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Old 06-29-2018, 05:39 PM
Location: Ken Caryl, CO
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Originally Posted by justsomeguy View Post
Are there people here that moved to Denver (or Colorado in general) specifically because of the mountains/scenery/outdoor lifestyle?

Did it work out the way you planned? Was it everything you expected it to be? Do you have any regrets (or did you eventually grow tired of it and leave?)

I am interested in hearing people's experiences that made plans to move to Denver/Colorado. I don't mean instances where your work relocated you, or you had an option to work relocate to Denver or some other location, I'm talking about folks that had a vision to move to the mountains (or near them) and made it happen.

Tell me your tales. Where you came from, ages, family situation, professional background, budget, where you ended up. Seems like I see a lot of people inquire about moving to Denver for the outdoor life/scenery/weather but never hear how it ended up working out for them.

I first visited Colorado while in college and fell in love with the mountains, scenery, weather, etc. It was always on my mind for years. I grew up in north Texas and was always more of a Fall/Winter fan than the heat. I grew tired of endless heat during Summer, 80 degree temps on Christmas day, very little snowfall, etc. 15 years later I decided to take a vacation back up here to see how I felt. The thought was already in the back of my mind about moving here, and I met with some recruiters while in town. That was a good way to lay some groundwork for actually moving. 6 months later, I quit my job and moved. Didn't have any job lined up and didn't know anyone in the area. 3 weeks later I was employed and had an apartment. I have been here 4 years already and still love the area. I love the 4 seasons, the snow, being close to hiking, mountain activities. I have a great job that I love and couldn't be happier.
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Old 06-30-2018, 08:51 AM
Location: Dallas
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Originally Posted by IndyRC View Post
We moved there for the outdoor lifestyle. We chose Denver because I was able to get a promotion/transfer there. If I were moving on my own (meaning no work transfer), I would have probably looked elsewhere.

Anyway, the city of Denver was more of a means to be near the mountains. Our jobs were there, and it was close enough to get to the mountains on the weekends. I didn't love or hate the city. It was just there. But I LOVED going to the mountains on the weekends. We had so much fun living there. We went way more often than I thought we would. Sometimes we would take a day trip to do hiking or motorcycle riding, and then make the trip again the next day because we loved it so much. I never found the traffic or people to be an issue, but we were coming from the horrible traffic of Houston. Maybe I just happen to be going at the right time/weekend/route, but I never had a traffic issue. Often times we would seek out the twisty, winding roads for motorcycle riding, hit the off-road vehicle trails, or look for the hiking trails that needed 4X4 to get to.

Did I say I loved it? Even if we just went to the Flat Irons, it was a blast.

Then my wife gets an offer at her previous job in Houston for a lot more money. On top of that, I had another offer for a promotion with my company...also back in Houston. I did not want to go, but she did. It was significant pay increase, but I was all for staying in Denver. Sadly, we are now back in Houston.

I almost wish I never would have moved to Denver because now I know how much fun I could have on a routine basis. I hate living in Houston, and now I know what I'm missing. My wife is starting to understand though. She misses it too, but I told her that I wouldn't move her again.
So you are saying there is more to life than money?
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Old 06-30-2018, 10:54 AM
Location: right here
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Originally Posted by COcheesehead View Post
Moved here 25 years ago without a job. I now own my own business and a commercial building in the Denver area. Denver has gotten better ...and worse. Air quality, traffic and house prices have all gotten worse. The dining scene is way better than it once was. International flights are more plentiful. The front range is too crowded now for us. Too many people on the trails, too many people trying to get into the mountains. The city is LA in training.
We are retiring to western Colorado soon where Colorado is still Colorado and not California junior.
I agree...I"m a Colorado native (yes I said it)..and I moved to Tampa-I hated Tampa and liked it at the same time moved back in 2013 as I own a house...THANK GOD...I do not know how people can live here now.
The good...I mean who can beat the weather-I hate snow but honestly it's not bad at all...it snows, then it's gone in a few days.
Also, yes the dining is getting better-when I was younger I didn't know that there was more to life than chain restaurants.
The bad..traffic, and people...it takes me 40 minutes to drive 15 miles...it sucks.
And all of the snotty transplants-will I stay here...I'm not sure this isn't home anymore...also the bad-
The employers suck...they know so many people want to move here that they are willing to pay crap wages..I still make less here than in Tampa
Plus I agree...this is not California-so please don't ********** state up!
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Old 06-30-2018, 01:44 PM
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Moved here 8-9 years ago from a small town in the Black Hills of SD. Denver was always the go-to City when we did things. I’ve been skiing at the resorts since I was a child and I’ve known my way around the city since the the late 90s.

