1. Lost in the world

    Lost in the world Long timer

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    Just returned from the Durango-Silverton area of Colorado and enjoyed it greatly. In fact started pondering pulling up stakes from the great white north called Minnesota and relocating in that general area. Given a 5 day vacation is a far cry from living somewhere, but intrigued enough to begin investigating the possibilities. Retired, so work is not an issue. What can the collective tell me about the winters, cost of living, and general vibe of the area? Thanks in advance.
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  2. oldwyomingdude

    oldwyomingdude Rider Supporter

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    You might also post this question in the Rocky Mountain Regional forum
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  3. Lost in the world

    Lost in the world Long timer

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    Thanks for the suggestion.
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  4. Lost in the world

    Lost in the world Long timer

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    Mentioned in inmates section I have interest in a possible move to the Durango Colorado area. Any thoughts and advice would be appreciated regarding cost of living, winter harshness, and general quality of life. Retired and currently in Mn. Thanks in advance.
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  5. Bad Wolf

    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    Crazy pricy and crowded in town. Some snow, pretty mild weather overall.

    Lots or college chicks to ogle. Most of the conveniences of large towns and great riding right around area and nearby. Far from major airports though so if you like travel, you'll need to take a puddle jumper or plan a day trip to get to nearest major airports.

    Overall, it's very nice to visit...touristy, but I wouldn't want to live there.

    What kinds of things are you wanting for a retirement city?
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  6. MountainsandRivers

    MountainsandRivers loves dirty things!

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    I've always liked the vibe in Durango. I could just as easily live there vs Telluride where I have been for twenty years. More moderate climate that mountain towns since it is on the edge of the desert, which also lends itself to a variety of activities. It's popular, so not cheap, but if you don't want to live right downtown, there are more affordable options.
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  7. Lost in the world

    Lost in the world Long timer

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    Thank you for your reply. It is appreciated. I also posted as suggested in the proper regional forum.
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  8. Cuchulainn

    Cuchulainn Y.Me Supporter

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    If I was going to move to that general vicinity, I would probably look at Montrose or Hotchkiss. Neither or as touristy or as pricey and still in the thick of some great riding.
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  9. Lost in the world

    Lost in the world Long timer

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    I do not want a retirement community feeling. After working in geriatric care for 40+ years, even though I fit the category at 71, am less tolerant of seniors than I should be! Florida drives me to distraction because of the crowds and blue haired drivers! Don't play golf, like my GSA, and have had my ass full of 6 ft of snow every winter. Coming from a college town I enjoy what that environment offer...beside the obvious scenery benefits! Don't mind the tourist hassle, but am not comfortable with traffic and human congestion. Being out of town is ok, thinking a budget of $350-400k for housing. Thanks for the reply.
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  10. FatChance

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    We moved out of Durango in 2016 after 20 years there. It is a beautiful part of Colorado. I grew up in Minnesota a long time ago and Durango winters still get cold (some winter nights below zero) and snowy (5' to 8' many years) like where I came from but the sun shines over 300 days a year. Still, the area has about the best real four season climate we have found.

    We left because it got very crowded with a lot of traffic for a city that size. Everything is relative, but that was our perception. Real estate and living expenses are high because of the rich Californians and Texans who cashed out and moved to SW Colorado in droves. The city area is physically contained so the city get very crowded and expands off to the east. The exodus has contained too many people who didn't like where they came from but want to change Durango to be more like where they came from than the way it was when they got there.

    We have a lot of friends there and still visit every time we can. I always wonder if new residents from elsewhere getting there now think of it as a crowded, expensive place like we do or think it is a great, undiscovered place because they never knew what it used to be like?

    At any rate, the west is running out of great places...
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  11. Lost in the world

    Lost in the world Long timer

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    Just for the giggles I looked at some housing examples on Realtor. Com. Wow, talk about a reality check! Prices are shocking compared to local values. Sigh, unless a lottery win is in my future I guess I will stay put! And you are correct the west is running out of affordable places to reside. Thanks again for your insights.
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  12. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, old & slow

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    But the summer traffic is horrible.
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  13. Lost in the world

    Lost in the world Long timer

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    Mods I have moved the discussion to the Rocky Mountain sub form. To prevent duplication of replies please feel free to close this thread. Thank you again for all the responses.
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  14. papa_j

    papa_j Long timer

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    Everyone should move to Colorado.
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  15. Boricua

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    Montrose and Hotchkiss are two and a half, three hours away from Durango.

    If you are looking at the four corners you might look at Cortez and Mancos to the west. Not nearly as desirable. However, a lot cheaper.
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  16. Cuchulainn

    Cuchulainn Y.Me Supporter

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    Well 1.5 (Montrose) to 2 hours (Hotchkiss), but I think maybe you responded to the wrong poster? I am definitely not looking at 4 corners and definitely not Cortez or Mancos :)
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  17. Sir Denis Eton-Hogg

    Sir Denis Eton-Hogg Tap into America

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    Everyone has.......
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  18. atokad

    atokad wan⋅der⋅lust

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    Pfft, it has only just begun. 1M people from 2010 to 2018 and the prairie down south (Castle Rock & Parker) has just started to really explode. The Northern corridor up in your neck 'o the woods can expand 100 miles to the East if it needs to. Think the LA area and valleys just spread out on the prairie. I travel to LA for work and when I ask my work colleague how long to get from here to there he says, just figure 10 mins per mile. Not always that bad, but 7-8 mins per mile is pretty common. Colorado of the future? Hope I don't have to experience that! :baldy
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  19. Omi

    Omi Out of step

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    You can get a lot more for your money if you look closer to Bayfield. Everyone wants to live in town were everything is convenient, but you are going to pay a premium. If I didn't have a young kid, I would trade my tiny little in town shitbox for something nice with land 20-30 minutes from here.
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    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    Everyone did, that's what destroyed it for the locals. "The pool is over FULL"!!!!!!!!!!
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