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post #1 of 18 Old 02-20-2019, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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Colorado Relocation Suggestions

So my wife and I are looking to relocate out of Illinois (Chicago Area) probably within the next 18 months or so. Our top choice of places to relocate to is Colorado. We were married in Colorado Springs just over 10 years ago and have grown to enjoy everything the state has to offer recreation-wise in our travels. Obviously when you're thinking about relocating to a new area, recreation doesn't rank as high as say housing prices, quality of schools or even potentially the local job market so I was hoping to get some input and/or suggestions of areas to look into.

Knock on wood, a job is probably the one thing we shouldn't have to worry about since our employer has remote employee's scattered around the country. I however like to think ahead and plan for worst case contingencies so any place we consider would have to be within a reasonable commute of where the jobs are should my wife or I need to seek new employment. I'm thinking that would narrow the field to somewhere along the front range.

Housing, or rather affordable housing is probably the big one for us where property taxes are not too brutal.

School systems are another big one. Our oldest will be in college and while access to good schools is important, I'm not terribly worried about him. Our youngest however will be 8yo next year and will be in grade school so access to good school system for her to grow up in is important.

For you guys that live in Colorado, what else do you think should be a consideration? What's the good, the bad, the ugly that we should know about or consider?


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Home prices have skyrocketed around here. If you read current articles, its died down a percentage point or something but that is because its winter. Make no mistake, its super inflated right now.

I lived in the Springs for 9 years and now am approaching 2 years here in Denver. Denver is obviously much bigger than the Springs so much larger job market. What field are you 2 in? What type of environment do you like? Big city or more rural?


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Home prices have skyrocketed around here. If you read current articles, its died down a percentage point or something but that is because its winter. Make no mistake, its super inflated right now.

I lived in the Springs for 9 years and now am approaching 2 years here in Denver. Denver is obviously much bigger than the Springs so much larger job market. What field are you 2 in? What type of environment do you like? Big city or more rural?
I did not want to hear that home prices have skyrocketed.

My wife and I work for an IT solutions/managed services provider (maintenance specialist and purchasing respectively same company).

Currently we live in what is consider suburban Chicago so we'd probably be looking something similar in a new area. Close enough to a bigger city that if we needed or wanted to do something it's not a big ordeal to visit, but far enough out that we're dealing with the congestion. I don't think we could do rural, we've grown to accustomed to being withing a relative proximity to everyday amenities.

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The huge increase in housing prices has been a big shock to locals and people coming from the surrounding states, but depending on where youíre at around Chicago you may not blink at the cost.

Iím happy with Castle Rock, found the prices a bit more reasonable than the suburbs right outside of Denver. Also it is a very easy 15 mile drive up I-25 to the Denver Tech Center, which is a good hub for IT related jobs or any job really with the amount of businesses in that area.
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As hokiewest said, DTC is a major tech hub on the south side of Denver. You could look for housing in any of the neighborhoods surrounding it or you could look at Castle Rock which isnt too far away. The other option is NW Denver in the Broomfield, Arvada area. There are plenty of tech companies up there and its a reasonable commute to Boulder which also has some heavy IT hitters. NW Denver is still growing so the housing is newer and maybe slightly more reasonably priced.


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kkuntz01,

I moved to Denver Metro in 1970 after the Military from the East Coast. I've seen all the highs & lows in Real Estate and the Economy over the 49 years. IT and health care are hot fields here as usual. Anything in the Metro is more money. The Western Slope is about $80 K less on an equivalent home. BUT.... the economy is much worse and jobs pay way less in general. With that being said Healthcare & IT Professionals do fine there and reap the benefits of no traffic problems and over crowding & building like the Front Range has. Many People said in 1970 there would be one suburb from CS to Fort Collins and we are getting there!

