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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hey everyone,

I am moving to the aspen area at the end of may and was wondering if anyone had any advice on finding housing, or any other good advice to someone relocating.

I am graduating in May from college and with the economy the way it is and my inability to get a job related to my majors, I figure I'll move out there for a year or so and do something I enjoy.

thanks,
-bs

p.s. if anyone needs to hire someone with a marketing and info. tech. degree with fortune 500 experience drop me a line!
post #2 of 15
Take a tent. Then if you don't find a place right away you can camp up at difficult or maroon creek campgrounds and not blow all your money that you will need for security deposits. Get a good mountain bike, you will use it a lot more than a car. Try to find a place in town or maybe Highlands, Snowmass is just too far from the good skiing and nightlife. Have a great time, I did the same thing right after college! I ended up staying ten years!
post #3 of 15
Well, congrats, I guess. You've picked the community with the most expensive housing in the country (I think the avg house is near $2.0 million, and even small fixer-uppers in town cost a million. You best plan on living down valley, places like Basalt, Carbondale or even Glenwood Springs, but even those are getting expensive as developers snap up land and build trophy homes for the I-bankers. We have an office in Aspen, and even our long-time, relatively highly paid folks are finding it increasingly hard to live there.
post #4 of 15
Your best bet is to team up with some other guys and rent a 3-br apt/condo.

I'm not sure what the rents are in Aspen, but in Vail a 3-br rents for, assuming a 1-yr lease, 1600-2000/mo.

Why Aspen? Why not go somewhere out of the way, say Big Mountain in Montana. Cost of living is WAY less and the skiing is great!
post #5 of 15
Aspen is a good choice as you may meet folks who can help your career.
that being said. go out there & get a job.
stop by the AVCRA ofice below the library & find a CHEAP hotel room for a week then put on a blazer & get serious about a job. aspen daily news & aspen times both have online classifieds, agood start make some appointments for your first few days.
questdex.com for aspen should let you know about buisness that do what you do.
if you are smoking pot, stop. most buisnesses there drug test.

Once you have a job you can figure out a place. many employers provide some kind of housing or a bus pass (key if you live downvalley.) Carbondale is one of the best communities in the west.
but you will want to party in Aspen so find a place there if possible. I lived in Basalt for 2 years before getting housing in Aspen, where I lived for 3 years.
Looking for a place like looking for a job is serious. trust me if you get there early & put your head down & work at it you will have PLENTY of time for good times, its Aspen. taking a serious atttude in a less than serious town will reap rewards in both departments.
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
The primary reason I am moving is because I have two options after I graduate in May. Stay in Milwaukee and get a crappy job to pay bills or move some where else I enjoy and get a crappy job to pay bills. I figure the mountains are more condusive to what I enjoy doing(being outdoors).

Doc, you're right about the living situation there. It's definately not the cheapest . The reason I don't want to go some place out of the way is because I am still looking for a place that is popular among those...um...richer visitors. I'm not looking to move out there permanately and work on my retirement savings and build a family. I am looking to meet different people and hopefully be able to learn some things from successful people. I believe in learning from those that are successful(weird I know) and I am hoping that something will rub off on me.

Those are the reasons I like aspen. I am giving myself a summer and a full ski season to figure things out. If it doesn't work out I will go from there. Off course, I may get out there and it may be a mistake but I won't know until I get there and if I don't do it I know I will regret it.

WVSkier, your profile mentions you are an entreprenuer. What do you do?

