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Old 07-08-2006, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Ojai
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Hello. We are contemplating moving and are in the initial stages of figuring out WHERE. For the last 20+ years we have lived in a semi-rural area in Ventura County, CA. My husband is a builder who creates one house at a time and does all the work himself. He builds small, affordable houses, not huge castles or crowded subdivisions. The problem is land has become so expensive that we can no longer afford to buy property to build on and still make a living, since a small piece of dirt out here is over 300k. Building is a joy to my husband and he takes great pride in what he builds, so we are trying to find another semi-rural area where he can continue his craft. Need sunshine, don't mind some rain, some snow would be okay (I think - never lived in snow), some heat is fine but can't take humidity or bitter cold. Would like to be in a place with access to a larger city (not huge like LA but big enough to perhaps have something like Costco) but don't want to live IN a larger city, don't care for desert. Colorado, along with Washington, has been in the back of my mind for years. Are there areas in Colorado with opportunities for small-scale building? Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions are welcome and most appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 07-08-2006, 10:39 AM
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Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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Ft. Collins, Greeley, Pueblo, Erie, Firestone, Bennet all come to mind.
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Old 07-09-2006, 02:51 PM
 
Location: california
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How are Cortez or Alamosa for home construction?
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Old 07-09-2006, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Gidget- Hey there- You know there are many areas in Colorado. The monument/Colorado Springs area has ALOT of potential for you. Colorado Springs is a great area. You would love it. Go to www.coloradosprings.com and you can see the beauty! Feel free to ask more questions if you want!SHEP
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Old 07-09-2006, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Ojai
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Thanks everybody for ideas about for semi-rural places to live and build. In a couple weeks we are going to help a friend move to Phoenix, which is not my idea of fun, but we decided from there we will come visit Colorado to check out Durango, Colorado Springs, and other spots. () Looking forward to that! Thanks!
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