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Old 02-27-2007, 01:45 PM
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Just wondering where all of the good places are to move near Denver from East San Diego where kids don't have a hard time finding one another. We have a 15, 17 and 20 year old and need them in a close proximity to where there are fun things to do and healthy options to occupy their time and don't have to drive miles to find friends. We are not from a snowy, icy place so minimizing their driving needs in bad weather would be nice. Planning to move there sometime in the near future. Any ideas would be nice, Now, they go to the beach in the summer, bowling, roller coaster at the beach, malls. But friends homes are the usual meeting place, so need to be around a wide variety of kids. Thanks,,,,sissi
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Old 02-27-2007, 03:30 PM
Location: South Metro Denver for 26 years
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We have all those things, including beaches.

I have a 16, 15, and 10 year old - they go to the coffee shop, the rec center, the movie theater, bowling, golfing, Elitches (six flags) the girls go to the mall (park meadows, flat irons), the boys go skiing/sleding...
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Old 02-27-2007, 11:11 PM
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Try looking at the residential areas around either Cherry Creek Res or Chatfield Res.

There's boating, swimming, (small) beach areas, bicycle riding, horseback riding stables, and all of the other activities nearby ... malls, bowling, etc.

Winter sports ... skiing, 'boarding, snomobiling, cross country skiing ... are all up in the mountains, which will require a drive to commute. But there are teens' oriented ski clubs that bus them up the hill for day time activities, which gives them a good environment for the winter outside activty.

Camping, backpacking, hiking, horseback riding, bicycling are all much more accessible here than in SanDiego ... with much more public lands acreage and a much smaller population. You can do this as a family activity or join groups that will get your kids involved with this stuff. Who knows ... you might even become horse owners (there's more horses in Colorado than people!) and that is a very big activity for kids and families.

The only thing you'll miss is the ocean and the temperate climate ....
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Old 02-28-2007, 04:13 AM
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Another alternative would be central Denver.
My kids walked to the mall, rode bikes to school, walked to each other's homes.
When winter came they rode the bus to snowboarding each Saturday.
When they became old enough to drive, their destinations (school,sports, movie theater, downtown etc) were never too far away.
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Old 02-28-2007, 08:48 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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If friends' homes is the usual meeting place it probably doesn't matter much where you actually live. I would assume that at least the 15 yr old and probably the 17 yo as well are in high school, so they will meet people at school. Pick an area with a good high school, and you'll be set. Access to the mountains for skiing, camping, etc is easy from just about everywhere in the metro area. If you live in Boulder County, they can take the public bus (RTD) to Eldora Ski area, which is good for the younger crowd. If the 20 yr old works, goes to school etc he/she will meet people. If I had to narrow it down at all, I would say pick an area of newer homes; you will find families living there (not necessarily brand new or you'll have neighbors with lots of kids younger than yours, but you probably already knew that).
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Old 01-12-2008, 10:17 AM
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I moved here 6 months ago from the Irvine, CA with a 13 and 16 yr old. If you are looking for similar enviornment to what you came from I would strongly suggest either Highlands Ranch or North Castle Pines. Also, the Douglas County School system (where these two areas are located) is one of the best in the area.

Highlands Ranch was actually modeled on Mission Viejo, CA so the neighborhoods, activities and shopping are all within minutes of each other.

Regards, Kevin
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