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Thinking About Moving to Colorado #4386413 04/22/17 08:18 PM
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I've lived in central California for almost all of my life and it's time for a change. I'm interviewing for a job in the Denver area next week. My wife's parents currently live there but are moving soon we also have a few friends in that area. Last time I moved any distance everything I owned fit in my pickup, now I've got to move a family and a house full of stuff.

Any tips on moving or thoughts on Denver?


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Re: Thinking About Moving to Colorado [Re: tom slick] #4386417 04/22/17 08:24 PM
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Pay someone else to do it. Get rid of any junk you don't need.


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Re: Thinking About Moving to Colorado [Re: tom slick] #4386419 04/22/17 08:26 PM
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Iirc, Denver scored near (or at) the bottom of home affordability vis a vis income. Nice city, beautiful setting but turning really expensive.

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Originally Posted By: Danh
Iirc, Denver scored near (or at) the bottom of home affordability vis a vis income. Nice city, beautiful setting but turning really expensive.

Sounds like the Central California Coast as well. Beautiful but expensive. Should be a seamless transition.


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Re: Thinking About Moving to Colorado [Re: JavierG] #4386442 04/22/17 08:53 PM
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I lived there years ago so you should be fine if change is what you are looking for along with some beautiful scenery. I enjoyed the time we were there and always looked at that area as home away from home.

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Re: Thinking About Moving to Colorado [Re: Danh] #4386457 04/22/17 09:10 PM
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Originally Posted By: Danh
Iirc, Denver scored near (or at) the bottom of home affordability vis a vis income. Nice city, beautiful setting but turning really expensive.

Real estate in the Denver area is actually less expensive than where I live now. I can buy a newer and larger home for less than what my current home will sell for. There are also significantly more job opportunities there. The central coast of California isn't the most expensive area in Calif but it is one of the least affordable. It's a great place to live but there are not a lot of well paying jobs and the cost of living is high. Median home price here is $440k and the average salary is $44k. Denver is $377k and $60k.


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Lived in Denver metro area since 1996 ... really enjoy living here. Housing is expensive, but since you are coming from California, I don't think there will be much sticker shock. As for your statement regarding median house price and $377k, obviously, that will really depend upon which neighborhood you select. If you pick an area like Greenwood Village, $377k won't get you much, but if you move further out or pick a different area/neighborhood, you will be fine. Plenty of choices and a great climate, you will enjoy it.


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I think at this point there are enough ex-Californians in Denver that you're going to find it to be an easy transition.

I had pondered a move there myself for work last year, but I'm coming from a state with.. well let's just say it isn't California, so I wasn't too thrilled with the social and political landscape of Colorado.

But more power to you, my friend. Good luck with the move.

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Lack of an ocean would be a non starter for myself.

Denver is a massive sprawl and can be many things.

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What about the weather differences? Do you snow ski?


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Re: Thinking About Moving to Colorado [Re: tom slick] #4386581 04/23/17 05:44 AM
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Good luck with job interview, hopefully your wife and kids don't mind moving (new school, friends, etc..).

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Snow is an adjustment, around here snow is something you see on TV or you go visit for a few hours.

I live 45 min from the ocean, I haven't been to it in well over a year. We aren't beach people. I like mountains and Colorado has plenty of that.

Our criteria was to find somewhere with more job opportunities, reasonable housing, near a large city, and move out of the "desert" but still live in the "west." We considered Oregon and Washington also.


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I can tell you that it's hard to find a decent house for under $450 these days in CO. Our roads here were not set up for the droves of people that we now have and traffic is a mess. But coming from CA, I'm sure your used to traffic.




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Traffic will be an adjustment no matter where we move.

I live in a rural area where grape vines and cattle are the top industries. The entire county's population is about 260k people, my town is 25k.


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Yes, from that life it will be an adjustment...

What type of work Tom?




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