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Old 10-30-2007, 08:26 PM
 
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Topic. I was thinking maybe Evergreen or Idaho Springs.

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Old 10-30-2007, 09:26 PM
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Idaho Springs would be pushing it. I once worked in Wheat Ridge with a woman from IS. That was probably an hour's drive. Evergreen would be doable.
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Old 10-30-2007, 09:31 PM
 
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Idaho Springs is not an hour from Denver. 35-40 minutes to downtown tops (it's about 33 miles). However, in bad weather or traffic (Saturday and Sunday afternoons/evenings), it can take much, much, much longer.

Just from my cursory experience of both towns, I think I'd much rather live in Evergreen than Idaho Springs. IS seems pretty run down, and is mostly a pit-stop for people traveling between Denver and the mountains.
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Old 10-30-2007, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Castle Rock, CO
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Idaho Springs seems only about 2-3 blocks wide and was an old mining town. I-70 runs through the same narrow canyon its located in. I agree evergreen offers much more.

I also like Larkspur. Its more mountainous that you might think and its really not far from Denver or Colorado Springs.

There are also places like Sedalia, Surrey Ridge and Happy Canyon which are pretty close to Denver and give you a 'living in the mtns' feel, without a really far commute. Sedalia is a town, the others are parts of Castle Rock.
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Old 10-30-2007, 09:45 PM
 
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The mining town part of Idaho Springs is what I like about it, but if the town is really run down than I'll pass.

I am not looking for a very populated area.
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Old 10-30-2007, 09:53 PM
 
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Have you visited both areas then? Idaho Spring and Evergreen are quite dissimilar IMHO, and you really need to see them for yourself to determine if it's too run down, or too populated, or whatever you're looking for.
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Old 10-30-2007, 10:04 PM
 
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I also like the character of some of these old mining towns. The downside is that many (most) of them have fairly serious pollution problems coming from them and flowing into the streams.
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Old 10-30-2007, 10:11 PM
 
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Wow. Well maybe living in or near one of those towns isn't realistic.
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Old 10-30-2007, 11:02 PM
 
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Even evergreen itself differs greatly from one point to the next. It seems up near 70 the town is very suburban with classic cul de sac neighborhoods and apartments or town homes as well as walmart and home depot etc. the further south from the interstate the more of a mountain town atmosphere. Lots of options up there. Personally I would love to have one of the houses that overlooks evergreen lake that would be classic.
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Old 10-30-2007, 11:09 PM
 
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Evergreen is a nice area. Its grown much more popular in the last 10 years ... but offers a great mix of options as steveco mentioned.
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