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Old 01-20-2018, 04:50 PM
 
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Looking around for our "next chapter". (Note - previouly posted a similar thread to this under Boulder last year under a different name but citydata wonít allow me to log in again under that name...and donít want to limit this just to Boulder so posting in overall CO now).

Our "next chapter" consists of (1) a younger than usual retirement (we are 43 and 57 and fortunately have saved more than enough to retire now after years as an insurance executive and college professor), (2) relocating to a place with great weather (we live in Chicago and deal with bitter, cold, gloomy winters and uncomfortable, humid summers), (3) staying active and being outdoors (our unpredictable Chicago weather forces us to exercise indoors most of the year, and as we are retiring - we would like lots to do to stay active and busy), (4) access to arts and entertainment (we enjoy experiencing local arts, entertainment, music and culture), (5) access to great medical care (we're healthy now but thinking ahead as we age), (6) access to a big airport (we like to travel and plan to do more), (7) near great restaurants (some would call us borderline foodies...we're into casual spots and love wine, but like to cook a lot at home too and enjoy quiet evenings), and (8) living somewhere that we will be welcomed (we are two gay guys that have been together 19 years, married for the last 3 of them. We have no children, and we aren't into the whole "gay" scene).

As for our "next house", we are ideally looking for a maintenance free lifestyle, new or newer construction, at least 2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms, a garage (at least one car), dog friendly, one level living, outdoor space to grill and enjoy a glass of wine, mountain views, and friendly neighbors. We are not opposed to a single family home, town home, or condo. Our current house is in an affluent small suburb 25 miles west of Chicago worth about $750,000 (and we are able to spend that on our next place too). Our neighborhood is becoming younger, with young married professionals moving in and starting to have children (swing sets, toys, screaming...ugh). We aren't opposed to being near young children, but tend to prefer college age up to the older adult crowd.

We have narrowed it down to Arizona, Colorado, or Nevada. We are drawn to western states with low humidity and sunshine. We donít mind dry heat (but the Florida type humid heat we canít stand). We would rather deal with hot dry summers and sunshine than bitter cold Chicago winters. We visited Boulder recently, but are also curious about Denver or even Fort Collins or Colorado Springs.

Based on our situation, could CO possibly be our next chapter? Coming to visit again and evaluate. Comments appreciated.
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Old 01-20-2018, 05:39 PM
 
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I would opt for the Denver area given your list - I think it hits all of them and is within your budget. I think everything else in Colorado is honestly going to be too small for you.
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Old 01-20-2018, 06:17 PM
 
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Your older thread in the Boulder Forum is here, and some of it is still valid.

Either Denver or Boulder would be workable for you, I'd lean more to Denver.
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Old 01-20-2018, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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I think the Berkeley neighborhood in Denver would be worth looking at.
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Old 01-20-2018, 08:07 PM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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Denver.
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Old 01-20-2018, 11:26 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Give metro areas of NV and AZ a good look, especially for more beneficial climate.

Every place will have it’s baggage.

Denver is ok, but far from mtns / Colorado centric activities., but may be the best of CO choices.

I doubt you will find FoCo or CoS to be adequate after Chicago.

Boulder is very nice, at a price.
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Old 01-21-2018, 01:38 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale
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Looking around for our "next chapter". (Note - previouly posted a similar thread to this under Boulder last year under a different name but citydata wonít allow me to log in again under that name...and donít want to limit this just to Boulder so posting in overall CO now).

Our "next chapter" consists of (1) a younger than usual retirement (we are 43 and 57 and fortunately have saved more than enough to retire now after years as an insurance executive and college professor), (2) relocating to a place with great weather (we live in Chicago and deal with bitter, cold, gloomy winters and uncomfortable, humid summers), (3) staying active and being outdoors (our unpredictable Chicago weather forces us to exercise indoors most of the year, and as we are retiring - we would like lots to do to stay active and busy), (4) access to arts and entertainment (we enjoy experiencing local arts, entertainment, music and culture), (5) access to great medical care (we're healthy now but thinking ahead as we age), (6) access to a big airport (we like to travel and plan to do more), (7) near great restaurants (some would call us borderline foodies...we're into casual spots and love wine, but like to cook a lot at home too and enjoy quiet evenings), and (8) living somewhere that we will be welcomed (we are two gay guys that have been together 19 years, married for the last 3 of them. We have no children, and we aren't into the whole "gay" scene).

