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Old 07-21-2009, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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RTD is the bus operator! I think you mean light rail.
Oh! Sorry..when we take the train to Rockies games, we always say RTD. Yes, light rail is what I meant.
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Old 07-21-2009, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Denver
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My boyfriend and I are planning on moving to Denver on October 1st. We've been talking and planning for about a year, but are not going to be able to afford to visit before hand. We are going to drive a Uhaul up there and stay in a motel/hotel for a week or so (however long we can keep the uhaul) while we search for a rental. I have found that having a landlord rather than renting from a leasing agent is favorable. Unfortunately, most landlords aren't advertising online. I do not know anyone in the Denver area to assist me in looking for local rentals. We would like to spend no more than $800 a month and have looked into areas such as Cherry Creek, Westminster, Littleton, Aurora... pretty much any middle class area with public transit. We share a car, so Public Transportation is very important to us. We only need a one bedroom, but would like 2 for visiting family. We currently live in a spacious 3/2 townhome one block from the beach in Destin, Fla....... so we know that this move will be a dramatic lifestyle and climate change. Bring it on! We are very excited/motivated and are up for the challenge and adventure. He works in sales and I'm currently a waitress, but would like to get out of the restaurant industry.... HELP!

leaving destin. what are you nuts! although its been about 10 years since i was in the area. and traffic on us98 was terrible back then. could only imagine now. im in a similar situation. i am moving there the first week of august from boca raton. I took a trip to denver last week to look at places. i printed out a list of 20 apartment complexes i found on line. i only stopped at about 6 of them as the rest where in shady neighborhoods. I basically narrowed it down to lakewood, littleon/highlands ranch. i ended up going with highlands ranch. got a 1 bedroom thats 770 sq ft with a built in garage for a little over 800 a month. uhaul is expensive. i found it was going to cost me $1600+ to drive a truck and tow my car up there. as compared to $1200 to have movers take my stuff and i drive in my comfy car. but i also do not have alot of stuff. anyhow it will be a big change for the both of us. but i would recommend those areas if you are looking for a nice place
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Old 07-21-2009, 08:02 PM
 
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when i chose denver.. it was to live in highlands ranch! it was a top ten place to live last year and the job growth is immense.. what moving company did you use because the uhaul will cost me about 1200 for the car tow (i only have two rooms of stuff) and movers were going to be thousands... maybe i could get the list of apartments you did like. that would be so helpful! thank you for your response!
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Old 07-21-2009, 08:11 PM
 
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Finding something in your peice range shouldn't be a problem.
Tell us what type of place you are looking for and what ammenities you 'd like to be near and we can probably steer you where to look. (Saying "Centrally located walking distance to shops and restaurants, wont help much. Rather say "want to near down town in a reasonably priced up and coming neighborhood close to the light rail...or "we dont want urban, but more of a suburban feel within a mile or so of shopping". This will make it a lot easier)

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I would like a duplex or townhome.. but will settle for an apartment. walking distance from the light rail, and bars would be ideal. shopping is something i wouldn't mind driving to (help me save money), i would love an urban feel.. but i know my place probably wont be as nice or upgraded. i'm not moving to denver to be in my place all the time so i'm definetly willing to compromise in that aspect. i will NOT live in a bad part of town being a young woman likely to be out alone sometimes. Thank you for your help!
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Old 07-21-2009, 08:13 PM
 
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We did the same thing 2 years ago...moving from Florida (Tampa) to Denver for a job transfer and not having the time to come to the city before we arrived with the moving truck.

What we did, however, wouldn't likely work for you but the good news is that you don't have kids yet, so good schools don't have to be a priority.

Look at the RTD routes and live as close as possible to one of the main stations. You CAN take the bus but RTD is much faster and for the most part, you won't be sitting out on a bench in a blizzard waiting for the bus to come by your neighborhood. Most RTD stations have nice covered waiting platforms.

