Ben88 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1093 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 700 times:
I am thinking of moving my family to the Denver, CO area. I have been looking at real estate on the internet but I would like some suggestions on good neighborhoods to raise a family. I am currently in Los Angeles, CA and am fed up with the inflated real estate prices, crime and current financial situation the state is in. Thank you for your input.
Flyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 694 times:
It really depends your financial situation and the type of environment you wish to live in. Most of the areas have good housing, with it generally getting better as you get farther out from downtown Denver. There's yuppie/hippie areas such as Boulder, laid back country areas such as Brighton, typical middle class subdivisions can be found in various areas throughout (western Aurora, Thornton, Lakewood, Westminster, etc). I personally am a fan of living somewhat disconnected from the major Denver area, and if you are too, you may want to look into the Boulder/Gunbarrel/Niwot/Longmont area (north of Denver). There you can find pretty much everything in the spectrum. Its where I'm from, so I'm a fan of it. You'll find that in many of the newer subdivisions throughout the Denver area, there will be quite a few people in your same position, wanting a nice, safe, and enjoyable place to live and raise a family.
Sorry my answer is so broad, Denver is a very large metropolian area (as I'm sure you're used to in LA)...its hard to narrow it down to one neighborhood, town, or even section of the area.
Shawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2589 posts, RR: 17 Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 671 times:
Sean-SAN- how did you know that!
My sentiment exactly! Actually... I just don't like crazy "california drivers" and how they sometimes bring attitudes with them, ahem.
I think your career field will really determine where you go, and how much you want to pay for real estate as well. If you're in a high-tech field, you'll definetly want to be closer to Denver than Colorado Springs because Denver is more on the cutting edge. C. Springs is an extremely conservative city and good luck finding a good job in a high-tech career field.
You might not want to live IN Denver, but since you're from L.A., even Denver will seem mellow. But other areas to consider are Castle Rock, Larkspur, and even Monument/Palmer Lake/Gleneagle, all south of Denver. There, you're away from the city but not too far, and a commute to Denver isn't really that bad, depending on how far into Denver you're commuting.
Colorado Springs is also an area to consider, but there isn't a whole lot of anything down there career-wise, unless you work at a fast food restaurant or you're in the military. As I said, it's a very conservative city, also many joke that it's going to be the site of the next holy war... but that's another discussion. But real estate is cheap.
Schools in Colorado are excellent, this is a really great place to raise a family. There are plenty of private schools in both Denver and Colorado Springs, all offering a different cirriculum, but the public schools are top-notch, especially Lewis-Palmer in Monument, Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs, and many others.
Hope I provided you with some insight into this place.
BA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11150 posts, RR: 60 Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 665 times:
Either Colorado Springs and Denver would be fine depending on what kind of work you will be looking for. Although they are both pretty much identical in terms of available careers.
Colorado Springs now is the booming high-tech city in Colorado and has seen many new high-tech companies including Intel which expanded there campus recently also.
Lockheed Martin has offices in both Colorado Springs and Denver.
If your looking for a job in the high-tech corridor, Colorado Springs probably would be your best choice right now. Denver is great and has more, but the high-tech corridor is lagging currently while the high-tech corridor in Colorado Springs has caught up a bit better, although still not too great. The economy in Colorado is very soft now, because the high-tech corridor was hit the most (particularly software).
If you want to live in a more pleasant atmosphere near beautiful scenery, then Colorado Springs is definately where you should move. If you want cleaner air and staying away from the hecticness of big cities such as where you are currently, then Colorado Springs is definately the place for you.
Denver currently has the 7th worst traffic congestion in the nation, although a major project to add additional lanes and light-rail in the southeastern part of Denver (where the traffic is the worst in the entire metro) is going on currently, however it won't be completed until 2008.
If you want to be in a more culturally diversed area, then Denver is where you should move. If you want to move to a place with a true city feel, has lots of entertainment, then Denver is where you want.
It really all depends on what you want.
Like Shawn mentioned, you could live outside of Denver or Colorado Springs such as in Castle Rock, Gleneagle, Boulder (well, that's not such a good idea ), Monument/Palmer Lake and commute to work daily.
However, if you live in Monument/Palmer Lake, then plan on working in Colorado Springs. The commute to the outskirts of Denver take 30-45 minutes depending on traffic and if your work is more inside Denver, plan on at least a 1 hour drive. With rush hour + road construction, your daily commute can take up to 2 hours.
Castle Rock is a good choice for you, although it is growing extremely rapidly. If you don't like growth, then you won't like Castle Rock much. There are condos, houses, department stores poping up like flowers. It's located in Douglas County which is currently the fastest growing county in the nation.
If you prefer to use public transportation (as you might be used to in Los Angeles possibly), well I hate to break it to ya, but there isn't much of it in Colorado. Colorado is a car loving state, although Denver does have a pretty good transit infrastructure with buses and a small light-rail system that is being expanded. Colorado Springs has a very poor and limited bus service which is a complete joke.
Wherever you choose to move to, I'm sure you'll enjoy. Both Colorado Springs and Denver have there pluses and minuses. It all depends on what your are looking for.
Hope this helps.
P.S. If you're concerned about smog in Denver, don't worry about it. That's a thing of the past. Denver had smog problems in the 80's and now has greatly improved it's skies. It's a heck of a lot better than Los Angeles, I can tell you that.
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