I moved to the West Slope to retire and capitalize on my home only to end up moving back over the Mountains to the FC area so my Wife could get a decent job with benefits. I think you will like it here as seen by the massive influx of new residents & home building. Homes are a bit less here in Northern Colorado but the rate they are being built at is staggering! Colorado is still a fairly reasonable State overall but it's changing every year & once you get used to the dry climate you can't go back. The Front Range has most of the amenities that you are used to but the traffic can be horrible if you have to commute on the main arteries during peak hours.

My recommendation is just do your homework and it will fall into place. Good luck on your search.

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One thing you might consider is whether housing prices will fall. When recreational marijuana was legalized, a huge influx moved in, many needing it for medical reasons and wanting easier access. Now that other states have followed suit, Colorado is not a must-have location for many people. They may not move out, but we may see less moving into the state.

The key is to be just outside commuting distance to downtown Denver. For example, out 285 a bit. Or out 70, up 25, etc. Outside that (reasonably) commutable ring, prices will be better. And Boulder is a Denver 2.0. So, Loveland, Longmont, Lyons, etc. may not be perfect for a Denver commute, but many work in Boulder. My doctor in Boulder cannot afford to live in Boulder or even close. Traffic into Boulder on 36 each morning is as bad as downtown traffic.

One thought is to buy a home in a recreational area and hope for the best. Can still drive into Denver for concerts/sports/etc. If something does change, you can convert the mountain home into a vacation rental and probably make a profit. But I would check town rules and see a) do you need a permit to rent, b) how long will it take to get permit once your name is on waiting list and c) does the HOA put limits on shorter term rentals. If vacation rental permit fails, local employee housing in rec areas are in a crisis right now. We now have affordable housing authorities in ski towns.
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Blue votes are an invasive species. Better stick with Denver.
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Grand Junction CO!!!!!

I stay there every year on my way out to Moab UT and I'd move there is a second if my family wasn't located in Michigan. Great walkable down town, every store you can want on the outskirts. LOTS of recreation. Only 1.5 hour drive to the rock crawling capital of the world MOAB UT!

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There is a lot of outdoor activities available there. The Mall there is fading fast do to stores closing which is unfortunate. Areas like this are great as long as you don't need a career job. I liked it there but my Wife never adapted to it. She likes all the City amenities and the Desert was too hot for her. Friends usually stop by on their way to Moab for a visit which is nice.

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I guess itís looking like weíll need to do our homework. The few searches Iíve done on number of towns in the Metro/Suburban Denver area already have us priced out of market in many areas. Since Iím figuring we can probably swing a place in the $200k-$300k range Iím hoping we could potentially find a place witching less than an hour from Denver that isnít in the middle of nowhere.

Of course down in Colorado Springs there seemed to be a wider variety of homes with more falling into what I would consider as affordable. Weíve visited Colorado Springs a few times, however not sure if there are any disadvantages to the area or areas of the city to avoid.

Generally speaking, how are taxes (income, property, sales tax) in Colorado? Hopefully theyíre not as bad there as they are here.

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I believe CO usually ranks about middle of the pack in state taxes. I like Co Springs and yep its certainly more affordable than Denver area. They have been doing what I assume is some pretty major road upgrades on I-25 from Castle Rock to Co Springs, traffic has been backed up into Castle Rock from it but will be nice when its done because that stretch of I-25 can be brutal. I always liked the north end of the springs, used to frequently drive through an area called North Gate that is on the northeast and it was really nice. I have heard the southeast area is a little rough but no first hand experience. Southwest area where the Broadmoor hotel is looks expensive. The biggest positive to Co Springs for me though is Rt 24 going west, leads to great places for all things outdoors.
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Frankly, were I to be looking today I'd probably not come here to live full time. I'm really glad I got to see the State in the 70s & 80s before it got over populated like it is now. I've been here full time since 2000, my second stint in Colorado. I bought property here with near-perfect timing, as real estate prices have skyrocketed since. Colorado's current tax burden is manageable, and quite low compared to tax hells like Illinois, New York, California, etc. However, we have a new Democrat-controlled Governorship & State Legislature that are CERTAIN to attack the foundation, which is the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR), passed in '80s. This requires all tax increases be approved by the voters.