We live in Aurora, but way out on the far end (SE Aurora). I wouldn't live out here without a car and the parts of Aurora that are accessible and more central are not great. I'd scratch Aurora off your list.
Thank you for the advice on the light rail! That is HUGE help and now a must have on my list! thanks for the advice on aurora being too far. off the list!
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Old 07-21-2009, 08:19 PM
 
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What a small world! My husband grew up in Ft. Walton Beach! We just moved back to Denver after moving back to Fort Walton to be closer to family. Only problem was that pesky problem of not being able to eat due to NO jobs! Oh well, we really liked it in Colorado anyway so back we came. When we arrived back we had a hard time finding rentals. We wanted a temporary since we thought we would find something to move into right away. Then my husband's office location changed to across town so good thing we didn't commit right away. Since you don't have jobs yet you might think about a temp. place. Crossing Denver to work can be a pain in rush hour. BRE has properties that let you rent month to month. Not sure of prices for a 1 bed room but check their website. You could then take a month or two to figure out where to live. Most individual landlords I have found have been on craigslist but you have to be careful of scams. Some will put signs in the yard. I've been looking on rentals.com and have found more that way but I'm looking for a house. I haven't seen many apartment listings. I think you'd need to check the books at the grocery store for that. BTW, I really miss how beautiful Destin is, especially driving over the bridge, but I don't miss the humity or palmetto bugs! Good luck on your move.
no jobs in denver or here? that is crazy about your husband being from ft walton... its a small world here for sure.. that's why i'm yearning for the city again! the advice on BRE is great! i'll be looking at that tonight for sure. that takes a huge stress off of us to find a place before we need to return the uhaul. i'd like to avoid apartments due to the hassel of a leasing agent. i like the flexibility of a landlord... so staying in temp housing will give us a chance to look for signs that the owners are putting up in their yards. Destin is beautiful.. my family lives here so we will be able to visit cheaply.. it's just too small for our energetic selves.. i've never been anywhere without humidity!! i'm taking full advantage of the beach while i'm here for these last two months though. Thanks for your help!
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Old 07-21-2009, 09:32 PM
 
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No jobs in Florida! His industry is doing fine here so we came back. Also, the cost of living seemed the same in Florida as here but the standard pay was lower there. Housing to buy was less in FL but they were half the size.The only plus was being close to family, air force jets going overhead & of course the beach. But you gotta eat so we made the move back. BTW, we used Penske going and budget coming back. Uhaul was more $$$, the budget broke down in the middle of nowhere. Penske was by far much better. Plan on drinking lots of water when you arrive. My inlaws from FWB didn't and ended up with headaches.
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:41 PM
 
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I would like a duplex or townhome.. but will settle for an apartment. walking distance from the light rail, and bars would be ideal. shopping is something i wouldn't mind driving to (help me save money), i would love an urban feel.. but i know my place probably wont be as nice or upgraded.
Light rail access pegs you to the southern burbs which is the opposite of what you are looking for -- unless for some reason your desires include nothing but Applebee's and anything else you might find in a strip mall. Seriously, a wasteland of exurbia with the expected drone women with fake **** in SUV's talking on the phone while driving.

If you want decent RTD access, stay within Denver proper, probably along either the 15 (colfax) or 0 (broadway) lines.

Your rent requirements are tough but doable. Anywhere worth working in the food services industry is going to be in Denver proper.
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Old 07-22-2009, 12:30 AM
 
Location: western Centennial, CO
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Light rail access pegs you to the southern burbs which is the opposite of what you are looking for -- unless for some reason your desires include nothing but Applebee's and anything else you might find in a strip mall. Seriously, a wasteland of exurbia with the expected drone women with fake **** in SUV's talking on the phone while driving.

If you want decent RTD access, stay within Denver proper, probably along either the 15 (colfax) or 0 (broadway) lines.

Your rent requirements are tough but doable. Anywhere worth working in the food services industry is going to be in Denver proper.
Interestingly enough there are several bars in downtown Littleton and downtown Englewood, both not too far from light rail. I challenge you to find an Applebees/Chilis/TGI Fridays or other casual dining chain in Littleton or Englewood. You won't cause there aren't (except for one Black-Eyed Pea). Fast food chains, yes, but you'll find them everywhere.

RTD access is fine in the suburbs along main routes. As a matter of fact guess where the 0 lines goes - south through Englewood/Littleton. Not a lot of food services outside Denver that would help pay a liveable wage, but there are some if you look hard enough. Sales jobs are hardly unique to Denver itself, so depending on what he sells maybe find job in suburbs as well.
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:07 AM
 
Location: on an island
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Englewood or Littleton might work, too. I agree about Lakewood.
But if Highlands Ranch sounds best, go for it. But make sure about being in lightrail vicinity, it can be especially handy when the snow falls.
I left the northwest Florida area about two years ago. They did not call that highway Bloody 98 for nothing.
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