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Old 06-18-2016, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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When I was younger I would have suggested Fort Collins in a heartbeat. Now that I'm older and more experienced I just turned 24 I would suggest Colorado Springs. Cheap housing can be found you are incredibly close to nature and just have a greater variety of things to do that wouldn't be possible in Fort Collins.
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Old 06-18-2016, 01:57 PM
 
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Being out-of-state young-thinking retirees we were doing a similar search just this past winter. We had narrowed our choices to Ft. Collins and Colorado Springs and really tried to find a great home between $350k and $500k with one floor living, and good mountain views in Ft. Collins but couldn't get exactly what we wanted even building from scratch in a new development. But the real deciding factor was fracking. We spent hours pouring over the literature, fracking maps, incident reports, and talked with several people. Yes, we know that fracking is all over CO (and much of the US) but it seemed more prevalent and worse in FoCo.

In the end we hated to say goodbye to possibly living in FoCo but we are very happy that we did end up in 'the Springs'. Housing choices were very good with several nice homes having great views and lots of amenities closer by than in FoCo.
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Old 06-20-2016, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Interesting. Fracking wasnt something that we had looked in to.

I think as what StealthRabbit had mentioned for COS being closer to NM, also closer to Southern Utah which we enjoy very much. That's a big plus.
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Old 09-13-2016, 08:56 PM
 
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I'd give a look at Durango in addition to Fort Collins & Colorado Springs. Great adventure town, not over-crowded, and you can find some housing deals outside the town.
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Old 09-15-2016, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I know this has been discussed before, but there's only one real disadvantage to CO Springs that I can think of and it is the political environment. I'm fine with moderate politics and libertarianism but not with either the religious right or the aggressive militarism wings of the Republican party. Both seem well-represented in El Paso county. I don't know how much of a factor this is in the city itself since I've never lived there, but I'm much more comfortable with the moderate political environment of FC.
As a resident here,IMO, the religious right aspect of daily life is severely overestimated by many who don't live here. Despite the national press' willingness to exploit headlines involving such people, the vast majority of places you may go in Cos, overt religiousness is a non issue.

Aggressive military wings of Republicanism... not sure what exactly you mean there. War mongers? Save my base at all costs pols? Ex military? Yea, we have a lot of ex military. They do bring a different set of skills and biases to politics than someone without military background, but last I heard, everyone has filters they process information through which impacts their perceptions.

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I'd give a look at Durango in addition to Fort Collins & Colorado Springs. Great adventure town, not over-crowded, and you can find some housing deals outside the town.
...unless you still have to work for a living and don't have a specific skill the county or city is looking for.
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Old 09-15-2016, 08:44 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Commies vs Fascists.
You decide.
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Old 09-15-2016, 08:54 PM
 
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We are coming from Topeka Kansas and you get a lot for your money out here but of course the city and surrounding area doesnt offer much either.
You can come to Fort Collins. I'm sure I'll be leaving sometime this year, so you can have my spot!

FC is sort of a sleepy town like Topeka, so it might feel familiar and comfortable to you. Despite the PR and press, it doesn't offer much more than Topeka, so that might be familiar as well. What's different is what you get for your money. It will be less than what are used to. Lots of people from the north and CA are coming in, buying houses at any cost. The bidding wars are fun to hear about. People brag about how much they spent on their Hardiplank mansions. You might get to rub shoulders with the elite.

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Old 09-15-2016, 10:38 PM
 
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I'd give a look at Durango in addition to Fort Collins & Colorado Springs. Great adventure town, not over-crowded, and you can find some housing deals outside the town.
And a great train ride!
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Old 09-20-2016, 03:58 PM
 
Location: The Springs
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As a resident here,IMO, the religious right aspect of daily life is severely overestimated by many who don't live here. Despite the national press' willingness to exploit headlines involving such people, the vast majority of places you may go in Cos, overt religiousness is a non issue.

Aggressive military wings of Republicanism... not sure what exactly you mean there. War mongers? Save my base at all costs pols? Ex military? Yea, we have a lot of ex military. They do bring a different set of skills and biases to politics than someone without military background, but last I heard, everyone has filters they process information through which impacts their perceptions.



...unless you still have to work for a living and don't have a specific skill the county or city is looking for.
Being born in Denver and having lived in the Springs for 18 years, I can assure you that this city's reputation as some kind of far-right, fanatical, religious bastion of racism and hate is... Pure Hooey. Don't believe everything you hear.

If you look at the average voting results for District 5 (COS) v District 1 (DEN), you'll find we are more moderate than given credit for. We do have an R+13 rating while District 1 has a D+18 rating. That's a bit more one-sided the other way. And yet you don't hear Denver mocked as a far left, fanatical socialist heaven.

In all my years of living here, I've never been proselytized by any group. Additionally, I'm in a multiracial marriage and we've never encountered an issue with folks who live here. In fact we're small business owners. This isn't some little religious village in Idaho, this is a city with a metro of 700,000.

Anyway, best wishes on wherever you choose. You can't go wrong.
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Old 03-11-2017, 05:56 PM
 
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I have lived in N. Colorado for over 20 years (yes, actually more), and would choose Fort Collins over Colorado Springs for one reason. The water is better.

I lived just outside CS for 11 months while on a contract gig and found the water in CS to be some of the hardest water I have ever experienced in my life. A bit of background: as a child, my parents traveled all over Oklahoma to visit relatives, so I have stayed in areas where the water was soft (east Okla) and areas where the water was hard (NW Okla). CS has close to the hardest water I have ever experienced.

Funny thing (!). Hardly any online information, brochures, or any public sites discuss the issue!

I could not wash my hair in CS water. My hair would not sink into the water. The only way that I could wash my hair was to fill a sink with heated, distilled water mixed with hydrogen peroxide. That liquid mixture let the water soak into my hair and get it clean.

When you walk around a store or down the street look for what I call the 'helmet head' look. It occurs mostly in girls and women. To me, they appear to have given up on having nice, flowing hair and took to pasting it down close to the scalp and tying it tightly in a ponytail. With city water the way it comes in the pipes without treatment, there is no other option.

The only way that I'd move there is if I could have a submarine-grade water treatment system in my house. Thus, I'd have to be rich beyond my wildest dreams.

Has anyone found information about the hard water in CS? I lived it, so I know it.

thanks
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