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Old 12-22-2006, 01:41 AM
 
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It is cold for several months of the year, but usually the snow doesn't pose much of a problem. It's just a matter of keeping warm and scraping ice off of your car if you don't have a garage.

The housing isn't too bad compared to some cities. Look in areas like Bel Mar and Downtown if you want to be close to work and in areas with some nightlife.

The job market is doing fair as far as I know.

Just for the record though, I'm wanting to move out of CO (possibly to CA) because for me the mountains are old and I don't like the cold, and the few clubs downtown are old for me. I need to have a larger variety of things to do , places to go, and people to meet.
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Old 12-23-2006, 12:37 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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...looking into Colorado Springs, Denver, Boulder, or Fort Collins. ...
How is the job market? I am in graphic design....
Since I am black, would I have a problem fitting in out there? I know that some cities in Colorado are the majority white. I don't have a problem with that, but I hope people are accepting....
I think Colo Springs would be my first choice, as they are most 'diverse' population of your choices, (Heavy military, for many years) I feel CO is not racial, tho the Hispanics can create some tension by being pretty possessive and projecting 'under priviledged' status. I don't see any problem for a black professional lady. Denver is just too big to be 'homey', tho more jobs available (a poor reason for putting up with a metropolis), and blacks have caused some problems there in the past. Colo Springs or Ft Collins give you a 'head start' to get out of town. (to the woods) and you can live in the woods and easily commute.


Depends on where your coming from and what you want, as Boulder is great if you are into eclectic, and it is real pretty and close to mountains and green space, but really expensive and a bit of a 'loose cannon' at times (likes to project it's independent spirit, as if it has to prove anything... ) Sometimes 'snooty' (ivy league of the west...)

Don't fret this blizzard, it is very rare, tho CO has had some bizarre weather of late (as with most places) The seasons are great, you need to just endure some anomalies once in a while, and be flexible... It's not Buffalo, NY, where it is gonna last for a while, Maybe a week at worse case, but a chinook wind can come and the snow will disappear 'overnight' (not THIS much...) I rode my bike to work everyday except 3, the last yr I lived in Loveland, Colorado Springs would have required ~10 snowdays, It is a bit snowier, but really pretty, and closer to So Colorado where it is less crowded in scenic parts. Amazing as it seems, there can be 70 deg days in Jan, but most everyday is sunny.

Go stay with some folks for awhile, there are several guest home directories where you can find homes with seperate qtrs for very cheap and even free!

Homes are kinda spendy, so save your $$ (I'd buy a commercial building with an apartment, and let business tenants pay my rent..., they are much better renters than residential folks, and commercial buildings can be cheap, and have decent financials to support payments) Now is a good time to look for prop (Jan - April) Don't 'overbuy', and remember Location (x3) just consider that you might need to sell, so always go in with an exit strategy or two... Try to buy something that is unique and will have future appeal (view, zoning change, cute architecture, conveinence...)
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Old 12-23-2006, 10:24 AM
 
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Is a 250K house considered high in Colorado, or is that the average price for a home?

How's crime rates out there? Is crime higher in Denver than in Colorado Springs or Boulder?

How far apart are the cities from each other? If I plan to go out there to visit, I may try to visit all three cities if I can.

This is a silly question, but is there a big bug problem out there? I know bugs are everywhere, but out here in GA, they are your roommates. Roaches, spiders, and other weird looking bugs are everywhere!



Thanks for the help.
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Old 12-23-2006, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO
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Carmelboo,

I am not sure what the average home price is, but I think $250K would be on the lower side of the average. It really depends on the area. Denver, Boulder, CO Springs and all of the surrounding suburbs encompass a huge area and you can find a wide range of prices. What type of house are you looking for (# of bedrooms and baths, square footage, old/new, etc.).

Crime is much lower here than many parts of the country. Of course, there are areas to stay clear of in Denver proper, Aurora and some other pockets here and there.

Bugs are not a problem here. We do have spiders, sugar ants, mosquitos, and black flies, but not in too big of numbers. No termites and hadn't seen roaches (but they are probably out there in some of the more run down housing).

Boulder is about 30 mins NW of Denver and CO Springs is about 45 min South. I wouldn't try to do all 3 in one day, but you can easily check out all 3 areas. There are lots of suburbs surrounding these cities, so you may want to factor in time to check them out.
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Old 12-23-2006, 02:50 PM
 
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Iíd say that $250k is a below average price for our larger cities, but it will buy a decent house in much of the state, especially outlying areas. There is quite a bit here in Colorado Springs (COS) for that money, and very nice homes up here in the NE area of COS, zip 80920 for realtor.com. That money will get you less in Denver and almost nothing in Boulder, which is quite pricey.

Crime isnít bad in this state, but all cities have some, and some pockets of poverty and despair that breed it. Up here in NE COS, we have almost no crime, mostly thefts from construction sites and/or breaking into cars. A lot of the new communities up here require cars to be kept in a 3-car garage and all garages kept closed, which eliminates virtually all vehicle-related crime as well as stuff walking out of garages when youíre not looking.

Distance from center-city COS (I-25, exit 142) to center-city Denver (I-25, exit 210) is just about 60 miles, and NW of center-city Denver to Boulder is a good 30 miles.

Very few bugs here due to a dry climate. No termites due to the cold, they donít even inspect for them. Very few skeeters too, just too dry in most places, but they are there in the countryside near what water we do have.
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Old 12-25-2006, 12:17 PM
 
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Merry Christmas to everyone!

Speaking of dry weather, how dry is the heat out there? Do you sweat when you get hot (humid heat) or burn with hardly any sweating? I know when I lived in OK, the heat could be unbearable because it was very dry and I hardly sweated because of the lack of humidity.
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