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Old 06-16-2013, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs area
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We are getting ready to sell out and move. We are currently in the Seattle area. We will be retiring and maybe work part time. We have a list of what we would like---some are deal breakers and some are not. All advice welcomed:
sun
culture
good places to eat
ranch house
manageable lot
reasonable traffic
good medical care
clean air
sams club/costco,etc
low crime
out door activities
friendly people
community activities
pet friendly
shopping centers
reasonable housing/we do have money to put down on home with maybe a $1000/mo house payment
We were looking at Colorado Springs and Loveland. We are middle of the road political wise and enjoy different cultures. We would enjoy a more layed back place where everyone is in not so much of a rush. We also have looked into co housing areas that Colorado has--18 listed. Any ideas on that??? I like the idea of a tighter community feeling.
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Old 06-16-2013, 03:15 PM
 
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Your list can be met in either area, and many more, no need to limit yourself to those two areas.

See ppar.com for housing in COLO SPGS and realtor.com for Loveland area.

COLO SPGS is decidedly a conservative voting area, I'd imagine Loveland is more balanced.
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:26 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I have researched most of the co-housing in Colo. Basically it is quite overpriced, as are most. (You can do your own for ~ 1/2 price if you have enough 'takers')

Look at Cohousing Development in North Boulder, Colorado - Silver Sage Village.
as well as places in Lyons (nearby). I found the Colorado Co-housing residents even harder to live with than the PNW breed. THAT can be an issue. Ft Collins has options as well, worth a visit (on a non- demo day).

Both places you mention will be fine, and they each have unique merit. I would try each for a few months doing house sitting gigs, or renting a furnished apartment.

What is your idea / skillset for PT work?

I find it is best to stay in your previous expertise if MONEY is necessary
. (If for fun / social needs, then try something you like).

CO SPRINGS is more Business centric, lots of small manufacturing and variety and less competition for jobs in Lovelend.

Costco is far from Loveland (hopefully not for long... Ft Collins is in their plans)

I prefer Loveland for SLOWER and access to RMNP and WY (where I usually prefer to recreate)

I prefer Co Springs for more activity and goods + access to Southern Colorado Mtns.

Ft Collins might be better for your tastes, try getting a spot between Loveland and Ft Collins to try out each.

I took a PT (retirement) job in Asia, so I need quick acces to international airport. I am in Loveland today looking at retirement / senior centric investment properties. (It was home for 25 yrs, about 30 yrs ago). Tough to get decent props that have good cashflows. Property for your Co-housing project is not ez to find either.
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Old 06-17-2013, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs area
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I have researched most of the co-housing in Colo. Basically it is quite overpriced, as are most. (You can do your own for ~ 1/2 price if you have enough 'takers')

Look at Cohousing Development in North Boulder, Colorado - Silver Sage Village.
as well as places in Lyons (nearby). I found the Colorado Co-housing residents even harder to live with than the PNW breed. THAT can be an issue. Ft Collins has options as well, worth a visit (on a non- demo day).

Both places you mention will be fine, and they each have unique merit. I would try each for a few months doing house sitting gigs, or renting a furnished apartment.

What is your idea / skillset for PT work?

I find it is best to stay in your previous expertise if MONEY is necessary
. (If for fun / social needs, then try something you like).

CO SPRINGS is more Business centric, lots of small manufacturing and variety and less competition for jobs in Lovelend.

Costco is far from Loveland (hopefully not for long... Ft Collins is in their plans)

I prefer Loveland for SLOWER and access to RMNP and WY (where I usually prefer to recreate)

I prefer Co Springs for more activity and goods + access to Southern Colorado Mtns.

Ft Collins might be better for your tastes, try getting a spot between Loveland and Ft Collins to try out each.

I took a PT (retirement) job in Asia, so I need quick acces to international airport. I am in Loveland today looking at retirement / senior centric investment properties. (It was home for 25 yrs, about 30 yrs ago). Tough to get decent props that have good cashflows. Property for your Co-housing project is not ez to find either.
thanks for the info and that is just what I thought---have done a lot of research but getting opinions from those there is still the best
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:50 AM
 
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Both are excellent options for your criteria. The reasons given look accurate to me. I think you'll enjoy it out here.
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:44 PM
 
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I will always advise that people rent or hotel it until they have come to a decision. Buying a house is major, and following advice from people who may or may not share your opinions/ideals etc may not be the best idea. No matter, welcome!
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Old 06-21-2013, 05:42 AM
 
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I will always advise that people rent or hotel it until they have come to a decision. Buying a house is major, and following advice from people who may or may not share your opinions/ideals etc may not be the best idea. No matter, welcome!
Renting is not easy in Loveland due to chronic limited availability and it will certainly be difficult in COS after this huge fire.
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:37 AM
 
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Renting is not easy in Loveland due to chronic limited availability and it will certainly be difficult in COS after this huge fire.
If they were okay with apartments, I'm pretty sure they could find something. I got something for significantly below market rent (based on old rents) right after the waldo canyon fire. While some places were jacking their prices, there were a few gems that were largely undiscovered.
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:10 PM
 
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Colorado Springs seems to be a sunnier city in my opinion. The winter is more moderate in Colorado Springs then Loveland.

I have only been to Loveland but it seems very quiet and sedate. Larimer County as a whole is very, very family-oriented with Loveland skewing more towards baby-boomers and retirees. Colorado Springs has some great neighborhoods to raise families but if I had children I would personally raise them in Loveland overall. Northern Colorado Springs and Loveland both have relatively high numbers of baby boomers and retiree's.

Colorado Springs is far, far more entertaining then Loveland and even Fort Collins IMHO. Colorado Springs has a wild element, which Loveland and Larimer County lack. I know of people who go to Loveland and say that they can feel their blood pressure drop just from the sedate element of the city.

I would say both are similar for dining election. Colorado Springs has quite a few local restaurants actually. I am not sure about Loveland.

Both Colorado Springs and Loveland have good air quality. Colorado Springs has a slight inversion some days.

Both Colorado Springs and Loveland have similar housing styles. I think in both cities 1/6 to 1/4 lots are typical.

Loveland has a hospital through Banner Health. Colorado Springs has four large hospitals in the city proper. Two of them are Memorial Hospital which are leased by the University of Colorado and the other two are Century Health hospital system.

Both cities have good traffic flow. Colorado Springs has fairly light-traffic because of the low densities and Loveland has light traffic because its a small city.

Loveland is probably one of the safest cities of it's size in America. Larimer County is an extremely, extremely low-crime county overall. Colorado Springs crime rate is very similar to the national average.

Colorado Springs is more of live and let live city. People are down to earth overall. Its friendly in a distant sort of manner. Not sure about Loveland never lived there, but it seems fairly down to earth by Colorado standards.

I think Loveland has more people who intend on living there long term so there is more of a cohesive community. Colorado Springs is more transient, but there are a lot of community oriented people there also.

Loveland and Colorado Springs have very similar costs of housing. I do think $1,000 a month for principle and interest which is about $200,000 would be difficult though but doable. Except for Pueblo and Greeley, Loveland and Colorado Springs are most affordable cities on the front range. Pretty much every else has a major housing shortage currently it seems.
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