As for our "next house", we are ideally looking for a maintenance free lifestyle, new or newer construction, at least 2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms, a garage (at least one car), dog friendly, one level living, outdoor space to grill and enjoy a glass of wine, mountain views, and friendly neighbors. We are not opposed to a single family home, town home, or condo. Our current house is in an affluent small suburb 25 miles west of Chicago worth about $750,000 (and we are able to spend that on our next place too). Our neighborhood is becoming younger, with young married professionals moving in and starting to have children (swing sets, toys, screaming...ugh). We aren't opposed to being near young children, but tend to prefer college age up to the older adult crowd.

We have narrowed it down to Arizona, Colorado, or Nevada. We are drawn to western states with low humidity and sunshine. We donít mind dry heat (but the Florida type humid heat we canít stand). We would rather deal with hot dry summers and sunshine than bitter cold Chicago winters. We visited Boulder recently, but are also curious about Denver or even Fort Collins or Colorado Springs.

Based on our situation, could CO possibly be our next chapter? Coming to visit again and evaluate. Comments appreciated.
I knew a couple who had met in college in the midwest and got married. The wife was from
Chicago. They lived in Boulder and enjoyed it. But they are now divorced. As long as you
are confident and strong in your marriage, it seems that you can't go wrong with Denver, Boulder
or Fort Collins. A "compromise" of sorts could be Westminer or Broomfield in between Denver and
Boulder on the Turnpike.

I think Boulder/Denver are great for established couples. For unmarried men of the "marriage-age"
years (mid 20s to mid 30s) Denver and Boulder are not ideal because the men grossly outnumber
the women. Denver is known as "Menver" where "It's raining men". The women love it and
have a plethora of dating options on a typical weekend. For the men it's a losing numbers game
for the majority of them except a select few. The comeback line for those men who lose often is "So you're telling me there's a chance?" (LOL).

But you are already married and headed into retirement. You should be fine near the Boulder
Turnpike. Also check out Thornton or Lakewood. Arvada also comes to mind.

I agree that Florida is too humid. I lived there for 13 years. To be fair, the women outnumbered
the men where I lived, so it was much easier to get a girlfriend in FL compared to Colorado (LOL).
In Florida there really was a chance.
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Old 01-21-2018, 01:52 AM
 
Location: SF, CA
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Greetings, gay bros.

Given the states that are on your final list, if you also want a 'great' airport, you've now narrowed your options to Denver and the other Front Range cities, probably Las Vegas, and possibly Phoenix. Reno and Tucson do not have great air service, being smaller metro areas.

If I were in your situation, I'd probably go with Colorado. The winters can be chilly, but not as grueling as Chicago's. Choose the Denver metro area if you like big-city stuff close by, Fort Collins or Greeley if you can do without all that.
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Old 01-21-2018, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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I knew a couple who had met in college in the midwest and got married. The wife was from
Chicago. They lived in Boulder and enjoyed it. But they are now divorced. As long as you
are confident and strong in your marriage, it seems that you can't go wrong with Denver, Boulder
or Fort Collins. A "compromise" of sorts could be Westminer or Broomfield in between Denver and
Boulder on the Turnpike.

I think Boulder/Denver are great for established couples. For unmarried men of the "marriage-age"
years (mid 20s to mid 30s) Denver and Boulder are not ideal because the men grossly outnumber
the women. Denver is known as "Menver" where "It's raining men". The women love it and
have a plethora of dating options on a typical weekend. For the men it's a losing numbers game
for the majority of them except a select few. The comeback line for those men who lose often is "So you're telling me there's a chance?" (LOL).

