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Old 01-09-2015, 06:40 PM
 
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Hey everyone what's up my name is Guy. I am looking for a change and have heard from family members how beautiful Colorado is. I am 27 with 5 years experience as a Residential HVAC Service Specialist for a nj gas and electric company. I have an American Bulldog. I am just looking for a quiet , semi affordable area that is safe. I know Colorado is HUGE ... I have heard boulder ..fort Collins.. Colorado springs... Superior... Westminster.. heard they are nice. I'd love to hear from everyone over in Colorado!!! Thanks for all feedback in advance.
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Old 01-09-2015, 07:04 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I have 2 friends working in HVAC in Ft Collins. They do well, and secure position with relatively decent pay. One used to be a Mechanical Engineer, but he got outsourced from Ft Collins employer and did not want to leave. He took a significant pay-cut to stay (over 10 yrs ago). This is not uncommon in Colorado... 'under-employed'.

Try to get a company job with Budweiser, Walmart Distribution Center, soon to come Costco, National Food Service (Yancey's) or Woodward Governor (or one of several IC / manufacturers). Work nights (more money, less bosses) and enjoy your daylight in sunny Colorado!


Colorado Springs is a good 2nd choice, but for your work... Ft Collins might be better employment (several Distribution Centers due to proximity to I-80) and wages, and it is close to WY (where you will want to recreate, Colorado is VERY crowded in 'recreation areas'... trail hikes are like walmart checkout. Wy is Excellent, check out the Snowy Range!!! (nearby)).
https://www.google.com/search?q=snow...w=1506&bih=665
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I avoid Denver like the plague.

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Old 01-09-2015, 07:30 PM
 
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Lol yeah I want to stay away from denver also. I have gotten some calls back from different places...one is in Colorado springs. I do want to secure a position obviously before I make the move.. Also.. having an American Bulldog won't be an issue will it? Any breed restrictions? Also.. what do mean by WY .. I'd eventually wanna relocate to Wyoming?

I am 27 ... Love my dog. I would be relocating to CO solo just with him. I'm not into the club's or bars or anything crazy.... I'd like to be in a safe quiet area. Renting

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Old 01-10-2015, 09:10 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Lol yeah I want to stay away from denver also. I have gotten some calls back from different places...one is in Colorado springs. I do want to secure a position obviously before I make the move.. Also.. having an American Bulldog won't be an issue will it? Any breed restrictions? Also.. what do mean by WY .. I'd eventually wanna relocate to Wyoming?

I am 27 ... Love my dog. I would be relocating to CO solo just with him. I'm not into the club's or bars or anything crazy.... I'd like to be in a safe quiet area. Renting
There are places with breed restrictions, but not aware of Am Budg being on the list.

Ft Collins is pretty good for singles and has plenty of options (bars or not). Also is accessible to Boulder and Laramie for other social options. DEN Airport is 1.2 hrs, so ez for escape. As a 20 something, I would often fly DEN to Las Vegas and drive to Utah or AZ National Parks, or to San Francisco, San Diego, San Antonio, or Dallas for the weekend. ($23.10 to Dallas at the moment on Hobo Air (Spirit), if flying Hobo, keep good life insurance for someone to care for your dog)

Colorado Springs is very military centric, (lots of guy competition for dating and wary gals) but a very nice / pleasant / pretty city, and good access to southern / central Colorado recreation.

Both Ft Collins and Colorado Springs have excellent walking paths for you and your dog.

WY is a recreation paradise, doubt you want to relocate there if you are looking for employment stability (energy state (peaks and Huge Valleys... yrs of unemployment). It is a terrific state to live during wage earning yrs (no income tax, LOW property tax, and very well funded + positive cash flow). Not a recommended place on your first quest west, but maybe you could find a secure spot. (Sheridan VA Medical Center is very close to excellent outdoor recreation).

SD (no income tax) is worth considering. Rapid City is very military centric also, not as pretty as Colo Springs, but good access to Sturgis, Spearfish, Black Hills, Custer State Park (Black Hawk if you need a Casino)... SD is pretty remote and you better like 'staying home / regional'. Winters are brutal compared to Ft Collins and Colorado Springs. But SD is a very nice (and friendly) state.
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Old 01-10-2015, 09:34 AM
 
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I like how fort Collins sounds... What is the safe affordable rent areas there? Also wow... 23.10... Not bad... I don't go anywhere without my baby boy tho lol ....but that's awesome. I'm leaning towards Colorado for sure ...so fort Collins so far sounds good....

As for co springs.. I'm not sure I fully understand what military centric means... Also.where might some of the affordable but still safe quiet rent neighborhoods be?

Also... I have heard of the air difference being an issue.. any thoughts on that?

Thanks so much for your time!
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Old 01-10-2015, 06:21 PM
 
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As for co springs.. I'm not sure I fully understand what military centric means... ...
Also... I have heard of the air difference being an issue.. any thoughts on that?
Co Springs has 3 large military bases + Cheyenne Mtn. Much of the community revolves around military and service to support that + high military retiree population (tho a pretty diverse economy since it is also a metro / high tech center)

Ft Collins is very much college centric, and has good High Tech, but not as metro as Co Springs.

There are plenty of good rental areas in each.

Stay away from college rental areas if you want some quiet. (and better luck finding acceptance for your dog), I would look to rentals adjacent to trails / places to venture via walking your dog.
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Old 01-10-2015, 07:23 PM
 
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Ah I got ya... So it sounds to me Fort Collins is going to be a little quieter than Colorado springs? If I'm understanding correctly... Both have good rentals...I will try to look on the map for trails and then places for rent nearby.. just would love a quiet.. Nice area to live in and be around where people are nice to you... When you are nice to them ...lol... Something that most places in Jersey lack... Not all...but most..lol...Plus the beauty of CO from what I hear!

And is there not a lot of rentals that will accept dogs? 100lb .... And about how much is the rent for a one bedroom in area like I'm looking for?

And I've heard it may be hard to adjust to elevation of air?
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Old 01-10-2015, 08:54 PM
 
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I would expect Ft Collins rentals to be a bit LOUDER that Colo Springs (CSU college students away from home for the first time... burning their furniture in the front yard after each term,,, ).

padmapper and zillow are good rental search sites. (map based, to enable you to search specific regions)

100# pet is not gonna be welcome in all rentals, but that is OK, you will find the right spot.
As a landlord, I require to meet dogs (size is not a deterrent for me, my 'farm dogs' have never been pee-wee's). 3 of my rural renters have large dogs. Their dogs are great (and renters have been there several yrs).

As a renter myself, I preferred rural places (usually a spare / abandoned home on a remote part of a farm / ranch that I would 'fix up' good enough for me *often for FREE rent)
These were all near Ft Collins over 40 yrs ago. (Masonville to Ault, LaPorte to Berthoud). Still plenty available if you dig deep to find them. (they will not be online, or even advertised... they will come through friends of friends.)

Air quality is OK in Ft Collins and Colorado Springs, but between the two... not good (brown cloud)
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Old 01-10-2015, 09:02 PM
 
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Hm.. so as a first place the small spot on the farm wouldn't work.. but I'd love that.... Quiet..Nice...... so burning couches and loud parties in ft Collins wouldn't exactly be for me lol... So sounds like Colorado springs .... Now to try and figure out what Part has Wat I'm looking for .
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Old 01-10-2015, 09:03 PM
 
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Oh.. and any recommendations for help adapt to air quality?
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