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Old 02-16-2007, 08:08 PM
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Hello I am a concrete contractor looking to relocate from Michigan to Colorado.I have a son that lives in Colorado Springs.How much building is going on in the Durango area or other parts for that matter.Things in Michigan are bad & were ready for a change.I have hunted in Colorado & Wyoming & love both places.Freindly people & fresh air.Thanks in advance Steve
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Old 02-16-2007, 08:38 PM
 
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Hey Steve,

Off the top of my head, I'd have to say that construction is booming around Durango. I'm not in the industry and I'm not sure what its like where you are at, so it may be hard to compare, but there are numerous condos and subdivisions and lots of individual residences being built in the 4-corners region. My guess is that construction and related are the best money-making opportunities by far around Durango right now. Also, Pagosa Springs (1hr. east) has approved plans for a hospital. You would have lots of competition, but I think there's lots of work to go around right now. Housing prices are really high in Durango right now (median home price 2006 well over $400K). You might also look into Farmington NM. Its one hour south of Durango, but seems to have a lot of construction work, too - median home price probably closer to $225? - hopefully ILUVNM or others will give more info here. Finally, Grand Junction Co and the surrounding area are apparently experiencing big growth with lots of construction work as well - cost of living there is likely much less than Dgo, but I don't know how it compares with Farmington. Farmington and GJ may both have more room to grow as they are less constricted by mountains (IMO).

OBTW, Colo. Springs driving from Dgo is about 6 hours in good weather. Good luck! dgoboy
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Old 02-16-2007, 09:28 PM
 
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... I'd have to say that construction is booming around Durango....there are numerous condos and subdivisions and lots of individual residences being built in the 4-corners region ... I think there's lots of work to go around right now. Housing prices are really high in Durango right now (median home price 2006 well over $400K). You might also look into Farmington NM. Its one hour south of Durango, but seems to have a lot of construction work, too ... Finally, Grand Junction Co and the surrounding area are apparently experiencing big growth with lots of construction work as well - Good luck! dgoboy
IMO, this phenomena of people moving from big cities to fairly remote areas like DGO probably reflects the early wave of baby boomers getting out of big cities and crowded coastal areas in favor of the country ... away from high prices and gridlocked traffic. $400k may be high to many, but is small money compared to coastal/city prices. I don't have anything other than a hunch, but that seems to be what is happening, as DGO doesn't seem a hotbed for manufacturing, defense or science/IT. High prices, gridlock and lousy quality of life is why we left the DC area for Colorado Springs, which compared to back east is like living in Mayberry to me.

If I'm right, we ain't seen nothing yet in the way of people moving around ... just wait till boomers start retiring by the millions ... I was an early one, born 1948, the big birth years were 5+ years behind me ... and stayed fairly high for another 10 years after that... or into the 1960's when the pill and middle age started slowing the birth rate of the WW-2 generation.

s/Mike
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Old 02-16-2007, 11:33 PM
 
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Hello I am a concrete contractor looking to relocate from Michigan to Colorado.I have a son that lives in Colorado Springs.How much building is going on in the Durango area or other parts for that matter.Things in Michigan are bad & were ready for a change.I have hunted in Colorado & Wyoming & love both places.Freindly people & fresh air.Thanks in advance Steve
There is alot of construction going to happen in Durango. 5,000 homes in Three Springs, about the same number to be built on Ewing Mesa, homes being built where the old Rocket Drive In was - miss the Rocket! Anyhoo, they just gave the initial nod for growth in Twin Buttes area, 2nd Avenue having a massive building project coming into play, homes being built by the thousands in Edgemont Ranch, many homes to be built up at the Durango Ski Resort including a new really nice large Ski resort main building and now just heard a new huge casino to be built in Ignacio complete with a 24 lane bowling alley so definitely lots of construction in the Durango area. Also too homes are being built in up and coming Bayfield and Cortez with new subdivisions. So lots of work. Yes too the new hospital in Pagosa which I think is a new milestone for Pagosa. It was the lack of a hospital that stopped people moving in there but with it coming, Pagosa will be "open season" so to speak! So grab your tools and come on down!

