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Old 08-07-2018, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Old 08-07-2018, 06:32 PM
 
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Hello!
I've read through so many posts and have gathered so much great information. You guys are all so wonderful about thoroughly answering other people's questions!

My husband and I are moving to Colorado with our three small children. I know, I know...."oh...more people moving here all dreamy-eyed and don't know what they are getting in to" LOL

My husband and I both work from home so we are not actually looking for jobs. Our jobs come with us. My children are also home-schooled so public education is not a factor for our move either. So we have the very weird luxury of just moving wherever we want to go and this is where I am looking for insight from those who know best!

With that being said we spent a lot of time visiting/researching Colorado Springs. Views are amazing - lots to do, walk able downtown area, lots of bike paths, trails, hiking, indoor places, a decent food scene to visit etc etc etc. I also liked that it was only an hour from Denver where there was even MORE to do. Manitou Springs is absolutely adorable too.

Besides Colorado Springs we also visited and researched Denver, Fort Collins and Boulder.


If you could live anywhere in CO - jobs and school weren't a factor ---- where would you live and why?
For what its worth, I loved Boulder when I lived there in the late 90's and although it has grown and changed over the years, you cannot beat the accessibility to the Flatirons, the creek and the neighboring hiking areas. Co Sprngs has a military vibe to it, if that matters at all and its not close to Denver so its a bit out of the way imo. And yes, Boulder has become expensive. I worked in Ft Collins and commuted and can honestly say it is crowded and congested trying to get around that crazy town!
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Old 08-07-2018, 07:05 PM
 
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We moved to Colorado 25 years ago and have lived many places. At first we thought we wanted to live in the mountains. So we rented a house high up on a forested hill in Green Mountain Falls. A tiny dot of a town up Ute Pass west of Colorado Springs. The romance of smelling the pines left quickly when we had to roll our garbage cans down a steep hill to the main road or when the Springs was getting rain and we were getting 8 inches of snow. A walk was out of the question. That would have to be along the main highway. Not so much fun. But we DID live in the mountains. We can say that.

From there we lived in a couple different places in Colorado Springs, multiple places in Denver: Park Hill, Lowry, Washington Park. We also lived in Highlands Ranch. They all were nice for different reasons.


Having explored much of the state and spent time in many towns and cities, our list looks like the following:

1. Grand Junction, year round. A college town going through economic restoration that has some stunning canyon and mesa beauty with a farm to table food and wine scene. Close to Moab, Telluride, Ouray, southern Utah. So much to discover. No where near the traffic and hussle/bussle of the Front Range. Good intro video. https://youtu.be/cs5FHADGrFY

2. Crested Butte or Telluride, but summers only. The two best summer ski resort towns IMHO.

3. If I was forced to stay in Denver, I would look at Lone Tree, near the golf course. It is a surprising enclave of mature trees, quiet lanes and well manicured boulevards and super close to everything.
Thank you for the video link. I'm considering moving to Colorado, and am researching Grand Junction. It's proximity to Arches NP, Colorado NM, and desert topography make it a compelling prospect. With that said, I'm wondering about traffic on I70 into the mountains. I've heard (and seen from visits) how traffic can back up into the mountains coming from Denver. How about coming from Grand Junction? How bad is the traffic from Grand Junction to, say, Frisco, or Breckenridge, on a typical weekend?
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Old 08-07-2018, 07:37 PM
 
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Thank you for the video link. I'm considering moving to Colorado, and am researching Grand Junction. It's proximity to Arches NP, Colorado NM, and desert topography make it a compelling prospect. With that said, I'm wondering about traffic on I70 into the mountains. I've heard (and seen from visits) how traffic can back up into the mountains coming from Denver. How about coming from Grand Junction? How bad is the traffic from Grand Junction to, say, Frisco, or Breckenridge, on a typical weekend?
Why go to those when you can ski Aspen, Telluride, or the local mountain Powderhorn in less than a 2 hour drive?
In all seriousness, the traffic is east into Denver, not west.

But really why would you drive to Breck and deal with the crowds?
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Old 08-07-2018, 08:17 PM
 
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Why go to those when you can ski Aspen, Telluride, or the local mountain Powderhorn in less than a 2 hour drive?
In all seriousness, the traffic is east into Denver, not west.

