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  •  ...Durango is one of those places... (8+ / 0-)

    ...which is great to live in if your young and outdoorsy, but can only rent or be in college. Quite a different thing to actually be able to buy something locally and be find someway to make enough income to pay the mortgage.

    I have a cousin who tried to do that and failed, so she ended up in Mancos. She now lives in Shiprock, NM.

    I still have some relatives by way of my grandfather's second wife, who live in the Durango, Cortez and Dolores area, but they come from people who actually settled the area way, way back after coming in covered wagons.

    One of those relatives was riding with the Wetherill Bros. when they discovered Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde while looking for lost cattle.  His name was Al Lancaster...

    Ignorance is bliss only for the ignorant. The rest of us must suffer the consequences.

    by paradise50 on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 09:51:04 AM PDT

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    •  You're right, (5+ / 0-)

      It is damn near impossible to find a job that pays enough to buy here. But if you buy near SF, pay for it for a few years while it goes up in value...then sell & move here, you're in much better shape.
      Many, many people work 2 or 3 jobs just so they can spend their days off mountain biking, hiking, skiing here. Low paying service jobs are common. But generally, folks are happy to be living here. You don't end up in Durango by accident-it's hard to get here....and sometimes hard to get out!

      Durango is currently seeing a lot of younger high tech types moving here & telecommuting. We have an airport that accommodates jets, so Denver is a 45 min flight away...In a lot of ways, it is a typical small town/Hooterville. BUT it has many things 99% of small towns don't. A growing economy, a symphony, GREAT restaurants, a College, a huge tourist industry, and a million things to do outdoors. Not a place to sit around inside all the time. The level of recreational fitness here is intimidating. You'll often see a pack of 30-50 cyclist racing down the road--in a town of 16k! Mountain biking reins supreme here, but you've got to be in excellent shape to ride up a 20% grade at 8000'. Sadly, I am not in THAT GOOD of shape.

      The better I know people, the more I like my dog.

      by Thinking Fella on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 10:12:53 AM PDT

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      •  ...everything you say is true... (3+ / 0-)

        ...Colorado ranks as the "fittest" and "least obese" state.

        And that Denver in 45 mins. commute is great. One day smileycreek and I may very well end up living in Denver. We are kinda always working towards that goal.

        I'm such a true mountain geek. Of course, I remember all the 14,000 footers I climbed when I grew up there. In my mind I can still do that. Actually, it would be great to do a bunch of that again.

        I love all the little mountain towns in Colorado. Each one is unique and each one has a healthy, young lifestyle going on...

        Ignorance is bliss only for the ignorant. The rest of us must suffer the consequences.

        by paradise50 on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 12:53:27 PM PDT

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        •  Well, (2+ / 0-)
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          paradise50, Darryl House

          now you know someone to visit down here in the SW corner. I paid well less than $400 for r/t Durango/SFO tix last Dec(the price seems to fluctuate wildly). Not cheap, but not outrageous. The drive is long--2 days, really. 2 long days.

          But jeez, Paradise is a good spot! Cooler by virtue of elevation, small town-ish, and within striking distance of Sacretomato...

          Here's a big selling point: CO doesn't tax retirement income. Also, down here in rural CO, there is the gas/oil extraction industry. They pay so much in taxes, that property taxes are a joke. The guy who bought my place in CA(Novato) probably pays $7500/yr in prop taxes. My buddy in outer Boulder paid $5k last year. My property taxes? $550/yr. I'll bet a ticket for parking in a handicap space is nearly that much in San Francisco. I have 5 acres & an 1900 sq ft hand built log home...

          The better I know people, the more I like my dog.

          by Thinking Fella on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 03:05:44 PM PDT

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