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    Relocating to Colorado, what areas should I concentrate on?

    After having many MTB friends visit CO, and love it, and a few have even moved there. My lady and I would like to move (maybe). What areas should I look into? I'm a medical technologist, so I would need areas within an hour drive of medical facilities with laboratories for future career opportunities. We also hike, ski, and kayak, and are fitness oriented. We also like beer! Maybe that's a bit odd, but the occasional jaunt into town for some social time would be cool too. Oh, no kids, so schools aren't a consideration.
    Thanks.

    I know, some of you guys will say "stay where you are, we don't want any Easterners", but we're not the typical East Coast people.
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    Utah's nice.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Utah's nice.

    So is TEXAS ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klein_Christopher
    So is TEXAS ...
    Yeah! To the OP - you should strongly consider TX.

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    Hey, not from Texas or California. And no kids, likes bikes and beer. Crap dude, welcome to CO! I live in the southwestern end of Denver, not a suburb but still in the city. I can hop on hwy 285 and be at a lot of trails in 30 minutes. I'd say stay on the western side of the city and you'll be all set.

    My wife and I made a point to buy a house in the city of Denver. Cheaper taxes, free recycling and better water

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    Perhaps Loveland would afford some employment opportunities, with the Medical Center of the Rockies being there, along with all of its allied practices and labs.

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    Commerce City, Brighton, Thornton or if you are really fortunate maybe Fort Lupton!



















    Sorry my sarcasm has got the best of me this a.m. I'd move there if we lived in Bizarro world. As Ithnu implied, stay close to the mountains and you'll do fine most everywhere. And if you live in Loveland area you are near Darrin and PUSH. (oh, yeah and Squeeky Wheel )

    I used to live downtown in the Brooks Brothers (is BB still there) building and I had a sweet view of the Rockies with downtown life at my doorstep, that was nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bends But Doesn't Break
    Perhaps Loveland would afford some employment opportunities, with the Medical Center of the Rockies being there, along with all of its allied practices and labs.
    Good advice.......

    Within 25 miles of I-25 & Route 34 you have Medical Center of the Rockies, McKee Med Center, North Colorado Medical Center & Poudre Valley Hospital.
    “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

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    Manowar,

    Don't limit your thinking to the Front Range. The Grand Junction area has three hospitals so there should be work for you. You have some of Colorado's finest mtb trails within minutes (Lunch Loops, 18 road, Kokopelli area etc.) And Moab is just 90 miles away.

    Bean

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    Loveland/Fort Collins area is the place to be.
    **** censorship

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    +1 for Fort Collins / Loveland

    medical facilities
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    no close skiing

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    Actually you sound like the same old east coasters. Drive an hour to work. Maybe if you said, "Ride" an hour to work. It's about being greener, and working and buying locally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dash
    Actually you sound like the same old east coasters. Drive an hour to work. Maybe if you said, "Ride" an hour to work. It's about being greener, and working and buying locally.
    Whoa.

    Those Easterners have been


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    I have to add another Loveland / Fort Collins vote

    While the rest of the US businesses are tanking, people always get sick, and N. CO has a booming Medical complex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manowar669
    After having many MTB friends visit CO, and love it, and a few have even moved there. My lady and I would like to move (maybe). What areas should I look into? I'm a medical technologist, so I would need areas within an hour drive of medical facilities with laboratories for future career opportunities. We also hike, ski, and kayak, and are fitness oriented. We also like beer! Maybe that's a bit odd, but the occasional jaunt into town for some social time would be cool too. Oh, no kids, so schools aren't a consideration.
    Thanks.

    I know, some of you guys will say "stay where you are, we don't want any Easterners", but we're not the typical East Coast people.

    No kids, I would say stay in city of Denver, depending on what you can afford, plat park, wash (washington) park, and bonnie brae are all awesome, the highlands is a bit more affordable with great access to downtown/Boulder/ and the Northern part of the city... Personally I am more of a suburbs guy but I have little ones so we like the the schools and big back yards

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    i hear sedalia is nice this time of the year

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    This is,literally,about the 20th thread i've read in the last few months about people moving here. And thats just on a ski and bike forum.It's flippin insanity. I-70 is gonna explode. Seriously,she's full!!! Other states have kickazz mountains too

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    If that many people are moving here, why aren't they buying houses

    Quote Originally Posted by Stinkyfan
    This is,literally,about the 20th thread i've read in the last few months about people moving here. And that's just on a ski and bike forum.It's flippin insanity.

    ??

    The builder that I've done 90% of my independent work for, as finish carpenter, has gone from 100-150 starts /yr 4 years ago to 1 start this year

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    In order> Ault, Limon, Windsor, Commerce City.
    Gone are the days we stopped to decide,
    Where we should go,
    We just ride...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jugdish
    In order> Ault, Limon, Windsor, Commerce City.
    Don't be a dick. Brush is SOOOOOOOO much better than those towns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stinkyfan
    I-70 is gonna explode. Seriously,she's full!!! Other states have kickazz mountains too
    Every time I drive I-70 it is near empty, you must be talking about the one time a week you have to sit in traffic in one direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChromedToast
    Every time I drive I-70 it is near empty, you must be talking about the one time a week you have to sit in traffic in one direction.
    Bingo. Traffic at a PREDICTABLE time every week.

    Easy enough to avoid.


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    If you think I-70 is bad only on Sundays and eastbound then i want what your smoking...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stinkyfan
    If you think I-70 is bad only on Sundays and eastbound then i want what your smoking...
    It's bad two times on Saturday and two times on Sunday. For a few hours.

    Rest of the 156 hours of the week - no traffic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Bingo. Traffic at a PREDICTABLE time every week.

    Easy enough to avoid.


    Except when some jerkov in an SUV decides to roll into a ditch
    the drugs made me realize it's not about the drugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Don't be a dick. Brush is SOOOOOOOO much better than those towns.
    Damn, you're right. In all fairness though, have you ever smelled Commerce City? Ahh, fresh Colorado air!!
    Gone are the days we stopped to decide,
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    Throwing another vote in for Commerce City. The best Colorado has to offer, all wrapped up in one great town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manowar669
    I'm a medical technologist, so I would need areas within an hour drive of medical facilities with laboratories for future career opportunities. We also hike, ski, and kayak, and are fitness oriented. We also like beer! Maybe that's a bit odd, but the occasional jaunt into town for some social time would be cool too.

    The foothills outside of the metro area suck. No riding, too many houses, elk in your way all the time, etc. I hate it here. Evergreen is as ghetto as it gets.

    Sometimes I find myself wanting to trade it all in to rent an apartment in Lakewood, work at 7-Eleven and walk my dog down West Colfax in a wife beater with my "old lady". But then I realize that it is not possible to have it all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onbelaydave
    ??

    The builder that I've done 90% of my independent work for, as finish carpenter, has gone from 100-150 starts /yr 4 years ago to 1 start this year

    Quality, not quantity, builders are having all the fun these days. Urban sprawl builders who essentially ruined the Front range with those hideous POS track developments can go back to whatever hole they crawled out of. If they weren't so greedy like Wall st. , they would still have a job.

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    Arvada, Wheat ridge, western lakewood, and Golden is a good start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stinkyfan
    This is,literally,about the 20th thread i've read in the last few months about people moving here. And thats just on a ski and bike forum.It's flippin insanity. I-70 is gonna explode. Seriously,she's full!!! Other states have kickazz mountains too
    You must not read the news. The Denver metro area is predicting a 30% growth by 2012.

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    Aurora!

    No one has mentioned the garden spot!

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    Anywhere except Colorado Springs.

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    WELCOME like you just in process of relocating from NYC area to the longmont loveland area. There a hospital in Longmont and plenty of stuff in boulder, and coming from the east coast you won't have culture shock.ENJOY there plenty of choices close by

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    www.city-data.com/forum

    Go to the CO then Denver forum....lots of good info there.

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    try longmont, or lyons, close to boulder for work, lots of local brewery's and excellent singletrack

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    Ok, I've decided not to be a dick and actually contribute.


    My vote is for Niwot. Close enough to Boulder for a decent commute to their health centers. Isolated enough to be away from annoying crowds. Cheap enough to actually afford to live there in a decent house. Most importantly, it is close to either Boulder or Lyons trails.

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    You guys have been suckered!

    10-29-2008

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    lulz

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    Somebody should make this a sticky!

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    van / river.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    You guys have been suckered!

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    DAMNIT TO HELL!!!!!

    Why would anyone bring back a dead thread about moving here? I do it only for the Mt. Dew thread in the AM forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndecentExposure View Post
    van / river / candy.

    *fixed

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