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Old 03-21-2008, 10:37 AM
 
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My husband's job is transferring this year to the Denver area. Last time we visited, we fell in love with Evergreen but are having a hard time deciding to stay or move there. We currently live in McKinney, a suburb of Dallas. Anyone have a similar experience that may sway our vote one way or the other?
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Old 03-21-2008, 11:18 AM
 
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the only thing that turned me off to evergreen was the commute to denver
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Old 03-21-2008, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Denver,Co
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The commute from evergreen to most of downtown denver will run you about 45 minutes on an absolute perfect day with no traffic. All other times be prepared to spend a considerable amount of time in your car. Now if you work in one of the western suburbs then I would be all for it and that time would be cut in half, depending on where you work. Most people that live in evergreen commute to denver somewhere to work. Personally I moved away after spending hundreds of dollars a month just on gas/ wear and tear on my car..
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Old 03-21-2008, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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steveco.,

It is a different world here than Dallas. My brother and sister in law live there and really like Dallas. My parents have lived outside of Houston for a number of years. I just got back from there, I visit allot so I am pretty familiary with the area and culture.

As far as traffic Denver is no where as bad as the Dallas Ft Worth traffic unless there is an accident on the I-25 or I-70.

As far as commute It can run as high as 45-50 min but depending on the time you leave it can be 25-30. It is 27 miles from Evergreen to downtown Denver. Many of the folks that live in Evergreen commute to Denver especially to the south side and the Denver tech center. If you take the 6 it is not bad at all.

Housing in Denver will be more expensive than Dallas and the market in the Denver Metro is a little slower overall. As far as Evergreen it is one of the best markets near Denver. My wife is a pretty big agent around the mountain & foothill areas and I thank God everyday she convinced me to purchase property their and we continue to do so.

Evergreen is going to be more laid back than Denver so it can be a nice retreat when you come home. They have a store gas station and a Home Depot. All the basics but beyond that you have to go to Denver.

As stated before Denver is close and Major Mountain resorts are only 45 Min away. If you really want to see home appreciation look there it is off the charts and counties to stay that way.

It is colder here than Dallas and Evergreen does not get piled on to often but it can happen, by this time of year it melts pretty fast.

Comparing the beauty of Evergreen to Dallas would be hard. Remember our mountains are where many Texans go to vacation.

There are pros and cons to both places. Summers in Evergreen will make you forget Dallas in a heartbeat. No occasional ice storms. Generally nice people. Close to sporting events. Close to the best skiing in the USA.

If you have any other questions I would be glad to help.
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Old 03-21-2008, 05:45 PM
 
Location: CO
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The commute from evergreen to most of downtown denver will run you about 45 minutes on an absolute perfect day with no traffic. All other times be prepared to spend a considerable amount of time in your car. Now if you work in one of the western suburbs then I would be all for it and that time would be cut in half, depending on where you work. Most people that live in evergreen commute to denver somewhere to work. Personally I moved away after spending hundreds of dollars a month just on gas/ wear and tear on my car..
45mins ?!?! lmao we have a grandma driver here....i personally dont like evergreen but i drive past/through it quite a bit and on a perfect day with no traffic it takes about 20mins.......maybe 45 mins on a traffic filled day
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Old 04-09-2009, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Evergreen, Colorado
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I have to disagree with many of the folks talking about Evergreen. We have 3 grocery stores, 5-6 fast food restaurants, tons of services and shopping - affordable and fun location. We're not in the 'boonies' anymore. I drive from Evergreen to LoDo often - 35 minutes max. Even in the winter, I70 is well maintained. Highway 74 is Evergreen Parkway around here. I've lived here since the 70s. My husband wanted to live in evergreen and was willing to drive to Boulder - a 50 minute drive - for 20 years.

Don't let the 20-25 minute drive to the 'flats' bother you. The quality of life is well, very well, worth the trade. Moderator cut: advertising and soliciting on the forum is not allowed

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Old 04-09-2009, 03:36 PM
 
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Evergreen is one of those places you love or hate. I've been out here 35 years and have know people that moved to Evergree because it's what everyone's image of Colorado is like. Many of them haved moved back into town. While they usually liked it, they got tired of the longer winters and cooler summers. One lady told me it usually wasn't until around the first of July that she could sit on her deck without a light jacket or sweater, during the summers. One reason people give for moving back was the lack of shopping. That's gotten a lot better of the last decade with the addition of many large retailers and stores.

My latest client moved there in 2005 from southern California and he wants to move closer to the western suburbs, as he's gotten the mountain itch out of his system. I have an album of picutes of Ken Caryl Ranch, that's in the sw metro area. It has a mountain feel without being there, plus with the access of C-470 you can be at I-70 in about 14 minutes from the time you leave your drive.
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