Relocating - TTORA Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-06-2009, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Colorado Springs
Posts: 185
Relocating

Hello everyone! Some of you might remember me posting up in June/July of last year about a wheelin trip to the Leadville area. HAD A BLAST! Truck broke on me but still got in quite a bit of wheelin. Well, that trip did it for me, IM MOVING!! I put in my 2 weeks notice here at work and making the jump to Colorado Springs sometime in February. Here is what I need help with. Those of you familiar with Colorado Springs and surrounding, what areas do I need to stay away from as far as housing and not be spending a TON in rent each month? I need to be relatively certain when I leave to go to work that all my junk will be there when I get home! LOL!! I talked to a buddy that was stationed up there for several years but he wasnt much help since he was on base... Hit me with the good, bad and ugly. Any and all info is GREATLY appreciated.
I look forward to meeting some of yall and hopefully a few COTTORA members are local in Co Springs. Cant wait for the thaw so I can do some more wheelin!!
BTW, I drive a 96 Xtra Cab Taco with a SAS, D44/12bolt (full width K5 Blazer axles) locked front and rear with 36" TSL's, custom f & r bumpers and sliders and few other goodies... When I get my new laptop (im posting from work and they wont let me do much off this pc) I will get some pics posted of the truck.

Steve Rhoads
96 Taco Xtra Cab with a mile long goodies list
2002 Z71 Suburban - His
2001 4x4 Tahoe - Hers
Former Prez of DFW TX4WD
srhoads is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-06-2009, 11:47 AM
Veteran Member
 
RedRunnertc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 15,034
Welcome! DriftinCO, Mythica, and SonofMayhem are in the COS area and could probably help you out with what neighborhoods/sections to look at or avoid.

Where will you be working?

Former President - CO Chapter
Founding President - OH Chapter

'93 4Runner lockers, armor, tcases, & stuff

'14 Cadillac CTS VSport

Check out pix at www.4wheelingoh.shutterfly.com/action
RedRunnertc is offline  
post #3 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-06-2009, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Colorado Springs
Posts: 185
Quote:
Originally Posted by RedRunnertc View Post
Welcome! DriftinCO, Mythica, and SonofMayhem are in the COS area and could probably help you out with what neighborhoods/sections to look at or avoid.

Where will you be working?
Hopefully they will post up some info on COS... We are going to do a lot of driving around up there, probably a week or so of exploring the area and use a realtor, Remax or someone, to help locate a house to rent. Im sure they will know which areas are good and not so much. As for work... Thats a great question!! LOL! We have quite a bit of money saved up to cover moving, bills/living expenses for several months and hope to find something good once we are there. Neither of us are too proud to flip burgers if needed until something better can be found. The honest plan is that the wife will find an accounting job or something that pays pretty well so I can get a part time job somewhere and focus on school full time. I am going back to school to get a degree in forestry and hope to join the USFS once Im done. I LOVE THE OUTDOORS and want to do everything I can to protect them, keep them beautiful yet open and available for everyone to use for decades to come... Its a dream job but one Im determined to make come true!! I know I will never get rich working for the USFS but Im perfectly ok with that!!

Steve Rhoads
96 Taco Xtra Cab with a mile long goodies list
2002 Z71 Suburban - His
2001 4x4 Tahoe - Hers
Former Prez of DFW TX4WD
srhoads is offline  
 
post #4 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-06-2009, 01:31 PM
Veteran Member
 
Chalkie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 746
Send a message via Yahoo to Chalkie
I am in the Springs as well. Generally speaking the east, northeast, north, and northwest parts of town are going to be more costly (well.. outside the Broadmore area on the southwest), but you can find some real bargains right now. I will try to throw together a list of links to help you out a little later.
Chalkie is offline  
post #5 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-06-2009, 01:45 PM
Veteran Member
 
poorboyota26's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Frisco, CO
Posts: 2,214
Send a message via MSN to poorboyota26
Volcom lives in a decent area down there. hit him up.

