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Old 03-06-2008, 04:52 PM   #1
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Questions about Denver

Dear Warpath,

So my wife calls me at work and asks me if Id like to move to Denver. I've never been there. The situation is that her father has a job offer there that would be a much better arrangement for him. He doesn't want to separate the family and move away from his kids and grandkids, so he wants to know if everyone would pack up and go. I may like colorado, and have been wanting to move for a while, anyway.

Everyone has said yes except me, and if I don't go, they won't go. No pressure, right?

Problem is I don't know anything about Denver. (Except I hate the Broncos) Anyone know in what area I might find a house within a half hour of the city that I may get some land with relatively cheap?

Also, any insight on the economy or lifestyle would be appreciated.
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Old 03-06-2008, 05:38 PM   #2
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So what about your job, friends, life, etc?? Well I guess you want to move away but Denver isn't exactly your choice, kinda a forced option. Man I am not looking forward to marriage...

I don't really know anything about Denver, sorry to rant.
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From what I've heard, Denver is much like Manassas on a larger scale. However the outlying areas of Denver are great.
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When my wifes parents had to move to another state I looked at it as a break. It was even better when my wife wanted to go and vist them for several days. I'd just tell her I thought that was a great idea and hoped she had a great time. That left me all by myslef home alone. Well, not for long as it was really a time to call up my buddies and have some fun. We would go golfing in the morning then hit the boat and go fishing for a few hours then hit a few bars that are on the water. So help them pack and look sad as their pulling down the street and when your wife is not looking say he!! yea. Remember to encourage your wife to go and vist them when you know you cannot get off work to go. Heck, even buy her a plain ticket to show how much you love her. Guys do need some times to have fun.
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I think Jsarno was looking pretty seriously a while back, he must have a good idea.

All I know is that people say adapting to the altitude is a big adjustment
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I lived in Colorado Springs, ~1 hour south of Denver, for 3 years. I traveled to Denver to watch the Rockies, Nuggets and Broncos play a lot. I didn't particularly like Denver the city but I absolutely love Colorado. The weather will spoil you. The low humidity makes the the cold bearable. If you're in decent shape the acclimitization isn't so bad. I went from the Gulf Coast straight to CS, which is a 6,000 ft change in elevation.

In short, I say move there immediately.
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Dear Warpath,

So my wife calls me at work and asks me if Id like to move to Denver. I've never been there. The situation is that her father has a job offer there that would be a much better arrangement for him. He doesn't want to separate the family and move away from his kids and grandkids, so he wants to know if everyone would pack up and go. I may like colorado, and have been wanting to move for a while, anyway.

Everyone has said yes except me, and if I don't go, they won't go. No pressure, right?

Problem is I don't know anything about Denver. (Except I hate the Broncos) Anyone know in what area I might find a house within a half hour of the city that I may get some land with relatively cheap?

Also, any insight on the economy or lifestyle would be appreciated.
I LOVE Denver. That is a great city. It's clean, it's beautiful, there are a million things to do too. It's quietly one of the greatest cities in America, and I've been to all but 8 states.
The only problem is it's hard to find jobs there. There are a ton of people for each position that opens up. If you know you'll have jobs, then you should have no worries. The restaurants are great, the scenary is amazing, the people are nice, and everything is pretty centrally located.
Of course, there is traffic, but if you go a little early, you'll be fine. I travelled into the city from Centennial at 7:15am ish, and hit NO traffic. I also travelled in from Aurora around 7:15am ish and hit no traffic there too. I had a house picked out right around where I-70 and E-470 meet. You could see the city from the new developments, and there was nothing but new houses there. The houses are going anywhere from 200k-290k depending on size. The house I picked out was around 240k and BRAND NEW, 2100 sq ft. It was literally 3 minutes to the interstate, and from there around 15-20 minute commute into the heart of the city. I'd move there in a heartbeat if I could find jobs there...but it's a catch 22. They will only hire people that are local. I guess I just didn't have faith into finding a job right away if we quit our current jobs and moved there.
If you are familiar with large cities, this city is better. Washington DC is much more cluttered and violent. I like DC, but Denver is amazing. You won't be disappointed.
It takes a couple months to acclimated to the fact that it's a mile high (literally). I live around 3200 ft high now, and it took a little while to get adjusted, but it's not hard.
Centennial is nice, but it has more people than Aurora and is more expensive. (290k-350k) You can always take the train into the city if you live there, but my suggestion is aurora...the new section. There are some poor sections of Aurora, but they are the old part of the city that is closest to Denver. The outside is beatiful and full of life and money. It's worth it.
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I think Jsarno was looking pretty seriously a while back, he must have a good idea.

All I know is that people say adapting to the altitude is a big adjustment
That is true.
Coming from 0 ft above sea level to 3200 feet was an adjustment, but you get used to it and eventually liked it.

Here is a map of the denver area:
Map of Aurora, CO by MapQuest
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thanks. After speaking with the family last night, its up to me. We can either go to Denver, Tampa, or some city in Germany I have not enough interest in to learn the name. I'm actually leaning towards tampa. We will have a bit of a nest egg, and my wife is registered with several asset companies that are nationwide, so she can still get business, and I can always go back to being a greaseball lying sack of shit car salesman if I need some dough
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Tampa is nice... I'm headed to Clearwater tomorrow. Can't wait, forecast is for the mid to high 70's all week.
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I've been to Panama City Beach a couple of times as a kid, but havent been back. I'm going to do some research on the economy, but it looks like with the cash down we'll have we can get a nicer house there... maybe even a pool!
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Old 03-07-2008, 04:05 PM   #12
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Tampa...ahh, yes...Ybor City. Brings back some pleasant memories...
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I guess the question to ask is would you rather ski in the Rockies, or swim in the warm waters of the Gulf?

Here's a decent site, with different lists of how places rank in terms of housing, jobs, crime, etc.
Best Places to Live 2007 - Money Magazine

Oh yeah...Florida = no state income tax.
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Re: Questions about Denver

Tampa is a great place and right now is a GREAT time to buy real estate in certain parts of FL with the latest "market correction". Ybor City...wow, I get a headache just thinking about that place :-).

I have been to Denver several times as well and really liked it there. The views and people are very nice and the city is clean. I don't know about housing or the job market.

Denver and Tampa are two pretty good places if you have to pick up and move. Good luck with your decision!
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Well you will get to see the skins play once a year at our annual Tampa game.
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