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Old 10-13-2009, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Orange County
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I am from southern california, am getting married in may, and me and my fiancee are looking to get out of ca... i am from montana and desire to find a place with that magnificent beauty without the monstrous winters

we are looking for a cheaper cost of living so we can actually BUY a house and start a family... we would like gorgeous land (rolling green hills), maybe an acre or so... nice people.... good community... family friendly... all 4 seasons...

So far, we are liking Fort Collins... maybe Castle Rock... co springs... any thoughts? Any other california transplants? What do you feel you had to give up? What did you gain? What took some getting used to? Was it worth it?

Thanks so much!
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Old 10-14-2009, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Well in Colorado you'll definitely get the magnificent landscape without the monstrous winters. All except for the "rolling green pastures" which are pretty rare. Some places that come to mind are Littleton (which includes the foothills and mountains outside Denver) where you get an acre (without house) goes for about $25,000.

In my neck of the woods, an acre of ag land (green rolling hills) up in the Collburn area is somewhat cheaper.
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Old 10-14-2009, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Englewood,CO
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Compared to Orange County anywhere on the front range will be cheap. Most of the good jobs are near Denver though.
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Old 10-14-2009, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I am from southern california, am getting married in may, and me and my fiancee are looking to get out of ca... i am from montana and desire to find a place with that magnificent beauty without the monstrous winters

we are looking for a cheaper cost of living so we can actually BUY a house and start a family... we would like gorgeous land (rolling green hills), maybe an acre or so... nice people.... good community... family friendly... all 4 seasons...
So far, we are liking Fort Collins... maybe Castle Rock... co springs... any thoughts? Any other california transplants? What do you feel you had to give up? What did you gain? What took some getting used to? Was it worth it?

Thanks so much!
Hi Laurenrose,

Congrat on your upcoming wedding!! My wife and I live in Castle Rock, we like it a lot. You can find the above criteria that I bolded.

However, the rolling green hills are few and far between - except maybe in April, May and Early June. You can find houses with an acre but you will pay a premium and there are limited neighborhoods that have lots that size.

Best of luck on your move!
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Old 10-14-2009, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Avondale, AZ
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we are looking for a cheaper cost of living so we can actually BUY a house and start a family... we would like gorgeous land (rolling green hills), maybe an acre or so... nice people.... good community... family friendly... all 4 seasons...
An acre of 'gorgeous land' with an appropriate home on it will probably cost more than a lot of homes in SoCal right now. They usually don't build starter homes on primo acre lots. Just about any area along the Front Range will have family friendly neighborhoods and 4 seasons. If you really desire a cheaper cost of living there are many homes and condos in the $100-150k range. If you have 300-500k to spend, you can find some incredible deals on foreclosed mcmansions on acre+ lots. You might want to find employment before committing to any area, unless that is not a concern. Long distance commuting is quite the pain in the winter. If you can set yourself up with affordable housing, maybe not on gorgeous acreage, and a comfortable commute, your quality of life can definitely be higher here. We moved from San Marcos,CA, 5 years ago and never regretted the move. But, there are so many variables in everyone's experience, so I'll just say 'Good Luck' and I hope you find what you're looking for.
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Old 10-15-2009, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Avondale, AZ
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Took this picture from our deck this past June. We had a wet spring and summer this year and the hills were green.
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Old 10-15-2009, 01:47 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Wow, that's is quite beautiful.
We are looking at the Fort Collins area when I retire from the Lakeside FD in 3 years close to your old neck of the woods.
I will have to check out your area.
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Old 10-15-2009, 07:58 PM
 
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I'd look at the east coast instead for green rolling hills with land at a decent cost.
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Old 10-17-2009, 08:59 PM
 
Location: here
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Everything green turns pretty brown for about 3/4 of the year. You might like the area around Castle Rock/Parker/Elizabeth, depending on where you work. I personally wouldn't commute to downtown Denver from out there.

Edit: I don't know what your price range is, but I would think anything with acreage would be a bit much for first time buyers.
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