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Old 07-09-2017, 06:29 AM
 
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Thanks, StealthRabbit. I will re-read your post carefully after work today - it is much appreciated. I may have questions!

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Old 07-11-2017, 06:16 PM
 
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Tops on my list on paper are Colorado Springs, CO and Boise, ID for city amenities, access to mountains, and a reasonable cost of living. You might be looking for a smaller town than those, but FYI.


I'm 56, my husband is 63 and we've been trying to decide whether to stay put where we are or move to one of those two when we retire. We FYI will be visiting Colorado Springs this coming week and checking out neighborhoods (I've been watching the housing market for the last year and will drive my the top six properties that I saw and check out the neighborhoods overall), and then do some more fun vacation traveling around the state. // I actually think we'll probably just stay put in our nice little close in suburb in St. Louis, but the dryer climate and being closer to mountains is very tempting. We used to live in Denver, but it's too expensive and crowded for our taste now.
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Old 07-11-2017, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Shelley, ID
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Boise is way way cheaper than Colorado springs. Especially if you want property. Look in Kuna.
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Old 07-12-2017, 02:37 AM
 
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There's a good, humorous Youtube video about the ten worst towns to live in Colorado. I don't know if they do a best ten towns in Colorado.
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Old 07-12-2017, 10:25 AM
 
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Sheridan WY or Laramie might be worth looks. Live downtown, drive a bit to the hills. Maybe Kalispell MT. Helena, Billings, Dillon... Walla Walla WA, LaGrande OR, maybe Moscow ID, maybe Pocatello or Rexburg... lots of decent options (with different tax structures).


What size community do you prefer?


Durango could fit on style.
Renting feasible if your other spending isn't an issue. Buying tough if you want in town but still not terrible 20-40 miles out, if your expectations / requirements are modest.

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Old 07-14-2017, 05:23 AM
 
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I prefer a smaller community - maybe 30,000 or so - possibly smaller.

Glad I have time to look! There are many options.

Thanks, all!
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Old 07-14-2017, 10:54 AM
 
Location: The 719
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Rye.

It ain't necessarily cheap but very nice and close enough to a 105k town with a couple of hospitals. That town, 32 miles up the road from Rye is Pueblo. Everybody on this forum except for two or three of us hates the town because it has a lot of brown people.

That's why I don't post in this subforum much anymore. I go where it's more cordial, like the P&OC subforum.

Search out some of my Rye and Colorado City threads if you get time. I think you'll find me to not be a total homer, unless I'm defending the turf.
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Old 07-14-2017, 06:29 PM
 
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Thanks, McGowdog. I'll take a look!
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Old 07-15-2017, 10:22 AM
 
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We lived in Denver for many years. Recently moved to Albuquerque and like it MUCH better. Less crowded, more friendly and much better weather. Hiking in the mountains all year long, and on average higher in elevation than Denver, so nice climate. Would not move back to Denver, especially at current housing prices, crowd levels, and drug use levels.
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Old 07-17-2017, 06:07 PM
 
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Thanks, DukeCityDawg - I'll research Albuquerque too.
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