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Old 06-01-2013, 12:44 PM
 
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We are considering relocating to Grand Junction. My husband is from Denver, I'm from West MI, and we currently live in Houston. We would be looking to buy a house for around 100000-125000 and mostly like to go to parks, bike, some camping, and play baseball and basketball. Do you think we would fit in in Grand Junction?
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Old 06-02-2013, 02:29 PM
 
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I visit GJ a lot, but have never lived there, so can't attest to schools or neighborhoods. It's a clean town, the people are nice, and home to Mesa University. Downtown is vibrant and closes off each Thurs (or Fri) night for a street fair. It's a touristy town in the summer. Lots of outdoor activity; baseball seems to be very popular there. A very arid climate; snow and cold in the winter, hot and dry in the summer. It kinda borders the high desert of Utah and the Rockies.
Colorado National Monument is absolutely beautiful and just outside town. The Grand Mesa to the east rises to about 11,000 ft, with literally hundreds of lakes, evergreen forests and camping/recreating opportunities galore. It's one of my favorite places, and is a great place to cool off from the hot summer in town. The slopes of the mesa host several small communities, peach orchards, and even a winery.
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Old 06-02-2013, 03:04 PM
 
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Do you already have jobs? If you search this forum for threads on GJ you will see that moving there without a good job lined up may not be the best decision.
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Old 06-02-2013, 03:56 PM
 
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There are ample baseball and soccer fields out on 24 Road heading away from Mesa Mall and towards I-70. The reason baseball is somewhat popular here as JUCO has just finished up here. JUCO is the Junior College World Series, held here for over 60 years. It takes place at Suplizio Field, named after Sam Suplizio, one of the big boosters in the area who sadly passed away a couple years ago. Suplizio Field connects with Stocker Stadium, which is used for high school football games and also Mesa State College games. Mesa is in the RMAC (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.)

You'll have to go over 100-125 thousand in regards to housing in a decent area. Speaking of the two fields, one neighborhood I've always liked is the Lincoln Park neighborhood, which adjoins the two stadiums. Older housing but a good neighborhood. Some decent neighborhoods in the housing between LP and downtown, others are somewhat sketchy. Another nice area is the housing south and west of St, Mary's Hospital. There are good areas going on Patterson Rd. heading east, but in many cases they are subdivisions, which, um, involve HOA's. Nice area near the college and Community Hospital (12th and Orchard) The best part of older GJ is the Redlands (not cheap)

Back to baseball. The Class C minor leagues are cranking up soon. The team here is the Grand Junction Rockies, it's known as the Rookie League. They are a farm club of MLB's Colorado Rockies. Their season kicks in soon.

Dogmama50 is right. Type in Grand Junction in the search box at the top of the screen. There are lots of threads-and opinions. The recession from 2008 hasn't been kind to this area as there were massive job cutbacks by the energy companies even before the 2008 presidential election. If you already have a job lined up or retired already, then the employment situation shouldn't be a concern to you of course.
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Old 06-02-2013, 04:26 PM
 
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I think GJ is the middle of nowhere, but, maybe that's not a valid perception.
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