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Old 10-21-2009, 10:27 PM
 
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Any comments to compare and contrast these areas?

We are coming from the Seattle area and are looking for someplace with plenty of ***sunshine ***, tech market, natural beauty, outdoorsy lifestyle, good school systems, plenty to do both indoors and outdoors for both adults and family (with young children).

We are looking for someplace that is the right mix of having a rural lifestyle i.e. property, horses, space but access to metropolitan offerings as well...i.e.. restaurants, live music, sports teams, shopping, etc..

We have been to Colorado and North Carolina but have only heard what Austin is about at this point.

Comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated!!
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Old 10-22-2009, 12:37 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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We are looking for someplace that is the right mix of having a rural lifestyle i.e. property, horses, space but access to metropolitan offerings as well...i.e.. restaurants, live music, sports teams, shopping, etc..
You can find all that here in CO as long as you bring lots of $$$ or like driving long distances to the metropolitan offerings.
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Old 10-22-2009, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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I lived in Austin for two years. It's humid and gets more rain than Colorado. It's okay but I wasn't crazy about living there. Nor would I move back again. There's some outdoors stuff as far as hiking or going to the lake, but it's hill country, not mountains. It has an okay social scene because of the University. But if it weren't for the university I don't think the social scene would be anything to speak of. Everyone talks about 6th street but I wasn't impressed with it, probably because I don't like blues music (can't you tell by my handle?) and I'm not into bars and drinking. I personally prefer the rocky mountain states because the outdoors stuff is more interesting. Since I enjoy backpacking, there are true wildernesses here of a kind you won't find in Texas.
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Old 10-22-2009, 10:44 AM
 
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Everything you want can be found in the Denver Metro Area, though space for horses may put you 20+ miles from downtown.

There is a tremendous amount of horsiness in the Denver / Front Range area; look in the indexes for Denver and/or the main Colorado forum for existing threads under the Equestrian category.
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Old 10-22-2009, 01:22 PM
 
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Thanks all!! Very helpful.
Thank you Mike, I will check out your suggestions.
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