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Old 01-27-2013, 03:08 PM
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Thank you Reed303...that comparison is more helpful then you know! We are moving back east (I grew up in Pittsburgh) for a variety of reasons. Family, scenery and humidity (Yes, my nose misses it). We are renting in Highlands Ranch, and yes, we are on a postage size lot. Choose here for the school, community, ect, but feel like a saradine. So I am glad to hear there are no Highlands Ranch-type areas around Hartford. Is there anything you miss about here or have any other suggestions? I am anxious to be closer to water, but do like the snow much better here than the east coast!
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Old 01-27-2013, 04:58 PM
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Before I moved here, my daughter kept telling me that the climate had changed from the stereotype of harsh winters and hot summers. Now that I've been here 2 summers and 2nd winter, I have to agree. Both have been comparable to "normal" Denver winters. (We lived there 35 years, and over that time the summers have got hotter and the winters even milder than in the 1970's. Can you say "climate change ?). To be fair, we have had 2 near-miss with hurricanes (Irene & Sandy), and a 9 day power outage due to an unusually early snow storm.

One thing I am still getting used to is the "closed-in" feeling due to how heavily wooded the whole state is. (Which contributed to the power outage due to downed trees). I grew up in Akron Ohio which is somewhat similar, but it is still more dense here. You will probably see a lot of similarity to Pittsburgh.

Driving has some interesting aspects. You'll find even main roads are narrow and twisty. Lots of "passing on the right" while someone makes a left turn. Lots of very high speeders on the freeway (yes, even more so than Denver).

People-wise, nearly everyone so far has been friendly etc. Again, not the stereotype.

The cost of living here is definitely more expensive. Especially most taxes and all utilities. Most homes heat with oil. Unless utilities are included in your rental, expect to pay about double what you did in Denver !!
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:40 PM
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Thanks Reed303...having comparison cities is more helpful then you know. It's good to know there arent really tight cookie cutter neighborhoods. We are actually renting in Highlands Ranch until we move. The schools are excellent, with lots of activites. However, we do have that "sardine" feeling on our tiny lot. Im going to miss Denver winters, knowing what the east coast is like. But, my skin looks forward to a little humidity!
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