Our city has a bad reputation. It has for as long as I remember growing up in Denver. It was ranked one of the most dangerous cities to live in. Some of the locals scratch their heads and wonder where they get their numbers from. Some want to move to greener pastures…like California. Because of the astonishing statistics here in Pueblo, we got a house for the price of a cardboard box in Denver. There is an exciting revitalization going on here. And as in most cases of any city, the crime seems to be concentrated in one area. So, you don’t buy on the east side. Unless you want a really cute old house for thirty thousand dollars. Then go for it. Because this is the city to be if you want to live in Colorado.
One of my downfalls is that I am a homebody vagabond. I want a home to create and decorate and garden and be cozy in but I am always looking for the next home. The next city. The next farm. This drives my husband crazy. But there are not two people on this earth more grateful for their own home than me and Doug. So for the first time I am settling in.
This town has everything Doug and I wanted. And we wanted the impossible. Can we be walking distance to Chinese food and the grocery store, a bike ride from the library and the coffee shop, live near a lake, have a view, be close to the mountains, live in a warmer climate, have an urban farm, be within practical driving distance from the kids and our work, live in a beautiful place, be near theater and fine dining but also be near farms and a quick jaunt to vacation spots? Can we have it for next to nothing?
$89,000 later and I need a bicycle because all of those things came to be in this small/big town of ours. We tried to get our kids down here but the statistics still scare most folks off. We haven’t heard of or seen anything that wouldn’t be happening in any other city. We have found friendly folks, beautiful sunrises over lakes and hiking trails, flocks of geese, fine dining on the river, and home. We have been here a year now. What a lovely place to call home.