I believe Mike is right, baby boomers are headed to Colorado in large numbers. The ocean was the thing of the past but with so many disasters hitting the coasts, like tsunamis to hurricanes, (we all know about New Orleans, yikes!) and it just isnt what it used to be with all the pollution and oil spills and such. I cant tell you how many times my old friend from Venice Beach will tell me the beaches were closed in the LA area from pollution, sewage and all kinds of yucky stuff that made me think "I wouldnt want to go in there". So Colorado is desireable. No earthquakes, no hurricanes, no tornados in the western and southern parts and most of Colorado although they have them on the Front Range where it is flat like say Burlington. I hope the baby boomers who are welcome to our area will appreciate Colorado for its rare beauty and keep national forests pristine for all. I think the cities can grow but allow dense growth right at the city and not have sprawl. Durango is trying to do that by having all the growth as close to Durango as possible, using up all empty lots in the city, so the city seems congested like say NYC because of that, but what is great is you can be out in total blissful wilderness in less than 20 minutes.

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Old 02-17-2007, 06:34 AM
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Default Many thanks

I appreciate the replys.thats the kind of thing I think of when I think of Colorado.Nice folks thinking of someone besides themselves.We dont have much of that here.Were church going middle aged ,with the kids all moved out, Im 46 the wife is 44 & we have been talking about moving west for our latter years.Now with the way work is here (non exhistant) we are going to move sooner ,in fact now may be the time as we sold our house.I know things are not perfect anywhere & the grass is always greener but things here are bad & no sign of getting better any time soon.We are coming out for a visit the first week of march (that is my partner & me) to have a look.Do they work right thru winters there like we used to here or does the weather shut the work down? Well thanks again god bless Steve
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Old 02-17-2007, 01:30 PM
 
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hi Steve, my husband and i are looking in CO also the first of March. We too are from MI and both 47 yrs. although we probably won't build for another 5 or 6 years. we are looking for acreage to keep horses and enjoy a semi early retirement I hope you find what you are looking for. how does your son like Colorado Springs. As we will be in that area, checking things out? What part of MI are you from? Who knows.....maybe we'll be doing business when it comes time for us to build???

Blessings,
Catherine
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Old 02-17-2007, 02:47 PM
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We now live near Flint Michigan.Our son likes it in Colorado Springs & wont even think of moving back to Michigan.We have visited him & thats too much city for us.We are more country people with hunting & fishing & being out doors in general is what we do.We really dont mind winter either.The weather in Colorado Springs is almost always milder than here as I check it almost everyday.We also are thinking about some property where we can have a small ranch with horses as we are used to having some room to roam.
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Old 02-18-2007, 12:08 AM
 
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Do they work right thru winters there like we used to here or does the weather shut the work down? Well thanks again god bless Steve
Hi Steve, great post and you seem like a really nice person. Yes, they do work through the winter here in southwest Colorado, places like Durango, Cortez and in nearby Farmington, New Mexico. I saw them building today in Durango when I was over there and here in Farmington too. I wish you the best of luck wherever you move too. Durango is a nice city and Colorado Springs is a nice city too, so wherever you go, peace to you!
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:38 AM
 
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IMO, this phenomena of people moving from big cities to fairly remote areas like DGO probably reflects the early wave of baby boomers getting out of big cities and crowded coastal areas in favor of the country ... away from high prices and gridlocked traffic. $400k may be high to many, but is small money compared to coastal/city prices. I don't have anything other than a hunch, but that seems to be what is happening, as DGO doesn't seem a hotbed for manufacturing, defense or science/IT. High prices, gridlock and lousy quality of life is why we left the DC area for Colorado Springs, which compared to back east is like living in Mayberry to me.

If I'm right, we ain't seen nothing yet in the way of people moving around ... just wait till boomers start retiring by the millions ... I was an early one, born 1948, the big birth years were 5+ years behind me ... and stayed fairly high for another 10 years after that... or into the 1960's when the pill and middle age started slowing the birth rate of the WW-2 generation.

s/Mike
A lot will depend on how much these people are worth now, since our country is about 50% poorer as a nation, and the average person's 401k and retirement has taken a big hit. The Pensioneers might be okay.

The best is yet to come...
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