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Old 12-28-2017, 11:50 AM
 
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My husband and I have been here for just over 5 years and have been in an apartment the whole time. Back east, we had a 6000 sf, 5bd/4bth, full-brick home with all the upgrades on .5 acre lot we paid $350,000 - in most of CO, that amount will be lucky to get you a 2-bdrm condo... withOUT upgrades. We are still looking for a house but if we're not willing to pay north of $1m we're looking at a mid-size fixer-upper and we're still paying $500k. Plus, we can't get over how unattractive most of the homes are - where are the full brick Georgians, the Colonials? the upgraded kitchens/baths? Seriously... don't people upgrade their homes here?

If we can't find a home we can afford that isn't a fixer-upper we're considering moving to a suburb north of Atlanta where we're finding you can buy a home for 1/3 the cost of one here. It's depressing though. We knew housing would be more but we are in shock as to how much people want for next to nothing.
There’s a reason ATL is cheaper than Denver though 😂🤣

If suburbs are okay why not check out Golden/Lakewood? There’s plenty of super nice homes out that way for 500-700K.
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Old 12-28-2017, 12:31 PM
 
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There’s a reason ATL is cheaper than Denver though 😂🤣

If suburbs are okay why not check out Golden/Lakewood? There’s plenty of super nice homes out that way for 500-700K.
But are the all-important granite counters and wood floors included?
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Old 12-28-2017, 12:54 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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One thing CO housing has (especially Denver suburbia)... LOTS of privacy fences to blow down!

Finally... you can go rob your neighbor's rhubarb patch! ...

I prefer 'open space' backyards in MN, where you are EXPECTED to glean from your neighbors gardens (if you need something), and certainly when you get those often unexpected and delightful 'surprise' guests for dinner!.

While back in CO I have to be aware of angry youth with guns.
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Old 12-28-2017, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Monument,CO
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My husband and I have been here for just over 5 years and have been in an apartment the whole time. Back east, we had a 6000 sf, 5bd/4bth, full-brick home with all the upgrades on .5 acre lot we paid $350,000 - in most of CO, that amount will be lucky to get you a 2-bdrm condo... withOUT upgrades.
Back East I lived in 500 sq ft and paid more in rent than most CO mortgages run. That was in NYC. Sorry, but I hate the "back East" thing.
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Old 12-28-2017, 02:06 PM
 
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But are the all-important granite counters and wood floors included?
Haha, true.

This is a constant arguement the girlfriend and I have. I love my current home in Lakewood

She wants all the glamour and to live in Stapleton.. I want a 1/2 acre, or at least a legit driveway and garage! I don’t mind a 45 min commute though.
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Old 12-28-2017, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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My first two houses were what I lovingly call "Centex Sh*tboxes." Boring, boxy, cookie-cutter tract houses with simple lines and postage-stamp sized "front porches" framed by bland brick columns or archways. Bump outs? Not on your life. They cut into the margin too much. They are everywhere there (and they're still being churned out by the thousands to this day). Here I have a Craftsman style home that has 10,000 times more curb appeal than one of those piles of garbage.

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Old 01-01-2018, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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They think Denver is in the mountains and Boulder and Aspen are suburbs.
ha, ha, yes, this is definitely what many people think. Maybe in retrospect, nicknaming Denver the Mile High City was a mistake? lol!

In any case, until the numbers turn completely around and fewer people are moving in than are moving out, I'd say the rumors of Colorado's demise are exaggerated.

I also think that just like in the Northeast, aging boomers are moving away due to the weather. That's the case for several people I know, they are either snowbirding or have moved completely to Arizona, Las Vegas, Florida. The younger people have moved due to job changes, just like the majority of people coming here seem to do.
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Old 01-03-2018, 01:43 PM
 
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My husband and I have been here for just over 5 years and have been in an apartment the whole time. Back east, we had a 6000 sf, 5bd/4bth, full-brick home with all the upgrades on .5 acre lot we paid $350,000 - in most of CO, that amount will be lucky to get you a 2-bdrm condo... withOUT upgrades. We are still looking for a house but if we're not willing to pay north of $1m we're looking at a mid-size fixer-upper and we're still paying $500k. Plus, we can't get over how unattractive most of the homes are - where are the full brick Georgians, the Colonials? the upgraded kitchens/baths? Seriously... don't people upgrade their homes here?
I'm curious where you lived "back east" that allowed such a palatial home at $350k. In Dallas where the housing market is much softer and large homes with some space are considered the dream, you'd be lucky to get in a 6000sf home for twice your "back east" price. And even then you're probably commuting close to an hour each way to work.
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Old 01-04-2018, 07:00 AM
 
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In places like St. Louis you can still afford a McMansion but in Colorado your 500K won't go very far towards owning a McMansion.
One thing I always say anywhere I go " at least its not Newark NJ " ....
Colorado is great if you have money money money money.
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Old 01-04-2018, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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In places like St. Louis you can still afford a McMansion but in Colorado your 500K won't go very far towards owning a McMansion.
One thing I always say anywhere I go " at least its not Newark NJ " ....
Colorado is great if you have money money money money.
The western burbs of St. Louis are nice, but St. Louis proper is a crime-infested dump. You couldn't pay me enough to live in Missouri.
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