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Old 01-01-2021, 10:32 AM
Status: "had second shot, still being careful" (set 4 days ago)
 
Location: Manitou Springs
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This exact same scenario played out here in SW Florida. Investors came in, bought up all the foreclosed and short sale properties and then turned around and rented them for some ridiculous high amount. A 1 bedroom apt. that rented for $545 in 2009 is now $1200. Do you think the salaries have gone up enough to warrant that?

My son is selling his beautiful 2 year old townhome here in my area and bought a townhome that is under construction there in Colorado Springs. I would also like to get out of Florida but even with selling my small house, I don't think I could afford anything there. I'm so over Florida with the endless months of heat & humidity. I'm ready for a change to a place that will allow me to go outdoors most of the year.

Any cities in Colorado that are more affordable?
There are ... but a lot depends on whether or not you're retired, or need to be somewhere with job opportunities. I spent the better part of last year joining a friend in her house hunt to get out of the Springs; we explored lots of little to medium size towns (like Rocky Ford) in the south and southeast part of the state; found real estate that could be bought for a song. But no job opportunities and maybe too far away from the the mountains and nice scenery for some folks. Some of those little towns had appeal, but I guess it depends on what you want in your surroundings. Do you want to live close to your son?
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Old 01-01-2021, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Southwestern, USA
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There are ... but a lot depends on whether or not you're retired, or need to be somewhere with job opportunities. ...
Excellent point. Grab up something in Walsenberg faster rather than later.
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Old 01-01-2021, 02:12 PM
Status: "had second shot, still being careful" (set 4 days ago)
 
Location: Manitou Springs
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Excellent point. Grab up something in Walsenberg faster rather than later.
Yes, there are some real housing bargains to be found down there. I like Huerfano County ... it has some beautiful areas. And I've road-tripped along 160 west many times. And it's not that long of a drive from the Springs.
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Old 01-02-2021, 07:51 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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There are ... but a lot depends on whether or not you're retired, or need to be somewhere with job opportunities. I spent the better part of last year joining a friend in her house hunt to get out of the Springs; we explored lots of little to medium size towns (like Rocky Ford) in the south and southeast part of the state; found real estate that could be bought for a song. But no job opportunities and maybe too far away from the the mountains and nice scenery for some folks. Some of those little towns had appeal, but I guess it depends on what you want in your surroundings. Do you want to live close to your son?
I am semi-retired and work from home. I don't care about school districts. Would like a place with trees and something other than the flat, boring topography of SW Florida. I would like to be somewhat close to my son; maybe 30 minutes or so from Colorado Springs. Small town is okay as long as there is a decent hospital near-by. (I'm a cancer survivor).
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Old 01-02-2021, 01:13 PM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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I am semi-retired and work from home. I don't care about school districts. Would like a place with trees and something other than the flat, boring topography of SW Florida. I would like to be somewhat close to my son; maybe 30 minutes or so from Colorado Springs. Small town is okay as long as there is a decent hospital near-by. (I'm a cancer survivor).
What about Pueblo? It's close to the Springs and as far as I am aware, rents are somewhat lower there.
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Old 01-02-2021, 04:28 PM
Status: "had second shot, still being careful" (set 4 days ago)
 
Location: Manitou Springs
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I am semi-retired and work from home. I don't care about school districts. Would like a place with trees and something other than the flat, boring topography of SW Florida. I would like to be somewhat close to my son; maybe 30 minutes or so from Colorado Springs. Small town is okay as long as there is a decent hospital near-by. (I'm a cancer survivor).
This site has listings for rentals and real estate. You can add filters so that you'll get more tailored information. It's for the 'Springs and surrounding areas: www.ppar.com

The suggestion of Pueblo from Colorado Rambler is a good one ... but since you mentioned wanting to get out of endless months of heat & humidity, Pueblo gets pretty hot in the summer. Humidity isn't usually an issue, there or in Colorado Springs. Low humidity means the heat is a bit more bearable.

You may want to check out Fountain/Security/Widefield ... all between here and Pueblo. Housing was more affordable in those towns, but just like everywhere else, prices are going up. Fountain is the farthest south. Do you know what part of Colorado Springs your son will be moving to? That may narrow suggestions down if you want to be within a 30-minute drive.
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Old 01-03-2021, 07:09 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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My son will be moving to Colorado Springs. He tells me the cold there isn't like the cold in New York; that it is a drier cold and the sun shines more. I have only lived on the East coast of the U.S. my whole life so that is all I'm familiar with. As far as Pueblo's heat it's not for 6-8 months is it? That long summer here in Florida combined with the humidity makes me crazy. I would really like to get out of here before June; I just can't deal with another summer here.

What are the heating expenses there and how are most houses heated? I lived in New York and back then (in the early 80's), many places used oil.

Thank you for the link mtngigi.
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Old 01-03-2021, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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The dry air in Colorado coupled with the high altitude makes a huge difference.

In Arizona, they say "It's a dry heat." The same principle applies to Colorado. Cold weather in dry air is actually refreshing. So outside, you won't feel as cold as in humid climates. A down jacket is your friend.

However, the dry air will cause dry skin so many people here run humidifiers in winter. I have a whole house humidifier that keeps the internal humidity at 30-40% in winter. I just dial in the number that I want.

As for utility costs, most houses here are heated by nat gas and the local utility company is owned by the city and the rates are relatively low. Newer houses have double pane glass and if well built have no leakage. So your costs may be less than anticipated.
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Old 01-03-2021, 08:53 AM
Status: "had second shot, still being careful" (set 4 days ago)
 
Location: Manitou Springs
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My son will be moving to Colorado Springs. He tells me the cold there isn't like the cold in New York; that it is a drier cold and the sun shines more. I have only lived on the East coast of the U.S. my whole life so that is all I'm familiar with. As far as Pueblo's heat it's not for 6-8 months is it? That long summer here in Florida combined with the humidity makes me crazy. I would really like to get out of here before June; I just can't deal with another summer here.

What are the heating expenses there and how are most houses heated? I lived in New York and back then (in the early 80's), many places used oil.

Thank you for the link mtngigi.
You're welcome.

I'm from Connecticut, and we had oil heat back in the day. I can't speak to others electric bills, but mine are reasonable in the summer - winter, not so much, but that's because my 1930s bungalow does not have central heat. I don't even know if oil heat exists here.

We have nice winters (for the most part), with mostly sunny days. Your son is right ... the cold without humidity is more comfortable, though you'll find yourself using a lot of lotion. When it snows (rarely), the strong sun melts the snow quickly. Outdoor activities can pretty much be enjoyed year-round. Pueblo's hot weather is in the summer. Not sure, but I imagine their winters are like ours ... cold and dry.

Good luck - I hope you find something suitable. If you like older neighborhoods, you may want to look at the west side of the Springs around Old Colorado City ... it's quite different from the east side of the city. Those of us who live near downtown and points west, think "the west side is the best side".

If your son will be living on the north or northeast part of the Springs, and you were in Pueblo, that would be longer than a 30 minute drive ... that's why I asked where he was going to be living. It could make a difference in where you choose to look.
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Old 01-04-2021, 07:10 AM
 
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Walsenburg !
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