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CO area advice: noisy complex, decent income, benefits package, full-time job,

Old 11-15-2006, 09:54 AM
Location: Wisconsin currently
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I assume by now, some of you who posted questions on earlier pages are now living in CO. What area did you choose? Are you glad you chose that area? Any other advice/suggestions for those of us who also plan to relocate?
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Old 11-15-2006, 12:18 PM
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When we first moved out here in June '02, we rented a apartment in Englewood, CO.....which is about 20 miles south of downtown Denver. It was a nice area, but the complex could get to noisy at times. Two years later, we bought a nice house in south Parker. We did look in some other areas for a house, but finally decided on Parker. When we first moved there, Parker was still somewhat small, but it did have a WAL MART and Home Depot in it. Now, Nov '06, the town has definitely grown (a LOT, LOT more houses/people). Sometimes, the traffic on Parker Road can be a "bear" to cope with. We actually moved here from Southern Calif., but originally were from Indiana and Michigan.......so the weather here didn't shock us. We are now looking to move to NC where the winter is somewhat milder than here. Parker, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree and Centennial are very nice areas to live, but you also have to have a pretty descent income to afford them. These areas are definitely "upper" middle to upper level class.
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Old 11-15-2006, 01:29 PM
Location: Colorado
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Smile Moved from MN last year

I moved down here a year ago last July from Minnesota and was very thankful to get away from the cold and snow and ice. Initially I thought I would be able to manage living in Boulder on 2 part-time jobs if I was just careful with my spending, but I didn't realise till too late that this would be impossible as my employer's benefits package took nearly 50% of my salary and accommodation of any kind is hellaciously expensive! However, I loved living in Boulder and being so close to the mountains and Denver. After a few months I got a full-time job and moved out to Longmont which is cheaper and actually a smaller town than Boulder altho it doesn't look it as Longmont has much more sprawl. Thankfully I am now able to afford a decent lifestyle and enjoy the area much more. I tell people Boulder is where you go for the fancy things in life (eg; fabulous restaurants, higher-end shops, access to the mountains), Longmont has all the necessities of life (eg; Target). I like living in Longmont because it's affordable and I get a view of the Front Range from my apartment, but it is a bit large for me, which is why I'm hoping to move again. Denver is just 45 minutes away, as is Estes Park.

There are things I still miss about Minnesota such as the 14,000+ lakes for sailing, the funky neighbourhood I used to live in, tax-free shopping! and my friends, but I'm very happy being in Colorado. I find people here more outgoing and friendly and ready to chat with a total stranger; the weather is much better albeit a lot dryer (I miss rain); and I can decompress with just a 15-minute drive into the mountains and every day that I drive to work I look at Longs Peak covered in snow and think, "How lucky am I!"
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Old 11-16-2006, 08:06 AM
Location: Wisconsin currently
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Thank you both for replying... I found them very helpful!
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