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Old 08-28-2016, 03:26 PM
 
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Hi all.

My family (boyfriend and daughter) are seriously considering moving to Colorado for a change in atmosphere and scenery. I have two friends that live in Colorado. One in Sterling and the other in Englewood. The boyfriend and I are looking more towards Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, and Lakewood areas.

I was wanting to get more information on Lakewood though. What the city is about, is it a safe area, how the schools are (we will have a 3 year old by the time we decide to leave), the commute to Denver. We don't mind driving for work up to 30 mins. Dallas traffic has us on the highway for almost a hour to get home.

But ANY information on Lakewood or the other cities I mentioned would be a big help.

Thanks!!
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Old 08-28-2016, 03:36 PM
 
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Hi all.

My family (boyfriend and daughter) are seriously considering moving to Colorado for a change in atmosphere and scenery. I have two friends that live in Colorado. One in Sterling and the other in Englewood. The boyfriend and I are looking more towards Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, and Lakewood areas.

I was wanting to get more information on Lakewood though. What the city is about, is it a safe area, how the schools are (we will have a 3 year old by the time we decide to leave), the commute to Denver. We don't mind driving for work up to 30 mins. Dallas traffic has us on the highway for almost a hour to get home.

But ANY information on Lakewood or the other cities I mentioned would be a big help.

Thanks!!
Lakewood, being a suburb of Denver, will also be crowded and traffic heavy, whereas Colorado Springs will be much less expensive and less crowded.

We live in the Fort Collins area and of the three, would suggest it. However, if you're planning to buy a home, be aware that the prices in the Fort Collins area are climbing steadily.
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Old 08-28-2016, 03:40 PM
 
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Hi thanks. We are looking to rent for at least a year and then see how we feel afterwards and move forward from there. It seems like all jobs that we are looking at are in Denver.
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Old 08-28-2016, 04:14 PM
 
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Hi thanks. We are looking to rent for at least a year and then see how we feel afterwards and move forward from there. It seems like all jobs that we are looking at are in Denver.
I have heard it said many times that the Fort Collins area job market is quite tight, but we work from home, so haven't had to deal with that. What kind of work are you looking at?

If you have the time and liquidity, I'd personally rather take a bit longer to secure work in an area like Fort Collins, rather than have to live in Denver.
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Old 08-28-2016, 05:34 PM
 
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I was leaning more towards Fort Collins, the area looks beautiful but the boyfriend wants to see mountains when he walks out. Haha.

As far as work I have experience in retail, food services, and child care. But I want to try something new.
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Old 08-28-2016, 07:17 PM
 
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I was leaning more towards Fort Collins, the area looks beautiful but the boyfriend wants to see mountains when he walks out. Haha.

As far as work I have experience in retail, food services, and child care. But I want to try something new.
If you're on the eastern side of Fort Collins, or in Loveland, you can have mountain views.
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Old 08-28-2016, 11:52 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Do you think you will have a mtn view from Denver?

Whereever you go.... Get a job first, or bring 1 yr worth of money.

Personal Safety is not a problem, schools.... Not as good as TEXAS.

Traffic.... Get a place to live within walking or biking distance of work.
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Old 08-30-2016, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Hi all.

My family (boyfriend and daughter) are seriously considering moving to Colorado for a change in atmosphere and scenery. I have two friends that live in Colorado. One in Sterling and the other in Englewood. The boyfriend and I are looking more towards Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, and Lakewood areas.

I was wanting to get more information on Lakewood though. What the city is about, is it a safe area, how the schools are (we will have a 3 year old by the time we decide to leave), the commute to Denver. We don't mind driving for work up to 30 mins. Dallas traffic has us on the highway for almost a hour to get home.

But ANY information on Lakewood or the other cities I mentioned would be a big help.

Thanks!!
I don't know. I'd just avoid CO if i were you. The traffic here will soon be as bad as cities in Texas, and the cost of living is insane here. I wouldn't uproot what you have back home for a Colorado pipe dream. Living in Lakewood will see you in traffic for comparable times already, especially if you live in southwest lakewood and commute downtown. Fort Collins will be too much of a small town feel for you I think, and CO Springs might as well be a smaller version of Texas with mountains and more homeless people.
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Old 08-30-2016, 11:37 PM
 
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Hi all.

My family (boyfriend and daughter) are seriously considering moving to Colorado for a change in atmosphere and scenery. I have two friends that live in Colorado. One in Sterling and the other in Englewood. The boyfriend and I are looking more towards Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, and Lakewood areas.

I was wanting to get more information on Lakewood though. What the city is about, is it a safe area, how the schools are (we will have a 3 year old by the time we decide to leave), the commute to Denver. We don't mind driving for work up to 30 mins. Dallas traffic has us on the highway for almost a hour to get home.

But ANY information on Lakewood or the other cities I mentioned would be a big help.

Thanks!!
I happen to live right *smack* in the middle of Lakewood so I'll chime in here

It's a safe place, so no worries there. Although late last year (continuing into January) we had a lengthy rash of car break-ins courtesy of an unknown "the rear windshield smasher" bandit. Lakewood, like Denver to the east, is rather boring and unremarkable - with a limited amount of attractions.

Commutes are good via the nearby highways. You'll see an increase in healthy-looking homeless dudes standing around the off-ramps, my guess is they are recent outsiders who came here for weed.

Speaking of weed, Denver is extremely crowded and expensive now and it's only getting worse every year. You'll pay an arm and a leg for a crappy apartment with no amenities thanks to all the out-of-towners flooding in.

If it were me and I lived in Texas I would STRONGLY reconsider a move to Colorado because all the things you said you don't like (traffic, congestions, COL, etc) are 5x worse here - count on it.

I'm currently getting my affairs in order and planning to leave for good, weed and outsiders have simply made this place too expensive and unlivable. As soon as I sell my car and get a check I've been waiting on.... I'm outta here

Hope that helped, like I said I would just stay in TX if it was me..... its just better/cheaper overall, and you also get the nice perk of 0% tax. Feel free to shoot me a PM if you have any more specific Lakewood questions, I've been here a rather long time.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do

~ resident of the greater Denver metro area for over 25 years

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Old 08-31-2016, 01:25 PM
 
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margar1063 - Get to know CO before moving here (especially if from TX). There's a lot to know that might shock and surprise you, including state laws. Don't expect things to make more sense "on the other side". Message me directly for more information, details, and enlightenment. Too much to go into here.
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