Welkom in Colorado!
Dear visitor from the Netherlands or Belgium,
Back in 1996 I moved to Colorado from my native country, the Netherlands and could not be happier. Although I sometimes miss my native country, my friends an family in the Netherlands and the typical Dutch stuff (bitterballen, hollandse nieuwe, "de chinees" etc), I feel right at home here in Colorado!
Colorado is in almost anything imaginable the opposite from what we are used to in the Netherlands and Belgium; we have lots of space, stunning natural beauty, the great outdoors at our doorstep, and world class skiing and boarding are at just an hour distance from Metro Denver. Additionally, we ejoy just the perfect climate with lots of sun and often balmy days even in the dead of winter (in contrary of what some believe, Colorado is NOT the ice box of the nation).
But there are also quite a few things you'll find familiar to what you know from the Netherlands and Belgium, such as a relatively strong economy with good employment opportunities, friendly people and fantastic shopping opportunities in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs.
Most of the good foods you are used to in the Netherlands and Belgium are available here (although getting them may sometimes require some planning and driving), and since September 2011 we are even enjoying the presence of a large IKEA store in Centennial just South of Denver.
It is really no surprise that many transplants from the low countries generally do not have any problem at all adapting to living here in Colorado!
Ever since my move to Colorado I have been active a residential broker in the Colorado real estate market and I am also highly active within, and for the benefit of our local Dutch and Flemish community.
Our local Dutch and Flemish community currently consists of approximately 2,500 - 3,000 people and many of us gather together on a regular basis for Happy hour (borrel), to play a game of soccer etc.
Additionally, typical Dutch events like St Nicholas, Queens Day, Euro & Word Cup Soccer on the big screen are enthusiastically celebrated and well attended by our local Flemish and Dutchies here in Colorado! We may have left the old world, we certainly have not forgotten the meaning of "gezelligheid"!
We have an informal Dutch social group, an official Dutch club, a first class Dutch elementary school, a superb Dutch store and even a great Belgian cafe here! Please check the links for more information.
The fact that you have visited this website may be just out of curiosity or may be because you are considering the exciting and courageous step of moving to Colorado either permanently or temporary.
Should a move to Colorado be in your planning then I can be of important assistance to you and your family with finding you and helping you lease or purchase a home in an area suitable for you and your family's needs, by introducing you to our local Dutch and Flemish community, clubs etc, by providing you a complimentary tour of the area in Dutch, and/or any other information to help ensure a smooth transition of your family to Colorado.
During my residence here I have been blessed to have helped many Dutch and Flemish families with their move to and from Colorado, as well as with other related business. I am here to help you too!
I have close associations with carefully screened mortgage lenders, landlords and other service providers who will have to subscribe to my strict requirements regarding the quality of their of their services. Additionally, these service providers will have to be familiar with the specific challenges and technicalities that come with international relocation. This will help you to avoid unwelcome and possibly costly surprises down the road!
Please let me know how I can help by filling out the attached form or by calling me or sending me a text message (SMS) to 00-1-303-818-1689 (time difference -/- 8 hours). I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have relating to your anticipated move to the USA and Colorado.
I am committed to help making your transition here as easy and stress free as possible!
I do of course speak fluent Dutch and English and we can converse in either language. Whichever you prefer.
Hopefully we'll meet soon here in Colorado!
Board Member Netherlands American Society of the Rockies, Organizer local Dutch MeetUp Group Biertje (www.meetup.com/biertje)