PNW and Mountain West

Discussion in 'Free Range' started by Honey, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    The thing is that, as much as we move around, we're pretty sedentary once we settle in to a community. We were in our apartment in NJ for six years, then in our current house for almost five. We're in agreement that wherever we move will be the last place we rent in Denver. Either we live there for a few years until we buy something in the area, or we live there for a few years before we relocate again. So we want to be in a livable place with some sort of permanence. We're just trying to strike a balance.
     
  2. virgo

    virgo Chicken

    Honey, that’s awesome! I’m excited for you!
     
  3. Manhands

    Manhands definitely an asshole

    I say simplify and enjoy the extra money. You can always upgrade your living situation when you buy if you decide you really need the extra space.

    I have a girlfriend who visits Denver a lot and she adores the area. I'd really like to visit Boulder.
     
  4. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    My dad taught at CU Boulder for a semester and he really loved it. I loved Denver more, though.
     
  5. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Does his job have a decent upward salary trajectory? Do you think you'll do as well out there? I'd maybe go for something slightly less than what you have, but stay comfortable. Are you going to want a studio in a couple years? Make sure you have the space for it. Will he still be remote? Make sure you have space for him.
    I live in a shithole so it's a lot of talk but I think being comfortable at home is really important.
     
  6. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    @CoolWife yes and yes to the first questions. I do intend to open a studio, but not in the home. I've already found a co-op studio space where I can book by the hour on an as-needed basis until I'm ready (and booking enough) to invest in a more permanent spot of my own. I just need dedicated office space at home with a small area for flatlay photography so I can still edit, manage the business end, and do my personal projects at home.

    Right now we've got three bedrooms and an office, and both upstairs and downstairs living rooms. It's good for hosting guests and entertaining, and I like that I can maintain a space that is just for work. We won't really need any of that right off the bat in the new spot, but as we settle in and make friends, and as my business grows, I know I'm going to want those things again.
     
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  7. allmaple

    allmaple Chicken

    Hoping for a smooth move!

    I only briefly looked at houses for rent in Denver but they were out of our price range. Not sure what your budget is but the rental market there is stupid. Prices have doubled there in the past few years.
     
  8. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    Yeah, I don't think we can afford Denver proper at all. It's going to have to be Littleton or Centennial or something.
     
  9. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    Not bad places, though. I always felt that they were close enough to still count as Denver, even if they're suburbs.
     
  10. android

    android Founding Messiah

    This is so exciting! A longtime friend of mine lives in Arvada (moved in the last 5 yrs), he and his wife are really outdoorsy so they love CO.
     
  11. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    Looking forward to all your mountain photoshoots!
     
  12. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    D's new director is hiring me for my first family session down there. I thought that was sweet.
     
  13. megatron

    megatron Wordsmith Staff Member

    Oooooh A and I were talking about making a trip down to Denver/Boulder to go hiking at some point. One day we will finally meet in person @Honey!
     
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  14. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    You can do monthly furnished Airbnbs.
     
  15. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    We're heading down to Denver this weekend to look for housing. We just found out that some of D's friends, including the brewer for our favorite brewery here in Billings, will be there for the Great American Beer Festival, and they have extra tickets for us!
     
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  16. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    We have a place to live! We got our first choice of the places we viewed. But really I'm just happy that the hunting process is over and we aren't going to be homeless in two weeks.
     
  17. allmaple

    allmaple Chicken

    Congrats! Wishing you a smooth move.
     
  18. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    Thank you, @allmaple! We've got a lot to do and I'm going to be swamped with work, so we'll see if I don't lose my mind.
     
  19. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    That's great!!
     
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  20. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    @Honey did you end up with something a little bigger than your current place?
     
  21. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    @CoolWife In terms of square footage it's a little bigger, but it's a townhouse, so no yard.
     
  22. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Who wants to mow, anyway?
     
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  23. Rico Suave

    Rico Suave Chicken

    Woo hoo @Honey! Congrats!
     
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  24. virgo

    virgo Chicken

    Yay congrats Honey!!
     
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  25. virgo

    virgo Chicken

    Ok well, I’m reviving this thread. Ryan and I have been wanting to move out of CA for awhile now and we settled on the PNW. Looking into school districts, we’re going to have to go to WA. Oregon pays shit. I thought maybe in 2 years but he has decided we’re doing this next summer. I’m fine with that but it’s funny that he actually made a decision. Usually he’s the “I don’t care, whatever you want” guy so I’m glad he's actually saying let’s do this. It’ll give me a year of middle school experience before moving. Getting a WA credential is super easy. It may seem like bad timing since I just got the new job but it’s actually perfect timing as far as salary goes. Most districts will only take 5 years experience so if you work 10 years in a district and move, you lose 5 years on the salary schedule and take huge pay cut.
    Does anyone have recommendations for places to live (or avoid) on the eastern side or north of Seattle? Neither of us know where we’ll be working yet so it’s flexible but we both want a quiet, smaller city/town to live in. Districts I’m looking into are Everett, Bellevue, Lake Washington. There are a few others also.
     
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