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    Durango living

    School me. Asking for a friend looking at a job.

    Outside chance he may get a sweet gig down there.
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    Where to live... Office would be just west of town.
    Up 550?
    In town?

    How much of a pain is it to fly to DIA to get around he country?
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    Great town, not hard to fly to dia (or abq, or drive to abq). In town vs out of town is subjective. If he's working west of town, though, there's some housing that is west that might be convenient for him. I don't think I'd want to be north on 550 if I worked west on 160. Driving all the way through town might get tiresome (but still would be ok).

    If I won the lottery, I'd probably move there.
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    Mi madre bought 40 acres outside of wildcat canyon toward hesperus about 7yrs ago, land was cheap the house she built was modest, but not cheap. If your buddy is single dude, in town is best but fucking expensive to buy, good deals can be found to rent. I'll second the abq fly in and drive to dgo. Food is pretty good for a town of 20k (lots o tourists in summer town swellss) Ive had good meals at the Chinese spot on main, and Steamworks. The abundance and quality of outdoor activities cannot be understated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grskier View Post
    Where to live... Office would be just west of town.
    Up 550?
    In town?

    How much of a pain is it to fly to DIA to get around he country?
    Work at Tech Center?

    It can cost more for the <hour flight to DIA than from DIA to almost anywhere. Flights to Phoenix, Dallas (seasonally) are also options. I believe LAX is due to be an option this spring/summer too. Delays and flight cancellations are a fact of life. Airport ~ 20 minutes. ABQ airport = 4 hours. Denver = 6.5. Phoenix = 8. SLC = 7. Farmington = 1 hr.

    North of town=easier access to Purgatory, Silverton and San Juans. West = easier to the La Platas, Telluride and SW Utah. Thru town is < ten minutes.
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    As others have said... in town housing is expensive, out of town is a lot better in that regard. If the office is west of town I'd still consider looking at housing north too. Driving through downtown can be a headache at times, but it's no more than 10 minutes on a bad day. As rockcreek mentioned renting in town is an option. Lots of that kind of stuff available since the college student population is mostly off campus.

    The food is fantastic for a town of this size. Steamworks has already been mentioned... El Moro, Ken & Sues, Elous for a little nicer meal. Rice Monkey's is legit sushi. I could talk Durango restaurants all day.

    Active bar scene. It is dominated by tourists during the summer and college aged folks the rest of the time.

    Getting to DIA isn't hard. Just the costs will add up as Alpinord has mentioned. The La Plata County airport is not very well run either. I've had some serious issues there in the past... to the point that I just would rather make the drive to Denver than fly 95% of the time.

    4 hrs to ABQ, 3 hrs to Moab/east side of Canyonlands, 2 hrs to Telluride, ~1 hr to Silverton, ~2hrs to Ouray, ect...

    This place is a fucking Mecca of shit to do. After spending the last 5 years here I'm having a hard time wanting to ever leave.

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    Spent 10 years there. Nice place, as others have mentioned though, not cheap, and not that many good jobs. If you do land a good one you'll likely get paid less than market. Rentals are relatively affordable, buying in town is gonna cost ya. Town living is sweet though, never need to drive your car except to get out of town, or if it's REALLY snowy, which actually isn't all that common. Lots of stuff to do, GREAT mountain bike trails networks right from town. Great road riding if you're into that. Some of the best Alpine riding I've seen also pretty close. Purg is OK, usually gets decent snow. Don't write off Wolf Creek, 85 miles east, so an hour and a half. Of course Silvertone and the San Juans an hour away. Great climate, not that cold in the winter, not that hot in the summer.

    I was lucky enough to buy a house in town in 1996. I WILL move back there one of these days.
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    Bump for: it looks like I can rent something about 60-70% of the size for what I'm paying in Longmont, just have to live a few minutes outside of the city? I could downsize a bit.

    Daydreaming here, getting business as a newcomer I think would be tough. Further west up I70 is prolly still my best hope of getting "out" of the frontrange. Not that I'm sure I want to leave... oh well ...

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    Whatís a good resource for finding rentals in town? Thereís a pretty good chance Iíll be moving down there ASAP.


