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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I know some of y'all live in CO.

I'm thinking I'd like to move out there in the not too distant future.

I'm figuring the greater Denver/Boulder region because I like the mountains, I'm a skier and I figure there's enough high tech work in that area to support me.
(I work in the IT field, Networking and such...
Windows, Linux, a little Novell...

Anyhow, I've been assuming this would be a great move but who knows...
maybe I'm looking at this through rose colored glasses.

So I'm looking for a reality check.
Good things, bad things, cost of living, etc...

Lay it on me.
post #2 of 14
Got a grubhoe and axe?
post #3 of 14
Nakona, hi I have been living in Denver 10 years now, hard to believe its gone so fast. I love it here. Best place I ever lived. For a reference, as an adult I have lived in. St. Louis, yuck, Beijing China, Bangkok Thailand, loved it, Santa Barbara, CA, Ventura, Ca, Hermosa Beach, CA and Houston TX.

We live in an older neighborhood, Park Hill. Very diverse in race, income, sexual preference. Close enough to Downtown that we can easily hop on the bikes to go for a beer, ballgame, and dinner.
Growth is a problem lots of sprawl but things have not change in my little world, my neighborhood was established early 1900.

Denver has lots of bike paths so if you’re into that sort of thing its great. Boulder is wonderful too but more costly than Denver. There are some bedroom communities that maybe more affordable but I would hate living in the burbs, it is just not for me.

As to skiing well passes are cheap. 300.00 gets you unlimited at Keystone, Vail, A-Basin plus 10 days at Vail/Beaver Creek. Traffic to the mountains can be horrific on Sat and Sundays although surprisingly light if you can go up on Friday nights. We typically leave Fridays around 6:00 and are in Summit County in 90 min, we live on the eastern side of Denver.

Denver has gotten costly, thankfully we bought years ago. We probably could not afford our home today. you can get an idea of housing prices at realtor.com. Our zip is 80207.

Have you looked at the Denver Post for an idea of jobs. I really have no idea of what it is like these days. Would guess that with your skills should not be to hard to find.

Good luck.
post #4 of 14
What Kima said. Much of Denver is like LA (spread out, dreadful suburbia, nuthin' but white people in SUVs, brown cloud, etc.) and you'll spend many hours every week idling in traffic on what my friends there call "The Slab" (I-25). That said, there are some really cool neighborhoods downtown near the Capital District (or whatever they call it), that I would move to in a second.

Back in the day, I lived a year near the infamous Queen Soopers, and liked it quite a bit. Is it still there? Unfortunately, as Kima noted, these hoods have really gone up in price and I couldn't afford them now either.

Boulder? Fuhgedaboutit unless you have lots of dead presidents in your pocket (or you're willing to live in Longmont or Broomfield).
post #5 of 14
If Denver is your goal, you can always live in Evergreen, just slightly up in the mtns, or Castle Rock, just South on I-25(and very close to the Denver Tech Center).
Colorado Springs (very nice/ about 400,000 people) is about 65 miles South, also on I-25, with a reasonably heavy commute load.

Lots of opportunities, just have to define your needs, and allow them to narrow your choices!

Good Luck! By the way, it is possible to live in the Vail Valley, reasonably!

post #6 of 14
jamesdeluxe, I think you probably mean Capitol Hill. You would not recognize the area. Developers have come in and literally scraped blocks and put in Loft style condos. Pricey ones!
Never heard of the "Queen Soopers” although we have shopped at the Unsafeway Now the new “hot” neighborhood is five points. Crazy.

Colorado Springs would be a good choice if your politics are extremely conservative. Home of Focus on the Family, other numerous right wing organizations and more than a few militia groups. :

[ June 12, 2002, 10:02 AM: Message edited by: Kima ]
post #7 of 14
I live in Lafayette which is a burb of Boulder (80026). In order to buy a home with the same number of rooms and square footage I had to dip into stocks. In comparison to other locations we have lived it was 40% higher.

