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Old 08-23-2015, 02:18 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Hello Everyone,

My boyfriend and I along with our dog (2 year old German Shepherd mix) are planning on moving to Colorado from Southern California next summer. We would appreciate any suggestions on where to live, culture and information on job markets.

The main reason for our move is we really enjoy hiking and camping and taking our dog with us and we really can't do that here. Unfortunately, Southern California is not the most dog friendly place, we use to camp and hike a lot more, but since we can't take our dog with us, we really don't do it anymore. We are also a little fed up with the weather and would like some seasons.

How near do you want or need to be to Denver?
-We would like to be in Denver, but it is not a must. As long as we are close to walking trails and/or hiking trails. It is dependent on the job market, if anyone can give us some insight on that. I am a personal trainer and my boyfriend is a special needs teacher with a mild to mod credential.

What size community do you prefer? The big city of Denver, Colorado Springs, 100,000-300,000, 25-100,000, 5-25,000, 1,000 to 5,000, under 1,000?
-We don't need to be in a big city. However we would like to live somewhere that is close to stores like Sprouts, Trader Joes and Target and walkable to cafe's. We liked Glendale, Cherry Creek Area, Wash Park, Evergreen, but are open to other places.

How much snow do you prefer? Over 100 inches, 50-100, under 50?
-We would really like to live somewhere that snows, something comparable to Evergreen. Less is okay as well.

What kind of work are you looking for?
-Like I said before I am a personal trainer and my boyfriend is a special needs teacher with a mild to mod credential. I would like to be close to a gym and a good school district.

What is your housing or rental budget?
-Rental we are shooting for 1200 as our max budget (We want to be safe and not get in over our heads)
Housing....250,000 max budget, but would aim for less.

Thanks in advance for all of your help.
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Old 08-23-2015, 02:43 PM
 
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Your housing budget rules out much of the Denver metro area.

Look here for prices in Colo Spgs, which has the prices you're looking for.

We have a number of good school districts, look them up in our index of key threads.
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Old 08-23-2015, 05:43 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Thanks Mike from back East
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Old 08-23-2015, 09:46 PM
 
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Thanks for using my suggested preliminary questions.

Evergreen reputedly had 2BRs at an avg. of $1050 and 3BRs for about $1500 per month but it probably has gone up.

To buy a Denver area house for around $250k will be very tough in many desirable Denver city neighborhoods and suburbs but you should have fairly good selection in Englewood or Wheat Ridge. Littleton a bit tougher. North Glenn looks cheaper but I don't know the area. Condos and duplexes may be cheaper options. Of course you can purchase a home below the average price, if you have a good eye for streets on rise, good fundamentals, potential.

To be within about 5 miles of the stores you mentioned, just stay within 5-10 miles of the heart of town as they are all within city limits but I believe there are several of each so side of town is not too critical. Colorado Springs has Target of course, Sprouts too and I read Trader Joes is coming within a few months.

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Old 08-23-2015, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Mile High
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I live in the Ken Caryl area, right up against the hogback in SW Denver Metro (Littleton) and we were able to find a rental for a two-bedroom condo for $1200. Great landlords, they stayed out of our hair--weren't the quickest in responding to some repairs (like the gas fireplace not working in winter), but for the most part, it was a good experience. I realize deals like that are uncommon, but they can be found. We found ours on Craigslist.

Your housing budget will be trickier, though I saw a home today on sale for $283,000 in Littleton. Just 3 bedrooms, 1500 sqf, but it was a single family home.

There are a lot of nice gyms around here, including Lifetime and 24 Hour Fitness.
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Old 08-24-2015, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Black Forest, CO
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Colorado Springs has Target of course, Sprouts too and I read Trader Joes is coming within a few months.
Trader Joes has been open in Colorado Springs for nearly a year now.
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Old 08-24-2015, 10:23 AM
 
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Ok, thanks for the clarification. Time flies. They are now in Colorado Springs and Fort Collins, but there is always someone on some forum here yearning for theirs. I guess I misremembered dates and confused who had and who was still waiting.
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