86 runner
Rebuilt 22re, r151, ep9.0, 31's, addicted front bumper
04 Tacoma DC with custom body work
Dreams of owning a fzj80, fj60, fj45 troopy.


Quote:
Originally Posted by thefatkid View Post
Yea, 2 days later and I still feel like a sack of assholes.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr.Leary ExPo
Years from now, when we are dead and gone... the roaches will be driving little Toyotas with 3.4s.
poorboyota26 is offline  
post #6 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-06-2009, 03:01 PM
Veteran Member
 
Chalkie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 746
Send a message via Yahoo to Chalkie
OK here we go. You mentioned renting, so I would recommend these sites to help in the search:

http://www.rentals.com/Colorado/Colorado-Springs/
http://www.thenickel.com/
http://cosprings.craigslist.org/

The local paper here has gotten pretty pricey on ads so it seems that fewer are listing there, but it worth a look. http://www.gazette.com/index.php

Until you have some familiarity with the town these may not help, but the CSPD has weekly crime maps on their website. http://www.springsgov.com/Page.asp?NavID=348

The parts of town I mentioned above are more costly because they are the newer areas. Personally I have this thing about renting, although I know that it can make sense when you are new to an area. However, the housing market here right now is a buyers dream. If you have the inclination I would not overlook purchasing.

The Springs can be interesting to navigate. There are very few streets that go straight in any direction. Remember, mountains = west but a GPS when you get here would help too. While the Springs is the second largest city in the state, it is not really that big. You can pretty much get anywhere in 15-20 minutes, a little more in rush hours, unless the weather is bad.

There are two public higher education systems here. UCCS http://www.uccs.edu/ and Pikes Peak Community College http://www.ppcc.edu/ I just took a quick look and PPCC would probably be your best bet for forestry, at least initially.

That's about all that comes to mind at the moment. When you get here, give a shout, I would be glad to show you around.
Chalkie is offline  
post #7 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-06-2009, 03:25 PM
Veteran Member
 
Volcom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Pueblo, Colorado
Posts: 1,500
Quote:
Originally Posted by poorboyota26 View Post
Volcom lives in a decent area down there. hit him up.
I'm 35 minutes south of Colorado Springs in a little city called Pueblo

Welcome to southern CO!
Volcom is offline  
post #8 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-06-2009, 05:16 PM
Veteran Member
 
RedRunnertc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 15,034
The only reason I asked where you would be working is to avoid a nasty commute ...

Former President - CO Chapter
Founding President - OH Chapter

'93 4Runner lockers, armor, tcases, & stuff

'14 Cadillac CTS VSport

Check out pix at www.4wheelingoh.shutterfly.com/action
RedRunnertc is offline  
post #9 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-06-2009, 05:24 PM
Veteran Member
 
mrdoug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Loveland, CO
Posts: 7,735
That's awesome... I've always wanted to do the USFS thing, not to mention have enough money stored away to move, and take my time finding work/place to live, etc...

If there wasn't so much schooling, I might consider it a second career (I'm not as good as FJCruzer about going back to school).

welcome.. see you on the trail.

de·gen·er·ate

I'm outside your window watching you read this.
mrdoug is offline  
post #10 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-06-2009, 05:56 PM
Senior Member
 
4Runner_Girl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Arvada
Posts: 397
Send a message via AIM to 4Runner_Girl Send a message via MSN to 4Runner_Girl
Welcome...Honestly we should all hit a trail down south....I am Samantha....nice to meet ya cant wait to meet ya on the trail...

Yeah I am a girl can you handle it?
~Silly boys trucks are for girls~
~Samantha~
aka Sam, 4Runner girl...
4Runner_Girl is offline  
post #11 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-06-2009, 06:40 PM
ike
Veteran Member
 
ike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Loveland CO
Posts: 20,355
I plan on running eagle rock and saran wrap early in the season next year.

Welcome, dont have much experience with the springs so i am no help there.




