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Old 06-04-2013, 07:55 AM
 
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Hi Everyone,

I have been to Colorado several times and love it. From business to vacation it has always been a great experience. I grew up in the North East and relocated with my job back in the eighties to NC. Now looking at retiring in a few years I want out of the humidity and would like to move to Colorado. I have narrowed it down to two areas and have visited both a few times (Gunbarrel and Steamboat). I would like to get some input as to which one you would choose (pros and cons) of each. Thanks for your replies.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:02 AM
 
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Gunbarrel ... I live there. It is a world away from Steamboat. Seems like an odd choice. It is mostly young families here. A lot of tech workers who like Boulder but can't afford to live there. Its getting closer to Boulder prices all the time, though. Ask me any direct question you like.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:30 AM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Default We need more data

1. Your age?
2. Your health?
3. What do you like to do for activities?
4. Have you ever lived in a small, isolated town before?
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:25 AM
 
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Age - Mid fifties, health-excellent, Love anything outside (hiking, walking, biking, gardening). Don't care for the crowds but 10-20 minutes from town is good. Isolated-no, but where I am in NC a good percentage of the time the town is out of stock of things and I have to drive 45 minutes in either direction to get what I need (leave it for the weekends and thankful I drive a Prius). Been working as a computer programmer for 30+ years.
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Old 06-04-2013, 12:03 PM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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I know you have visited Colorado, but have you visited these two towns, they are so vastly different.
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Old 06-04-2013, 12:18 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Default Steamboat

rent for a year to make sure you like it
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Old 06-04-2013, 12:19 PM
 
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Yes, visited and like both. Trying to decide which is a better fit. I grew up in the NE so snow doesn't phase me. Although Steamboat gets significantly more than we had. One of my concerns is the heating bill. Unless the condo's HOA includes heat I would think the bill would be quite high in Steamboat.
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Old 06-09-2013, 05:44 PM
 
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Steamboat is very cold in winter.

It's a confusing choice overall. I had to look up Gunbarrel, as I had never heard of it. Denver Metro versus living in the boonies.

I think for starters you have decide whether living in and near the city is more important or living in an isolated town is what you want. Except for Craig, which there is not much going on there, Steamboat is 90 minutes and more from anywhere else.

I lived in Steamboat for a winter and really didn't like it after living in Vail and pretty much it drove me to quit Colorado. It's easy to get cabin fever there. Some people love it though.
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:53 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Yes, visited and like both. Trying to decide which is a better fit. I grew up in the NE so snow doesn't phase me. Although Steamboat gets significantly more than we had. One of my concerns is the heating bill. Unless the condo's HOA includes heat I would think the bill would be quite high in Steamboat.
Even if the HOA includes heat it will be expensive. Your HOA fees will just be higher.

I agree it's a strange dichotomy. I do agree that Steamboat gets very cold and has a winter the likes of which you have probably not seen before.
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