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Old 08-17-2008, 03:50 PM
 
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I'm wanting to move to a little larger New Mexico town but can't
afford Santa Fe and don't want to live in Albuquerque or Las Cruces
so several friends have mentioned Roswell and Clovis as they are
30 to fifty thousand population. I like Silver City but it might be to
small and is far from a better hospital and other things.

Here are a few things that are important to me.

1. Good medical facilities
2. Good shopping for clothing and food.
3. College or university near or not far away.
4. Good coffee shops or internet cafe
5. Hopefully some culture including art and music
6. Possibly a museum or two.
7. Fairly resonable housing for purchase.
8. Hopefully a good bookstore.
9. A lowes or Home depot.
10. A place to purchase art supplies or a Hobby Lobby.

there are more on my list but some items will not be possible
in a smaller town or city.

thanks
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Old 08-17-2008, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Still on the southern high plains
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I'm wanting to move to a little larger New Mexico town but can't afford Santa Fe and don't want to live in Albuquerque or Las Cruces so several friends have mentioned Roswell and Clovis
Having recently considered moving from Albuquerque to Clovis in retirement and having looked extensively at housing prices, I believe you will find home prices in Clovis to be inflated. Although I see a lot of "reduced" on realty signs around Clovis in recent months, I have backed away from selecting the area for now.
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Old 08-17-2008, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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May I suggest Farmington, or do you have your heart set on Clovis or Roswell? It will be a slightly cooler climate in the winter, but Farmington offers more amenities of a modern city. You'll be close to tons of outdoor activities, not to mention Durango! Farmington has some fabulous restaurants, decent shopping (TJ Maxx, a small Dillards and a brand new Target) plus they have nouveau retailers like Coldstone Creameries, Smoothie King and... coming soon... a Defined Fitness! Believe it or not, the best sushi I've EVER had in the state of New Mexico was at The Bluffs in Farmington. Ironic, because we're landlocked, but they really know what they're doing. The four corners area is really quite beautiful.

And in response to your must haves:
They have a college in town. I think it's San Juan.
There are a handful of neat places (including one rockin' pub) where you can hear live music.
The four corners area is heavily influenced by the adjacent Navajo reservation, so you'll find lots of Native American arts, crafts and cultural lore.
Farmington has a Hobby Lobby, plus two scrapbooking stores.
They have a Lowes AND a Home Depot.

Another positive: even though they are further north, they have surprisingly sunny weather. Farmington is in some sort of weather bubble where all the nasty storms seem to skip over them.

I know I didn't really answer your question about Clovis and Roswell. Hmmm. If I really had to choose, I'd probably go with Roswell. It seems that Roswell is just a tad more modern, not too close to the tornado/hail belt, with more amenities and businesses.
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Old 08-17-2008, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM - Summerlin, NV
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ROSWELL
i love it there!.. just a little bit too many republicans!!

you can also try; Espanola, its a great place..dont belive the "so called rep it has" not true.. its a really nice are idk if you have been there and its close to santa fe
-great people (friendly all over the city)
-great recreation, parks, pools, library..
-lots of retail, commericial.. good jobs..
-nice homes at decent prices
-some of the greatest culture
-great food places all over the city..
-a few museums
-a internet cafe
-a brand new lowe's

Population: 9,549
Metro: 183,782
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Old 08-17-2008, 07:19 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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Clovis housing prices are inflated and there is no reason they should be that high, Roswell is an OK city but me personally I dont care for it, I have family there.

I was going to mention Farmington, the housing is more expensive but there is alot more there and the pay and jobs are alot better, population around 40,000+.
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Old 08-17-2008, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Where I live.
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May I suggest Farmington, or do you have your heart set on Clovis or Roswell? It will be a slightly cooler climate in the winter, but Farmington offers more amenities of a modern city.....
I had Farmington in mind for quite awhile....and I take their online newspaper.

There was an editorial that was rather unsettling....a woman had written that there is a shortage of doctors there, and the ones there are no longer taking Medicare patients because of low reimbursement rates.

That's bad enough, then she goes on to say that for those looking for a physician when they arrive...if they are 55+, they're out of luck. They ask your age when you call...and then tell you they are not accepting any new patients 55 and older.

This is an excerpt I got from the Chamber of Commerce when I emailed them to ask about this:

"I did not see the article.There seems to be a doctor shortage here. Many are not taking new patients.I know both my Mom's general doctor and her heart doctor moved somewhere else and she can not find a general dr. She still goes to the heart clinic, but must now go to Durango for battery replacement for defib/pacemaker.

There have been rumors that, if you can find a dr taking new patients, they ask your age. The newest dr taking patients is an ob/gyn. The hospital is trying very hard to recruit new drs to the area.

That is all I can tell you."

This may indeed be a temporary situation, but even though I am a long way from Medicare, and healthy with private (very expensive) health insurance, this is still scary.

:-(
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Old 08-17-2008, 09:15 PM
 
Location: center of N.M.
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Default Clovis VS Roswell

I rarely go to Clovis anymore but living in Roswell would be Cheaper and less Traffic and the people are Friendlier and everything you need is right there and the Weather is Great. Kind of Warm in the Summer. Roswell is for sure the better pick then Clovis. Forget Farmington and Northern N.M. its cold and expensive. I dont like the Smell of Clovis but they do have lots of Stores in Clovis.

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Old 08-17-2008, 09:39 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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Most people I know go to Durango for doctor/hospital visits so............

Farmington has the Animas river flowing through it and bluffs and they are putting in bike paths, the city has more than Roswell and Clovis, and there is alot of money there. I would say Farmington is more on a Las Cruces level than a Clovis level.
Farmington gets concerts and comedy shows, national high school rodeo finals are held here every 4 years,Connie Mack World Series, and they have a casino with a few others close by, plus you got Durango with its mountains and skiing next door.
You got more jobs to choose from and better pay.

In Clovis you will be pretty much isolated and there really isnt too much there at all.

Roswell is growing a little and has alot more than Clovis.

as far as the weather, I have lived in Farmington and nearby Clovis in Portales, the winters arnt all that bad in Farmington but more snow, both places have their days. Clovis has got the wind to go with their winters which makes it really cold, shivering cold.
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Old 08-18-2008, 05:23 AM
 
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Thanks for all the info regarding Clovis and Roswell as well as the other towns.
I've never been to Farmington but I know people that lived there for many
years and they didn't have to much good to say about it but it could have
just been there experiences. I think I will take a drive over to Roswell today
and see how it fits or at least my what my first impressions are. I think I
can safely cross Clovis off the list as I've heard a lot of information that I
don't find favorable in my case but it could be just fine. I think if Raton
was a little larger and not quite so sleepy I would move there but it's
approximately 100 miles to any city of any size and that would be Pueblo.
With the gas prices just under $4 it would make it a little to expensive
to make the drive once or twice per month.
Thanks for all the valuable input.
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Old 08-18-2008, 02:00 PM
 
Location: center of N.M.
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Default Hey Bradly

Where are the Museums in Roswell besides the UFO museum also where is the Internet Cafe in Roswell and how do they work or Charge? pintada kid at webtv.net
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