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Old 07-17-2018, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Novato, CA
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Fast forward to the end of 2017 and we relocated back east. Primary reason was for another job offer, but some secondary reasons were how much the city was bursting at the seams and how real estate got insane. We put in 5 or so offers during our time there, all at least 15% above asking, and were outbid time and time again. This got pretty frustrating, I'm sure locals felt this tenfold. The I70 traffic got to be pretty annoying as well whenever I got stuck in it (I'd avoid as best as I could, leaving at 5AM on Saturdays, usually do weekday trips, but it's now tough to avoid with and only will get worse.) We were looking at a more under the radar city and ended up buying a home in a walkable location to a lot of city amenities in the 400k range. That didn't get you much in Denver to stay close to the city in the years we were looking.

Where did you end up relocating to?
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Old 07-18-2018, 06:48 AM
 
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Richmond, VA actually.


Ended up checking all our boxes and it's a great, hip little city. Can afford to be in one of the best city neighborhoods with walking access to anything (we'd be in Aurora burbs and bus commuting downtown I bet for Denver.) Great beer scene and I love being driveable to the coast. Grew up with the blue ridge mountains so nice to have serene green hills and some less crowded trails. Both the wife and I ended up with better jobs in a lower COL city.
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Old 07-18-2018, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Novato, CA
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Richmond, VA actually.


Ended up checking all our boxes and it's a great, hip little city. Can afford to be in one of the best city neighborhoods with walking access to anything (we'd be in Aurora burbs and bus commuting downtown I bet for Denver.) Great beer scene and I love being driveable to the coast. Grew up with the blue ridge mountains so nice to have serene green hills and some less crowded trails. Both the wife and I ended up with better jobs in a lower COL city.

That's fantastic! I'm from NOVA and used to go to Richmond every now and then for punk and metal shows but that was MANY years ago! I've heard RVA has really come into its own lately. My family will have to check it out next time we go back to VA.



I'm guessing you're in the Fan or maybe Scott's Addition? Sounds like it was a good move and you are happy there. Skol!
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Old 07-18-2018, 07:57 AM
 
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That's fantastic! I'm from NOVA and used to go to Richmond every now and then for punk and metal shows but that was MANY years ago! I've heard RVA has really come into its own lately. My family will have to check it out next time we go back to VA.


I'm guessing you're in the Fan or maybe Scott's Addition? Sounds like it was a good move and you are happy there. Skol!

Yep, well Museum District actually. Love going to Scott's Addition for some breweries and food. I like how they are centrally located and together as opposed to being spread out like in Denver. Yeah the city had def came into it's own from what our DC/Nova friends have told us, and is growing a bit and improving year by year. There's a lot of Nova transplants who got tired of that rat race who come down to live in this city.

It's got a great music scene as well. Obv I miss red rocks but I think the indie and underground vibe is pretty enticing here. Other than tacos, I think I prefer the food scene here as well. Tons of small and unique restaurants. Miss CO for sure but as the reasons I mentioned before, it turns out being best for us, especially with a kid on the way! Not much time for Epic passes and the like with a newborn!
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Old 07-18-2018, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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Richmond, VA actually.


Ended up checking all our boxes and it's a great, hip little city. Can afford to be in one of the best city neighborhoods with walking access to anything (we'd be in Aurora burbs and bus commuting downtown I bet for Denver.) Great beer scene and I love being driveable to the coast. Grew up with the blue ridge mountains so nice to have serene green hills and some less crowded trails. Both the wife and I ended up with better jobs in a lower COL city.
So let's say a decent 3br/2ba 1700-2000Sq Ft home in Denver is ~$580,000-$640,000. What is it in Richmond?
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Old 07-18-2018, 06:27 PM
 
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Moved to Durango in 77 from Scottsdale. Company paid the move as it was more central to my territory (lower air Fare).
Move was prompted by taking the train to Neddleton, jump off the train and backpack up to 13,000 feet. Got snowed on on the 4th of July.
Put this in perspective for a 27 yr old.
Bought a home. Started the back to the earth deal. Goats, chickens, big garden. Built out the property, bought another property and built a retirement compound. My advice, If your not willing to learn self sufficiency it doesn't matter where you move. Learn construction, animal husbandry, horticulture, etc. Otherwise your just lining the pockets of others.
Self sufficiency from knowledge is the key to being financially secure. Then you can call your shots.
Colorado has been good to me, I don't like metro areas, more freedom in rural settings, but that's just me.
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Old 07-19-2018, 01:48 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Default Relocating to CO

I moved here in May 2014, my dad died, I was 48, looking for somewhere where the economy was good, and I never been before. Moved from Honolulu, I temped at various places during my first year, couldn't land a permanent job. In January 2015, applied to be a bus operator and have been at my job ever since. I thought that it would be easy to live here, life here is hard.

I'm finally stablizing after 4 years. Eating out and medical insurance is more expensive than in HI, where they have to ship everything to. Not sure why. Definately, see growth as good here. Better to live in a growing city than a dying one. I miss diversity. Maybe, I'm not in the right demographic anymore. Interesting place.

I have lived in AZ, CA, OR, TX, and NM. Visited Philly, ATL, DET, and Chicago. People are nice, but CO is not the west. CO is a plains and Heartland State.
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Old 07-19-2018, 03:11 AM
 
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Left SoCal two years ago, love Denver, I wish it snowed more though.
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Old 07-19-2018, 05:53 AM
 
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Left SoCal two years ago, love Denver, I wish it snowed more though.
Funny, when we lived in Parker, people were hoping for a White Christmas for 2006. Well, like my supervisor/Director told me at work, “better watch what you wish for!”.

Oh, we had snow alright! A wrap-around blizzard hit and buried Denver metro. It was called The Holiday Blizzard. Definitely LOTS of snow fell.
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Old 07-19-2018, 07:55 AM
 
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So let's say a decent 3br/2ba 1700-2000Sq Ft home in Denver is ~$580,000-$640,000. What is it in Richmond?

Hmmm... In a popular or walkable neighborhood, I think it's gonna be a bit higher than that. Something walkable in Richmond at around 1700sq ft (but usually a rowhome) is 400-550k.
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