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Old 10-26-2006, 11:10 AM
 
Location: northern california
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Hi all,

Just got back from a trip to Colorado Springs. I have always lived in a large metropolitan area and felt that while Colorado Springs is definitely beautiful, it seemed to be somewhat lacking in, well the things that large metropolitan areas have, or at least have much more of (or am I wrong?) The family spent most of our time there and then on the last day took a drive up to Boulder to see the campus for one of my son's possible futures.

We were blown away! While probably too expensive, we felt that there was much more to do in the smaller city of Boulder than Colorado Springs. As we were flying out that day, we didn't get to spend much time in the Denver Metropolitan area.

As I'm originally from the Chicago area and now reside in the Bay Area, I was looking for a climate closer to the latter at price tag closer to the former. I have also considered Albuquerque and Phoenix.

I was under the impression that Colorado Springs being further south, though now I know not that much further, would be a more ideal climate than Denver. Some of the online research I've done does not seem to bear this out or am I wrong again?

I've read several of the posts and they seem to be mostly about the area southwest or south of Denver. We're now considering relocating north, maybe Longmont, it seems centrally located.

Anyone care to compare/contrast CS/Denver and the different areas around the Denver metroplitan area? Also, I have never lived in Chicago/San Francisco proper, just suburbs, does Denver have suburby(?) like neighborhoods?


Hope that wasn't all too much for my first post.
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Old 10-26-2006, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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where near sf do you reside?

other answers, too many areas to descibe, it is easier for us if you tell us what is important to you and we can direct you.

Longmont is great. CS is only an hour and a half away from Denver.

Is working a consideration?
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Old 10-26-2006, 01:08 PM
 
Location: northern california
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I live in the Tri-Valley area near Pleasanton.

What is important. Work IS a consideration. Want to be reasonably close (45 minutes) to work. Want to be closer (within 15 minutes) to a variety of shopping areas. Boulder was great. 16th street mall looked good too. My wife likes restaurants and shopping. At least above average schools. Close to the Starbucks, Blockbuster, grocery stores, movie theatres. Away from the snakes and wolf spiders (just read some other post). Reasonably priced (300-350K), I absolutely do not want to get a huge mortgage like where I'm at. Views of the mountains would be pretty important to my wife.

The area should be newer. When we visited Phoenix, we found a new community called Surprise that had just about everything brand new. It was beautiful becasue it was new and clean without the scenery that Colorado has. Has to be clean.

Is that more specific?

thanks for the replies.
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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rent a place, get a job, then start looking for permanent housing. there are tons of new communities, here, there and everywhere (it's an industry here)

schools above average in ??
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Old 10-26-2006, 11:35 PM
 
Location: northern california
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Well I'll have a daughter in middle school so I guess above average in test scores would signify pretty good schools. I mean, everyone wants the best of everything but the very best schools may be in neighborhoods with million dollar houses.

Financially I won't need a job, but want one to pay my son's college expenses so I'm going to try to not rent and have to make a double move.

I still want to make the right city choice first though. What are the advantages /disadvantages of Denver versus Colorado Springs?

thanks again.
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Old 10-27-2006, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Monument/ Colorado Springs
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Colorado Springs has a higher elevation than Denver does- and genearlly cooler temps by 5-10 degrees in the summer and a smaller difference in the winter. Denver generally gets more snowfall because Colorado Springs is sheilded by the mountains- but not enough to make a big difference. We noticed a slightly longer growing season living in Denver compared to here.
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Old 10-27-2006, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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My fall allergies were done here in Denver by late September and I went down to the Springs in Mid October (for the snowstorm & the Realtor Convention at the Broadmoor) and BAM! hit me square in the sinuses.

You will have to come and decide for yourself. There is nothing we can say here that will make up your mind one way or the other.

In general, the Springs is more conservative, Denver is bigger, has light rail...they are not so far apart like LA & SF that it would be hard to go from one to the other for a visit. It's more like Oakland & SF in proximity or SJ & SF....how do you pick one or the other?

You can look at academic scores online...sometimes it's not about the academic scores, but maybe where the IB program or gifted and talented, or where the women's golf team has ranked, that is more important.
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Old 10-28-2006, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I have to say, having lived in both places, as a single person, Denver is great but I think (and even many other single people I know around here say as much) that C Springs is much more friendly on the family side of things.

A nice thing about C Springs is that it's not too far to drive up there. We get in our football, hockey, Broadway plays, more interesting dining than down here but...don't discount C Springs either as we do have some nice dining, the World Arena and Pikes Peak Center bring in some good acts (I saw Sting at the World Arena). Colorado College offers some fun sporting events (if you happen to like that kind of thing) and youth programs from the City to private facilities or even churches is pretty abundant.

It's hotter up in Denver than C Springs in the summer and they get more snow. In fact, Chicago (proper) 'sposedly gets more annual snowfall than Denver and even more so than Colorado Springs. Even though C Springs is at a higher elevation we are semi-protected via the Palmer Divide. But it does have its advantages in the summer when we can be as much as 10° (if not more) cooler than Denver.

Not being very familiar with Denver metro schools, they do have some good school districts as does Colorado Springs. The two best in C Springs are District 12 and District 20.

I recommend, if possible, you come out here and spend two weeks scoping out the area, trying to find relocation specialists in a real estate company and really get to know the two cities.

I chose to live in C Springs because it's cheaper and I am self-employed. I am able to swim pretty high on the income on some months and not so much on the other so living down here makes more sense plus my whole family is here. Although that will be changing as I plan on moving to Cañon City within the year.
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Old 10-29-2006, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Well, on behalf of Colorado Springs. I feel that it is a great area if you like to hike, mountain bike, camp, fish, sports and music. It is smaller then Denver, and you get to wake up to Pikes Peak every morning! It is not as congested as Denver. Granted Denver does have the outskirts. You could always look into Parker too. It is right outside of Denver and a neat community. bashep
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Old 11-03-2006, 04:23 PM
 
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I would bet that you would be happier in Denver. I love Colorado Springs but I think that you will find more activites and culture in Denver. If you are used to cities like San Fran and Chicago, Denver is a city that you will feel at home, very quickly! If Boulder stole your heart you may like Cherry Creek North. It is classy, quint, 8 minutes to downtown and a half hour drive to Boulder.

I would recommend that you rent in this area before you buy, so you can get the "lay of the land" and find the best fit for you and your lifestyle. In the meantime Cherry Creek is a great place to start. I would recommend a highrise tower there that was just renovated and sits on the CC bike path, across from Gates Tennis club and the CC mall and shopping district. [cut by mod]

Good luck with your search!

Last edited by Mike from back east; 11-03-2006 at 05:10 PM.. Reason: No commercial links, please.
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