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Old 11-07-2016, 09:52 AM
 
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What about the MJ situation?

75,000 people. Nothing compared to where we currently live that has over 850,000 people.
With pot, if you're not partaking or visiting the dispensaries, you'll never even know they exist, other than driving by some here and there. There are no dispensaries within Loveland, with the closest being in Longmont and Fort Collins. I saw you asked earlier about smelling it on the street. I don't recall ever smelling it.
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Old 11-07-2016, 10:12 AM
 
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With pot, if you're not partaking or visiting the dispensaries, you'll never even know they exist, other than driving by some here and there. There are no dispensaries within Loveland, with the closest being in Longmont and Fort Collins. I saw you asked earlier about smelling it on the street. I don't recall ever smelling it.
Sounds very good! Looks like Loveland very well could be our place. We really, and I mean REALLY, miss freshwater boating and trout fishing. We've been in northeastern Florida almost 8 years now. We miss the snow, somewhat anyway. Still have our winter parkas from when we lived there.

Shoot, since moving here, we've only met three people that moved from Colorado to here. Have met nobody from Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, North or South Dakota. Tons of people here from all along the East Coast, except Maine.
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Old 11-07-2016, 07:49 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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You will find that communities such as Loveland will make the 'hassle factor' of MJ such, that frequent users will go underground or leave (as they have some communities in WA). There will be a few outlyers, but I wouldn't worry about MOST established areas of small towns.

I think you will be VERY pleased with your live and fishing in Loveland. There are a lot of lakes nearby.

My mom lived on Carter Lake for many yrs, from her deck, you could watch the fireworks from many cities. Her old boat was moored there, and STAYED there after she was 75 or so. As she aged, The altitude required that she relocate to NM. (that is not common) We just visited a 95 yr friend who lives 1000' ABOVE Estes Park.
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Old 11-07-2016, 08:01 PM
 
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Longmont is pretty low key, really. The MJ thing is not nearly as big a thing here as it is down in Boulder, or closer to Ft Collins. And a lot of boater around here like to go up to Lake McConaughy, too. Horsetooth has gotten a bit weird. It is water supply for Ft Collins and as such has gotten a lot of attention from DHS.

We live just south of Carter Lake. it gets a lot of traffic these days.

Loveland is becoming a "Up and Coming" city. some good restaurants and breweries are cropping up. A friend of mine is building Meadery there. I think that I actually like the Loveland Downtown a bit more than here in Longmont. Bertoud is a nice small town about halfway between the two.

This is really a nice area to be living.

Longmont boasts a very nice Symphony, and is just a half hour from Estes Park.
The occasional snow storm might interfere with the idyllic lifestyle, but they seldom stick around for more than a few days.
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Old 11-08-2016, 06:26 AM
 
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We will have to rent an apartment, since we won't have the finances to buy. We know there are a number of nice lakes on the Eastern Slope/Front Range, but our health, at the time of moving, will dictate our boating entertainment.

When we move, we will both be near 70 years old and, like a lot of Seniors, on a limited income. We will have to find a Storage place to store our furniture until we find an apartment. We've done this before. If we do bring our boat, it will be shipped and we will need to find a storage place for it as well.

Hopefully, this will be our last move.

BTW, we want to say "thanks" to all who have replied to this Thread.
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Old 11-08-2016, 08:53 AM
 
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Hopefully you won't miss the water and moisture being away from the coast. We tried it, and realized that we are too coastal to connect with the mountains and the extreme dryness here in CO. The mountains are still and dead, while the ocean and coastal lakes are dynamic, full of life, and constantly in motion. We also miss the warm and sunny-dispositioned people, as people here seem to be a bit cold and distant. At least we're in our 50s, and can relocate back near the coast, and continue working and planning for retirement after this eye-opening lesson.
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Old 11-08-2016, 09:27 AM
 
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Hopefully you won't miss the water and moisture being away from the coast. We tried it, and realized that we are too coastal to connect with the mountains and the extreme dryness here in CO. The mountains are still and dead, while the ocean and coastal lakes are dynamic, full of life, and constantly in motion. We also miss the warm and sunny-dispositioned people, as people here seem to be a bit cold and distant. At least we're in our 50s, and can relocate back near the coast, and continue working and planning for retirement after this eye-opening lesson.
We won't miss the coast! Actually liked the So. Calif./Orange County coast more than here. Beaches seemed much nicer there. We just aren't beach/coastal people. We are much more into wildlife, mountains and nice freshwater lakes than what is offered here.

For a total of 5 1/2 years, we lived in South Englewood (rented) and had a house in Parker. We loved going into RMNP and doing many thing that can't be done here. We left there primarily b/c of winter, but when retired, don't have to go out into "winter" that much.

Higher elevations (Front Range) is much better for arthritis pain.
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Old 11-08-2016, 09:55 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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If boating will be minimized, and you have plenty of winter indoor interests, add Estes Park to your list (you can still use smaller boats there and nearby.). They have an excellent community of active retirees. LT rentals are reasonable and available. Very strong senior volunteer program at RMNP. Decent medical options, really nice community. Winter can be quite windy, but often sunny and gorgeous ( not as comfy as Loveland / Berthoud).

Since you plan to rent. It would be ez to stay light and live in Estes while active, and in your mid to late 80's have a place scoped out in Loveland / Longmont.
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Old 11-08-2016, 11:04 AM
 
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If boating will be minimized, and you have plenty of winter indoor interests, add Estes Park to your list (you can still use smaller boats there and nearby.). They have an excellent community of active retirees. LT rentals are reasonable and available. Very strong senior volunteer program at RMNP. Decent medical options, really nice community. Winter can be quite windy, but often sunny and gorgeous ( not as comfy as Loveland / Berthoud).

Since you plan to rent. It would be ez to stay light and live in Estes while active, and in your mid to late 80's have a place scoped out in Loveland / Longmont.
Only thing is (hopefully) we only want to move one more time. We do like the outdoors, but we can be more of an indoor also. Think Estes Park would be too much "in" the mountains for us.
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Old 11-08-2016, 05:51 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Only thing is (hopefully) we only want to move one more time. We do like the outdoors, but we can be more of an indoor also. Think Estes Park would be too much "in" the mountains for us.
Final move... pretty ez choice for me.
"walkable Loveland" (Near grocery) there are a few great options near westlake center


(except my 'final move' will be to WY Pioneer Home)
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