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Old 06-16-2017, 01:18 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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and... consider where Else you might want to recreate?
NM / AZ / TX ?... might want to live in southern front range.

WY / MT / SD / NE then northern FR.

UT? then consider living in western CO

Retired friends in Southern FR CO enjoy (west) Pueblo and Westcliffe

Young and active retiree friends LOVE CoS. They enjoy being close(r) than Denver to skiing and having a lot of great recreation nearby. If you can get your desired connections out of CoS airport, it is MUCH handier, faster, and more pleasant than DEN.
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Old 06-16-2017, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Bermuda Run, NC
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Thank you for all of the replies. Cold weather & snow does not bother me for we lived quite a while in Syracuse which probably doubles the average snowfall of almost any Front Range city. Want to avoid the higher elevations to live due to colder & snowier.

Budget would be $300,000 - $500,000...looking to downsize so not looking for a mcmansion,

Prefer nicer things...but can drive to Cherry Creek when we need higher end shopping...have relatives in DEN but they only know the metro DEN area....which we may consider the outer areas...they said look at Highlands Ranch or Castle Rock...?

Now here is probably where the bashing comes in (hope not)...but we are definitely Blue when it comes to politics and like to be around more like minded people...get along with most everyone though as long as they are not over the top with their party...lol

Should we consider COS? Especially since it is different than Fayetteville.

Looking for lower crime as we live in a gated community with 24hr security and no crime.

Religion...almost all cities have Pentecostal Churches.

Of course as we get older looking for good medical facilities.

Thank you everyone & have a great weekend!
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Old 06-16-2017, 08:51 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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" Retire somewhere in CO...but where?"
In the Socialist Paradise of the City & County of Denver.
Low RE taxes. 0.6%
Great municipal services. Trash pickup, libraries, street maintenance, etc.
Hospitals.
Public transit.
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Old 06-16-2017, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Fort Collins, USA
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Why the Front Range? It's main advantages in Colorado are jobs and universities. Neither apply to you. Have you considered Grand Junction or Durango? Frankly, I see the Front Range as becoming another LA-like area. The development patterns are similar, and the expectation of an auto-oriented lifestyle is the same. All we need is more people (and we are getting there quickly). Anywhere you live will likely require using the one international airport for most air travel so you will be forced to interact with the Denver metro area in some capacity. That said, I recommend CO Springs or Pueblo if you do choose the Front Range. At least with those cities, you can fairly easily recreate in western CO or New Mexico without having to use the I25 and I70 parking lots to get through and out of Denver. And Colorado Springs has an airport so you might be able to avoid DIA for some of your air travel.

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Old 06-17-2017, 05:35 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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OP: The reputation of COS being totally red and conservative is way overblown. Most of the people here are apolitical. Live and let live.

The cost of housing is lower than Denver but it is getting more expensive as people continue to flow in.
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Old 06-17-2017, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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What else do you want out of retirement? Is a gated community a strong concern? Most metros from Pueblo to Ft Collins have a variety of events they hold year round and all have access to reasonably good healthcare. Access to mountains between them all varies. Obviously Denver has the only international airport, but direct flights out of Cos are increasing every year. Of course, your budget may go further in Cos and Pueblo than points north, but if overall size of the house in your budget is not a concern, that may not matter.

Denver, Boulder, Ft Collins and to a lesser degree Pueblo, tend to be either totally dedicated to or leaning blue most of the time. Cos tends to lean red, but has pockets in the central, western and southwest parts of the city that tend to lean blue.

Since you are retiring, you will have time to look at and do things while the rest of us are at work. Here are some visitor guides of things in each area to add to your evaluations;
Ft Collins: Visit Fort Collins - Visit Fort Collins
Denver: https://www.denver.org/visitdenver/ (most of us will get a laugh at the main picture)
Colo Spgs: Colorado Springs Vacation Planning & Tourism Information | Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pueblo: Visit Pueblo | Pueblo, Colorado
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Old 06-17-2017, 09:27 AM
 
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I'm reading between the lines but you may want to look at Anthem Ranch. It is an over 55 community, very safe and sanitized. Newer grocery store and medical facilities nearby. Good walking trails, nice mountain views.

While part of the Denver metro this somewhat isolated area of Broomfield lays in the middle of a bunch or small towns with small town events and good restaurants. Very all american feel to the area. It is easy to access the town doings of Louisville, Lafayette and Erie so local festivals, farmers markets etc. all very short drives.

Here is a home in Anthem Ranch.
16262 Red Mountain Way, Broomfield, CO 80023 | MLS 4150011 | Listing Information

The down side is that everything is accessed by car and there is no public transportation. Of course nowadays with Uber and such that may not be such an issue. Another potential downside is there is a small airport just to the north where flying lessons and tiny planes are taking off and landing over the community. Some people like seeing and hearing that but some people it drives batty.
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Old 06-18-2017, 05:38 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Spent yet another great 'retirement' weekend in Loveland. Talked to many retirees and specifically asked why they liked it there. Quite a wide variety of responses, but all LUVed it. (except the traffic since the commerce shifted to I-25). But that is EZ to avoid, since there is no reason to head out to "centarra of the masses" plenty of goods available in town.

Estes was delightful as usual and several retiree friends really like it there too.
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