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Old 10-18-2006, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Rio Rancho NM
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Can't believe my luck, finding this forum!!!

I grew up in Northen California with easy access to the stately Sierra Nevada mountains. Moved to the grey and wet Northwest. Ran to the sunny New Mexican high desert. Now at 50 I am longing for something more reminiscent of my childhood...with just enough differences to keep things exciting. From my all too limited visit to Colorado, I think it just could be the place.

What I find difficult to figure out is where could I build a home that would give me a spectacular view? Craggy, snow capped mountain peaks. Pics on the web can be misleading... maybe those gorgeous photos were taken from some area 30 minutes out of town.

Place that offers comfortable proximity to shopping (at least), Little futher to cultural events, museums,etc. much appreciated. No suburb lot but not way, way isolated either. About a 1/2 to 3/4 acre.

Any ideas?

Last edited by Lily24; 10-18-2006 at 06:59 PM.. Reason: missed a spot when cut & pasting.
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Old 10-18-2006, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Well- there is many areas where you can get that. Alot depends on your price range and where you will be working. bashep
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Old 10-18-2006, 10:07 PM
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Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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Denver is in a bowl, with the surrounding suburbs higher in elevation. Colorado Springs is closer to the mountains than Denver, but we see the front range clearly, depending on the clouds.
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Staring at Mt. Meeker
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There are some real nice lots available north of 144th and East of Lowell in Broomfield. Went there to watch the sun set and the view was incredible. To the west were the mountains and to the east were city lights. Breathtaking. Lot sizes around 1-5 acres and minutes from civilization. If I had a few hundred extra grand, I would snatch one up and sit on it. Have a look.
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Old 10-19-2006, 02:49 AM
 
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Lily24, Montrose has some spectacular views of the San Juans. The craggy, snowy mountains like you are talking about. It can be sort of pricey there but a great place. Also Durango has great mountain views. They have museums and art galleries too. Another city is Colorado Springs, a lot bigger, also you can look west of Colorado Springs and find towns with great mountain views.
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Old 10-19-2006, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Rio Rancho NM
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Wink Can't wait!

Thanks folks, for the great suggestions. Yes, of course much depends on price and employment. (though with my profession I have never found the jobs lacking, quite the opposite). It is nice to be getting some input. I won't be able to come up until summer but that's OK. I have much homework to do. I will also be needing an architect to help me with this project. I've never done a custom and want someone well versed in "green homes".
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Old 10-19-2006, 06:41 PM
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Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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Most Denver homes are "Built Green" there is a website with some information http://www.builtgreen.org
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