Buying a home west of Idaho Springs.

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by airjammer, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. airjammer

    airjammer Montana, SLC, Grand Junction, currently Houston

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    Working out of Golden, travel a lot...need sanctuary not suburbs....
    Thoughts?
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  2. neepuk

    neepuk Such a drag...

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    Evergreen! I have friends there and absolutely love that town. Close to everything with a mountain town feel.
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  3. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to asphalt!

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    I would not want to have to deal w/ I-70 daily in order to get to/from work.
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  4. Blakebird

    Blakebird Solo Backwardo

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    :nod

    that would suck the life out of sanctuary in no time
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  5. Osprey!

    Osprey! a.k.a. Opie

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    Coal creek canyon might be a better option. Eldorado Springs might have interesting choices.

    How far are you willing to commute?

    The big issue is that inventory is at record lows.
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  6. Rodzilla

    Rodzilla Little short for a Stormtrooper

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    This.

    Mon-Fri probably wouldn't be bad, but you'd have a traffic cluster F. on the weekends. Not just on I-70, but all the yahoos trying to get around I-70 by driving through town.

    Don't forget, starting next month they will be widening the Twin Tunnels. That means several blasts a day and 20-30 minute traffic stops. As we get farther into the summer, they will detour ALL eastbound traffic onto the frontage road around the tunnels for the duration. That will be a mess, at least for the summer.
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  7. DakarNick

    DakarNick Swabee

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    I did 114 miles per day from Lawson (Winter Park exit Hwy 40) to Parker via I-70 and C-470. Loved living up there, hated the drive.

    I'd rather do 70 than 25, that's for sure. Your drive wouldn't be as far as mine was, depending how far west of Idaho Springs you go.
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  8. Graywolf11

    Graywolf11 Lobo Loco Moto

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    Try looking up on the White Ranch / Golden Gate roads. A very pretty area, little traffic and a nice moto road to boot! :evil

    And I agree - I-70 sucks when its all jammed up.
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  9. Gitana

    Gitana A work in progress

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    I'd look around Gilpin. You could take 6 down the canyon. Nice properties, not too far from civilization.
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  10. wakewop

    wakewop Hucker

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    There are some great homes in the Lookout Mountain and Genesee area as well.
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  11. airjammer

    airjammer Montana, SLC, Grand Junction, currently Houston

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    I found a couple places in St. Mary's. Genesse is not in my budget.
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  12. DakarNick

    DakarNick Swabee

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    Have you been up there in the winter? :huh
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  13. warejn

    warejn n00b

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    Have you looked at Conifer? Easy commute and a good place.
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  14. cabezagrande

    cabezagrande magically delicious

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    I am a highly biased fan of the mountains. I make it to the airport faster than people who live in Littleton and downtown Denver faster than the Highlands Ranch crowd and my backyard is full of elk and not other houses (plus no city taxes).

    Weather is 10 degrees colder than DEN year round--and we get about 3 feet more snow. Winter is tougher than down the hill, but we have competent snow removal and drivers. The weather is great the other parts of the year and we don't need AC.

    Don't know your price range, but $$ wise Evergreen in Clear Creek county is not too bad (JeffCo Evergreen is spendy) and as noted above Gilpin has some cool stuff as well.

    Hope you find a great spot.
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  15. ktmdoc

    ktmdoc Been here awhile

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    We have a 4 bedroom 2 bath hot tub on 1 acre in Conifer. Our tenants are moving out in April. The house is available for rent and possibly for sale. What are you looking for? PM me for details if interested.
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  16. eorstail

    eorstail Rides SUPr FAst thru PuDDles

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    I live in Evergreen, "cheap seats" in JeffCo, near Elk Meadow Open Space Park, about 7 min from the I-70 offramp. ClearCreekCty Evergreen, as someone suggested, could easily add 15 min+ to your commute if past the lake. Beaver Brook/Soda Creek area is part CCC, part JeffCo and puts U closer to I-70, but not sure of home prices there. There are definitely some decent under 300K homes around here if U look. Kittridge also another close to Evergreen location seems to be "affordable" but add <10 min from my location.

    I commuted to/from Lakewood which was very do-able at 25-30 min, unless really bad weather or an accident. Golden commute, ie to JeffCo Courthouse area, only 20 min!

    Idaho Springs travel would be similar to travel from ClearCreekCty Evergreen but expect homes cheaper priced than Evergreen. Commute would be all I-70 from IS, couple places along the way that can back up just a little. Worked in homecare and traveled through I-70 corridor from EG to IS and all through to Georgetown, and also Blackhawk, Central City.

    Put in perspective, I know what it's like to sit in bumper to bumper in SoCalif, first gear for miles... so my CO commute was easy-peasy. And the scenic views are still awesome 10 years later. I tell myself it's time to move when I fail to notice the beautiful scenery that I drive through.

    So the I-70 commute not so bad... UNLESS u r having to travel with ski traffic. For weekends, consider the time of day--IS to Golden (going East) in AM is against ski traffic so it's fine... likewise Golden to IS heading West on a Sunday afternoon/eve ok. But reverse that, and yuck. Getting close to LA weekday traffic.

    Good luck with ur search. OK to PM me if need arises.
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