Degenerate

I am not lost


98 mazda protege
99 v6 trd taco-some stuff
07 Ninja 650R
ike is offline  
post #12 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-06-2009, 06:44 PM
Veteran Member
 
Chalkie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 746
Send a message via Yahoo to Chalkie
Quote:
Originally Posted by RedRunnertc View Post
The only reason I asked where you would be working is to avoid a nasty commute ...
There are no nasty commutes as long as you live and work in the Springs.
Even at its worst there is no comparison to Denver or its surrounds.
Chalkie is offline  
post #13 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-06-2009, 06:49 PM
ike
Veteran Member
 
ike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Loveland CO
Posts: 20,355
True to an extent. I worked on the North end of town by the AFA(actually was down there today), and the commute to the south end of town sucks depending on the time. But i do agree it is way better than Denver. If you live up north the drive to the south end of denver/Castle rock is not bad at all.




Degenerate

I am not lost


98 mazda protege
99 v6 trd taco-some stuff
07 Ninja 650R
ike is offline  
post #14 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-07-2009, 06:19 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Colorado Springs
Posts: 185
Thanks for the links and info!! I am really excited about the move, a little timid about not having a job before hand but Im sure it will work out... (fingers crossed)
We have GPS for the rig so getting around shouldnt be too bad and as for traffic, even with an accident slowing things it cant be as bad as DFW traffic. That is one of the things I REALLY hate about N. Texas, the traffic is horrible!! Once we get up there and settled in I will be really ready to hit the trails. Hope to meet a bunch of yall soon.

Steve Rhoads
96 Taco Xtra Cab with a mile long goodies list
2002 Z71 Suburban - His
2001 4x4 Tahoe - Hers
Former Prez of DFW TX4WD
srhoads is offline  
post #15 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-07-2009, 07:17 AM
Veteran Member
 
Chalkie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 746
Send a message via Yahoo to Chalkie
Quote:
Originally Posted by srhoads View Post
We have GPS for the rig so getting around shouldnt be too bad and as for traffic, even with an accident slowing things it cant be as bad as DFW traffic.
Sadly, that might depend on where the accident is. CS only has 3 major north/south arterials and basically only two east/west with neither of them in the center of the city. Our city fathers, in their not so infinite wisdom, could not figure out that with the mountains to the west, Air Force Academy to the north, and Ft. Carson to the south that there was really only one direction for the city to grow - east. Once you are here for a while though you will figure out that the main roads are not necessarily the best or fastest ways to get around.
Chalkie is offline  
post #16 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-07-2009, 07:46 AM
Veteran Member
 
mrdoug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Loveland, CO
Posts: 7,735
Yeah, I've heard of Dallas traffic. I've only experienced Houston and Austin traffic. The stuff here doesn't hold a candle. When i moved out from Cali, I laughed at what they called traffic here, but after a few years here, I grew to hate it just the same. You'll get used to open roads and sure enough, even a 5 min delay will drive you insane.

de·gen·er·ate

I'm outside your window watching you read this.
mrdoug is offline  
post #17 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-07-2009, 11:21 AM
In Rememberance
 
Lysmachia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Clear Lake City, TX
Posts: 13,296
Send a message via AIM to Lysmachia Send a message via MSN to Lysmachia Send a message via Yahoo to Lysmachia Send a message via Skype™ to Lysmachia
Welcome BTW... CoTTORA is pretty kick ass. Get a place with a big garage so we can have a HOW CoSprings...

(HOW = House Of Wrenching... we already have 3 official ones 2 up north and one down south closer to you).




Molly
aka Lysmachia
85 4 Runner SAS (Tippy II) - All mashed together in 93runner and 85runner Goodness

Get your 4x4 VIDEO pr0n here
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrdoug View Post
How many people do you think it'd take to hold Molly down while we cut off a limb? I'm guessing alot, plus ratchet straps, c-clamps, and other misc tools
Lysmachia is offline  
post #18 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-07-2009, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Colorado Springs
Posts: 185
Im not going to complain if we find something with a huge shop out back but will settle for a 2 car garage... Right now all my tools are at my buddies house 20 miles from my apartment so a one car garage would KILL the current setup!! LOL!! How big does it need to be to qualify for HOW status? I have most tools needed for just about anything short of a welder. Engine hoist, compressor with all the goodies, big floor jack, trans jack, lots of jack stands and TONS of hand tools... I love to do some wrenchin for sure!!

