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Old 07-24-2009, 07:42 PM
 
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My boyfriend and I are planning to move from Chicago, Illinois to our dream destination, Colorado... The question now is, where?!

We are looking to be in the mountains, yet near a large city, but not in a large city..

Our first thought was a small suburb on the outskirts of Denver. Only because when you think Colorado, you think Denver. We did some research and ended up falling more towards the idea of Colorado Springs. I have also heard great things about Loveland, Westminster, and Fort Collins.

We are a young mid twenties couple...One of us a chef and the other an elementary school teacher. We love the mountains, have two dogs who need a yard to enjoy, are looking forward to living among 'real' people, enjoy all outdoor activities as well as a good bar and sporting events.

We are looking for the perfect place to start our new life together! Any suggestions and ideas for us...

Thanks!

MegaTone
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Old 07-24-2009, 07:50 PM
 
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You can't always get what you want
(kinda near a city, but not really in da city, etc).

But if you try sometime,
you just might find,
that you get what you need.

Yes, all those places will work fine. There really is no "best" place here, it's all good. These days, the best place is the one where you can find work.

Key thing is to nail down at least ONE job, then make the rest fit around it. Not sure which job is harder to get, teaching or cheffing, and I'd say teaching is harder to get, what with certifications and the like. There is a lot of info in existing threads on teaching and certifications in COLO, so look in the index of threads to find those.


Best of luck to you guys!
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Old 07-24-2009, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Check out Morrison, Conifer, Golden and Evergreen. They are the closest "mountain" towns to Denver.
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Old 07-24-2009, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Best city in Colorado... heck, best city in the US is the one where you're lucky enough to find a job.
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Old 07-24-2009, 10:07 PM
 
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You got some great advice; get a job first. Colorado has some great restaurants, so the chef job may be the easist. Depending on your boy friends cooking skills, he may have more opportunities in Denver. I'm originally from the norther Illlinois-southeaster Wisconsin area, and I want to tell you that Denver is nothing like Chicago. It's a big small town that's easy to get around in. I wouldn't let it intimidate you. The other options you mentioned are also good. Westminster is just a suburb like dozens of others around Denver. It has good points, but I think you're rating it too high compared to some of the other areas/cities you mentioned.
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Old 07-24-2009, 10:12 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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My boyfriend and I are planning to move from Chicago, Illinois to our dream destination, Colorado... The question now is, where?!

We are looking to be in the mountains, yet near a large city, but not in a large city..

Our first thought was a small suburb on the outskirts of Denver. Only because when you think Colorado, you think Denver. We did some research and ended up falling more towards the idea of Colorado Springs. I have also heard great things about Loveland, Westminster, and Fort Collins.

We are a young mid twenties couple...One of us a chef and the other an elementary school teacher. We love the mountains, have two dogs who need a yard to enjoy, are looking forward to living among 'real' people, enjoy all outdoor activities as well as a good bar and sporting events.

We are looking for the perfect place to start our new life together! Any suggestions and ideas for us...

Thanks!

MegaTone
If someone put a gun to my head I'd pick Alamosa, Walsenburg, La Junta, Fuita, Lamar, or *maybe* Pueblo for a big city.

Except for the San Luis valley, the mountains of Colorado are overrated.

20yrsinBranson (MO)
lived in Colorado for a short time.
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Old 07-24-2009, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Except for the San Luis valley, the mountains of Colorado are overrated.
I beg to differ. The San Juans are amazing as well, but they're far more sparsely populated.

For me, if it weren't in the middle of nowhere, I personally wouldn't mind living in North Park somewhere between Walden and the west side of Cameron Pass.
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Old 07-24-2009, 11:46 PM
 
Location: The 719
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What do you expect from a Missourian? They wouldn't know a mountain without a baldknob on it if it smacked them in the bean.

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Old 07-25-2009, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I'll add to the chorus: get a job first. If you're coming here w/o jobs rent someplace CHEAP and get looking right away. When you know where you'll be living, look for a nicer place to rent or buy.

BTW, Denver is not, contrary to popular opinion, in the mountains. Perhaps you should take a trip out here to scout around before you move.
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Old 07-25-2009, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Your only options are along the Front Range to be close to Denver or Colorado springs (although CO Springs is not a big city.)

Your options would be:
Boulder
Castle Rock
Loveland
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