I'm six miles to Boulder, look out my window at Longs Peak (a fourteener), its 25 miles up Boulder canyon to Eldora which sits at 9000 feet, and I'm 72 miles to Loveland. I rarely ski west of the tunnel on weekends or holidays due to the crowds.
post #8 of 14
nakona - as a fellow New Yorker I will welcome you in advance. If you liked the Adirondacs you will absolutely go nuts for the rockies. I've been here 8 years and you would have to use dynamite to get me out. Tons of opportunities for East coasters with the East coast work ethic, employers love us.

Yes, housing is expensive, but with projections of another million people coming to Colorado by 2020, real estate will only keep going up over the long term, once you buy a house you are along for the gravy train ride like everyone else, it just depends when you got to board the train.

Right now Boulder is pretty much rated as the number one high tech jobs per capita in the nation, (but you might have to live there, so stop smoking if you do, start wearing sandles everywhere, buy a 20 year old Subaru and develop a strange fascination with protecting praire dogs from harm)

Interlocken between Boulder and Denver is a new high tech job haven, as well as down town and going south to the Tech Center. Right now the IT field has been kicked in the sac out here and is still trying to recover, but don't let that stop you, it will be back with a vengence soon.

Good things - access to great skiing, mountains, hiking, biking, 4 major sporting teams, great downtown lifestyle, excellent schools, great people, great opportunities, tons to do, employers let you have a life (they don't have a choice), great hub air port, lots of sunshine, little snow, quality of life is excellent if you take advantage of what area has to offer.

Bad things - traffic, but traffic is relative everywhere.

Come out and visit for a week and you will be sold.
post #9 of 14
Originally posted by powderhound:
buy a 20 year old Subaru .
You forgot to add that it must have a $3,000.00 Mtn Bike on the top!

[ June 14, 2002, 07:12 AM: Message edited by: Kima ]
post #10 of 14
Powderhound said

"Right now Boulder is pretty much rated as the number one high tech jobs per capita in the nation, (but you might have to live there, so stop smoking if you do, start wearing sandles everywhere, buy a 20 year old Subaru and develop a strange fascination with protecting praire dogs from harm)"

Don't move here! Too many people in too many sprawls. Sandles maybe true but to fit in you realy need a mongo oversized suv with a cell phone. Prairie dogs? Hey, if they run in front of me on my bike and I hit one...too damn bad. And you may have to give up cigarettes for mtn grown hydroponic. heh heh

OK, tongue out of cheek. Boulder has become pretty damn crowded. Gonzo declared it yuppie some time ago and compared to Missoula it is. But it is also a cool place. I can ride my bike among cows on gravel, up steep pitches in neighborhoods, along quite streams, down old family streets, through hitech ghetto developments, on dirt roads and open space...and never leave the city limits.

I do wear, and wear out birkinstocks. Oh well. I got a bunyon and shoes hurt.

If you commute traffic is a bitch more or less anywhere around here. I was able to afford a tiny condo on the edge of the front range and on the very north edge of boulder, surrounded by open space and trails etc, but only with the help of the boulder housing authority.I qualified for low income housing. damn. I did not want to commute to work, which I have done from out beyond Nederland and also from Golden. I prefer to live a bike ride away from my cube.

You ought to come out and see for yourself. It is not for everyone. It has grown quickly and will continue to do so. But it is my home and I do like it, despite its faults.

Oh yeah, babes!! lots of them. (it's jog bra season) [img]tongue.gif[/img]

[ June 14, 2002, 02:37 PM: Message edited by: astrochimp ]
post #11 of 14
Well Nakona, what did you decide?
post #12 of 14
Colorado is full.
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
Well, my strategy is to move there is 2004. In other words, probably 18-24 months.

I was looking at a railway map and wondering how well it would work to live out more in the country and ride the train into town to get to work.

Ultimately I'll have to take a 2-3 week vacation there to scope the area and do some interviews.
post #14 of 14
Originally posted by SCSA:
Colorado is full.
probally full BEFORE you got there. :

I lived in CO for a while, rarely snows there.

Have a lot of good friends in Denver that I only see when they come here to powder ski or when I go there for work, if that is any indication of my Denver opinion.

Boulder is gorgeous but ya get the feeling ya missed that boat about 1975, uness you want to live like a college student.
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