Grand Junction Colorado... Who lives there or is familiar with the place???

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  1. Barry

    Barry Just Beastly

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    Hi... Wife and I stumbled upon Grand Junction as a possible retirement location. We are into road and mountain biking, hiking, outdoors, good food, and art and other culture. For me personally I'm very concerned about cycling, but also that we are living in an area near good road motorcycling and off-road motorcycling.

    We checked out the web page, did some research on cost of living, etc. Never been there (yet).

    Options are to move there and retire, or move there sooner and take a pay cut to live, work, and play in a very nice environment, not on the east coast with traffic, and urgency.

    So, who has first hand experience with Grand Junction, love to hear from you in this thread.

    Regards,
    Barry
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  2. badge502

    badge502 Been here awhile

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    I moved here about three years ago... Nice place... Housing/land is pretty spendy. There are a bunch of smaller "towns" that are around GJ... Fruita, Palisade, Clifton, Loma, Mack. Each one is a little different and has a unique vibe to it.

    Not many jobs out here that pay anything, so if you need to continue working... Its gonna be pretty tough.

    You'd like Fruita, based on what you said you like... They are trying to be the outdoor sports mecca of the US, and seem to be doing a great job at it.

    Do what I did... Come out here for a few days and just go from from one area to the next and see if it fits. I think the best part is, you want to ski and do mountain sports (Maybe not yet since it hasn't snowed much yet) go east. Want desert stuff, super , go west. If you want to know anything specific, shoot me a PM.

    There is also Montrose out this way too.
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  3. FatChance

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    It is a nice place and fits all of your requirements. Good climate, lots of riding opportunities, easy access to a lot of great places.
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    Thanks... I should have added we definitely want to get out that way for a week or so to see GJ and surrounding towns. Wife and I snow ski, have 4WD vehicles, etc, in addition to what I put in the original post.

    Quality food, art, music, culture, all are important to us. The sales pitch for businesses was strong on the GJ web site, but it did not mention jobs specifically or what industries are there. I own a gov't consulting/contracting company now, small one, and starting a business is not what I would want to do, but I'd be open to working for a someone else, preferably doing something I enjoy, that I'd otherwise pay to do, not sure that exists there.
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  5. Boricua

    Boricua Been here awhile

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    Bonus. Palisades just east is Colorado wine country and the state's fruit basket. I believe some of the best if not the best riding is south and north of it. Afaik about the economy. GJ have struggle to diversify out of extractive industries and its boom and bust cycles. Still, I believe its a great place.

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  6. MountainsandRivers

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    Great location, fits most of your list. I don't know if it would qualify with high marks for food and art, but the little downtown section is cool. Fruita really has a fun vibe, as mentioned.
    Skiing is about 45 mins away at Powderhorn, or a few hours drive gets you Telluride, Aspen, Vail..
    Lots of good road riding and lots of good offroad.
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    jwrover Been here awhile

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    Look at some of the neighborhoods close to Colorado National Monument.
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    Just do it Barry, you'll love it here.
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  9. darmahman

    darmahman "Illogically Deluded"

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    Move there and in 6 months you’ll kick yourself for waiting so long to decide.
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  10. Barry

    Barry Just Beastly

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    Duuuuuuuude !!!!!!

    How are you?
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  11. Omi

    Omi 0o0o0o

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    Loving life! Been here for six years. The Western Slope would suit you well.
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  12. FatChance

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    Wait, culture? Move to GJ for a great 4 season climate, tons of outdoor recreational opportunities, great access to the desert and mountains and a slower pace of life. But culture? I don't think anyone would rate culture very high there. Try Aspen... :dunno
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    Not that much culture!
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  14. zgfiredude

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    I agree with all that's been said so far. I relocated to GJ two years ago from the "culture" of Aspen. Best thing I ever did.

    Oh, I went for a 3 hour big bike ride today as it was a bit over 60 degrees....just sayin.
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  15. Barry

    Barry Just Beastly

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    Jesus I need to move. I will ring you.
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    zgfiredude RMAR

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    Message me if you have any questions!
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  17. Barry

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    Will do. Thanks very much.
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  18. toslow

    toslow Been here awhile

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    Aspen?....is that in Colorado?
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  19. zgfiredude

    zgfiredude RMAR

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    No, not really................beautiful place if you go in the off season. The other times, meh.
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    badge502 Been here awhile

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    Here's something I did before moving here... Fire up Zillow.com , and check out houses for sale... That will give you an idea of what the housing market is here. Also, be advised... The people taking pictures of houses work magic with their cameras! I saw some houses that were perfect, until I pulled up in front of them. You might want to line up a real estate guy should you plan a trip out here. Let them know what your looking for, and they can look around for places in your price range or requirements. I came out here twice and my wife once looking at houses. I found the house we're living in on Zillow just as I was leaving town... If you find something you like and want to check an address, check out the County Assessor's website , you can get a LOT of info there, along with aerial photos... (check out your possible neighbors!), school locations, etc...
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