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Old 01-29-2011, 08:43 PM
 
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Hi all - I am planning a second half of life move to either EP or Loveland before the end of 2011. Extremely excited and want to ask what your thought is about these two towns and the 'community' feeling there.
*I want to find out if taking a walk means waving to neighbors
*If going to the village is a joy or frustration
*If there are farmers markets, organics
*Is the area pet friendly?
*If when my grandkids visit, they will feel like they found a second hometown.

Thanks!
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Old 01-29-2011, 08:53 PM
 
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Primary difference, IMO, is that EP is much more of a tourist town, Loveland much more a standard town/suburb.
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Old 01-30-2011, 12:42 AM
 
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Loveland is a wonderful community. We lived in Loveland and spent many weekend days roaming Estes Park as our "getaway" to enjoy nature and browse the downtown shops. To answer your questions:
yes
joy
yes
yes
yes!
We are coming back and will be in Loveland. It is central to Fort Collins (which we see as a bit too busy for our lifestyle but enjoy the downtown and shopping), Greeley and Longmont (in case I have to commute for work), and is closest to Estes Park. We truly love Estes, quiet in winter, very busy in summer, absolutely gorgeous but is also colder and gets more snow since it is in the mountains. Loveland has a milder climate which we require due to health issues. Where are you coming from?
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Old 01-30-2011, 01:35 PM
 
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as mentioned by bella80537

EP can be better to 'visit' than to live, especially for retirees.

One of my friends in Loveland recently mentioned. "We enjoy Estes Park much more, now that we live in Loveland" (and can visit EP, instead of live there (as they did for over 10 yrs)).

The wind, weather, remoteness, crowds, and expense of living in this tourist town can get a bit old after while. (that said I know many EP residents who have endured for many yrs, but most have extended family there)... If choosing Loveland, look to west side of downtown (between RR and Taft) It is much more 'homey' than the suburbs. Area around 'westlake center' (Taft and 34) is a decent walkable region as well. Another nice enclave near Mtn View Presby Church (~ 24th and Garfield).

Living in proximity to the lake is nice for walking 'around'. I have a 90+ yr old friend that has nearly 1,000 laps done. I enjoy joining, and we meet new folks, & see new views each time .

I see they are redoing the Pool at LHS (on Lake) That will be swell, Loveland gets the award (in my book) for nice AFFORDABLE lap swimming options.
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:31 PM
 
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Estes Park is a tourist town. Loveland is a nice community that is located about 40 minutes from Estes so an easy day trip up there whenever you want. Estes is expensive as it caters to the tourists and Loveland has a great arts scene and an up and coming restaurant scene.
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Old 02-13-2011, 05:46 PM
 
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Thanks everyone, I really appreciate your replies. I will be there in march to start my home search. Sounds like i will start with Loveland - looking forward to it!
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Old 02-13-2011, 05:51 PM
 
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Loveland is a wonderful community. We lived in Loveland and spent many weekend days roaming Estes Park as our "getaway" to enjoy nature and browse the downtown shops. To answer your questions:
yes
joy
yes
yes
yes!
We are coming back and will be in Loveland. It is central to Fort Collins (which we see as a bit too busy for our lifestyle but enjoy the downtown and shopping), Greeley and Longmont (in case I have to commute for work), and is closest to Estes Park. We truly love Estes, quiet in winter, very busy in summer, absolutely gorgeous but is also colder and gets more snow since it is in the mountains. Loveland has a milder climate which we require due to health issues. Where are you coming from?
bella: I'll be coming from texas. I cringe to say that; and have been waiting 30 years to get out...from the day i got here actually. There is a bumper sticker here that says I'm not from texas but got here as fast as i could...well my sentiment is the opposite and couldn't wait to get out. Anyway I am extremely excited to live in the state my children and i have vacationed in and grown to love. Thanks for your replies.
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