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Old 09-19-2018, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Black Forest, CO
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I was going to say Monument seems like a good fit. Its pretty suburban, but it gets quite a bit more rain than surrounding areas. D49 is a pretty good school District, and 500k is a realistic budget for purchasing a home
FYI, School district 49 does not serve Monument. Monument falls within district 38.
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Old 09-19-2018, 05:50 PM
 
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FYI, School district 49 does not serve Monument. Monument falls within district 38.
I confuse the two all the time.
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Old 09-20-2018, 03:35 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Colorado sounds like an excellent choice for you and your family!

I grew up in Colorado Springs and I absolutely loved my childhood there! After high school I moved to Houston, then on to Seattle, Denver and now San Diego. But Colorado still remains my favorite.

I love four seasons, I love the mountains, I love that you can get sunshine in the winter and I love the afternoon thunderstorms in the summer.

Houston was too hot and muggy, Seattle was too gray and rainy, San Diego is too expensive and too sunny. Colorado is the happy medium, in my opinion.

I'd suggest either Colorado Springs or one of these suburbs in Denver (Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Cherry Creek).

I've been living in San Diego for the last 10 years because this is my hubby's hometown and his family is here but he and I both really love Colorado so we're hoping to move back there some day. I think you guys would be really happy there!

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Old 09-20-2018, 07:36 PM
 
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Colorado sounds like an excellent choice for you and your family!

I grew up in Colorado Springs and I absolutely loved my childhood there! After high school I moved to Houston, then on to Seattle, Denver and now San Diego. But Colorado still remains my favorite.

I love four seasons, I love the mountains, I love that you can get sunshine in the winter and I love the afternoon thunderstorms in the summer.

Houston was too hot and muggy, Seattle was too gray and rainy, San Diego is too expensive and too sunny. Colorado is the happy medium, in my opinion.

I'd suggest either Colorado Springs or one of these suburbs in Denver (Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Cherry Creek).

I've been living in San Diego for the last 10 years because this is my hubby's hometown and his family is here but he and I both really love Colorado so we're hoping to move back there some day. I think you guys would be really happy there!
Too sunny ?? Lol. I don't think I could have that ... maybe in the Sahara.

Ah... San Diego. I am envious. That is my number one choice. Encinitas, Del Mar, Solana Beach. Unfortunately $1-2 million for a home is out of my reach. I could earn more living in SoCal, but then all I'd be doing is driving and working with the hope that someday the market re-corrects and that I've maybe saved enough to put down on a place. Not a good plan IMO.

Where in Colorado Springs did you grow up ? I'm trying to learn as much as possible before I visit. The front range seems more practical to me, but less beautiful than the mountains and western slope. I like Aspen. What can I say... I've got good taste ; ) Trying to figure out a place that has both perhaps, but CS is definitely on my list to check out.
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Old 09-20-2018, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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Ah... San Diego. I am envious. That is my number one choice. Encinitas, Del Mar, Solana Beach. Unfortunately $1-2 million for a home is out of my reach. I could earn more living in SoCal, but then all I'd be doing is driving and working with the hope that someday the market re-corrects and that I've maybe saved enough to put down on a place. Not a good plan IMO.

Where in Colorado Springs did you grow up ? I'm trying to learn as much as possible before I visit. The front range seems more practical to me, but less beautiful than the mountains and western slope. I like Aspen. What can I say.
Might as well go to SD then. Bottom of the market is Aspen is close to $3 million.
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Old 09-24-2018, 03:19 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Where in Colorado Springs did you grow up ? I'm trying to learn as much as possible before I visit. The front range seems more practical to me, but less beautiful than the mountains and western slope. I like Aspen. What can I say... I've got good taste ; ) Trying to figure out a place that has both perhaps, but CS is definitely on my list to check out.
I grew up in the north end of Colorado Springs. Very family friendly, excellent schools. I actually had my high school graduation ceremony at the Air Force Academy football stadium (with F-14 flyovers, of course) - pretty cool! My parents made sure to live in the boundaries for Academy School District 20 because they are known for their academic excellence. (https://saddletreehomes.com/academy-school-district-20/).

We lived in this neighborhood:
https://www.google.com/maps/@39.0127...2!8i6656?hl=en
https://www.google.com/maps/@39.0325...2!8i6656?hl=en

My best friend just bought a new home in this nearby community:
https://saddletreehomes.com/flying-horse-new-homes/


My cousin just moved into this complex and says he's enjoying it. This could be for younger, college-aged kids but it still shows the area. Enjoy this cornball video, lol!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSJ2...&t=0s&index=20


If/when you make a visit to Colorado Springs, look into staying at The Broadmoor Hotel - you'll have a blast! This video also shows the COS area.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWUv...Q&t=0s&index=7


As for Denver, when I lived there I lived in this subdivision in the Highlands Ranch/Lone Tree area, which I highly recommend:
https://www.google.com/maps/@39.5467...2!8i6656?hl=en

And I worked in the Denver Tech Center (DTC) which is 20 minutes south of downtown:
https://www.google.com/maps/@39.6311...2!8i6656?hl=en
https://www.google.com/maps/@39.6329...2!8i6656?hl=en
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Old 09-24-2018, 07:14 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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If your DW needs to frequent Lexington, KY... being within 1 hr of airport (DEN or COS) is important.

