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Old 02-16-2007, 01:21 PM
 
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Pueblo wouldn't top my list.
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Old 02-16-2007, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Southwest Colorado
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Glenwood Springs would be my choice from your list.
It is better if we do not put any remaining really good
places up in public forums.
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Old 02-17-2007, 01:12 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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IMHO... no personal attacks intended

Denver - Crowded, more crime, just a 'big city'
Alamosa - bit remote, (from intl airport-big city) but very nice spot for outdoor recreation, - My second choice (if air travel is not important)
Craig - quite remote, tad 'barren', or at least getting close to barren - probably a decent choice w/o kids
Glennwood Springs - very nice 'mid-sized town' bit spendy, but... you will retain equity growth in home, so if you can afford taxes you will do ok. Lots of options for recreation, and ez trip east or west **My first choice
Brush - farming, flat, Prairie, mixed races, potential gangs from the 'under privledged (2nd to last choice, tho I'm a prairie lover)
Durango - great choice, but spendy, trendy... socially can be too trendy, not a top choice any longer, but worth condering - 4th choice
Pueblo - another big city, tho dusty, dirty and hot, last choice
Grand Juction - good choice, variety of things to do and places to go, but pretty remote (closer to SLC for airport) 3rd choice
Aurora - same as Denver, tho a moderate more 'family friendly' than Denver central (I wouldn't do a big city if I valued the 'relationship' with others and my own family, not an option for me... I don't do 'traffic lights'...

I'd probably spend some time on 'greatschools.net', then look at community support and involvement in local efforts. Then to Colleges and Jr Colleges for culture and recreation and education options, define type of activities you will want to pursue and then do an 'interview trip'. Try to stay in a 'non-commercial' guest home and get to know some locals.. (several listings of organizations on the web, or within your own 'networks' (church, clubs, schools, organizations)) We have exclusively traveled with guest homes for ~ 20yrs, and they truly make our trips special, very good experience for kids to become engaged in other cultures. I have gone to the trouble of making an 'economic spreadsheet' for CoL details, but since your choices are all in one state, I'd go for the community that best suits your values and supports the way I would like your kids to grow-up. (which for me meant LOTS of volunteer community service, good libraries, and community support and safety). No TV would have been great, but they did get a 7 hr/wk allotment of that (or $7 if they chose none) That included electronic and computer games - I'm fodder for CPS

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Old 02-17-2007, 09:32 AM
 
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Highlands Ranch,
Littleton,
Parker, or
Castle Rock
colorado springs
good homes for under $350k,great schools.clean,good shopping and most of all the proximity(except colo springs) to downtown denver for concerts,games and special events!!!JMO
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Old 02-17-2007, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Boulder, Colorado
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I wanted to pass along a couple of links to extremely helpful websites as far as gathering school information and rankings.

The first is the link for the official Colorado Department of Education school rankings: http://reportcard.cde.state.co.us/reportcard/CommandHandler.jsp

Another great link where you can check out both private and public schools is below:

http://www.greatschools.net/modperl/go/CO
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Old 02-17-2007, 05:18 PM
 
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1) Durango, if housing can be found in your price range....this may be tough to do.

2) Grand Junction....but actually if it were me I would consider Montrose which is 45min. to an hour south of GJ.

3) Glenwood Springs

I would not consider the other places unless you wanted a large city and then Denver would come into play as there are nice areas in Denver that could fit your price range re: housing. I am familiar with all of them as I lived in Colorado in various towns and cities for 48 years.
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Old 02-24-2007, 02:49 AM
 
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Background:

Moving in September.

young family (2 kids: 2,4)

Looking for:
- good schools
- safe nieghborhood
- access to outdoor activities (hiking, skiing etc)
- resonable access to accomodations (restaurants and shopping)
- all around great place to live and work.


we have a house budget of $300-350k.


Here are the choices of work place. Any recommendations with in these areas OR WITHIN a Resonable commute.

Denver
Alamosa
Craig
Glennwood Springs
Brush
Durango
Pueblo
Grand Juction
Aurora


Thank you for your responses!!

Mac
My first choice would be Craig. I believe that it fits all of your recommendations in some form or another. We have safe neighborhoods and good schools. We have limitless opportunities for recreation and while there may not be a lot of amenities such as shopping and restaurants, it is only 45 minutes from Steamboat Springs, which has more than plenty. The people are genuine and the friendliest in the West and there are numerous community organizations and activities for people to enjoy. Oh, and we don't any of the problems of the metropolitan areas such as crime, bad traffic or yuppies.

Housing values are relatively low for Colorado and you can get a decent spread or a big city house for $350,000. I personally like Grand Junction, but I don't believe that at the moment, that it is the best place to raise a family. A friend of mine is actually moving herself and her child away from GJ to Steamboat Springs for that very reason.
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Old 02-24-2007, 09:55 AM
 
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We are moving to the Rye/ Colorado City. What I love is that the community is small, but very helpful. The schools are great. I have a 5 and 6 year old. The housing prices are affordable, and the commute to Pueblo is only 25 miles. I grew up in Colorado and always had an "attitude" about the Pueblo area. Pueblo's very industrial (smaller town though) along the I-25 corridor, and older looking. Pueblo west and other outlaying areas are nice. Great views of the mountains and plains. Jennifer Chappel with Rye Thunderbolt united country realestate can help you. Also look up Rye,or Colorado City for more info from the chamber of commerce and other websites.
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Old 03-01-2007, 01:55 PM
 
Location: The 719
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We are moving to the Rye/ Colorado City. What I love is that the community is small, but very helpful. The schools are great. I have a 5 and 6 year old. The housing prices are affordable, and the commute to Pueblo is only 25 miles. I grew up in Colorado and always had an "attitude" about the Pueblo area. Pueblo's very industrial (smaller town though) along the I-25 corridor, and older looking. Pueblo west and other outlaying areas are nice. Great views of the mountains and plains. Jennifer Chappel with Rye Thunderbolt united country realestate can help you. Also look up Rye,or Colorado City for more info from the chamber of commerce and other websites.
Good for you! I grew up there. Go Bolts!
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Old 03-01-2007, 03:56 PM
 
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Glenwood Springs, hands down.

At least for me.
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