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Old 07-06-2013, 06:57 PM
 
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My fiancé and I are planning on moving from Mississippi to Colorado within the next 6 months or so. We have a 3 year old daughter and another baby on the way and are anxious to move somewhere that will have things for us to do with our children as well as better schools and opportunities for them to learn.. We have been to Denver several times as well as Fort Collins/Loveland and Colorado Springs.

We have been planning to move to Loveland, however, we are just not really sure if it has everything we need and may want to be closer to a city. It is very important that we have Gymnastics, Dance, Swim, etc. for the children. Also, I would like to live in an area that has the best elementary schools as my oldest daughter will start kindergarten in 2 years.

Our budget for a home is around 200,000. He works offshore, so we will need to be somewhat close to a major airport. And I am currently working from home, however when this project ends I will probably want to find work - My degree is in Computer Science, however my experience lies in GIS/Oil and Gas work.

I am thinking that we will probably want to stay in the Denver area for the above reasons, however we are thinking that Loveland would be a close alternative if it is a nice area for children.

I am open to any suggestions, however I do not think that Colorado Springs would be a good fit for us as we are not religious which is one of many reason for leaving the bible belt.

We are in our early 30's and would like to live in an area that is more laid back with families and PLENTY to do for the kids
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Old 07-06-2013, 07:42 PM
 
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Default A little diagram/chart I came up with for folks moving to Colorado

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Old 07-06-2013, 07:52 PM
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Is there a city in Colorado that isn't family friendly?
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Old 07-06-2013, 07:58 PM
 
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Family-friendly costs money or is out in the toolies.
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:50 PM
 
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Is there a city in Colorado that isn't family friendly?
That certainly puts a smile on my face...





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Family-friendly costs money or is out in the toolies.

Where are you speaking of in particular? Could you give some examples of where would be Accessible and Safe/Amenities and what are these costs? What is considered affordable? Could a family making 150,000-200,000 per year live in these areas or are we out in "the toolies?"
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:56 PM
 
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$200K is a bit low for the best schools. However you can get into pretty good ones if your willing to get an older house and work on it a bit. How about something like these in Broomfield.

893 Dexter Dr, Broomfield, CO 80020 - Zillow

12546 Maria Cir, Broomfield, CO 80020 - Zillow

Your best bet for getting into the best schools is to go for a condo or townhome.

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/14...12153762_zpid/

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Old 07-06-2013, 09:21 PM
 
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Our budget for a home is around 200,000.
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Could a family making 150,000-200,000 per year live in these areas or are we out in "the toolies?"
I'm confused. Your budget for a home is around 200k? Your family income is 150-200k per year?

Your budget seems limiting. If you want to live within the Front Range area from Denver to Loveland, you want the best schools, want to be near a major airport... aka DIA, but not in Colorado Springs because it's too religious for you... certainly south and/or east of the Denver Metro would be out of the question.

I just don't think you can do it on a 200,000 budget for your home.

You can buy a nice home in Pueblo County for 200k but the schooling would be unacceptable for you, you would not have that laid back for families area that's also near a major airport. I'm no real estate expert nor do I know the upper Front Range corridor too well, but you're either going to have to settle into a place like Longmont, perhaps Broomfield Louisville, Lafayette, etc. But you could do so much more with a budget of 300-350k imo.

There again, I don't understand your budget based on your yearly income.

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How about something like these in Broomfield.
Ah, there it is. Great minds think alike.
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:22 PM
 
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.... Where are you speaking of in particular? Could you give some examples of where would be Accessible and Safe/Amenities and what are these costs? What is considered affordable? Could a family making 150,000-200,000 per year live in these areas or are we out in "the toolies?"
If the salary is $150k-$200k then most anything is in your ballpark and Loveland should work fine for you.

If your purchase range is $150k-$200k it won't get you all that much in the Denver metro area.
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:37 PM
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Colorado income in 2012 was Per capita personal income in Colorado was $45,135, according to the report.

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Old 07-07-2013, 08:50 AM
 
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House budget to personal income is a complete mismatch.

That aside, the only city that would be an option for the OP is Denver. CS is not the same as it's reputation, but someone fooled by the reputation without checking into it probably wouldn't fit well. Since CS and Denver are your options with airports, that makes it clear. Outlying areas around Denver may occasionally offer lower priced homes. Something needed on a 200k budget, but not on a 150k salary.
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