I enjoy it. Yeah, it’s crowded and people are a little cold here but I like it after coming from a small town where everyone knows your business. Traffic sucks but I live and work in Lakewood so it doesn’t bother me. It’s mostly the proximity to ski resorts and the climate that keep me here. I don’t really care about city life or people. I’ll go downtown and to sporting events every once in a while though.

Dating seems easy enough.. but again I’m from a small town.
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Old 06-30-2018, 02:42 PM
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I came out here for a visit about 8 years ago from Jersey. I never thought I would want to live in Colorado, because all I really knew of it was what I had read in Michener's Centennial when I was 12. Long story short, I was convinced the state was a rattlesnake-infested desert, lol.

I visited a friend from the east coast who had moved here a few years before. She was living in Park Hill and had a cute little house. My experiences of cities had previously mainly been Trenton, Newark, Philly, DC and NYC. Now, I love those places, but city living was never for me. I remember telling my friend "This is a cool suburb," and she was like "This is urban Denver, dummy." I was stunned at the idea of living in a major city and having a yard and a house that wasn't attached to a whole bunch of other rowhomes.

I enjoyed the mountains. I liked that everyone seemed to enjoy having dogs around. I fell madly in love with the bookstores. I just felt at ease here right from the start.

A lot of it was simply I really did need to leave my hometown to really be happy, but Denver was a great choice for that move. I get to hike when I want, I've got access to all kinds of dog sports and my creative writing groups totally rock. I love the concerts, the restaurants, the weird little mountain towns, the amazing views, etc. There's a lot I miss about Jersey, but Denver has really been the only place where I knew I could easily carve out a life for myself that was even richer and more fulfilling than the one I had where I grew up.
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Old 06-30-2018, 03:19 PM
Location: Dallas
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What is Fall like in Denver/Colorado and when does it usually start?
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Old 06-30-2018, 03:25 PM
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I've heard CO weather is crazily unpredictable.
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Old 06-30-2018, 03:34 PM
Location: Aurora, CO
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Originally Posted by justsomeguy View Post
What is Fall like in Denver/Colorado and when does it usually start?
Fall is extremely variable. It can be in the 70s one day and snowy the next. The trees start to change in early September, and by the middle of September the nights will be noticeably cooler. Snow can start flying in September, but October is more likely.

Originally Posted by fumbling View Post
I've heard CO weather is crazily unpredictable.
And I personally like it that way. It was 105 two days ago. Today it's 75 and cloudy. Meanwhile the OP is having to endure the typical garbage DFW summer with highs near 100 and lows around 80 for days/weeks on end.
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Old 06-30-2018, 06:55 PM
Status: "Summer!" (set 18 days ago)
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Originally Posted by fumbling View Post
I've heard CO weather is crazily unpredictable.
You've heard correctly. It can be 70 for a high on New Year's Day and 70 on the 4th of July. About the only thing you can count on is that it won't go below freezing during the summer months, and won't go above 90 (probably 80 actually) during the winter months. I've seen it snow in September (but not lately) and snow in June. I've seen January days in the 70s.
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Old 06-30-2018, 07:06 PM
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Originally Posted by fumbling View Post
I've heard CO weather is crazily unpredictable.
When I moved here, someone told me to never put my summer or my winter clothes away. You’ll need them year round.
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