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Old 10-03-2014, 03:02 PM
 
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Hi, we are a young family starting to get a feel of where we would like to live after my husband gets out of the military in 2-12 years. We have previously lived in Southern California(West LA, San Diego and high desert), Pennsylvania, Northern Virginia/DC and have driven cross country twice.

My husband would like real seasons, mild to low humidity and government or state employment. I would like low humidity, temperate weather, possibly by a beach...okay I'm dreaming there. We both would like someplace green, close to a big city or a bigger town, at max 45 minutes outside it, where we can have some land(5+ acres) to build our dream house, our kids can play and explore outside. We need to be in an area with good schools.

When driving cross country I really liked the look and feel of Alamosa, CO but my husband wasn't sold.

We are looking to get a rough list together for places to start looking so we can visit and possibly buy before he gets out. Our absolute max price is 800k for land plus building our dream house.

Thank you.
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Old 10-03-2014, 03:32 PM
 
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I think you may have answered your own question and Denver is only behind DC in terms of federal government employment, if I'm not mistaken. That's on top of being the biggest city in/near the Rockies and a state capital.
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Old 10-03-2014, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Well, Alamosa doesn't have much in the way of employment, no temperate weather (it gets to the -30's down there on occasion), no beach, no green, is not near a big city or town, and water is a major issue down there (check the Colorado forum).

To be honest, I think you'd like Oregon and Washington. Check Olympia, WA, and the stretch of I-5 between Portland and Eugene, OR.
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