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Old 08-08-2018, 08:27 AM
 
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During the years we had a house in Parker, we made a few trips to Colorado Springs, as well as the PRCA HOF. One of the trips was to a college football game at the Air Force Academy. The Springs is nice.

Two weeks ago, we were in both Loveland and Ft Collins. I can really see where folks would compare Ft Collins to The Springs. College town vs. military town.

But, for folks, younger and older, that really want a number of things to do, living close to Denver is the only way to go. We not only don't need that, we don't want that (for obvious reasons). Being in our early 70's, we just don't need all of the entertainment that Denver offers......and, Denver offers a lot.

Basically, after being in different parts of Colorado now, if we had the money for a house, totally retired, didn't want any more rodeo action or lake fun, we'd choose somewhere like Strasburg or Ft Lupton.

Actually, just driving down the I-25 south of either Ft Collins or Loveland, I absolutely LOVE seeing all of the corn and soy bean fields, some cattle, tractors and rolls of hat sitting alongside fields. Ohhhhh, I love it.
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Old 08-08-2018, 12:52 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?
Update on a new development in Fruita.
https://www.gjsentinel.com/news/west...04b9f1ff4.html
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Old 08-09-2018, 07:18 AM
 
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During the years we had a house in Parker, we made a few trips to Colorado Springs, as well as the PRCA HOF. One of the trips was to a college football game at the Air Force Academy. The Springs is nice.

Two weeks ago, we were in both Loveland and Ft Collins. I can really see where folks would compare Ft Collins to The Springs. College town vs. military town.

But, for folks, younger and older, that really want a number of things to do, living close to Denver is the only way to go. We not only don't need that, we don't want that (for obvious reasons). Being in our early 70's, we just don't need all of the entertainment that Denver offers......and, Denver offers a lot.

Basically, after being in different parts of Colorado now, if we had the money for a house, totally retired, didn't want any more rodeo action or lake fun, we'd choose somewhere like Strasburg or Ft Lupton.

Actually, just driving down the I-25 south of either Ft Collins or Loveland, I absolutely LOVE seeing all of the corn and soy bean fields, some cattle, tractors and rolls of hat sitting alongside fields. Ohhhhh, I love it.
How was the I-25 traffic-

Any back-ups?

Oops- I think I know the answer (!).
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Old 08-09-2018, 07:56 AM
 
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How was the I-25 traffic-

Any back-ups?

Oops- I think I know the answer (!).
Well, during those years that I worked in downtown Denver (a mile north of Coors Field), mid 2003 thru Oct 2007, I had to be at work at 7AM, so was on I-25 at 470 by 6:30AM. In the beginning, 2003, traffic was pretty heavy going by the old tire company, but a couple of years later, that part of I-25 was widened. After that, it was pretty easy/fast getting to work downtown.....except after a winter storm hit.

What was so nice about starting at 7AM is that I'd miss all of the 8AM I-25 traffic. Going back to Parker after work, I would run into some heavy traffic, but not like the 5PM traffic was.

Today (2018) there are many more people living in the Denver metro and quite a bit more traffic. But, for the higher salaries, people have to put up with higher amounts of traffic. That's the way it is around any of the major metros in the U.S..
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Old 08-09-2018, 10:25 AM
 
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Well, during those years that I worked in downtown Denver (a mile north of Coors Field), mid 2003 thru Oct 2007, I had to be at work at 7AM, so was on I-25 at 470 by 6:30AM. In the beginning, 2003, traffic was pretty heavy going by the old tire company, but a couple of years later, that part of I-25 was widened. After that, it was pretty easy/fast getting to work downtown.....except after a winter storm hit.

What was so nice about starting at 7AM is that I'd miss all of the 8AM I-25 traffic. Going back to Parker after work, I would run into some heavy traffic, but not like the 5PM traffic was.

Today (2018) there are many more people living in the Denver metro and quite a bit more traffic. But, for the higher salaries, people have to put up with higher amounts of traffic. That's the way it is around any of the major metros in the U.S..
One of the biggest quality of life decisions I made was to move closer to work. A 10 minute commute is all I have today and I relish it. I take all back streets and never encounter traffic. Sometimes its the little things that make a big difference.
When I first moved to Denver I drove the from the SE area of the city to Wheat Ridge everyday. Brain damage, especially on snow days.
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Old 08-09-2018, 10:28 AM
 
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Silverton, but I'd have to get divorced first. There's no way in hell my wife would ever agree to live there.
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Old 08-09-2018, 11:22 AM
 
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One of the biggest quality of life decisions I made was to move closer to work. A 10 minute commute is all I have today and I relish it. I take all back streets and never encounter traffic. Sometimes its the little things that make a big difference.
When I first moved to Denver I drove the from the SE area of the city to Wheat Ridge everyday. Brain damage, especially on snow days.
My wife will give up a 15 minute commute to work when we move from here, but then again, she will also be ready for semi-retirement anyway.
My commute from Parker to downtown was about 40 minutes.....back then (2003 thru 2007). Luckily, I had a very understanding supervisor/director, that, if I was too late, would just take the time out of my PTO. Fortunately, we had the "7 minutes before and 7 minutes after" 7AM to clock in.

One winter morning, snowing and windy as heck, I left our house, was just able to see the first stop light down the hill, turned around and went back up the hill and home. Called my boss's cell and told him "no way can I make it in the blinding snow here" and he said "don't worry, I'm not going in either and the company is closed today anyway". It was a Snow Day for most in Denver metro.

Believe it or not, I really miss those Snow Days I got while living there. Wife got the same days off.
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Old 08-09-2018, 11:34 AM
 
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Woodland Park is really pretty.
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Old 08-10-2018, 03:09 PM
 
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Woodland Park is really pretty.
Know some folks who just sold a beautiful house in WP due to the large church up there that is starting to be a nuisance (they say).

They moved to IA.
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Old 08-10-2018, 06:11 PM
 
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There is no "large church" in Woodland Park. There is, however, Charis Bible College that opened two or three years ago. I know little about them, but the only nuisance I have heard about is they have absolutely soaked up pretty much all the rentals in town. Not that there were many to start with....

That said, it must be acknowledged that I am not in Woodland Park more than twice a week, and that for a short time, so there may be issues I have not seen.
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