Steve Rhoads
96 Taco Xtra Cab with a mile long goodies list
2002 Z71 Suburban - His
2001 4x4 Tahoe - Hers
Former Prez of DFW TX4WD
srhoads is offline  
post #19 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-07-2009, 11:43 AM
In Rememberance
 
Lysmachia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Clear Lake City, TX
Posts: 13,296
Send a message via AIM to Lysmachia Send a message via MSN to Lysmachia Send a message via Yahoo to Lysmachia Send a message via Skype™ to Lysmachia
LOL We have a small 2 car garage and with all our crap it really is a 1 car... but it is still a HOW! If you are willing to help and you have some tools, then it is a HOW! (But I kinda assumed you had more than normal tools with the set-up you have)




Molly
aka Lysmachia
85 4 Runner SAS (Tippy II) - All mashed together in 93runner and 85runner Goodness

Get your 4x4 VIDEO pr0n here
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrdoug View Post
How many people do you think it'd take to hold Molly down while we cut off a limb? I'm guessing alot, plus ratchet straps, c-clamps, and other misc tools
Lysmachia is offline  
post #20 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-07-2009, 12:46 PM
Veteran Member
 
00regcab's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Brighton, Co
Posts: 7,910
Send a message via AIM to 00regcab
Quote:
Originally Posted by ike View Post
True to an extent. I worked on the North end of town by the AFA(actually was down there today), and the commute to the south end of town sucks depending on the time. But i do agree it is way better than Denver. If you live up north the drive to the south end of denver/Castle rock is not bad at all.
Except for Monument when we actually get a decent amount of snow.

Welcome to the club, hope to do some wheeling with you this summer!
00regcab is offline  
post #21 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-07-2009, 03:23 PM
ike
Veteran Member
 
ike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Loveland CO
Posts: 20,355
Even monument hill never seems to give me trouble when i commute down ther Probably because i go so early so i dont have to worry about other jackasses on the road.




Degenerate

I am not lost


98 mazda protege
99 v6 trd taco-some stuff
07 Ninja 650R
ike is offline  
post #22 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-12-2009, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Colorado Springs
Posts: 185
Got reservations at a hotel for next week. We will be contacting Remax to take us around and show us rentals on Wednesday and Thursday next week and hope to head back to Texas with a lease in hand so we can finish packing up and put north Texas in the rear view mirror!! I cant wait...
We found LOTS of cool looking 3br, 2bath, 2car houses in our price range, we have two favorites that we hope are still available when we get up there. One of them has an oversized DETACHED 2 car garage... OH YEAH!! LOL!!
Ill keep yall posted on a firm moving date. Also, would anyone be interested in helping me move a few large items when the day comes? The wife doesnt have much strength and there are a few items like the couch, hutch and kitchen table that I dont know if she can handle. None of it is heavy, no sleeper sofa's or anything even close weight wise, just big, awkward and hard to move by myself.

Steve Rhoads
96 Taco Xtra Cab with a mile long goodies list
2002 Z71 Suburban - His
2001 4x4 Tahoe - Hers
Former Prez of DFW TX4WD
srhoads is offline  
post #23 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-12-2009, 02:07 PM
Veteran Member
 
Chalkie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 746
Send a message via Yahoo to Chalkie
Give a holler when you are here, both next week and moving.

My son just moved into a new house last weekend, and I neatly avoided having to help much. Except for moving a big refrigerator. OMG!!!

I am sure we can find help for you, depending on time/day. Most I know just work for beer.
Chalkie is offline  
post #24 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-12-2009, 02:40 PM
Veteran Member
 
RedRunnertc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 15,034
Just post up the date and we'll have a bunch of people there!

