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Old 06-06-2017, 01:52 AM
Location: Woodland Park, CO
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Just an FYI that Colorado is very competitive for counselors because everybody wants to live here, and counseling is (generally) a pretty portable career. That translates to lower wages for available positions, and a higher cost of living. Houston is a bargain by comparison.
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Old 06-06-2017, 09:11 AM
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For getting professional opportunities for both you and your husband, near the big city, within reach of mountains , some chance of getting 2 usable acres and potential future access to PhD. programs, look outside Greeley.

Outside Littleton could work for you but not husband unless he is an office worker or on /off commuter field worker.

Durango, no, if you want / need big cities or moderate sized cities. It is a modest sized town with a lot of rural subdivisions but not much a city compared to real cities.

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Old 06-06-2017, 09:38 AM
Location: Arvada, CO
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OP, did you ever mention a budget? That is what we need to start.

Wanting to be near big/mid-sized cities puts you in a stretch that ranges from Colorado Springs up to Fort Collins. There really aren't any other options outside of that range.

I wake up and see mountains. Many of us do, and even more of us don't. And even fewer of us are on two acres+ and see mountains.

You can be "in" the mountains (parts of Jefferson, Douglas, Boulder, Larimer, and El Paso counties), you will have your two acres, but both of you would have to commute decently long distances to work and/or school, and you would have to commute during snow events as well. Alternatively, you could be in the flats/plains, most often still see mountains (the previous counties I mentioned, and also Weld, Adams, Arapahoe, and Elbert), and still have the longer commutes to contend with. Also, many of these areas don't feel particularly "rural", suburban, or exurban would be more the flavor. And again, BUDGET!?!?
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Old 06-06-2017, 12:16 PM
Location: Castle Rock, CO
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I travel to Houston for work and my favorite part about it is coming back to Colorado ;-)

We personally fell in love with Castle Rock when we moved from CA - you're in rolling hills with fantastic mountain views... so you feel like you're around the mountains without actually having to deal with being in them (longer commutes, winter, etc.)

You can get some acreage for less the further south away from Denver you go.. Down the I-25 corridor that would be Castle Pines, Castle Rock, Larkspur, Monument, and then around Colorado Springs (Black Forest, etc.)... you can also go east to Parker, Franktown, and Elizabeth but that puts you farther from the mountains.

What's your budget?
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Old 06-07-2017, 10:48 AM
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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Howdy Say004,

I recently moved to Colorado Springs from Tomball, TX which is right around the corner from you. Here's my observations so far.

Texans coming to the Springs
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Old 06-08-2017, 12:37 PM
Location: Colorado
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2 acres is a challenge near the city. You might check Elbert, Kiowa, parts of El Paso County. I live in El Paso County (Colorado Springs) & 2 acres is doable, but often comes with no water, no utilities, etc. I also own land in Fremont Co where 35 acres is the norm, but water is where you find it & there are lots of well limitations. It's an hour to the Springs, but 2 hrs to Denver.

2 acres with city utilities is not impossible, but it took us 16 years to find & when we did, there were only 16 lots.

Also, that kind of land, near a city, you will be paying!

Oh, Douglas County, also has some possibilities, Perry Park - 1 acre lots (but a real subdivision feel) & ranches up & down Hwy 105 at the Douglas/El Paso Co line.

Mtn views & nearby hiking will be easy from almost anywhere.
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