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Old 07-09-2017, 04:41 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN
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OP, I used to live in the Unincorporated Jefferson county area, it is extremely family friendly and a great place to raise kids. You shouldn't have any difficulty finding a house in the 80127 zip code with that budget.

However...It seems as though you are trying to re-create a "Mayberry" way of life you already have in Chicago but with mountains. You say you feel isolated because there's nothing within 4 hours of Chicago, yet Denver is more isolated than that, with the nearest big city being 10+ hours away. You also stated Chicago is "too city" for your taste, but you will find the same city issues here---traffic, congestion etc.

Good luck finding the Utopia you've created in your mind.
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Old 07-09-2017, 06:00 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Colorado is no longer well known for it's excellent K-12 offerings. Public Schools is NOT a budget priority in CO. Overcrowding IS a reality.

Strictly for the kids... I feel you can do better. As mentioned above, kids are very resilient. Ours survived several international moves / living situations + Home Schooling + coming back to USA for "Free FT College" instead of wasting time in High School. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Running_Start

Was not the BEST, but worked out OK... Extended Family enjoyed visiting us internationally. Our kids learned a lot from always being in the minority and seeing how other cultures get along (Usually not very well!).
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Old 07-09-2017, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Why are so many people trying to talk the OP out of coming here? I will never understand someone coming on here asking for advice about Colorado, and a bunch of posters trying to steer them somewhere else.

As for schools, I'd like to see evidence about overcrowding. This is a good article that shows that while Colorado is not at the top in funding, it's not at the bottom, either. Plus, there's not much correlation between funding and performance, e.g. DC.
The States That Spend the Most (and the Least) on Education
While I'm always wary of rankings, here's one. It shows that our neighbor Wyoming, high up in the spending (#7) is below us in performance.
https://wallethub.com/edu/states-wit...-schools/5335/

My kids, who went to Monarch High school in Louisville, as do the kids from Superior, felt well prepared for out of state colleges in MN and IN, both ranked higher than CO. That was particularly true of the one who went to college in Indiana. I have also lived in Lafayette, and found their schools (same district as Louisville's) to be high quality. Ditto Broomfield High where my kids did HS gymnastics.
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Old 07-09-2017, 08:00 PM
 
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Why are so many people trying to talk the OP out of coming here? I will never understand someone coming on here asking for advice about Colorado, and a bunch of posters trying to steer them somewhere else.
I just think we should tell them whatever think is the best match for what they want, whether or not it is Colorado. The purpose of these forums is to give information to help people make informed decisions not just to sell Colorado to everyone especially if it might not match what they want or need. This person did indicate that they were not totally committed to CO and also looking at other places.
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Old 07-09-2017, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Mile High
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OP, before I even read your second post that mentioned Littleton, I immediately thought of the neighborhoods in my zip code, 80127, which include Ken Caryl Ranch. We love our neighborhood, our small elementary school, and the community in general. I grew up in a small town of 1,500 in Texas, so I know what Mayberry's like, and its not that, but you see lots of familiar faces out and about.

We moved here in 2009 from Los Angeles, and then the area felt really small. We had to move to Michigan for four years because of the recession, and we've been back here for three years now. Moving to Michigan or Colorado are two very different things, as you know. I felt isolated the first time I moved to Denver--no civilization for hundreds of miles--but it did not compare with how isolated I felt in Michigan. Coming from the northern midwest yourself, you might be more prepared for that than I.

Just today I remarked to my husband how different our neighborhood--heck, all of Colorado--feels now than compared to when we first came here in 2009. Part of that is in the comparison we make of it to Michigan, but mostly it has to do with the increase in population. A lot of people are moving here, fast. I live by a hogback, and nothing but wilderness beyond it for miles, but the population of the town is so crowded.

So all of that to say, yes, you can find close to what you're looking for, and my neighborhood is a great one to look at. Just be prepared for the place to feel a little different than when you lived here last.
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Old 07-12-2017, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Frederick, CO
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We moved from St Louis 5 years ago, my son was 4 at the time and we literally lived around the corner from my in-laws and cousins. For me that was a little too close, but I digress. I was not happy in the Midwest and we wanted somewhere where we could be outdoors more (as you know the weather out there isn't always that fun, humidity, snow, tornadoes). We also wanted somewhere that was a little more diverse than St Louis. So we narrowed it down to 3 places, once visiting Denver we decided this was where we wanted to be.

