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Old 07-10-2018, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Prairieville, La
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Many thanks for the responses!!!!

Townshend/Dreaming of Hawaii- absolutely on the job. Wife and i bring 20 years experience each and would like to think we'd have a chance in the Springs. No doubt Durango way less options.......same for public libraries. Pikes Peak Libraries seems a vast entity. Oh, and noticed salary discrepancies also. Ouch!

Cocheesehead- We did think about Grand Junction. We are moving from Louisiana to finally get a break from the heat, not sure if GJ would help us? Brutal summers? I like Moab/Arches vibe and am assuming that would be a similar landscape. Likely less green too? Wish we could squeeze a visit there. I really like the population size, around 60,000.
Love Manitou, OCC and Cheyenne Mnt area. You are right on local hikes - North Cheyenne Canon park is about the prettiest CITY park I've ever visited!

Crow- excellent points, ones we need to consider with a 14 year old and his near future.

Starry- you are quite right. Wife said climbing gym is a very important facet....she wasn't kidding

Thanks again all, any other thoughts, please share.
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Old 07-11-2018, 05:17 AM
 
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You’re welcome. The beauty of the western slope is different than the front range, more Sedona than Switzerland. The vineyards and agriculture always keep the valley green. The surrounding mesas are more desert like, but the canyons are filled with ancient green pinion and the walls are many colors of darker tones mostly oranges and reds. So it’s different. The front range browns out too, like right now. So colors are transient.

It is hotter in summer in GJ, but also milder year round with very little snow compared to the front range and a Colorado heat is far different than a southern heat. We’ve hiked mid summers. Not sure I would try that in south.

The western slope isn’t for everyone, most front rangers haven’t even been there. We love it. It’s more comfortable and less crowded there for us and our active lifestyle. Good farm to table food scene too.

Good luck with the the search.
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Old 07-11-2018, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I have a friend who is currently building a retirement home in Cedar Edge.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ce...7.926454?hl=en

You might look in that area. Of course, as a retiree he won't need to work. Usually, good jobs are rare in areas like that.
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Old 07-12-2018, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Prairieville, La
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Youíre welcome. The beauty of the western slope is different than the front range, more Sedona than Switzerland. The vineyards and agriculture always keep the valley green. The surrounding mesas are more desert like, but the canyons are filled with ancient green pinion and the walls are many colors of darker tones mostly oranges and reds. So itís different. The front range browns out too, like right now. So colors are transient.

It is hotter in summer in GJ, but also milder year round with very little snow compared to the front range and a Colorado heat is far different than a southern heat. Weíve hiked mid summers. Not sure I would try that in south.

The western slope isnít for everyone, most front rangers havenít even been there. We love it. Itís more comfortable and less crowded there for us and our active lifestyle. Good farm to table food scene too.

Good luck with the the search.
You know you are not helping me!!!!
Have mind set for the Springs, and you bring up the obvious: crowds, prettier, etc. grrrrr
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Old 07-12-2018, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Prairieville, La
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I have a friend who is currently building a retirement home in Cedar Edge.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ce...7.926454?hl=en

You might look in that area. Of course, as a retiree he won't need to work. Usually, good jobs are rare in areas like that.
Wow, what a gorgeous area!!! not too far from Black Canyon of the Gunnison too!!!
Yep, smaller areas very tight for work. Soon learned that when we started this journey. Salida was high on our list.......now, maybe our retirement dream spot.
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Old 07-12-2018, 08:02 PM
 
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You know you are not helping me!!!!
Have mind set for the Springs, and you bring up the obvious: crowds, prettier, etc. grrrrr
Good podcast today from Colorado Public Radio on Grand Junction. Worth the time to listen if you are considering it at all.
Front Range Companies Move To Western Slope; Cooking With Palisade Peaches | CPR
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Old 07-14-2018, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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For access to jobs, Cos will have considerably more than the western slope. City amenities, again Cos. Immediate access to nature will be close between the two, but the western slope will have fewer people encounters with that access.

IIRC, you've made a visit to Cos before. Perhaps a trip to the western slope is the next order of business. In the winter.
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Old 07-14-2018, 11:59 AM
 
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Moved to the western slope (Durango/Bayfield) 5 years ago. We love COS but wouldn't live on the front range if you paid us. The traffic, congestion, and onslaught of people overall is anything but relaxing. We visit several times a year since we have children in the area & it's always a relief to escape the traffic & crowds to get back to our little rural corner of the world. We have great internet here (up to 50MB/s), awesome weather, and crowds are never an issue. The mountains & trailheads are always close by & never crowded.

Front range is a nice place to visit but I sure don't ever want to live there. I'll go back east before I ever move to Denver or COS.
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Old 07-14-2018, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Prairieville, La
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TCHP - good memory!! Springs two times now. Headed to Durango tomorrow. I really wish i could have done during the winter, just logistically easier in the summer months.

D.Joe - gah, you are speaking to me!!! I feel as I get older (47 now), your congestion/traffic points will become even bigger issues!
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Old 07-14-2018, 01:13 PM
 
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TCHP - good memory!! Springs two times now. Headed to Durango tomorrow. I really wish i could have done during the winter, just logistically easier in the summer months.

D.Joe - gah, you are speaking to me!!! I feel as I get older (47 now), your congestion/traffic points will become even bigger issues!
Enjoy your Durango trip - but do understand Durango isn't exactly Western Slope and not representative of it, either. Have fun!
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