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Old 08-30-2016, 07:39 AM
 
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I spent a night in Idaho Springs last year and just loved it. Don't know if it's too close/commutable to Denver to be too pricey, but it was a fine town with good access to more mountains to the west. Great BBQ place, too, Smokin' Yards! Best wishes on your move. I currently live in a liberal land, Massachusetts, and will be moving to mountain CO in retirement. I think it would be hard to live somewhere where people, in casual conversation, put down the issues that matter to me or the choices I might have made (my minimal experience in red state conversation, not in CO).
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Old 08-30-2016, 09:24 AM
 
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brightdoglover - We stop every single time in Idaho Springs & eat at Tommy Knockers. Lol it's our own little tradition! We definitely love that town too. Old western type of town with a very cute main street! Never had Smokin' Yards yet though! Agreed! That's EXACTLY how it is here in SD and only as we get older do the issues get stronger around here.
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Old 08-30-2016, 09:54 AM
 
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Of the places the Original Poster mentioned, Idaho Springs makes the most sense to me. Housing, or some of it, should be available in the $175-250k range. You could commute into Golden (or Denver) for work. If you want further out from Denver, maybe make that a second, later hop. Might consider one going ahead to Colorado to find first job (and use that to try to get mortgage, though it might take a year or more).


Might also find housing west of Woodland Park and work in WP or Colorado Springs.


Bailey might have some homes in price range but a longer / harder commute to Denver tgan Idaho Springs.
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