But you are already married and headed into retirement. You should be fine near the Boulder
Turnpike. Also check out Thornton or Lakewood. Arvada also comes to mind.

I agree that Florida is too humid. I lived there for 13 years. To be fair, the women outnumbered
the men where I lived, so it was much easier to get a girlfriend in FL compared to Colorado (LOL).
In Florida there really was a chance.
The whole Menver thing is so dated. There is demographic data to show you Denver is not very different than other big cities. There is a slightly larger number of males to females but hardly significant. Also given that the OP is a gay male, Iím not sure how this is relevant.
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Old 01-21-2018, 03:02 PM
 
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Looking around for our "next chapter". (Note - previouly posted a similar thread to this under Boulder last year under a different name but citydata wonít allow me to log in again under that name...and donít want to limit this just to Boulder so posting in overall CO now).

Our "next chapter" consists of (1) a younger than usual retirement (we are 43 and 57 and fortunately have saved more than enough to retire now after years as an insurance executive and college professor), (2) relocating to a place with great weather (we live in Chicago and deal with bitter, cold, gloomy winters and uncomfortable, humid summers), (3) staying active and being outdoors (our unpredictable Chicago weather forces us to exercise indoors most of the year, and as we are retiring - we would like lots to do to stay active and busy), (4) access to arts and entertainment (we enjoy experiencing local arts, entertainment, music and culture), (5) access to great medical care (we're healthy now but thinking ahead as we age), (6) access to a big airport (we like to travel and plan to do more), (7) near great restaurants (some would call us borderline foodies...we're into casual spots and love wine, but like to cook a lot at home too and enjoy quiet evenings), and (8) living somewhere that we will be welcomed (we are two gay guys that have been together 19 years, married for the last 3 of them. We have no children, and we aren't into the whole "gay" scene).

As for our "next house", we are ideally looking for a maintenance free lifestyle, new or newer construction, at least 2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms, a garage (at least one car), dog friendly, one level living, outdoor space to grill and enjoy a glass of wine, mountain views, and friendly neighbors. We are not opposed to a single family home, town home, or condo. Our current house is in an affluent small suburb 25 miles west of Chicago worth about $750,000 (and we are able to spend that on our next place too). Our neighborhood is becoming younger, with young married professionals moving in and starting to have children (swing sets, toys, screaming...ugh). We aren't opposed to being near young children, but tend to prefer college age up to the older adult crowd.

We have narrowed it down to Arizona, Colorado, or Nevada. We are drawn to western states with low humidity and sunshine. We donít mind dry heat (but the Florida type humid heat we canít stand). We would rather deal with hot dry summers and sunshine than bitter cold Chicago winters. We visited Boulder recently, but are also curious about Denver or even Fort Collins or Colorado Springs.

Based on our situation, could CO possibly be our next chapter? Coming to visit again and evaluate. Comments appreciated.
We are a gay couple and live in the Fort Collins area. We have enjoyed the area immensely and have made some wonderful friends and connections here. I would say anywhere in Colorado would fit your needs, but looking at your criteria, 2 and 3) Colorado weather is phenomenal-I grew up near St Louis and suffer every time I go back whether summer or winter. One can wear shorts every month of the year here and work outdoors and be very active nearly every day without issue. 4) Fort Collins isn't a big arts town really, but there is the University with some productions, Lincoln Center and Midtown Arts Center. Also, it is within an hour to Denver. 6) DIA is one of the busiest airports and very easy to use. 7) There are some decent restaurants in the Ft Collins area, but nothing world class imo. We moved here after years in Korea and LA, so we have an affinity for hole in the wall Asian, which is nearly non-existent here, except for a few places in Boulder and Denver. 8) We have never had an issue with being gay and really, I don't think people care anywhere within the US-at least that has been my experience.

Your price range would be more than adequate in the Ft Collins are and really nearly anywhere in Colorado with the exception of possibly Aspen.
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