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Old 01-26-2012, 05:13 PM
 
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I want to be moved by the end of 2012. We are looking at Parker. I grew up in Aurora but that was decades ago and that town seems to have changed a lot! I am a retiring air traffic controller and will be looking for a job as a certified personal trainer when I get out there. I dont mind a commute. Location of my home is more important. My daughter will be 17 when we move and she is home schooled.

We are looking for a town where people are friendly and open. Not pretentious. Middle class. Where the roads and infrastructure are maintained (because they are not maintained in Western Mass where we live). Parks that are in good shape and paths for cycling. It would be nice if the town had no or little urban blight (lots of that here) and city ordinances are actually enforced, such as side walk shoveling.

I like the wide open spaces of Parker. And the photos on this site and realtor.com are amazing. My daughter likes country and driving on country roads.

Does Parker seem like a town that fits the bill?

Laurie
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Old 01-26-2012, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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Come visit.
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Old 01-26-2012, 06:30 PM
 
Location: El Cajon, CA
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I always said that if I live in the desert again it will be parker. The River is an absolute blast that will never get old. The town has most conveniences you need and if you can't find it in Parker, Well Lake Havesu is a half hour drive up the 95. A couple years ago the Bluewater Casino opened up right on the river and is a blast if your into that thing. The biggest downside is the 120 degree summer days but thats when the river is best. When looking at houses leave room in your budget for a boat. You can get a decent 2nd hand boat in Parker for under $5000.
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Old 01-26-2012, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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Since when is Parker in AZ?
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Old 01-26-2012, 07:53 PM
 
Location: El Cajon, CA
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Since when is Parker in AZ?
OMG fail:sma ck:. That's what I get for hitting the new posts button LMAO. There is a wonderful town called Parker in Arizona that I described.... I know nothing of Parker, CO and made a huge mistake here. My apologies guys
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Old 01-27-2012, 04:19 AM
 
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I want to be moved by the end of 2012. We are looking at Parker. I grew up in Aurora but that was decades ago and that town seems to have changed a lot! I am a retiring air traffic controller and will be looking for a job as a certified personal trainer when I get out there. I dont mind a commute. Location of my home is more important. My daughter will be 17 when we move and she is home schooled.

We are looking for a town where people are friendly and open. Not pretentious. Middle class. Where the roads and infrastructure are maintained (because they are not maintained in Western Mass where we live). Parks that are in good shape and paths for cycling. It would be nice if the town had no or little urban blight (lots of that here) and city ordinances are actually enforced, such as side walk shoveling.

I like the wide open spaces of Parker. And the photos on this site and realtor.com are amazing. My daughter likes country and driving on country roads.

Does Parker seem like a town that fits the bill?

Laurie
Sounds like Parker would mostly fit what your looking for. Not sure how our roads compare to yours but it is typical in Colorado to get LOADS of potholes with all the snow and wet weather we get. Generally they get patched within reasonable time frame but I can occasionally notice some bad spots on Lincoln (mostly closer to I-25). Otherwise roads aren't that bad, traffic on Lincoln can get bad and also on Parker Rd during rush hour. There is a paved path that runs most of the distance next to E-70 which you can take for miles all the way to the mountains among other local paths along creeks and open space areas. Most ordinances are enforced (though not everyone will shovel but most do) and there are some neighborhoods that are nicer than others but very little "Blight". You can definitely get the country feel depending on where you buy. I actually know a personal trainer that lives East of Parker Road & Lincoln and while it's very close to everything it feels like your in the mountains. I've also heard of a lot of people that home school in this area so it's somewhat common. Parker has several nice Rec centers as well.
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Old 01-27-2012, 04:58 AM
 
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Hi Laurie, were a controller at BOS? My husband, Paul Creighton, was from 1997-2001 & we lived in Quincy. Now we're here at DIA & considered Parker. It has many upscale areas with horse property, trails and great views. It got quite built up during the housing boom, so you've got everything retail-wise there.
I find it a wholesome family-friendly town, maybe comparable to somewhere out in Western Mass.

-kendall
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:49 AM
 
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Hi and thanks for the replies! While reading the error post about Parker, AZ I was getting excited thinking that was the perfect town for me. That was until I got to the 120 degree days and knew that it was an error. Darn.

Either way, Parker, Co sounds like a great place. I have done a ton of research on Colo towns and I keep coming back to Parker.

Kendall, no I am in Western Mass and retired from the navy too. How does he like DIA? I am giving up on the whole ATC thing. I have done this way too long. Time for something new.

Laurie
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