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Old 04-03-2016, 11:36 AM
 
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Hello!

My family is moving to Colorado from Roswell, GA (suburb of Atlanta) in June with our twin 7-year-old boys. One lives and breathes soccer, and the other prefers rock climbing/biking/nature stuff. My husband and I both work from home in creative fields, so commuting is not an issue. We are looking for a family-friendly place with great public schools. We would love to keep our budget under $400k. Where should we be looking?

Thanks so much!
Holly
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Old 04-03-2016, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Not enough info. Urban, rural, suburban? Mountains? Need to be near Denver for any reason? How much house do you want for $400K? How about land?
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Old 04-03-2016, 12:02 PM
 
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Urban or suburban would work. Close enough to mountains for a day trip. No need to be near Denver, but not opposed to it, either. Ideally a 3-bed, 2-bath would work for us. Could drop down to 2 bedrooms and let the boys share. I am not a fan of yard work!

Thanks!
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Old 04-03-2016, 07:30 PM
 
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There are tons of similar threads that could be worth browsing.

At the top end of your housing budget with reputedly very good schools are Louisville and Evergreen (with a heavier winter). Highlands Ranch appears to have high rated schools with a somewhat lower average housing price. Longmont schools vary more between average and great but has a lot lower average house price. Golden has mixed average and very good school ratings too though it is at high end of your housing budget. Colorado Springs is frequently mentioned for having good values for homes for Colorado and good schools if you pick the right neighborhoods. Between these 6 places, you can probably find something that fits. There may be a half dozen as worthy or almost but these are the ones that seemed like pretty strong options to me.

Weekends can be fairly slow. You might get more responses Mon. / Tues., especially if you decide to add some more detail about other likes or needs.

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Old 04-03-2016, 09:42 PM
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The Springs.
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Old 04-04-2016, 09:02 AM
 
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Hello!

My family is moving to Colorado from Roswell, GA (suburb of Atlanta) in June with our twin 7-year-old boys. One lives and breathes soccer, and the other prefers rock climbing/biking/nature stuff. My husband and I both work from home in creative fields, so commuting is not an issue. We are looking for a family-friendly place with great public schools. We would love to keep our budget under $400k. Where should we be looking?

Thanks so much!
Holly
I grew up in Roswell and lived most of my life there before moving to Boulder 3 years ago. Here are couple of thoughts that might help you:

- The front range doesn't have the sprawl that you have in Atlanta. It's good and bad. Bad? There aren't as many housing options or houses in general. This has created a lack of affordable homes. Which brings me to the big issue: $400k doesn't go very far here. There are nice places with good schools that have house under $400k, but the houses are not as big or as nice as in Atlanta.

- Soccer is growing, but there aren't as many club teams and they aren't as well established. It is definitely growing though. Plenty of rock climbing and outdoorsy things for the other son.

- The front range isn't as conservative as metro Atlanta. You might love or hate this. The South side of Denver tends to be more conservative. Denver is more middle of the road similar to the City of Atlanta. Boulder doesn't compare to anything in the area.


Have you ever been to Denver? Why are you moving away from Roswell and what are you hoping to find that's the same or different here in Colorado?
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Old 04-04-2016, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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I grew up in Roswell and lived most of my life there before moving to Boulder 3 years ago. Here are couple of thoughts that might help you:

- The front range doesn't have the sprawl that you have in Atlanta. It's good and bad. Bad? There aren't as many housing options or houses in general. This has created a lack of affordable homes. Which brings me to the big issue: $400k doesn't go very far here. There are nice places with good schools that have house under $400k, but the houses are not as big or as nice as in Atlanta.

- The front range isn't as conservative as metro Atlanta.
Except, I imagine, in Colorado Springs. Granted I don't know what Atlanta is like but Colorado Springs is very conservative.

Equally, $400K does go much further in the Springs than the Denver/Boulder area. Though I have heard the market has gone up here in the last few months, I can't imagine it's gone so far up that you can't get a good sized 3 bedroom house in a nice area for under $400K. I just did a Zillow search for 3 bedroom homes in the Springs, $200-400K, and I even added a min of 2,500 sq ft, and I got 300 results. Granted, not all of those are going to be in great areas but there's plenty of options even in District 20 (second best school district in Colorado Springs).

Conversely, the same criteria in Roswell, GA only brings up 27 results. That could be because it's a smaller area, but my point is merely that I don't agree that $400K won't get you as big or nice a home here in the Springs as it would in the Atlanta area.

The same settings for Boulder bring up zero results, which doesn't surprise me, but Boulder's market certainly doesn't define all of the front range.

My advice to anyone who is not set on the Denver area and doesn't mind a conservative area to seriously consider Colorado Springs. It's very family-friendly, very affordable, and Denver is close enough to do day trips there.
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Old 04-04-2016, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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You can still get a lot of really nice houses for under 400k in Colorado Springs. 3000+ sqft, 3-5 bedrooms, 3 car garage, etc... All in Briargate/D20 schools. They go fast, but they are out there!
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Old 04-04-2016, 12:55 PM
 
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The Springs might be great for their family. It's about as conservative as the suburbs of Atlanta, and they might love or hate that. It really depends on what they are looking for. Plus, it's not like leaning a bit liberal precludes someone from living in the Springs.
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Old 04-04-2016, 01:11 PM
 
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Pride Soccer in Colorado Springs is a good soccer organization- been suggested to me many times, my son is involved with them, and many of my students sing its praises.
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