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Old 08-21-2020, 05:04 PM   #21
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Have you looked at the Arvada-Golden Area just west of Denver? The light rail/commuter rail is convenient and provides a nice trip to downtown for sports and dining and shows.

That's where we used to live for 28 years and liked it very much. Then we moved to Fort Collins for a year, then retired to New Mexico.
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Old 08-21-2020, 08:13 PM   #22
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I have loved CO every time I have visited. Even though I don't like winter, I'd have to say there are few things more beautiful than snow in the Rockies. One thing I would suggest (only suggest) is to consider that Colorado, like many other states HAS changed (culturally, politically, economically etc. - 'nuff said') in the past few years. Also, I'm just guessing it's WAY different than most of TX, heh, heh. Just be certain you know what you are getting into before you put down roots. We visited our adopted state a dozen times before moving. Even then, the changes came close to making us rethink our move. We've gotten past that now. Now, I just ignore the things I neither like nor can do anything about here in Paradise. YMMV as always.

Oh, and if I DID consider CO, I would look at Estes Park. Close enough to (and far enough away from) Denver. NO idea of the costs. Just thinking as a permanent tourist, if you know what I mean.
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We recently bought a lot to park our motorhome for the summer in a mountain community between Gunnison and Montrose. Up in the mountains at 9600', it is remote but most of the cabins and other RV lots are retirees and very friendly. An hour to either Gunnison or Montrose and 2 hours to Grand Junction. A nice place to get away from the heat, humidity, and hurricanes here in south Louisiana.
And once things open back up there are lots of beautiful areas we will explore.
Maybe not the OP's desires but we like it.
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Manitou Springs is just west of the Springs--cant really tell where CS ends and MS begins bc they are contiguous-- and is a popular tourist area, for its Natural springs and old town vibe (great little shops and restaurants). Also nestled in the foot of the mountains, so great views with an added bonus of being walkable.
I was in CS last June, and drove thru MS out to Garden a couple of times. Retail pot isn't legal in CS - only medical, but it is full on retail in MS, and when you drive from one to the other you can tell. The main road in MS had several pot shops and lots of "420 friendly" airbnb signs. So it seems the MS tourism now is very specific.

Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I could for sure now tell where CS ends and MS begins!
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Estes Park has now become so crowed that many local people are very unhappy. We get a million visitors a month during high season in a town of 7,500. Hiking trails very crowded. Have to get a reservation to get into the national park. I know several locals who have either left or are thinking about it, including myself. In addition, Colorado politics are changed substantially. As the long term residents here say “ we are becoming mini California “ and that is not a compliment!
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Estes Park has now become so crowed that many local people are very unhappy. We get a million visitors a month during high season in a town of 7,500. Hiking trails very crowded. Have to get a reservation to get into the national park. I know several locals who have either left or are thinking about it, including myself. In addition, Colorado politics are changed substantially. As the long term residents here say “ we are becoming mini California “ and that is not a compliment!
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Grand Junction, Colorado Springs and Durango are all nice, but I would prefer to live in Ouray or Pagosa Springs. I like the smaller towns, but if I were OP, I would take a look at Durango before Grand Junction and Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs is too big and busy.
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Grand Junction, Colorado Springs and Durango are all nice, but I would prefer to live in Ouray or Pagosa Springs. I like the smaller towns, but if I were OP, I would take a look at Durango before Grand Junction and Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs is too big and busy.
For a population somewhere in between, I think Glenwood Springs (pop. 10K) is a nice town.
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For a population somewhere in between, I think Glenwood Springs (pop. 10K) is a nice town.
Indeed. I pulled over for gas there a couple times, toured the downtown. Very nice.
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Since you're looking for someplace to "hole up" for the pandemic, why not multiple short term rentals? Check out the different areas. It is so easy to do these days

We rented in Denver for a year before buying. In that year, we checked out the various neighborhoods & towns around Denver to determine where we wanted to live.

We love living here in Colorado. Check out the weather though - our summers are short &, of late, very hot & dry. Winters can range from mild to downright frigid, but there are always nice days thrown in. I've bicycled & hiked every month of the year.
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For a population somewhere in between, I think Glenwood Springs (pop. 10K) is a nice town.
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Indeed. I pulled over for gas there a couple times, toured the downtown. Very nice.
I know of one guy who stayed there permanently.
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Frankly I think you would love Kitsap County. We lived on Banbridge Island for many years. You have choices, Bainbridge is very 'upscale suburban' with lots of Seattle commuters, Pulsbo is a fun town that tries to be a taste of Norway, Bremerton is a Navy town with lots of Navy families, retirees and health services - housing is cheaper there. There is nothing to compare to a dentist who retired from caring for submariners. I adored my dentist. Peninsula Hearing is fantastic, it is owned by a gal who not only has been hard of hearing since childhood but she is a PHD Audiologist. She matched my husband with aids that met his needs. Oh, and the Kitsap County Library is superb. If you need a book from the Seattle Public Library they can arrange it.