Former President - CO Chapter
Founding President - OH Chapter

'93 4Runner lockers, armor, tcases, & stuff

'14 Cadillac CTS VSport

Check out pix at www.4wheelingoh.shutterfly.com/action
RedRunnertc is offline  
post #25 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-12-2009, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Colorado Springs
Posts: 185
Sweet!! I will make sure we take the laptop when we go up next week so I can let yall know where we are and whats going on. Maybe meet the local COS folks for a beer or something one night?? I will also post up for sure when we are loading and leaving TX. Any and all help is GREATLY appreciated. Im sure we can be talked into pizza and beer...
Thanks yall!!

Steve Rhoads
96 Taco Xtra Cab with a mile long goodies list
2002 Z71 Suburban - His
2001 4x4 Tahoe - Hers
Former Prez of DFW TX4WD
srhoads is offline  
post #26 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-12-2009, 07:59 PM
Veteran Member
 
RedRunnertc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 15,034
You don't have to talk very long to get DriftinCO (brian) to join you for pizza and beer!

Former President - CO Chapter
Founding President - OH Chapter

'93 4Runner lockers, armor, tcases, & stuff

'14 Cadillac CTS VSport

Check out pix at www.4wheelingoh.shutterfly.com/action
RedRunnertc is offline  
post #27 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-13-2009, 10:12 PM
Senior Member
 
ToyRunner1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 233
Welcome to the Springs, almost Post up when you need the help and there should be plenty there. What area of town are you looking at? I live up on the north end like Son and a few of the others.
ToyRunner1 is offline  
post #28 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-14-2009, 06:17 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Colorado Springs
Posts: 185
Well, we arent real sure what area we are going to wind up in. Seems like most of the houses we have found in our price range are in the east/central part of town, between the airport and 83. Wont know for sure where we will wind up til next week when we get up there. We will have the laptop with us so we will post up addresses and get some advice here as well as check the CSPD weekly crime map to see if the areas we check out are local crime spots. Hopefully when we are driving around we will be able to tell if we are in a good or not so good area. I dont want to leave for work and come home to a mostly empty house!! LOL!!

Steve Rhoads
96 Taco Xtra Cab with a mile long goodies list
2002 Z71 Suburban - His
2001 4x4 Tahoe - Hers
Former Prez of DFW TX4WD
srhoads is offline  
post #29 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-14-2009, 06:39 AM
Veteran Member
 
Chalkie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 746
Send a message via Yahoo to Chalkie
Quote:
Originally Posted by srhoads View Post
I dont want to leave for work and come home to a mostly empty house!! LOL!!
Get a dog or if you don't want to feed a critter, get one of these http://www.x10.com/security/pk9000_s.html
Chalkie is offline  
post #30 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-14-2009, 07:01 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Colorado Springs
Posts: 185
My sister is going thru a divorce so she is moving with us when we go. She has 2 little dogs that bark alot but one is 19lbs and the other weighs in at a whopping 9lb... Not much to be scared of there!! I had a Rott years ago but she died. I still miss that dog!! Greatest preventive in the world, she wouldnt hurt a fly but at 110lb she was pretty intimidating looking. We never lived in the getto but there were several breakins in various neighborhoods we lived in but our house was never touched. It was tough to find rental property that would let us have her, we normally wound up saying she was a "mixed breed" so we could get the lease!! When we buy something I will get another Rott but while renting it will probably be a mini-schnauzer or something that doesnt shed, is really active, doesnt have the normal yappy little dog bark and will be small enough to get by on the lease...

Steve Rhoads
96 Taco Xtra Cab with a mile long goodies list
2002 Z71 Suburban - His
2001 4x4 Tahoe - Hers
Former Prez of DFW TX4WD
srhoads is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the TTORA Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Relocating to Durango Bryanccfshr New Members Area 14 11-12-2008 02:36 PM
Relocating to florida crunch8891 Off Topic 0 10-15-2006 07:26 PM
relocating shocks Spacecwboy Fabrication/Tools 5 03-09-2006 10:10 PM
May be relocating to California - have ?'s Her04TundraDC Off Topic 18 06-24-2005 11:59 AM
shock relocating kit boostedextcab Newbie Tech 10 05-12-2005 04:47 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome