Skip to comments.Nice places to live in Colorado?
Posted on 05/08/2006 4:41:15 PM PDT by jwb0581
Hey guys and gals, do any of you live in or know of a good place to live in Colorado? Such as, low crime rate, mountains, mid-sized city?
Try Parker or Centenniel, both are near Denver and are really nice bedroom communities. They're quiet, family-oriented areas.
Salida, Canon City, Montrose.
Of course, it's a big state..........are you thinking of the Front Range?
anywhere that's not New Jersey!!!
Oh yea, I forgot, that is not a real Colorado town....
I grew up in Colorado Springs, home of the Air Force Academy. It was a long time ago but I remember it as a great place to live.
Boulder is beautiful but quite expensive.
Steamboat Springs? That would give you access to the mountans, plenty of hiking, skiing, rodeos, and the price range isn't astronomical.
Depends on what you're looking for and what you consider mid-sized. Steamboat has about 10,000 residents.
If you want to go larger, Colorado Springs is more mid-sized and has mountains not far off. It's a bit more suburban.
Should add that while 10,000 residents doesn't sound like much, they do have a lot more amenities/shopping there than you might otherwise expect given the ski resorts.
I second Colorado Springs, especially the north end of town near Black Forest and Monument. I really depends on what you are looking for, how much money you have, and who you want to live near.
Didn't it become known that Boulder is uber-liberal and that the police force and DA's office there aren't too competent during the JonBenet Ramsey case?
Spontaneous and honest, I like that! ; )
Yea, but it sure is pretty.
I lived in Colorado Springs for 3 years, it was a great place to live.
Grand Junction was a charming place when I stayed there while visiting Colorado National Monument.That was back in 1976 so it could have changed since then.
Take money, the Californians got there in the late 80's.
I second Canon City, Salida or Montrose. I am considering retiring somewhere in Fremont county.
Rifle, CO is a nice place. I left the gas cap to my dad's truck there once.
Steamboat is a bit more sophisticated than Craig. That's good or bad depending on your perspective. If you can't put up with the tourists and aren't interested in skiing, Craig is your place. If you like to shop or ski, go with Steamboat.
A lot of people talk about moving to Colorado but they don't realize what it's like having the snow start in September and go on through May. If you're not used to it and/or aren't a skier it can be hard to deal with. The weather is a lot more of what most people are used to east of the Front Range than back in the interior.
And very expensive.
I lived in Colorado Springs for 22 years. It's too damned big now...just another Orange Country (CA) without the adjoining cities.
I'm partial to Golden, CO...there's this really nice brewery there.
Lite rail coming soon. That would bring you to downtown Denver for a low price and a quick trip. No parking worries either.
Lafayette. Just east of Boulder. Very nice and my cousin will sell you a nice new home he built for $287K.
Start out first in Leadville and see how you like it.
Now yer talkin!
"there's this really nice brewery there"
I live near Golden. Nice city and the brewery you meant was probably "Golden City brewery" on 12th street. "The second largest brewery in Golden." (expensive place to buy a house, though.)
Monument...commutable to either Denver or CS though it has grown tremendously over the last three years and the infrastructure hasn't caught up yet. Black Forest is my favorite, but I can't afford to live there!!
I want you all to know I am researching every city name being posted. You guys are a big help.
If anyone else knows of a nice place, post away!
Grand Junction hands down is the best choice. Large enough to not drive you nuts, small enough to enjoy. Lots of space. Need more parameters to give further advice.
If you like oil, Rifle, CO is gorgeous this time of year. Mosquito pass is very nice in winter.
(I found your gas cap and sold it on e-bay)
I loved Golden when I visited a few years back. I suspected that it would be a pricey place to live! Hey but I live in the NO Va. burbs and Golden CO beats this pricey place to live hands down.
Try East Tincup.
Grand Junction near the Utah border off of I-70. Short distance to red rock deserts and apsen, vail and telluride. About 4 to 5 hours from Denver. Has a local university, malls, and nice western feel. It also has a some of the most beautiful geological formations on the western slope. I had a friend who lived their and house backed up to the Colorado National Monument. On a 3 day weekend you can ski on lake mead or ski on the slopes of Aspen.
Another town I would love to move to is St. George, Utah. I drove through this city on a trip from Denver to Las Vegas a few years ago and fell in love with it. It is just north of the Arizona border on I-15. I hear it is thriving and growing town.
Colorado Springs is Conservative. Boulder is about the most Liberal town in Colorado.
Grand Junction is still a beautiful city. Has a more southwestern down home red state feel to.
Easier to say where to avoid
Inside Denver City limits and Aurora (with a few exceptions)
If you don't have a lot of money. Beware, you will have to learn to eat scenery as the natives say.
I've lived here all my life. Stay west of the divide. Avoid entire state if possible.
Eat scenery? Hmm, when is elk season? ;)
Then, if Leadville is too balmy or metropolitan for you, try Alamosa next. (Has held the title of the nation's icebox for decades) That will certainly give you a taste of Colorado winters, 9 months of winter and 3 of poor skiing. (I grew up a few miles from there. Couldn't wait to leave.)
We have been thinking of getting a place there too,,my husband skis six weeks a year and the travel is deadly.
What about Ft Collins? anybody? It is supposed to be a nice town from what I hear.
Also when your driving up from the Lyons its a beautiful drive. Driving over to Fort Collins can be a nice drive to.
I've thought practically everywhere in Colorado is scenic and exciting. You can find what you want there - you just have to explore to find your niche.
Ever been to Saddle River, NJ?
My wife and I stayed there for our honeymoon in 1972. Great ride through Rabbit Ears pass. We almost built a winter cabin in Estes Park.
Florence must be nice, a certain Mr. Moussiaou just signed on for a lifelong lease for a dreadfully small efficiency there.