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Old 03-05-2019, 11:54 AM
 
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Point of thread:
- Be honest even if it means talking me out of it- it would actually be much easier if I just got this goal out of my head

Current/History:
- Mom of 2 about to be empty-nester
- Raised in Corpus Christi, but my dad lived in Denver my whole life, so half a year spent in Denver from about 1974-1986
- I consider myself a Dallasite, as I moved here in 1989, and it is home now
- I have lived in SoCal and Portland OR, 2 years each, back to Dallas in between
- Oldest kid lives in CO

Here's Why:
- Weather: Winter can be sunny quite often, making the cold easy to handle; Summer it can rain just often enough to cool things down, and it actually gets cooler at night. Dallas is 100 degrees with 80% humidity about 6 months of the year
- Allergies: I find the high desert to be much better for allergens- at least the ones that affect me
- Attitudes: In Texas, I am often the weird yoga teacher woo-woo type, or so far to the left that I am pegged a communist. In Portland, I was like everyone else, but it was hard to find someone who could be that, while also striving for advancement (or even mediocrity, honestly), being aggressive in traffic, or hurrying in any way shape or form. This was very frustrating. Cali is about perfect, but I cannot afford it!
- It's mostly #1- I get HOT!! As I age, I truly cannot take it anymore

OK, list for me the cons. The only one I know of is state income tax off the top of my head.
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:07 PM
 
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Employment and high cost of living.
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:37 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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OK, list for me the cons. The only one I know of is state income tax off the top of my head.
In Colorado, Income tax + property tax is usually less than Texas property tax.

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Employment and high cost of living.
The high cost of living is really only related to purchase price housing costs.
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:39 PM
 
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Marsha, the state income tax may be a 'con' but the 'pro' side is the greatly reduced real estate tax as compared to TX.
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:41 PM
 
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How often have you visited oldest kid in CO? CO has grown a lot since the 80s and if you haven't been here much it might be different than you remember in ways that you might or might not like. As others said, I think the biggest hurdles will be employment/cost of living.
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:43 PM
 
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There are different parts of Colorado and different ways to experience them.


One breakdown of the regional parts:


Denver


first and second rings around Denver


North Colorado (Ft. Collins, Loveland, Greeley, etc.)


Southern front range (CS / Pueblo)


Plains


San Luis Valley


South central mountains south of I-70


I-70 corridor


Grand Junction


Southwest CO


Northwest CO


Which parts are you interested in? Pretty different.

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Old 03-05-2019, 01:40 PM
 
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How often have you visited oldest kid in CO? CO has grown a lot since the 80s and if you haven't been here much it might be different than you remember in ways that you might or might not like. As others said, I think the biggest hurdles will be employment/cost of living.
I am there about 3 times per year. I have spent time in almost every part of the state except the San Juan Mountains. The more I go, the more I want to go
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Old 03-05-2019, 01:42 PM
 
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There are different parts of Colorado and different ways to experience them.


One breakdown of the regional parts:


Denver


first and second rings around Denver


North Colorado (Ft. Collins, Loveland, Greeley, etc.)


Southern front range (CS / Pueblo)


Plains


San Luis Valley


South central mountains south of I-70


I-70 corridor


Grand Junction


Southwest CO


Northwest CO


Which parts are you interested in? Pretty different.
I am a sports girl, and an avid Broncos fan. Therefore, as long as I can easily drive into the big city for big city stuff without making it a huge road trip I am ok. I love the Western Slope, but would be hard for me to seriously consider based on that criteria.
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Old 03-05-2019, 02:08 PM
 
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Marsha, your daughter is doing a relo from Grand Junction to the Golden/Denver area, so suggest you stick close to that. Getting over the mountains to see her in winter will be a tough drive. It depends on how much you want to be in GJ vs how much you want to be near her.

We have plenty of threads on all these locations, find them with our search tool.

If you want the Denver area let me know and I'll move this thread there, else I'll leave it in the overall COLO forum.
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Old 03-05-2019, 04:03 PM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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You didn't mention if you need to work and what you do.

You might consider Frisco/Silverthorne/Dillon if you want to be in the mountains but not in a resort, real estate and health insurance are expensive but the lifestyle is pretty good if you want to be away from the city but still have access. Evergreen/Conifer would put you closer to the city and your daughter.
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