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Old 06-22-2017, 07:18 PM
Location: Castle Rock, CO
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We were a little unique because we were able to take our Bay Area jobs and move them here (work remotely). I've actually switched jobs since then, but was once again able to get a completely remote arrangement. One nice thing is that CO has a lower state income tax, and lower property tax if you end up buying eventually. If you can negotiate for at least one of you to keep your job and work remote this would probably go a long way for you... not sure if that's possible.

When we first moved, we airbnb-ed for a month, and then found a short term rental while we house hunted. You won't be living large on that budget, but you can definitely find something (probably not in downtown Denver, but it sounds like that's not where you want to be anyways). People on these forums are going to freak out and tell you that you can't find something in that price range, but a quick zillow/ craigslist search will prove otherwise ;-) If you have pets - this will of course somewhat limit your options.

I'd visit and drive around north of Denver vs. south of Denver vs. west of Denver... all of these areas have a very different feel, and you'll probably find that you click with one area the best. Personally, we fell in love with the area between Denver and Colorado Springs.

PM me if you have any specific questions on Bay Area > CO transitioning and good luck on an exciting life change!
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Old 06-24-2017, 01:21 PM
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You'll probably enjoy it here in Colorado. However, it is becoming more like California here every year in terms of cost of living, traffic, etc. You'll be able to find a good selection of places to rent with that budget outside of Denver in the more suburban areas.

You could go even further from Denver to places like Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville. We live in Longmont which is about 45-60 north of Denver. It's much more affordable here and it has retained some of its small-town feel. The commute would get old if you're going into Denver though. Really, your best bet is to figure out a job and then find a community nearby that you like. Each area has its own feel and vibe.
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Old 07-04-2017, 09:38 AM
Location: Frederick, CO
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I think what others have noted is fair. Find a job first then you will have a better idea on areas. If you will be working in Denver you may want to look at some of the north suburbs that are closer to the mountains like Louisville, Lafayette, Broomfield. Or go west a little, Golden, a smaller town feel with great access to the mountains and not too far from downtown Denver.

If Boulder/Broomfield becomes your work town, Longmont, Firestone, Frederick, Louisville, Lafayette, and Broomfield itself may be great options.

If you end up in the Denver Tech Center then you may want to look into Parker, Highlands Ranch, SW Littleton and even Golden.
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Old 07-06-2017, 09:42 PM
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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^^I think this is the best advice.
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Old 07-07-2017, 01:02 PM
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