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Old 03-08-2018, 05:59 PM
 
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With a $600K budget I'd recommend Loveland, which has Boyd Lake and Horsetooth Reservoir nearby plus decent medical facilities at the Medical Center of the Rockies. It's near enough to Denver and it's attractions yet outside the crowded metro area. Boating anywhere in COLO is problematic with small venues, cold water and a short season.

If boating is a big deal, then maybe the area around Las Vegas, NV, with Lake Mead nearby, lots of dry air and plenty of medical stuff.

Use our very good search tool to find some of the many threads we have on boating in Colorado, medical topics, and look in the Fort Collins forum for threads on Loveland.
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Old 03-08-2018, 07:48 PM
 
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Thank you Miles from Back East. I will do as you suggest.

Thank you Otowi for the Pueblo suggestion. I will check into it!
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Old 03-08-2018, 08:16 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Frisco, CO.
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Old 03-09-2018, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Frisco, CO.
I was thinking this too, but OP didnít really speak to whether or not they are alright with living at elevation in the winter.
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Old 03-09-2018, 07:10 AM
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Location: Western Colorado
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You need to visit. Colorado has several distinct areas, Denver is very different from Pueblo which is different from Craig which is different from Grand Junction. You mentioned Junction, which is in the desert but has an outstanding medical facility St Mary's Hospital. It's HOT in summer and can reach single digits in winter. A large homeless population, gangs, drug use.

I would also recommend looking at Ouray County, when you think "Colorado" that's it.

Good luck to you, but please visit visit visit. You will get a sticker shock with prices here too.
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Old 03-09-2018, 04:46 PM
 
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Thank you all! I have new ideas about what to look for. Thinking the higher elevations are not for my old bones. Good point jim9251 about Grand Junction. Will keep up the search ��
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Old 03-12-2018, 12:05 PM
 
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We just moved here about 5 yrs. ago from Kentucky and are also looking for a home in the $600k range but we're in sticker shock. Do some serious research on Zillow or here on the housing market. In the East $600k is a very nice home but not so much here. A cheap fixer upper home is in the $450k range and you'll be putting in a significant amount to get it upgraded and the way you want.

Also, it's super dry! Not much rain to speak of so if you like the occasional rainy day you may be out of luck in the suburbs outside of Denver/Boulder/ColSprgs. And it's super windy! Not something I expected. In Kentucky if you had 50mph winds you were in for some rain/storms, but here that's a common day.

Yes, the mountains, and trails/lakes, are beautiful but traffic to get there is horrendous! Major traffic jams getting in/out of the mountains with frequent accidents.

Just do your research and do visit - probably more than once - to get a feel for the area you're looking for.

Good Luck!!
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Old 03-12-2018, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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And it's super windy! Not something I expected. In Kentucky if you had 50mph winds you were in for some rain/storms, but here that's a common day.
For me that was one of the biggest weather downsides on the Front Range. It's nowhere near all of the time, of course, but more than a few days in the year. I remember some nights when I thought we were going to lose the roof. When these huge winds happened on a trash day, the poor people down at the east end of the street got garbage and even sometimes empty trash bins in their front yard. We tried to not put out the trash on those days, but you can only let it build up so long.

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Yes, the mountains, and trails/lakes, are beautiful but traffic to get there is horrendous! Major traffic jams getting in/out of the mountains with frequent accidents.
Having the freedom of retirement helps a lot with this. The weekend warriors can be largely avoided
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Old 03-12-2018, 01:48 PM
 
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From a similar thread (by the OP here) on the Arizona forum

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I like to sail my trimaran which is basically a small kayak with a sail
Hobie TI? I have one of these and use it both in Colorado and Arizona.

600K.. you could be a snow bird although nice places in Colorado could take most of that or all..
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Old 03-14-2018, 07:08 AM
 
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We just moved here about 5 yrs. ago from Kentucky and are also looking for a home in the $600k range but we're in sticker shock. Do some serious research on Zillow or here on the housing market. In the East $600k is a very nice home but not so much here. A cheap fixer upper home is in the $450k range and you'll be putting in a significant amount to get it upgraded and the way you want.

Also, it's super dry! Not much rain to speak of so if you like the occasional rainy day you may be out of luck in the suburbs outside of Denver/Boulder/ColSprgs. And it's super windy! Not something I expected. In Kentucky if you had 50mph winds you were in for some rain/storms, but here that's a common day.

Yes, the mountains, and trails/lakes, are beautiful but traffic to get there is horrendous! Major traffic jams getting in/out of the mountains with frequent accidents.

Just do your research and do visit - probably more than once - to get a feel for the area you're looking for.

Good Luck!!

Thank you for the wind info. Have been checking prices of home on zillow, etc. and found prices to be as expected. In Grand Junction there seem to be some new builds on the south end of town that seem nice. Plan to visit in July and poke around the area. Nice to hear from a transplant!
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