Our Story of Trading New York City for Denver
Last Saturday Catherine and I took off for Colorado again; another four day trip. If you’ve been following along that is 4 trips to Colorado already this year. Everyone must have thought we were crazy to continue to go back and spend all that money on the same trip, but there was a method to our madness.
You see, my wife and I had decided to move to Colorado and during these trips we were working with our Realtor on finding the perfect place. We had been looking all over Denver and had narrowed our sights on the East Wash Park neighborhood. Surrounding a Central Park-esque park, Wash Park was exactly what were were looking for- young families, tree lined streets, fantastic investment and easy access to Denver and the surrounding areas. We were sold!
Between the flexibility with my job and my wife’s job opportunities we decided to go for it, to trade the Big Apple and its concrete jungle for Mountains and its insane quality of life. We found the perfect place on one of our trips, it had just come on the market during the weekend and we quickly made an offer. After negotiating down on price we were under contract and the fun part started. The house we choose was a 1930′s bungalow, very popular during the turn of the century in Denver (two types of homes were very prevalent- the bungalow and Denver square). The reason we picked this home was, first, for its awesome location- four blocks to the park and walking distance to South Gaylord Street which is a small town center with shops and restaurants. Second was for the opportunity to do a renovation and addition.
Once under contract we started talking with builders and architects as we wanted to add a second floor to the house and renovate the existing space. With the help of our awesome Realtor we found a dream team of talent and have designed the house of our dreams. We closed on Tuesday. Architecture plans are almost done. Construction will begin in August and we should be moving, fingers crossed, by the end of the year.
I am so excited to make the move to Denver. The people, quality of life, lifestyle, opportunities, running, major sports teams and other attributes are like nothing I have ever experienced. I love New York City and will always consider it an insane experience, but it is time to create a new path, to re-imagine everything. It was reassuring to see today an article that placed Denver in the top 10 cities to relocate to.
This past weekend Catherine and I ran the Leaves of Hope 5k/10 in Wheat Ridge, which is about 20 minutes from downtown Denver. It was a smaller race, I ran the 10k and Catherine ran the 5k. The course for the 10k was awesome, it took you through residential streets for 2 miles then through Crown Hill Park. Loved running the park, was a fantastic course winding through the wildlife sanctuary.
I ended up finishing 3rd in my age group with a 47:20. Not my fastest 10k, but I was happy with my effort as it was at elevation. I figure I have plenty of years to get comfortable with the changes in elevation and dominating races, like the NYC Marathon, at sea level.
Re-imagination, completed. Time to execute.
Have you ever made a big life changing move? Where did you move to and why? Would you trade New York City for Denver?