can easily tour HR and Castle Rock in a day. Colorado Springs will take longer. Check tons of info on Colorado Springs forum to slim down areas to look.
We live in Monument, north side of Colorado Springs, and there are 4000' homes on half acre treed lots in our development in your price range. You can do even better if you buy in newer develpments with smaller lots.
Will your job determine a location?
Good Luck
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Old 10-29-2007, 08:57 PM
 
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I don't know housing prices in COS, but I know that in metro Denver you would not get that size house for $400-500K. Probably minimum $600K. And what I mean is, you may not like the looks of these places once you see them. If you are going to work for a living, you probably need to plan on living along the Front Range, roughly COS north to Ft. Collins. (Unless, of course, you are self employed.) Keep your options open.
Well, that depends whether the OP is counting the basement in the square footage. If it's a 2000 sf ranch with a finished basement, then you have a 4000 sf house, probably well within the OP's price range.

However, I'll bet the OP wants a 4000 SF house PLUS a basement, making the total more like 5000-6000 sf. That's probably not within the price range.
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