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Old 03-21-2007, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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I lived in NC for two years, talk about taxing you to death!! Couldnt stand the humidity, 95 degrees with 85% humidity from may to september, and it does get cold there, it was 24 degrees but because it was wet felt like 10 .And BUGS!!!! lordy never seen so many mosquitos in my life. Couldnt wait to leave, actually moving to CO soon, cant wait. I am in AZ now, Talk about extreme weather!! I think there are pros and cons of any state. But Co is so beautiful, I can handle some snow.

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Old 03-21-2007, 11:06 AM
 
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Default Where to in CO for shorter winters/more sunshine?

We're in western NY in a very rural county near a liberal arts college, so I don't feel so isolated. No shopping to speak of, but plenty to do. We want more sunshine and my husband says he'd be happy if he never saw snow again. We've considered NC and CA and CO. Certainly CA fits the bill best for no snow and more sun and I don't think I could stand the humidity and bugs that have been mentioned in this thread on NC. What about CO? Is there any place where we'll find less snow and more sunshine than western NY? I do love greenery though...

I have to say that, yes, the Adirondacks are beautiful, but what mosquitoes are there in the summer! We have very few here - mostly deer flies.

Would anyone want to trade a place in CO near the mountains and sunshine for a 50 acre hobby farm with a 4B, 31/2Bath house and barn in the countryside of WNY valued at around $300,000? Sunshinegal
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Old 03-21-2007, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Old Forge, NY
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We're in western NY in a very rural county near a liberal arts college, so I don't feel so isolated. No shopping to speak of, but plenty to do. We want more sunshine and my husband says he'd be happy if he never saw snow again. We've considered NC and CA and CO. Certainly CA fits the bill best for no snow and more sun and I don't think I could stand the humidity and bugs that have been mentioned in this thread on NC. What about CO? Is there any place where we'll find less snow and more sunshine than western NY? I do love greenery though...

I have to say that, yes, the Adirondacks are beautiful, but what mosquitoes are there in the summer! We have very few here - mostly deer flies.

Would anyone want to trade a place in CO near the mountains and sunshine for a 50 acre hobby farm with a 4B, 31/2Bath house and barn in the countryside of WNY valued at around $300,000? Sunshinegal
Where in western NY? Our house is only about $200k and we are thinking about eastern NY.

Pretty much anywhere on the front range will have less snow, more sunshine, and much less greenery. Unless you go into the mountains a bit, then it greens up.

Oh, there are mosquitos out here in Colorado too. Sometimes it gets pretty bad in the spring and summer. I've spent some time outside in summer in the Adirondacks and it's the flies that are annoying, not the skeeters.
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Old 03-21-2007, 11:24 AM
 
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Is there any place where we'll find less snow and more sunshine than western NY? I do love greenery though...
Lots of places! We have as much sun here in Colorado as anywhere, but we do have our share of snow, probably less than Western NY though. If you're looking for minimal snow, you might consider the desert southwest as an alternative to Colorado -- their desert climates and warmer temperatures will mean much less snow than here.
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Old 03-21-2007, 12:10 PM
 
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We are currently living in central Parker, which is 28 miles southeast of Denver. We have been here in the area since June 2002. We moved here from Southern Calif., but are originally from Indiana and Michigan, so we already knew what living in winter weather was like. However, now that I have had a hip replacement done (Oct. 2005) and had to have shoulder surgery this past Feb 07 (from a fall on ice/snow just prior to Christmas), we have decided that we can no longer handle the winters here. We are getting ready to sell our house and move to Charlotte, NC. We know that the Charlotte area, and North Carolina in itself, can get fairly humid, but, at our age (58/59) we could handle the humidy much better than all the snow/ice that we have encounter here since moving here. We know that Charlotte gets snow, but not nearly as much as the Parker/Denver area can get in the winter.
So......if you have already moved from Colorado, why did you move. Was it due to the weather, not a good enough job salary or what? Do you like where you moved to better than when you lived in Colorado? Or, do you want to move out of Colorado now.....why? Where do you want to move to????
We have heard that some people who moved here couldn't handle the even "mild" (what a lot of locals call the winters here and what some "newbie" movers say "yea right" to) winters here and had to leave.
Please don't get us wrong, Denver and Colorado in general is a great State to live in, but the winters here can get nasty at times. This winter has cost my wife and I a nice little "chunk" of money due to my fall (and we have insurance).
I don't mind the snow. I live in the metro Atlanta area and this year snow, which is always a novelty where I live (meaning you might get one inch and that's it for the year.), I never saw any snow accumulate this year. I would be happy to get as much snow as you guys have had this year. I haven't had a snowball fight in years.
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Old 03-21-2007, 01:19 PM
 
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I don't mind the snow. I live in the metro Atlanta area and this year snow, which is always a novelty where I live (meaning you might get one inch and that's it for the year.), I never saw any snow accumulate this year. I would be happy to get as much snow as you guys have had this year. I haven't had a snowball fight in years.
Like you, I love the snow (grew up in Ohio), but this January was completely obnoxious, and the novelty wore off quickly. Even my in-laws, who have lived here for twenty years and adore Colorado (my FIL says the only way he's leaving is in a casket) were overwhelmed. And my kids? After the first couple of days, they got tired of it, too.

Traffic was a nightmare if you could manage get out of your neighborhood. Even my neighbors with an Excursion had trouble getting up the slight slope of our street. Groceries ran out of staples (thank God for powdered milk & frozen veggies). Mail delivery? Our postman is a contractor, who drives an Acura Integra. There was no way he was getting back into our neighborhood. We picked up our mail at the post office for several weeks until plows could make their way back onto our street.

Believe it or not, a house up the street from me still has a patch of snow in the front yard after a month and a half of great weather, including many days in the 70's.

My in-laws say this was an extraordinarily unusual winter. I can only hope they are right.

P.S. If you are thinking of moving here, never, ever buy a house with a north facing driveway. Take it from someone who knows!

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Old 03-21-2007, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Avondale, AZ
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P.S. If you are thinking of moving here, never, ever buy a house with a north facing driveway. Take it from someone who knows!
As a former Californian who just got really lucky with a south facing driveway, I have to agree totally. Our neighbor across the street just found his Mazda pickup. It on his driveway, off to one side a bit. It got buried during the pre-Christmas storm . The drift was around 8 feet high back then.
Another driveway tidbit> NEVER buy a house with a steep drive.
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Old 03-21-2007, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Is there any place where we'll find less snow and more sunshine than western NY? I do love greenery though...
Well, yes. Just about anywhere in the USA, with the possible exception of Pittsburgh and Seattle.
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Old 03-21-2007, 05:22 PM
 
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Our neighbor across the street just found his Mazda pickup. It on his driveway, off to one side a bit. It got buried during the pre-Christmas storm . The drift was around 8 feet high back then.
Ouch! That hurts.

We have a west facing driveway, and, boy, was I grateful for that this winter. My in-laws, the ones who have lived here for twenty years, have a north-facing driveway in the foothills (where they get fewer hours of sun per day than those of us out on the plains). They've bemoaned their stupidity every year they've lived here and made sure we learned from their mistakes.
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Old 03-21-2007, 07:06 PM
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Location: Dirty Jerz
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If I could find a job there or hit the lottery I would live rite in town in Telluride! Been there once and cant describe the feeling there!!
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