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Old 02-04-2007   #1
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Where to move in CO?

If one wanted to find the best location to buy some land and build a house in Colorado considering...

access to rivers
land cost

where would they go???? I want to be in the mountains not in the plains. Skiing not important. Boating/Hiking a priority.


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Old 02-04-2007   #2
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the cost varies considerably from place to place. you might have to let us know your max land+house cost before you get an answer.

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buena vista/salida
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Old 02-04-2007   #4
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Glenwood Springs/Carbondale/Aspen area.
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Old 02-04-2007   #5
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Since everyone has a different idea on "atmosphere/locale/locals", maybe you could give us a little more detail on what you are looking for.
Like everywhere else, the farther away you get from the "action", the cheaper land will be.
If I were going to move from the front range, which may happen in the near future, I would look south of I70 and well west of I25
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Old 02-05-2007   #6
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In terms of atmosphere, I am looking for an open minded area, but I am not a socialist. I dig freedom, responsibility, respect, etc.

Ideally we would be 1/2 to 1 hour out of "town" so we could be relatively alone with decent access to daily resources.

Selling my current home etc. but I can't buy a $500k property around Vail or anything like that.

I prefer alpine atmosphere to high desert, but money talks.

I was eying the areas between Salida and Vail along 24. Seemed out of the way, but close enough to get groceries, land is moderately priced. I'm not afraid of passes, off grid, snow, etc. Would rather have 35 acres than 4, but prob willing to spend 200k on land if we can sell our current stuff. This area seemed to be pretty central to all drainages. I was eying Red Cliff, even though this is a small lot town.

My sister lives in eagle-vail and I am fairly familiar with this area, but not every back road etc.

I am a timber framer/post and beamer so I would want to be just the right distance from those that would hopefully hire me, but I could not afford to live in most of my clients neighborhoods.

Currently solid class III in my kayak and class IV+ in my raft and moving up on both.

I will be in the state for a few weeks in the end of may early June to boat if anyone has any suggestions, feel free. Yes, I have books and have looked at many of the rivers, but local beta is still awsome.

Moving Spring '08. Buying land sooner.

Appreciate the feedback.

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check out saint mary's glacier.
land there is ridiculously cheap. we just bought an acre lot for 12K which has incredible views to 14ers ranging from mt evans to greys/torreys and is bordered by a stream whose noise is incredibly soothing- and we are in the process of building on it.
its 9 miles off of I-70, and the land is at about 10,000 feet, so it's definitely alpine- winters are quite harsh, and it never made it above 80 degrees last summer. but its stunningly beautiful.
land is starting to sell a bit more actively- as michael coors just bought the property upon which the old ski area sits, and has plans to revive it. you'd then have a small ski area in your back yard throughout the winter (and even perhaps part of the "summer"!), and you are 9 miles from great boating on clear creek- about an hour to denver.
we're excited to be moving there for the same reasons it sounds like you might be after, so i thought i'd throw it out there...
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My wife and I bought 5 acres just on the east side of Rabbit Ears Pass last July. It was 43K, is in a gated community, and HUGE recreational opportunity area.

At 25 minutes to Steamboat, 25 minutes to Kremling, we have Gore, and all that the Yampa provides (Fish Creek, Town, Elk etc) all within a half hour. Big South is about 40 minutes...

Plus if you are into dirt biking/snowmobiling, it's hard to find a beter source of access beyond maybe CB/Salida.

The area is called Rabbit Ears Village ( and it's REALLY beautiful... Can't say enough about it. We looked for a year and half before something we wanted popped up on the market. You can get lots for as cheap as 3 acres for 15K, but they don't have trees...
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body. But rather...To skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming... WOW !!!! What a ride!!!!!!"
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Keep in mind that the I70 traffic to and from Denver, on the weekends, is a huge pain the a$$ and it's only getting worse. I have friends that live up by bth's place and it is beautiful. I just don't think I could stomach the traffic wows.
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