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Old 07-14-2016, 11:39 PM
 
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Job is @ Denver Airport, live in building complex 10 minutes from work but really tired of concrete, want to move somewhere closer to nature, access to mountains or in the mountains, close to lakes maybe, miss the trees, green areas, i prefer humid areas but I am in CO so there is not such thing, you get the point, not completely rural either, makes sense? what area do you recommend? willing to commute 30 to 40 minutes if necessary. Have a peaceful evening.
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Old 07-15-2016, 12:27 AM
 
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You like humidity and green? Buy a humidifier and grow some indoor marijuana.
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Old 07-15-2016, 03:21 AM
 
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you can live in mountains, wether or not that commute will be 30 or 40 min will be the question. you might have to be willing to commit to a longer drive. I work not far from DIA out in Henderson and one of my co workers lives up in Bailey, almost 80 miles from work, one way, but he loves it up there!
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Old 07-15-2016, 07:03 AM
 
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Live in a golf community. Then you could have green and some ponds.
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Old 07-15-2016, 08:52 AM
 
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It sounds like you'd be happier in a more established, less plainsy area that has more trees and greenery. Living in the mountains would make your commute unbearable but getting closer to the mountains could work. Are there any areas of the city that you like more then others? City Park area? Arvada? Wheat Ridge?
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Old 07-15-2016, 09:39 AM
 
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As I and others on here have advised before, live as close to work as practical, especially if it's a typical job of 5 days at 8 hours each. You'll save a fortune in gas money as well as a fortune of your free time. You can head off to the mountains on your days off when the weather is nice.

It's beyond terrible to do anything like that 80-mile one-way drive as JakeBrake's friend does. That's at least 3 hours round trip, daily, and he has little time left over each work day to enjoy being in Bailey after putting in 11-12 hours each day between the 3-hours of commuting and his 8 hours on the job.

At 80 miles one way I calculate 160 miles per day at 20MPG or 8 gallons of gas per day at $2.50/gallon or $20/day for gas times 250 work days per year which comes to $5000.00 per year just for gas. That's 40,000 miles per year of driving which means 8 oil changes at $25/each ($200) plus $600 for a set of decent tires plus another $200 for various filters and such. It's costing that guy at least $6000.00 year, not to mention 750 hours of his private time. That's a dreadful use of time and money.

You could live close to work, bank most of that $6000, and spend it on hotel rooms as you visit various places in Colorado's High Country - so you get to see more of the mountains. You could head up on Friday afternoon and drive back in on Monday morning. But the key part is you'd have 600 hours of your private time for YOU, not the damned highways, and a lot less of your money would go to OPEC.
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Old 07-15-2016, 09:43 AM
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Get a new job at a different airport. Colo Springs maybe? Life's too short.
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Old 07-15-2016, 09:51 AM
 
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Get a new job at a different airport. Colo Springs maybe? Life's too short.
Agree. That would be ideal for the OP if he can make it happen, though COLO SPGS airport is trivial compared to DIA, it's a snoozefest out there.
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Old 07-15-2016, 09:55 AM
 
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I completely agree with Mike. Save your time, money, and energy by not needing a long commute. You can go away on weekends and vacations while figuring out where you can someday get another job in another region. CO has NO areas that are normally humid. The places that are heavily treed will feel less hot and dry, but your tradeoff is you have to deal with a LOT more snow and ice than you do now.

Maybe you could live in one of the suburbs that is not too long a commute, but unless you are willing to pay tolls on E470, the trip to and from one of the more treed areas will be an ordeal.

By the way, have you visited Aurora Reservoir yet? It is close enough you could spend a weekend day there, or even go after work. They have an 8-mile paved path around the reservoir, shade shelters and cottonwood trees, swim beach with sand, bathrooms, even a summer food concession. You do have to pay an entry fee, but if you like it you could buy the annual pass and save money on frequent visits. No gas-engine boats are allowed, so it is quiet, with clean water.

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Old 07-15-2016, 10:39 AM
 
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Colorado is only 1 out of 50 states (2% of all states). Explore. You very likely can find something more to your liking elsewhere. Who says you must live here?
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