So, aside from the scenery, etc., in ten years you may have jumped from one unaffordable, politically corrupt mess into another. Additionally, legal weed has brought a lot of issues they didn't plan for, like a massive increase in homeless, who have come here from the surrounding States for the weed. It's now legal to take a shit on the street in Denver. The new political leaders tend to ape anything California does.

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Frankly, were I to be looking today I'd probably not come here to live full time. I'm really glad I got to see the State in the 70s & 80s before it got over populated like it is now. I've been here full time since 2000, my second stint in Colorado. I bought property here with near-perfect timing, as real estate prices have skyrocketed since. Colorado's current tax burden is manageable, and quite low compared to tax hells like Illinois, New York, California, etc. However, we have a new Democrat-controlled Governorship & State Legislature that are CERTAIN to attack the foundation, which is the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR), passed in '80s. This requires all tax increases be approved by the voters.

So, aside from the scenery, etc., in ten years you may have jumped from one unaffordable, politically corrupt mess into another. Additionally, legal weed has brought a lot of issues they didn't plan for, like a massive increase in homeless, who have come here from the surrounding States for the weed. It's now legal to take a shit on the street in Denver. The new political leaders tend to ape anything California does.
Canít deny this bit. It blows my mind how people will move to an area to get away from a restrictive and unaffordable state only to try and make the new area just like it...

Still, I would move here again in a heartbeat, fishing and off-roading are my thing and those things are still great here. If/when that changes then Iím out!
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Canít deny this bit. It blows my mind how people will move to an area to get away from a restrictive and unaffordable state only to try and make the new area just like it...

Still, I would move here again in a heartbeat, fishing and off-roading are my thing and those things are still great here. If/when that changes then Iím out!
Well said! I don't get that either. I came here in 1970 so I've seen a lot of changes in this State.

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We live in Buena Vista. Love it here but $2-300k wont get you much of anything here. A friend of mine just sold there 1100 sq foot 3/1 on an acre for $299k. It was about as cookie cutter as you could get. No porches or decks. Rectangle house with evenly spaced windows, no decks or porches. We moved here 3.5 yrs ago and paid $292k for our place. 2850 sq foot 3/3 with option to go 5/3 once basement was finished out. Fenced in yd, decks front/back, garage on 2.3 acres, etc. Could sell it for $450k by Monday at 5pm.
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I live in Fountain, CO. Its about 5 minutes from Peterson AFB, and Ft. Carson, and about 20 from Schreiver AFB. Its not bad in that area, we are close to Pueblo and Colorado Springs. The housing market isn't too bad down there either(around $200K for a nice 3 bed, 2.5 bath house in my neighborhood). As for schools, I really can't say too much, I know a bunch of friends have decided to send their kids to private schools in the area, but I don't have kids yet, so I haven't looked into them. However, with the 3 Air Force bases , and 1 Army base within a 30 minute drive, the IT world has picked up tremendously. Both on the civilian/contractor and also on the government GS pay scale around there. There are a BUNCH of Defense contractor offices all around Colorado Springs willing to pay a premium for qualified IT professionals. We have plenty of outdoors stuff(sounds like you already know about a bunch of them).
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Relocation in this State is rough, like everyone has said, property here has gone thru the Ceiling, I have talk to a couple this last weekend that they sold there home in California a couple of years , bought a nice house in the Front Range, Now they are Selling it and moving back to California to buy a bigger house than they had previously....so if don't tell you something about Our out of Control prices here..
Then you have that Back Door Polis Governor.that is trying to Change us into A California, changing Laws in the Middle of the Night, Colorado is not what it used to be, the Homeless have multipled and the young work force can't pass a Drug Test.
Then he is messing with the Gun Laws...that Gay Putz needs to take his 1st Man and move back to California.... The Oil and Gas industry is Strong in Northern Colorado, They are good people out there trying to make a living, and Remember when you drive that Lexus, with out Oil & Gas you will be pushing it or taking a second mortgage out to put fuel in it...Good Luck with your Plans on Moving..
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