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Old 01-06-2010, 10:24 PM
 
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Hi there

I was all set to move back to a beach, but now it looks like my son is going to go to the Job Corps in Collbran CO and I am thinking I dont' want to be that far away from him. especially if it means having to fly out to see him in this crazy time period.

Here's my question -- I am looking for a town within about 1.5 hours - 2 hours from Collbran, relatively affordable (rent for 1k or under) that is friendly and small, that gets as much sunlight as possible. I am having a super super hard time adjusting as I am from FL and used to being outside every day.

It seems like Montrose is big, but gets lots of sun. Which is good, but I keep hearing mixed stuff about it being too suburbanized.

I telecommute, so jobs aren't a factor.

I'd love to have a small town that has a walkable downtown w/an artsy/craftsy feel if possible and lots of natural beauty.

I live in Ft Collins now and love the downtown but it seems WAY too big for me.

I do have a toddler, so that's a factor as is crime.

I'd love to hear feedback, as I am really clueless here.

Thank you!
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Old 01-07-2010, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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* You don't have to worry about crime in any of the areas around here.
* Unforunately there's no artsy/crafsty towns around here. (The locals may beg to differ, but they obviously haven't lived in places that are truly artsy/craftsy).
* All of the towns around here are affordable. This is the "lesser known", less populated (and less desirable) part of Colorado.
* Plenty of natural beauty everywhere around here. The Collbran area is amazingly beautiful.
* Both Grand Junction and Montrose are pretty similar. If you don't like Montrose because it's "suburbanized" then you won't like Grand Junction. In my opinion, neither one is particularly suburban, so you should visit and see if you like them.
* Grand Junction has a small Main Street with some shops and stuff. It's okay, but it closes early and it's very small so it's easy to get bored with it after a while.
* If Grand Junction and Montrose are even remotely "artsy" (which they aren't), Silt and Rifle are less so. They are definitely petroleum/oil/cowboy towns.
* Glenwood Springs is too pricey for you???

You may just have to live in Collbran.
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Old 01-08-2010, 07:04 AM
 
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This is all based on info I am reading online, I haven't been down there to any of those areas except Glenwood Springs, where I do have some friends. I have been looking in craigslist but it looked like Glenwood Springs had more expensive property, but I'll keep looking. It certainly is beautiful there.

Oh well a bout the arts stuff, but that's ok. I can live w/o it, the natural beauty of the area will be enough.

LOL my son would kill me if I lived in Collbran itself. I just don't want to be 6 hrs away up here in Ft Collins if he's all the way down there. I'd rather be within a 2 hr drive so I would feel better about him living there.

I will check out all of those areas, yay for being safe and affordable!!!
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Old 01-08-2010, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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This is all based on info I am reading online, I haven't been down there to any of those areas except Glenwood Springs, where I do have some friends. I have been looking in craigslist but it looked like Glenwood Springs had more expensive property, but I'll keep looking. It certainly is beautiful there.

Oh well a bout the arts stuff, but that's ok. I can live w/o it, the natural beauty of the area will be enough.

LOL my son would kill me if I lived in Collbran itself. I just don't want to be 6 hrs away up here in Ft Collins if he's all the way down there. I'd rather be within a 2 hr drive so I would feel better about him living there.

I will check out all of those areas, yay for being safe and affordable!!!
Based on that, I'd say you'd be happy in Grand Junction or Montrose.
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Old 01-08-2010, 08:23 AM
 
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rachael...From I-70, turn on to highway 65 ( exit 49 ). A few miles beyond the DeBeque turnoff you'll come to the small town of Mesa. I mean really small! There's a cafe in town called The Blink, which pretty much sums up the size of Mesa.....If you happen to blink while driving thru town, you'll miss it. The view of the mountains from Mesa is quite spectacular IMO. It's also a few degrees cooler than the hot valleys in the summer, and a few degrees warmer in the winter because it's high enough ( 6000 ft approx ) to escape the temperature inversion that grip the valleys during most of the winter. If you are into skiing, Powderhorn is a few miles up the road from Mesa. There are probably NO jobs right in Mesa, but fortunately that's not an issue for you.
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:29 PM
 
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Thank you for that tip -- I will definitely check it out! I wish I could be into skiing, but with the 2 year old and my jobs (I teach at 5 schools, but all online) I have no life!! LOL It's really so beautiful down near where my friends are at in GS, I can only imagine how gorgeous it is down there!!! I can't wait to check it out. My son is only 16, so you know how moms are about their kids....
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:31 PM
 
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P.S. Thank both of you for all of your help, I appreciate it. I am really looking forward to driving around those areas.
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Old 01-08-2010, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Canon City, Colorado
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What about Wolcott or Eagle or Gypsum?? Just a thought.
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Old 01-08-2010, 10:14 PM
 
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I will check those out as well. Biggest issue is safety, but it sounds like not a lot happens around there, which is good.

The other threads I'm reading make it sound like GJ is overrun with crime -- which was why I was somewhat apprehensive initially about the area.
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Old 01-08-2010, 11:34 PM
 
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You should look into Cedaredge. It's a nice little town that would be an hour's drive in the summer or two hours if you have to take the long way around in the winter. There won't be any jobs there, and the closest real shopping would be in Montrose and Grand Junction, but it may be a good fit for you.

One thing you'll need to do before you decide on a location is to find out if you can get a decent internet connection to work from home.
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