-bs
post #7 of 15
Quote:
Originally posted by WVSkier:
I'm not sure what the rents are in Aspen, but in Vail a 3-br rents for, assuming a 1-yr lease, 1600-2000/mo.
Is Vail really that cheap??? Or is that price for a dump of an apartment? I live in Pasadena, in a fairly nice apartment (great location, average amenities) and I'm paying $1400 a month for a 1 bd/1.5 bath (~ 800 sq feet). Maybe I should move, on the other hand I kind of doubtt that there's a big demand for engineers in Vail.
post #8 of 15
why don't you move to the Frasier Valley and ski Winter Park?? The resort with the MOST snow (on avg.) Than any other Colorado resort......but hey if you have your heart on aspen, go for it homie! Balls to the wall I say. I'm doin' the whole ski thing after college....maybe before : : but I dunno yet. Just be HAPPY whereever you go. Don't regret anything!
post #9 of 15
Britton--I agree that Winter Park often has great snow, but where did you get that statistic that they usually get "the most" snow of any Colorado resort? I suspect that Wolf Creek, among several others, would take exception to that one!

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #10 of 15
You are in luck my friend. The COO at Aspen/Snowmass just resinged for the CEO gig in Crested Butte.... There's a job waiting for you.
I work for the SkiCO. and am very satisfied, even after coming from 2 Fortune 500 outfits.
Rent averages 500 to 1000 monthly ( US Dollars )
and you get what you pay for.
$850 will get you your own room in a house right in town...... Do come you'll luv every minute of it.

Quote:
Originally posted by brsmu80:
Hey everyone,

I am moving to the aspen area at the end of may and was wondering if anyone had any advice on finding housing, or any other good advice to someone relocating.

I am graduating in May from college and with the economy the way it is and my inability to get a job related to my majors, I figure I'll move out there for a year or so and do something I enjoy.

thanks,
-bs

p.s. if anyone needs to hire someone with a marketing and info. tech. degree with fortune 500 experience drop me a line!
post #11 of 15
Junior,

Watch out, you may end up with Aspenitis. That town can be real tough on people.

You'll be hangin with people who will never know the feeling of being overdrawn. Shallow bastards, all of them, who worship the golden calf.

You wanna live somewhere where the skiing still matters? Go live in Summit County.

Cheers,

[ May 30, 2002, 09:11 PM: Message edited by: SCSA ]
post #12 of 15
I've lived in Aspen my whole life and we aren't calling it Hasbeen for nothing! This place has been ruined by Californians, Texans and East coast rich people who decided that visting wasn't enough, they would make $$ by building 15,000ft homes. Also now we are being overrun by illegal aliens, over 10,000 in three years!! The amount of snow that falls in town has appreciable fallen for the past 10 years, locals beleive the amount of snow melt that has been built is responsible. On the mountain we have had one good year in the past ten, but Colorado isn't known for lots of snow any more. By the way the average home sells for $3.6 million, with Snowmass recently surpassing us at $3.8 million!! There is a core of people from this town who are the best of people, but being from the outside you'll never get to know any of us!
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
I kind of forgot about this thread I started since things have changed. I thought I would give a little update though to the people that posted.

Basically, everything that I had planned for Aspen fell through 2 weeks before I was going to move out, conveniently, it was the first day of finals...like I needed anything else to worry about. Anyhow, I was going to buy a ski rental/tuning shop with a partner and I was going to run it. The deal blew up at the last minute and that was it. With that gone, the only thing left in Aspen was the skiing and tons of expense. Like many of you mentioned, there are much better places to ski and live that won't cost me a couple organs on the market.

So, now I am back to square one, want to find a job close to skiing that isn't completly backwoods a la montana. I thinking the way the economy is I may try and get a resort job somewhere for the winter and go from there.

thanks for the advice...
-bs
post #14 of 15
brsmu,
If your still thinking of moving out west You might want to look into Utah. Tons of Great snow You can live in Salt Lake City cheap or spend a season in Park City. In Park City you can find a place in town with roomates for $350-500.00 (your own room) outside of town is less. Job market in SLC isn't great right now But then again where is it great?
post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 
utah49, thanks for the info...that's cheaper than I thought it would be. I am looking into the SLC area more these days and would say it's close to the top of my list. I was there about 10 years ago and remember little beyond the skiing which was amazing. Seeing places I skied at back then on the olympics recently hasn't helped either . I am really digging the idea of working a resort job for the winter.

-bs
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