Thus... COS / Woodland Park gets you into 'nature'

Or Lyons / west Longmont of DEN.

Schools... consider homeschooling. We lived internationally and did that, was a sweet deal (traveled extensively) Kids participated an planning and managing the budget and arrangements.

(reluctantly) returned to USA just before High School. Kids did FREE FT college instead of HS in an income tax free state. (first 30 yrs spent in CO)
Socially... (since I hire a LOT of PS kids...) I would say HS kids have far superior initiative / work / communication skills with adults. 12+ yrs AFTER college, ours are extremely involved in community service and great high responsibility / reward jobs.

Hire some of each... Public school kids, home school kids.
Which group sits around waiting for instruction?
Which group is tending to your customers and being proactive to keep engaged?

Who can you trust with your assets, vehicles, clients?

Biggest bang for the buck (no income tax) and GREAT schools and INEXPENSIVE college (as in under $6k / yr...!) ... consider WY! For STEM (engineers and scientists), I hire U WY grads IF I get the chance (they are snatched up FAST) Good School of EDU also! and GREAT employment / opportunities for your kids.

Unless you want to migrate to a Running Start State...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Running_Start
I would consider WY for JR and HS age ( https://hathawayscholarship.org/hath...-requirements/ ) There is a LOT to do in WY! (if you like outdoors)

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Old 09-24-2018, 08:14 PM
 
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I grew up in the north end of Colorado Springs. Very family friendly, excellent schools. I actually had my high school graduation ceremony at the Air Force Academy football stadium (with F-14 flyovers, of course) - pretty cool! My parents made sure to live in the boundaries for Academy School District 20 because they are known for their academic excellence. (https://saddletreehomes.com/academy-school-district-20/).

We lived in this neighborhood:
https://www.google.com/maps/@39.0127...2!8i6656?hl=en
https://www.google.com/maps/@39.0325...2!8i6656?hl=en

My best friend just bought a new home in this nearby community:
https://saddletreehomes.com/flying-horse-new-homes/


My cousin just moved into this complex and says he's enjoying it. This could be for younger, college-aged kids but it still shows the area. Enjoy this cornball video, lol!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSJ2...&t=0s&index=20


If/when you make a visit to Colorado Springs, look into staying at The Broadmoor Hotel - you'll have a blast! This video also shows the COS area.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWUv...Q&t=0s&index=7


As for Denver, when I lived there I lived in this subdivision in the Highlands Ranch/Lone Tree area, which I highly recommend:
https://www.google.com/maps/@39.5467...2!8i6656?hl=en

And I worked in the Denver Tech Center (DTC) which is 20 minutes south of downtown:
https://www.google.com/maps/@39.6311...2!8i6656?hl=en
https://www.google.com/maps/@39.6329...2!8i6656?hl=en
You are awesome ! Thanks for showing me around !

Looks like a beautiful place to grow up.
And while the apartment complex video may be quite cheesy, I am somehow compelled to go workout now.
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Old 09-24-2018, 08:18 PM
 
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If your DW needs to frequent Lexington, KY... being within 1 hr of airport (DEN or COS) is important.

Thus... COS / Woodland Park gets you into 'nature'

Or Lyons / west Longmont of DEN.

Schools... consider homeschooling. We lived internationally and did that, was a sweet deal (traveled extensively) Kids participated an planning and managing the budget and arrangements.

(reluctantly) returned to USA just before High School. Kids did FREE FT college instead of HS in an income tax free state. (first 30 yrs spent in CO)
Socially... (since I hire a LOT of PS kids...) I would say HS kids have far superior initiative / work / communication skills with adults. 12+ yrs AFTER college, ours are extremely involved in community service and great high responsibility / reward jobs.

Hire some of each... Public school kids, home school kids.
Which group sits around waiting for instruction?
Which group is tending to your customers and being proactive to keep engaged?

Who can you trust with your assets, vehicles, clients?

Biggest bang for the buck (no income tax) and GREAT schools and INEXPENSIVE college (as in under $6k / yr...!) ... consider WY! For STEM (engineers and scientists), I hire U WY grads IF I get the chance (they are snatched up FAST) Good School of EDU also! and GREAT employment / opportunities for your kids.

Unless you want to migrate to a Running Start State...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Running_Start
I would consider WY for JR and HS age ( https://hathawayscholarship.org/hath...-requirements/ ) There is a LOT to do in WY! (if you like outdoors)
We have (or at least I have) thought about the home schooling thing as a tool if need be, so good to know. Thanks ! So much to cover here.
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Old 09-25-2018, 02:51 PM
 
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Point to circle back to here ....

MOSQUITOES.
Are they a problem at all ? And if so, what area are you in ?
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