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Old 09-19-2009, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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There is one noticeable advantage of CO over TN, in my opinion anyway: no humidity! Colorado has such nice dry weather. With the exception
of the real blizzards that dump several inches of snow per hour; growing up we just cleared our snowy walks with a push broom.
Here in the east, the humidity makes the snow (or more often, ice!) harder to remove.
How bad is the humidity? I plan to visit Knoxville this Spring as a possible relocation destination. I am not a fan of continuous humidity though. I would rather face a blizzard.
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Old 09-19-2009, 01:32 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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Housing prices are in the mid $400's,
Sigh.
Way too rich for me.
Oh well.
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Old 09-19-2009, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Missouri Ozarks
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How bad is the humidity? I plan to visit Knoxville this Spring as a possible relocation destination. I am not a fan of continuous humidity though. I would rather face a blizzard.
I stay at the "Y" once in awhile in Knoxville when I'm passing through, humidity isn't a problem.
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Old 09-19-2009, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Tennessee bound...someday
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How bad is the humidity? I plan to visit Knoxville this Spring as a possible relocation destination. I am not a fan of continuous humidity though. I would rather face a blizzard.

I don't think it gets as bad as it does where I am now; but the Knoxville area does have it's really humid days.

The eastern half of the country tends to be more humid in general than the plains/Rockies. I am currently very close to the Hudson & Mohawk Rivers;
there are literally 100s of lakes in the area; the vegetation is thick.....we can go for 3 or 4 days at a time in the summer when they use the term
"oppressive humidity". I've been to TN twice so far at different times of year, & in talking with those who have lived there a while, TN can have
those moments too....I just don't think they will be as frequent as the northeast. (Wishful thinking? )
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Old 09-19-2009, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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I don't think it gets as bad as it does where I am now; but the Knoxville area does have it's really humid days.

The eastern half of the country tends to be more humid in general than the plains/Rockies. I am currently very close to the Hudson & Mohawk Rivers;
there are literally 100s of lakes in the area; the vegetation is thick.....we can go for 3 or 4 days at a time in the summer when they use the term
"oppressive humidity". I've been to TN twice so far at different times of year, & in talking with those who have lived there a while, TN can have
those moments too....I just don't think they will be as frequent as the northeast. (Wishful thinking? )
I remember the humid summers of Chicago when I lived there. Ick. But weather is only one factor in a retirement location choice.
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Old 09-19-2009, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Tennessee bound...someday
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jim9251, in your second photo of the town park, it looks like it could be in a tourism mag. I've been hearing a lot about Ridgway lately...growing up,
just about all we heard of on the Western Slope was Grand Junction. Maybe a little about Montrose, Telluride or even Gunnison a little further in.
How far of a drive are you from Grand Junction - would that be the town where you would do most of your shopping. etc?
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Old 09-19-2009, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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jim9251, in your second photo of the town park, it looks like it could be in a tourism mag. I've been hearing a lot about Ridgway lately...growing up,
just about all we heard of on the Western Slope was Grand Junction. Maybe a little about Montrose, Telluride or even Gunnison a little further in.
How far of a drive are you from Grand Junction - would that be the town where you would do most of your shopping. etc?
90 minutes from Junction I think. Major shopping in Montrose a 20 minute or so drive.
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Old 09-19-2009, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Sigh.
Way too rich for me.
Oh well.
Seems I was a bit on the high side. Prices fallen to the $250's to the well sky's the limit. I've seen houses for sale for $179,000 which is very reasonable.
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Old 10-03-2009, 09:03 PM
 
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Paonia maybe?
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Old 10-04-2009, 03:10 PM
 
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Ridgway is lovely. Also too small, I think. Very car-dependent, and housing there is still way too high (although I think that might fade soon, it will never be cheap- it's too pretty).
Anything you might need is in Montrose, including the hospital and new cancer center. There is a clinic and some chiropractic/acupuncture type stuff in Ridgway.
I love Ridgway, but wonder if there's just not enough there for a retired life, especially so much car dependence.
There's a community church, Christian. The nearest Catholic is in Montrose, if that matters to people.
Look at it this way- there are, at most, 4,000 people in Ouray County. Ridgway has about 850, and that includes the far-flung houses up the mountains. One traffic light, and it was controversial.
I still daydream of living there in retirement, but want to move to my last place then, and not have to move again because of driving. (A dour way to look, but I think it's necessary for me).
Montrose has been recommended to me by a retired friend there (who raised her family in Ridgway). There is good elder housing there, nice 2-bedroom ranch-style duplexes, volunteer opportunities, senior associations and all. There are some areas of Montrose with a view of the big mountains. There are also a lot of planned subdivisions going in the tank right now and foreclosures of said properties. Housing is much more reasonable than Ridgway.
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