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Old 07-23-2006, 10:49 AM
Location: Colorado
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If you only visited Northern Co. then yes it is crowded. I am a native Co. and over the yrs it seems that people judge Co. By the Denver area. Don't make that mistake. Even Coloradoians in the rest of the state hate the Denver area. Co. Springs is more expensive also. If you want to live in a small town south. A normal sized home is more reasonable. But even we have those "want to be castles" I am east of the divide and am not real aquainted with prices etc with western Co. but it is really beautiful over there. There is lots of Colorado that is not Denver or in the northern part.
Originally Posted by johnlvs2run
We live in Santa Maria, near the California central coast. I visited Loveland a year ago and am planning to visit Pueblo this fall. I was all excited to see Northern Colorado and thinking of moving there but it turned out to have the houses all crammed together on small lots, and very expensive. Also the houses had terrible floor plans. They most of the time build small two story houses on very small lots, so the population density is going to keep going up higher. Colorado already has a high population density and that is the reason.

An agent I didn't know later sent an emailing to me with one of those houses for sale that was "a really great deal" for $375,000, i.e. it wasn't a good deal at all but a travesty.

I gave up on Colorado with that but then we have been thinking of building a home which is why I'm going to visit Pueblo this fall, to see if one of those big lots is feasible and if we might like the area. The ethnic diversity of Pueblo looks about the same as here, although there is low crime here and higher than the national average there. Actually the news reports coming out of Colorado Springs are quite scary, as one news report after the other is about one heinous crime or another. So at this point I am quite skeptical about moving there but we'll see, as I have never been to that part of Colorado before. I have been to Albuquerque and Santa Fe and that's it.

As to seeing the houses there, just do a search and find some of the agents with the mls on their site. Then you will be able to find all the homes that are available with the agents. I am a real estate broker here but am mostly retired at this point, but you don't need to be an agent to search for the listings on the internet.

Oh and I don't know why you would want to move to Ojai. Have you been there recently?
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Old 07-23-2006, 10:56 AM
Location: Colorado
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I am west of Pueblo. Check in other areas closer into the mts. You might like them. Crime is less than Alb. I do know that. We are the home of the state and fed. prisons. Maybe thats why our crime rate is down. Right now we are in a heat wave just like everyone else. We seldom get above 90 or below 0. Little cooler than Alb. But simular.
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Old 07-27-2006, 11:01 PM
Location: california
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Thanks much for the feedback.
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Old 07-30-2006, 02:37 PM
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Thank you Nadine and gcoolidge for the great information about the area. I'm on my way up there on Friday and will check out all the areas you mentioned along with the Fort Collins area. I have a lot of work to do to check out everything. We really would like to stay closer to one of the bases, or at least within a reasonable drive. I just got back from a trip to Oregon up the I-5 corridor and looked at all those towns. There are some very beautiful places up there and some beautiful prices. I think if I were a duck, I'd land in Shasta Lake and live happily ever after....what an unbelievable sight to see. I finally realized the awesome smell everywhere was trees and grass....I actually remembered it!... Had to leave on Sunday though, my lottery ticket failed me again, so I bid that fine state adieu and headed home. Well.....I'm off to pack, got the laptop charged up, maps, camera...and anxious to see Colorado. Will check in with you all when I get back and let you know what I found. I do know one thing it has going for it though...no alligators...that's a big issue with me.

I meant to say Mt. Shasta in California...on my way up I-5 to Oregon, not to say I always knew quite where I was on that trip, especially after making a wrong turn in Sacramento, CA and ending up in a loop that threw me on a highway headed to Reno, NV. Three hours of endless turns and loops and too stubborn to stop and ask for help....jeez...you think that's a Cajun trait

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Old 08-20-2006, 06:01 PM
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Pueblo has a real stigma of being a dump but in fact is a little jewel in Colorado.Crime is minimal compared to other areas especially Colorado Springs. The cost of living is low and housing is pretty reasonable. Pueblo has recently built a beautiful River walk that runs through old downtown, Built a vigorous kayak course on the Arkansas river that flows through town, built a new couple hundred room Mariot hotel and convention center, has the best children's museum and art center in the state, has a huge reservoir perfect for the fisherman or boater, friendly people that wave and say hi to you in the grociery store even if they dont know you, and so much more! The city is growing every day but has the leadership that wont allow Pueblo to become like Colorado Springs. If you have any questions please feel free to email me.
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