If you live on Bainbridge Island and need emergency care air ambulance to a Seattle hospital is a community service.

I agree with the suggestion that you rent for a year in each community BUT moving costs real $.

Although we don't live there any more I don't expect you will find Covid19 deniers or folks who won't wear a mask in Kitsap County. For one thing they won't be permitted on the ferries.
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For a population somewhere in between, I think Glenwood Springs (pop. 10K) is a nice town.
Glenwood Springs is indeed very nice. It would be my choice in Colorado if I ever moved back. My old bones miss the Vapor Caves.
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I was in CS last June, and drove thru MS out to Garden a couple of times. Retail pot isn't legal in CS - only medical, but it is full on retail in MS, and when you drive from one to the other you can tell. The main road in MS had several pot shops and lots of "420 friendly" airbnb signs. So it seems the MS tourism now is very specific.

Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I could for sure now tell where CS ends and MS begins!
I need to start hanging out more in Manitou where you can climb the Incline and then light one up for a rocky mountain high...did not notice all the pot stores when I went thru there, but I'm rather ignorant about the pot craze as my teenagers keep telling me
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Lived in Colorado for much of three decades and still have friends and family there.

It's all trade-offs and I'm not clear on your priorities. The entire Front Range from Ft. Collins to Colorado Springs has very heavy traffic these days - and not just on weekdays or in the summer. You couldn't pay me to live in Boulder (where I lived for the better part of two decades) anymore, despite its incredible amenities.

Manitou Springs is indeed a gem of a place and while it is inundated with tourists on summer weekends it's fine on weekdays and the hiking and biking are excellent. More or less the Boulder of Colorado Springs (for good or ill, depending on your preferences or politics).

Cañon City an hour away from the Springs has the mildest climate in the state and incredible biking and hiking. 15,000 population, very conservative, just OK restaurants but a nice pace of life for retirement (for many).

On the Western Slope I recommend looking at Grand Junction and in some of the nearby wine country and also possibly Paonia.
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The entire Front Range from Ft. Collins to Colorado Springs has very heavy traffic these days
Even when I lived there in the 70s, people spoke of the developing megalopolis of "Fort Pueblo". That vision continues to evolve.
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Continued thanks all!

I think I've eliminated Grand Junction & Durango because I now realize it's important to me to be able to get back to DFW within a day of driving. The I-25 corridor South of Denver should meet that requirement in most any weather.

My next move is not my forever move. In fact, I'm thinking of a 6-month lease. I don't think I'm ready to go full nomad. Having to move every month or two doesn't currently appeal to me. But maybe I'll think more on it; I *do* want to keep the ability to move easily once I get out of this house. (Not collect lots of stuff.)


I'm not yet sure how comfortable I am with smaller cities. I was ready to move to Kitsap pre-pandemic (but it's too far now), and the county population is 250k, and it's close to Seattle, so I'll use that as a rough guide for now. Colorado Springs area feels like a comfortable next step being ~half mil and close to Denver, but I'll still look around the general I-25 corridor.
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.... In addition, Colorado politics are changed substantially. As the long term residents here say “ we are becoming mini California “ and that is not a compliment!
Having heard that comment my entire life, I must say, I have never heard it said so kindly before!
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Estes Park has now become so crowed that many local people are very unhappy. We get a million visitors a month during high season in a town of 7,500. Hiking trails very crowded. Have to get a reservation to get into the national park. I know several locals who have either left or are thinking about it, including myself. In addition, Colorado politics are changed substantially. As the long term residents here say “ we are becoming mini California “ and that is not a compliment!
The last time I was in Estes Park was about 30 years ago. The first time was in 1960 while I was spending the summer at Camp San Malo. I thought it was a great place. I remember going to the historic Park Theater a few times. I would walk the sidewalk to buy roasted corn on the cob at a small stand between some buildings and visit an arcade to play skee ball. As much as I would like I won't be going back. I will relive the memories instead. That seems to be the case for many places I have lived and/or visited in the past.


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Estes Park has now become so crowed that many local people are very unhappy. We get a million visitors a month during high season in a town of 7,500. Hiking trails very crowded. Have to get a reservation to get into the national park. I know several locals who have either left or are thinking about it, including myself. In addition, Colorado politics are changed substantially. As the long term residents here say “ we are becoming mini California “ and that is not a compliment!
Two former co-workers bought there. One is full time the other just uses some off season time on their house. I'm glad we didn't, too many people for me.
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