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i'm in college right now, but i have about decided when i graduate i'm going to pack up and move to colorado. a few questions about it...

1) I have heard the cost of living is quite high in CO, do salaries compensate for it?

2) Being i'm majoring in architecture, and not wanting to live directly in the mtns, are denver and boulder my only options (i'd be open to living in the mtns if its a town with 60k or larger)

3) Any architects on here who could give me some insight on how hard it will be to get a job? Obviously that depends on where I am, but a general idea will be nice.


Thanks for any and all information!
post #2 of 20
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If this needs to be moved i'm sorry...


i'm in college right now, but i have about decided when i graduate i'm going to pack up and move to colorado. a few questions about it...

1) I have heard the cost of living is quite high in CO, do salaries compensate for it?

2) Being i'm majoring in architecture, and not wanting to live directly in the mtns, are denver and boulder my only options (i'd be open to living in the mtns if its a town with 60k or larger)

3) Any architects on here who could give me some insight on how hard it will be to get a job? Obviously that depends on where I am, but a general idea will be nice.


Thanks for any and all information!
Why the 60k population bar?

I would assume that every single moderately-booming resort town has architectural firms that MIGHT hire you.

But if you want to live in Denver, this firm is supposed to be really good:

http://www.ozarch.com/employment.html

Good luck.
post #3 of 20
Crested Butte, while small, is growing at a ridiculous pace right now...
People build pretty expensive housing in ski towns. Vail Valley is rather populated, as is anywhere in the Breck/Keyston/Copper/Frisco/Silverthorne/Dillon area...
Cost of living isn't that bad. Where are you coming from?
post #4 of 20
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texas, the cost of living here is pretty cheap. yeah i know alot of coloradians don't like us that much but i have a serious passion for skiing and the mountains

i'm not bound to denver, but i plan on starting my own firm and i would like to find a job close to where i will settle to make connections while i am getting my liscence. to start a firm i would really need a place where i can get work.
post #5 of 20
ahh texans... as long as you don't.. nevermind, you'll figure it out when you get here.

denver would probably be your best bet to make new connections and whatnot. it's really not that far from the mountains. and you could even live a little west of denver (depending where it could be expensive...) so you're closer to the mountains but still near the city.

denver isn't too expensive. i'm saying this coming from the east coast... but yah, check out craig's list for an idea of what you're looking at.
post #6 of 20
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as long as i don't what??


i've spent a few weeks out of the year there ever since i was a kid. most of it skiing, but i worked at a camp one summer near lake city.
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as long as i don't what??


i've spent a few weeks out of the year there ever since i was a kid. most of it skiing, but i worked at a camp one summer near lake city.
I was just kidding. Don't act like a texan? hehe
post #9 of 20
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heh, actually at vail last year i was on the gondola and with several texas haters... anyways this one chimes in about how she went to a gas station and they made her buy a pack of gum to get the key to the restroom (which is undoubtedly stupid) but the person sitting next to her asks "what part of texas was it?" to which the girl responds "it was near the border of arizona"

i decided to just let her be and laughed to myself for a good while about it. it was very amusing.
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If this needs to be moved i'm sorry...


i'm in college right now, but i have about decided when i graduate i'm going to pack up and move to colorado....

Thanks for any and all information!
Hope you fit in well with fervent evangelical Christians. Not that there's anything wrong with them, just know what you're getting into, brice.
post #11 of 20
Utah is another option. Also Canada.
post #12 of 20
There are no towns in the mountains with a population of 60k. So if you really mean to impose a population screen, that is out.

Mike
post #13 of 20
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it doesn't have to be a mountain town, i understand that most couldn't support enough business for me to make the living i want to make, that being said i've got no problem commuting to and from the mtn.

i'm open to anywhere in the US really as long as it provides good skiing, fly fishing, hiking, and mtn biking.
post #14 of 20
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it doesn't have to be a mountain town, i understand that most couldn't support enough business for me to make the living i want to make, that being said i've got no problem commuting to and from the mtn.
brice, you may need to do just a bit more research about mountain towns. There are 50 and 100 MILLION DOLLAR housing and real estate projects going on every year at a whole bunch of mountain resorts in Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, California, and Oregon.

If you're good and can get the business, I can't help but thing there would plenty of business for you to make the living you want.

People can argue the merits of some or all of these projects, but I guarantee you that the business is out there. Vail alone is doing something like ONE BILLION dollars worth of projects over the next few years.
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Yah, in vail village right now there's a sign saying stuff about the $1 billion dollar renovation, and that's just Vail, the resort, playing with their stuff.. Doesn't include all the other stuff in the entire valley...
post #16 of 20
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caught me! i have gone of some info from my dad (who is an architect) who had several different friends go up and try and start a business, but never had it work out. i guess i haven't explained myself well enough, while i would be interested in doing high end residential, i'm more focused on commercial. both have perks, but over all there is less "client control" of commercial projects, which leads to the ability to make more money. that being said ... sounds like there is alot of money to be made around that area, and i will definately be thinking about the pro's and con's.

thanks for all of your very valuable info
post #17 of 20
A very, very long time ago I graduated from college in the midwest and moved to Colorado for the skiing. I have lived and skied in the Rockies ever since. The only advice I have is to forget all the crap about the "job market." You only need one job. There are many towns in or near the mountains where you could probably find an entry level job. Tourist towns have an official population that is low but all kinds of restaruants and cultural events equaling much larger cities because of the huge seasonal influx of people.

The cost of living is high but the benefits are worth it. I would strongly suggest finding a couple locations that you want and then make the job happen there, do not let the job dictate the location. People always tell me that I am lucky to live where I do. Luck had nothing to do with it, I moved here on purpose.

Take a low level job, work your way up, and ski a lot along the way. If you are going to be poor you might as well do it in a nice place. One of the best things about a smaller town is that you make your reputation fast. If you work hard and do a good job the word gets around.
post #18 of 20

huh?

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Hope you fit in well with fervent evangelical Christians. Not that there's anything wrong with them, just know what you're getting into, brice.
Are you saying CO is full of bible thumpers?? umm I think you are getting us confused with OK, or MO

And for Brice I live in the Vail Valley..it is going insane here with all of the new projects going on..you should be able to find a gig up here. It sure beats being stuck in I-70 traffic on a weekend ski day
post #19 of 20
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... One of the best things about a smaller town is that you make your reputation fast. If you work hard and do a good job the word gets around.
Bravo, mudfoot!

This is one of the truest statements I've ever seen posted in these discussions about making it work in a ski town.

This is such great advice it should be saved for posterity.

One of the biggest problems employers or service industry clients have in ski towns is finding good, reliable employees or service providers. Movement up the economic ladder can be extremely rapid for someone with talent, integrity, and a strong work ethic.
post #20 of 20
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heh, actually at vail last year i was on the gondola and with several texas haters... anyways this one chimes in about how she went to a gas station and they made her buy a pack of gum to get the key to the restroom (which is undoubtedly stupid) but the person sitting next to her asks "what part of texas was it?" to which the girl responds "it was near the border of arizona"

i decided to just let her be and laughed to myself for a good while about it. it was very amusing.
It might also have been in the part of Texas right across the Hudson river from NYC. A lot of place in NJ are kind of touchy about letting you use the restroom. Of ocurse in NYC the answer is "what restroom?"
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