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    Maybe Craigslist. You can also check with the local real estate offices. A lot of them will help you find a house to rent. I did this when moving to Cincinnati a few years ago. Knew that I wanted to rent a house, but was utterly clueless about the area and had no idea where to look. So I looked up various RE offices, looked at the agent profiles, and emailed the hot-looking female agents. Went with the first one who responded. She found me several nice places, all in good neighborhoods. When my lease was up, I ended up buying a house with her, and later sold that house with her. Never did fuck her, dammit, but we're buddies. Great gal.
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    Haha. I thought this was gonna end like one of those real estate agent pornos on youporn


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    Cost of living is a little more than 30% above the national average but wages are not. Lived there for 30 years and just left. There are some good jobs but because of the town's small size not really a place to advance. You need to leave town, move up a socioeconomic bracket or two and then move back at a higher level if you are career oriented. The town and county doubled in population while I was there so it was feeling crowded, but by city standards probably not that bad yet. It is a nice spot between high mountains, desert and canyons, so there is no down season.
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    I'm thinking about possibly moving out there for a while. Lost my job and my lease ended in Denver at the same time and I'm ready to be out of the front range for a while. Looking at Durango/Ouray/Silverton, Taos, Flagstaff, a few others. Durango is appealing due to the proximity to Silverton/Telluride/Wolf Creek, and also Moab for biking and Ouray for offroading.

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    I love Durango, but if you're on the front range, be prepared for how remote it is. You have to drive 3 hours to find a bigger town, nearest city of any consequence is over 3 hours away and that's Abq. You won't get to see big musical acts if that is important to you. Easy living, but hard to make a living.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackalps View Post
    I'm thinking about possibly moving out there for a while. Lost my job and my lease ended in Denver at the same time and I'm ready to be out of the front range for a while. Looking at Durango/Ouray/Silverton, Taos, Flagstaff, a few others. Durango is appealing due to the proximity to Silverton/Telluride/Wolf Creek, and also Moab for biking and Ouray for offroading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danno View Post
    I love Durango, but if you're on the front range, be prepared for how remote it is. You have to drive 3 hours to find a bigger town, nearest city of any consequence is over 3 hours away and that's Abq. You won't get to see big musical acts if that is important to you. Easy living, but hard to make a living.

    I'm not worried about that. That's what I want. I spent the last two months camping in the most remote BLM/NF land I could find. I'm way past the part of my life where I care about seeing bands. I counted a while back and I've been to over 600 shows. I think I'm good. I lived in NYC for 10 years and downsized to Denver. Denver is now too big for me. The money part is a challenge. I can work remote and/or freelance, haven't done it in a while though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackalps View Post
    I'm not worried about that. That's what I want. I spent the last two months camping in the most remote BLM/NF land I could find. I'm way past the part of my life where I care about seeing bands. I counted a while back and I've been to over 600 shows. I think I'm good. I lived in NYC for 10 years and downsized to Denver. Denver is now too big for me. The money part is a challenge. I can work remote and/or freelance, haven't done it in a while though.
    del norte durango turned into the pace you are leaving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BFD View Post
    del norte durango turned into the pace you are leaving.

    it's still 20k vs like 1million people, so it seems like a step in the right direction. I know i've been through Del Norte but don't remember it. is it like Monte Vista? I really kinda want to be IN the mountains rather than in a flat town that's kind of near them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danno View Post
    Easy living, but hard to make a living.
    It's funny, almost everyone I've known in Durango seems to have a "real job". Compared to CB/Gunny, it seems like there's a lot going on, just like any "city". Which Durango feels like in comparison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenboy View Post
    It's funny, almost everyone I've known in Durango seems to have a "real job". Compared to CB/Gunny, it seems like there's a lot going on, just like any "city". Which Durango feels like in comparison.
    Absolutely. I had a "real job" for 4 of the 6 years I lived there (real in the sense that both of those jobs were not service jobs, they were full time office jobs with benes and legit responsibilities). But those real jobs didn't pay me enough to buy a house there.

    And yeah, one of the things I liked about Durango was that it had everything I needed. The fact that you did have to drive 3 hours in any direction to find a bigger town meant that you never had to drive to a bigger town to buy something like furniture or appliances or hardware or whatever. And it was full of people with real jobs, not just ski town transients. So yes, in some senses like a city, but only when your perspective is a place like CB or Del Norte.
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    Whatever you do, just make sure you're out of town when the biker brigade shows up over LDW.

    Speaking from experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackalps View Post
    it's still 20k vs like 1million people, so it seems like a step in the right direction. I know i've been through Del Norte but don't remember it. is it like Monte Vista? I really kinda want to be IN the mountains rather than in a flat town that's kind of near them.
    Doesn't seem to me like Durango is in the mountains. Pretty much have to drive to snow. Also parking meters is a big turn off. Del Norte is 40 minutes to Wolf Creek. Also around 2.5 to Taos and Crested Butte. You can get 4000' bike rides right from town. Rock climbing all year. Great biking off roading is endless check out la garita area. Rio Grande national forest is has endless trails. What I have learned. It is better not to live right in the mountains. San Luis Valley melts out months before the mountains. I was riding to almost 11000 ft in mid march. Also early snow shuts down the riding but not enough to ski. San Luis Valley still good to go. But other than recreation there is nothing going on. Del Norte does have good internet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BFD View Post
    Del Norte does have good internet.
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