Straight away I jumped into playgroups and school to meet people and we have built a wonderful family out here. There are a lot of transplants so people are happy to build those non-traditional family relationships. My son has always had friends out here and so have I. I have found people to be friendly and more accepting.

The weather is definitely better. You get beautiful sunny days in the middle of winter, snow then another beautiful sunny day, it is not all gray skies and snow/ice all winter. In summer the dry heat is a lot more tolerable. It is not as green out here though as the Midwest, I know a lot of people notice that. It gets dry in the summer and most things turn brown.

Access to the mountains and all they offer is amazing as are all the local activities, concerts, movies in the park, great libraries, kids groups etc. We are in Adams 12 and are happy with my son's school. I do miss my St Louis Cardinals and the baseball stadium but that is about it.

We have no regrets and our in laws even followed us here last year and now live about 30-40 minutes away.

Parker, Highlands Ranch, SW Littleton, Ken Caryl Ranch could all be good neighborhoods to investigate. I would definitely do a trip out first, it has changed since we moved here 5 years ago so it would be well worth looking around and deciding if this would be a good choice for your family.
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Old 07-12-2017, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Why are so many people trying to talk the OP out of coming here? I will never understand someone coming on here asking for advice about Colorado, and a bunch of posters trying to steer them somewhere else.

As for schools, I'd like to see evidence about overcrowding. This is a good article that shows that while Colorado is not at the top in funding, it's not at the bottom, either. Plus, there's not much correlation between funding and performance, e.g. DC.
The States That Spend the Most (and the Least) on Education
While I'm always wary of rankings, here's one. It shows that our neighbor Wyoming, high up in the spending (#7) is below us in performance.
https://wallethub.com/edu/states-wit...-schools/5335/

My kids, who went to Monarch High school in Louisville, as do the kids from Superior, felt well prepared for out of state colleges in MN and IN, both ranked higher than CO. That was particularly true of the one who went to college in Indiana. I have also lived in Lafayette, and found their schools (same district as Louisville's) to be high quality. Ditto Broomfield High where my kids did HS gymnastics.
Stealthrabbit does not think Colorado is a good state to be a full time resident, period.
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Old 07-13-2017, 10:07 AM
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Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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I grew up in DC, moved to Sunnyvale for a job, got married and moved to Lakewood in 1989. I have lived in south Jefferson county, highlands ranch and Littleton.

I think it's a great place to raise adults.

Ken Caryl is still a very inclusive neighborhood prices for a single family start at $400 and go up from there.

Golden or green mountain also might be a good place to investigate.

Colorado Spinga offers proximity to foothills.

Longmont, Superior and Loveland, maybe Manitou Springs or Fountain should be looked at for a small town feel.
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Old 07-13-2017, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I just think we should tell them whatever think is the best match for what they want, whether or not it is Colorado. The purpose of these forums is to give information to help people make informed decisions not just to sell Colorado to everyone especially if it might not match what they want or need. This person did indicate that they were not totally committed to CO and also looking at other places.
Points taken. However, they're asking on a Colorado board about Colorado. I suppose some "I'd rather be in the midwest" opinions are fine (if that's what one thinks), however, recommending places one knows nothing about is kind of foolish.

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I grew up in DC, moved to Sunnyvale for a job, got married and moved to Lakewood in 1989. I have lived in south Jefferson county, highlands ranch and Littleton.

I think it's a great place to raise adults.

Ken Caryl is still a very inclusive neighborhood prices for a single family start at $400 and go up from there.

Golden or green mountain also might be a good place to investigate.

Colorado Spinga offers proximity to foothills.

Longmont, Superior and Loveland, maybe Manitou Springs or Fountain should be looked at for a small town feel.
Don't forget Louisville! Actually a better "small town" feel than Superior, because Louisville actually has a downtown. Superior does have lots of community spirit, I'll give it that!
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:52 PM
 
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" complete and utter poppycock. " I love it , have not heard that kind of talk since I was a kid .
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