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Old 12-04-2019, 01:24 PM
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Well, it looks like my son (graduating from college in 2 weeks) has a job offer that he likely will be taking. He'll be leaving Boone NC for Boulder CO for a job with a bike sales company doing their photography and social media type stuff. His passion throughout college has been cycling (road/mountain/cyclecross) and moved up to the men's A class in his time at school and photography. This job combines both passions and I am thrilled for him being able to combine these two things into a paying gig. As a father I am pleased he's moving forward but also anxious about the re-location knowing nothing about Boulder. So to the THT brain trust are there any relatively in-expensive areas around Boulder for a responsible, newly employed 23 y.o. to look for an apartment? He's used to living in a run-down apartment off-camous in Boone now so he does not need anything fancy - just safe and relatively close to Boulder. Anyone have any leads? Oh and here's a pic of my boy. (proud dad here!)
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Old 12-04-2019, 01:32 PM
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Boulder is a great town. Very young, active crowd with lots to do in an area with good city life with the sticks an hour away. I don’t have anything to offer on rentals out there but I just wanted to let you know it’s a great place.
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My daughter lives near Denver.

I can't believe what she pays for the apartment she is in. $$$$
But it is a nice place to Visit! Beautiful scenery in mountains.
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Old 12-04-2019, 02:16 PM
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All the inexpensive places to live near Boulder or Denver are located in the 1990's.
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Old 12-04-2019, 02:28 PM
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If he didn't smoke weed before, he does now. lol. That's what I know about Boulder. Lived in the springs for a long time and all the good stuff came from Boulder. He's gonna love it!
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There is no hunting in Boulder Co , zip , nada , zero , thus Boulder Co sucks , IMHO .
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Old 12-04-2019, 03:21 PM
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Very blue. Could not stand Boulder when I lived in Colorado. As for cheap, Californians ruined all of Colorado for that.

I wish your son my best.
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Old 12-04-2019, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by ajgraz View Post
All the inexpensive places to live near Boulder or Denver are located in the 1990's.
I was afraid of that! He's reaching out to some friends that have re-located out that way to see if he can get some leads. A quick apartment search shows studio apts anywhere near Boulder at $1,200 - $2,000 a month. He hopes to get a temporary rental until he can figure out what's what since he too knows nothing about the area.
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Look at Broomfield area Boulder is very expensive. He will probably be commuting if he wants anything inhabitable
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I had an apartment in Superior on Coalton rd/Rocky Creek for a couple months just south of there back before I moved to Evergreen. One of our project managers just built a house out east of Boulder in Lafayette. I think there might still be a sinkhole on 36. Superior was nice back in early 2000's. I haven't been back since. Boulder is fun to visit. Buy a Subaru wagon before moving there.
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Old 12-04-2019, 04:18 PM
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It will be culture shock. I sent a month there (25 years ago) before moving to Utah. My Ex has family there. I beat the hell out of my CJ, loved every minute of it. If he loves outdoors it is awesome. The sunrises, sunsets and the stars at night are like nothing he has ever seen.
I can not help you about the recent years, sorry. I really miss living in the Rockies.
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Old 12-04-2019, 04:27 PM
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Grab some oxygen canisters at the local sporting goods stores for the first couple of weeks until you get acclimated. Moving/stairs will take your breath away. I had a 3 story townhouse at 8500 ft up, that was a workout just taking in groceries. Luckily I was 25-27 then.
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He loves the outdoors-hiking, photography and primarily cycling which is one of the reasons he loved going to school in the Smokey Mountains. He's raced in Missoula MT at altitude and most recently came back from the mountain bike nationals in Great Bear Lake CA which was some 8,000 feet high. You are not kidding about having to get acclimated to high altitudes - one week in Great Bear Lake was enough for him! I am hopeful for him - it's a huge leap into the unknown but he has the right attitude and he's young so there is no better time to make that leap.
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Old 12-04-2019, 04:43 PM
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A guy I knew moved there several years ago. Regular guy, Dad bod. He said he felt like the fattest guy in town.
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Well, it looks like my son (graduating from college in 2 weeks) has a job offer that he likely will be taking. He'll be leaving Boone NC for Boulder CO for a job with a bike sales company doing their photography and social media type stuff. His passion throughout college has been cycling (road/mountain/cyclecross) and moved up to the men's A class in his time at school and photography. This job combines both passions and I am thrilled for him being able to combine these two things into a paying gig. As a father I am pleased he's moving forward but also anxious about the re-location knowing nothing about Boulder. So to the THT brain trust are there any relatively in-expensive areas around Boulder for a responsible, newly employed 23 y.o. to look for an apartment? He's used to living in a run-down apartment off-camous in Boone now so he does not need anything fancy - just safe and relatively close to Boulder. Anyone have any leads? Oh and here's a pic of my boy. (proud dad here!)

Thats Great, good for him. My son just got back from spending 3 days in Boulder. He was offered a teaching job, good starting salary but........Apartments or any other rental is thru the freaking roof. Almost everyone he talked to had a second job
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Old 12-04-2019, 05:12 PM
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Beautiful setting-up against the flatirons. We call it the people’s republic of Boulder. He might find something affordable in Lyons. Superior and Lafayette are also in the neighborhood. Altitude? Takes about 2 weeks to get acclimated and feeling normal if you’re in decent shape. Indian Peaks Wilderness is right out the back door. Plenty up there to keep him busy. Snowshoe/ski season is here.
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Congrats...he may have to head out toward Longmont for an affordable place.
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Did some work in boulder in the 90’s - loved it. Blue, yes - but awesome landscapes, open spaces, endless mountain stuff to do.

Was back there a few years ago - crazy development. Couldn’t tell where Boulder ended, Golden began and Denver stopped. Sprawl from the front range all the way to Denver...

but the chocolate was good.
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Well, if your son doesn't like boating and does like hippy liberals, he is headed to the right place.
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Old 12-04-2019, 06:06 PM
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Yeah he never really got into boating and he is originally from Massachusetts so he has the liberal thing in his blood....Not into the hippie thing, more of a health nut given his biking proclivities. The cost of living does scare me but as someone mentioned a second job may be an essential. He did get side gigs in college doing photo and video shoots for people and organizations so isuspect he will try to cultivate that as a side line while he gets his feet under him.

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