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Old 03-16-2018, 04:45 PM
 
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My family is looking at the possibility of moving to Colorado (we have been to several cities in Colorado over the past 3 years and love them all!)

Here is what we are looking for:
1. Excellent, small schools (biggest factor)
2. 15-20 minutes max from town amenities (Restaurants, grocery stores, target, etc)
3. Mountain views or foothill location
4. family friendly, community feel
5. close to hiking, walking trails, parks, etc.
6. Within an hour of a decent or major airport
7. 1 million budget (would like a 3000 sq ft house with a decent yard/view)


Do any towns strict you as a great fit for us? Would rather be in a smaller town/city than Denver (like a community feel).

Thanks!
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Old 03-16-2018, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Evergreen
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Old 03-16-2018, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Evergreen
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Old 03-17-2018, 06:43 AM
 
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Evergreen, Louisville, and maybe Boulder
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Old 03-17-2018, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Southern Colorado
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Evergreen, Louisville, and maybe Boulder

Boulder is friendly to everything that fights the traditional nuclear family. Went to school there.
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Old 03-17-2018, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Ridgway or Ouray
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Old 03-17-2018, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Ridgway or Ouray
Not sure that qualifies as within an hour of a major airport.
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Old 03-17-2018, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Not sure that qualifies as within an hour of a major airport.
OP said decent airport, Montrose Regional Airport is less than an hour from Ridgway-Ouray.
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Old 03-17-2018, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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When you say town, what population size are you considering? Similarly, decent airport, excellent schools, family friendly, and community feel can also be a bit subjective too.

Depending on those perceptions, there are a few southern CO options for you as well.

The Crystal Park neighborhood in the town of Manitou may meet some of this criteria. Crystal Park is a gated mountain subdivision built on the side of Pikes Peak. With an active board and engaged community, clubhouse, pool, and HOA sponsored events, it is mountain living within minutes of the city. As a 100 year old sub division, it has everything from 900sg ft cabins to 5000sq ft resort style homes on lots of varying size and terrain, and views. Since it is within the Manitou zip code and school district, you have access to the funky, eclectic Victorian town of Manitou and its various festivals and events. D14 is a smaller, but student centric district. If a slightly larger but higher performing district is the objective, Cheyenne Mtn D12 is not too far away. They consistently are one of the top 10 in the state. Only possible drawback to this locale is internet. Its been many years since I've been up there, so I'm not sure how reliable and what speeds may be possible up there.

Another option is Woodland Park 30 minutes up Ute Pass. A small mountain town with a lot of charm, it is a growing community with a schedule of regular summer events and views of Pikes Peak. I've heard a lot of good things about their school district, despite being somewhat small.

A third option is the Monument/Palmer Lake area north of Colo Spgs. Two small towns that are more bedroom communities to Colo SPgs, they are growing with food, events, services, and other amenities. 30-40 minutes south of Denver on I-25, DIA can be easily reached via C-470. However, the popularity of this area means I-25 travel is growing in congestion significantly.

All of these places are next to or not far away from Colorado Springs. An MSA of 700k, COS will give you access to any number of local and international events and activities, a growing food and arts scene, and a fairly decent airport. If international travel is necessary, it can provide connecting flights, but it is not an international hub its self.

Coming from TN, I hope you are very aware of the fact that CO is very, very dry. You will not have mountains covered with lush, green deciduous trees. Population density means we do not have dozens of small towns outlying from major metros. Most people have to live in or near major cities to have access to shopping, recreation, and other common items. We are regularly exposed to damaging hail, deadly lightning strikes, wildfires, and alpha level predators. Home and auto insurance will go up, probably significantly. Auto registration will be shockingly high. The smaller tows you are searching for tend also to be popular places and will have heavier than expected traffic during summer months. Water sports, if they are in your vernacular, are sparse and the water can be bitterly cold, even in the height of summer. Aside from that, we have access to great hiking, biking, camping, rafting, and numerous other outdoor activities. We have a nationally know reputation for healthy lifestyles. We have an ever increasing quality of public school options. You also will find that 50% of the population here is from somewhere else. That means you will meet many people similar to yourself in pursing a better life. It also means that that we lack some established local cultural norms to create a real deep soul within the area.

So, when you were researching CO a couple years ago, did you come out at all to check it out, or are you still do data gathering?
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Old 03-17-2018, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Southern Colorado
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I'd vote for Rye, Colorado.
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