But really why would you drive to Breck and deal with the crowds?
Who said anything about skiing? I was thinking more in terms of hiking, but also, because I've been to Frisco, Lake Dillon, Silverthorne, and Breckenridge countless times on family vacations, and am very familiar with that area. My parents are also looking at buying a place there, so I use that location as a proxy.

Do you know much about the rents in Grand Junction? How about new construction for condominiums?
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Old 08-07-2018, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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I love where I live in the city. Close to everything. I work from home when I’m in town and most weeks I put about 10-20 miles on my car. Everything is right here. The Lyft ride downtown is about $12 when we get a babysitter and go out to dinner. There are lots of kids running around the neighborhood.

Other places I would consider would be Boulder, Golden, or if I was really going full mountain living, Telluride.

What’s your budget and what do you want in a community/neighborhood/house?
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Old 08-07-2018, 08:42 PM
 
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Who said anything about skiing? I was thinking more in terms of hiking, but also, because I've been to Frisco, Lake Dillon, Silverthorne, and Breckenridge countless times on family vacations, and am very familiar with that area. My parents are also looking at buying a place there, so I use that location as a proxy.

Do you know much about the rents in Grand Junction? How about new construction for condominiums?
Summit County isn’t high on our go-to hiking list so I assumed skiing. My bad. The hiking in the Mounument, up on the Grand Mesa (check out Crags Crest), McKinnis Wilderness, Domínguez-Escalante BLM areas, etc are so special with their native American history (petroglyphs) and unique landscapes, you won’t think twice about Summit County. There also are no beatle kill forests which are sad and depressing to hike in and more importantly no crowds.

The river also plays a big role in recreation in Mesa County. Book a canoe/rafting trip to Westwater...magical.

Rent? It’s a college town (Mesa St) so it’s all over the board depending on what you want. We found housing in general is about 20-30% less than the Front Range.

We recently walked through some nice condos right on the CO River next to Kannah Creek brewing south of downtown in the low $300’s. There are some very nice townhomes in Redlands Mesa in the low 4’s, but you get some spectacular views. Pricing is lower in mid town. I saw some new townhomes east of downtown in the 2’s. The construction boom is just starting to hit GJ, so more stuff is coming online, but I expect prices to raise.
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Old 08-07-2018, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Summit County isn’t high on our go-to hiking list so I assumed skiing. My bad. The hiking in the Mounument, up on the Grand Mesa (check out Crags Crest), McKinnis Wilderness, Domínguez-Escalante BLM areas, etc are so special with their native American history (petroglyphs) and unique landscapes, you won’t think twice about Summit County. There also are no beatle kill forests which are sad and depressing to hike in and more importantly no crowds.

The river also plays a big role in recreation in Mesa County. Book a canoe/rafting trip to Westwater...magical.

Rent? It’s a college town (Mesa St) so it’s all over the board depending on what you want. We found housing in general is about 20-30% less than the Front Range.

We recently walked through some nice condos right on the CO River next to Kannah Creek brewing south of downtown in the low $300’s. There are some very nice townhomes in Redlands Mesa in the low 4’s, but you get some spectacular views. Pricing is lower in mid town. I saw some new townhomes east of downtown in the 2’s. The construction boom is just starting to hit GJ, so more stuff is coming online, but I expect prices to raise.
Agree there is much better, closer, less crowded hiking to GJ than Summit.

And yes on Westwater. I’ve probably done 20 kayak trips through that canyon. It never gets old.
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Old 08-07-2018, 09:34 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Where I live now.
Berkeley neighborhood in the Socialist Paradise of the City & County of Denver.
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Old 08-08-2018, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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If you could live anywhere in CO - jobs and school weren't a factor ---- where would you live and why?

This will give you a lot of places others would chose where they want to be based on some potentially idealistic views. Whether or not that is the reality of living in those places and if they are compatible with your desired activities and reflect the lifestyle choices you want is tougher to determine. Beyond school and job requirements, there are also budget, age and healthcare access concerns, recreation access, arts and cultural events, local festival types, four season activities, locally grown food and cost of access to more mundane grocery and costs of other shopping access, access to robust and reliable internet, and a host of other items that can factor into a decision to chose a place to live.
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