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Old 12-06-2009, 06:11 PM
 
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I have an opportunity to relocate to CO. Four metro areas are possibilities: Colorado Springs, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, and Durango.

I really have no idea where to begin looking. First and foremost, I'm looking for a family friendly area: safe and great public schools. I'm looking for reasonable housing ($100k+ income; I'd like to get a nice 2000+ sq ft, 4BR home for less then $450k) with great quality of life (dining, shopping, and activities) [Who isn't???]. Nice scenery would be a bonus.

Can anyone point me in the right direction, at least get me started? What are the characters of these towns? I'm a pretty regular guy - I don't really want to deal with snobs or with trash; just nice middle/upper-middle class people. Thanks.
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Old 12-06-2009, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Denver 'burbs aren't an option?
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Old 12-06-2009, 06:28 PM
 
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Not really, not unless it's within commuting distance to one of those spots...that's where the job openings are.
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Old 12-06-2009, 10:15 PM
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Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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I'd pick Durango, Glenwood, Grand Junction, then The Springs.
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Northern Colorado
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A great place to start is with the data pages on each city here at www.city-data.com, searchable from the front page. There are some good statistics there. Be sure to look at weather data, because it is somewhat different in the locations you have mentioned. Another good resource is a local real estate agent in each location. Realtors can provide great community information along with current housing availability. For currently listed homes, be sure to check out Real Estate Listings, Homes for Sale and Rental Property Listings – REALTOR.com® where you can search for homes by location and features.
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Old 12-07-2009, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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It's easy to answer your question.

(1) Denver. Big city, lots of shopping, restaurants, some nightlife. A few bad neighborhoods but mostly the rest of the city has the safe, family friendly neighborhoods you're looking for. Awesome scenery if you live in the western part of town which puts you close to or even in the foothills.

2) Colorado Springs. Small-medium city. Nicely kept. Unusually green in parts, especially the foothills. Lots of good neighborhoods. The character of the city is more conservative and religious as you will see.

3) Glenwood springs. Mountain town. Cold and snowy in the winter. Pretty nicely kept. Extremely scenic and beautiful. Touristy. Nice main street. The character of the town is probably "touristy" and "outdoorsy."

4) Grand Junction. Small desert town. Not much snow in the winter. Peaceful, tranquil, family-oriented town. No crime to speak of. Not much in the way of nightlife or things to do, however. Lacking in culture. Rather isolated from any large cities to speak of.

5) Durango. Sort of like Glenwood Springs. Touristy. Beautiful area.

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I have an opportunity to relocate to CO. Four metro areas are possibilities: Colorado Springs, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, and Durango.
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Old 12-07-2009, 02:42 PM
 
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If work is the calling card, I'd go with Durango any day, since the major problem with moving there tends to be the job situation.
Of course, I was there on Labor Day weekend during the annual Harley Davidson National Run, so didn't exactly get a balance perspective, but the area seemed beautiful and had enough business to keep a former urbanite quite happy, even if I don't mountain bike and wear spandex and say "dude" a lot.
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Old 12-11-2009, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Durango, CO
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Another vote for Durango. Moved here with my wife and daughter from the Northeast a few months ago and couldn't be any happier!

one comment regarding real estate: we are currently in the midst of a house hunt, and finding a 2,000+ sf, 4BR home for $450k will take you a few minutes out of "in-town". the 2,000 sf 3-4 BR places we have seen in town have been in the $450-600k range and even in that range they haven't really wowed us.

Last edited by jchasse; 12-11-2009 at 10:15 AM.. Reason: edited to add real estate comment
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Old 12-11-2009, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Bend Or.
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Durango wopuld be the most expensive. I would seriously look at Glenwood springs
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