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Old 03-23-2010, 08:04 PM
 
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We are heading to Denver in a couple of weeks to make a decision (or come closer to one) on re-locating there from Northern CA. I have read many of the threads and they have been helpful. We're trying to narrow down our search so we can get the most of the time we are there. Any help is appreciated. Here's our info:
- Husband offered transfer to office in Englewood, so that is our starting point. Goal is no more than 30 minute commute. Loves to fish.
- Two kids ages 14 and 12, so middle and esp. high school very important. Baseball/basketball/biking obsessed son and daughter who dances, plays volleyball and swims. So a strong athletics program (esp. baseball) and access to hiking, biking, parks, lakes or reservoirs a plus. We are an active outdoor family.
- Looking for newer house (last 10 years) between $350 and $500 in a mid-size town/city with a strong sense of community, lots of fun things to do and see. I don't want to be too remote (driving a lot and harder to meet new people), but don't want to live an arm's length from the neighbors either. I have to add that restaurants and some shopping would be nice too.

Ideas from other posts: South of Englewood, there's Highlands Ranch. East, there's Evergreen. What are these places like? What is Green Mnt like? Is the Boulder area too far from the Englewood office and too expensive? Thoughts?
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Old 03-23-2010, 09:04 PM
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Boulder, Evergreen and Green Mountain would be insane. There's Littleton, Englewood, Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Parker.

Where in Englewood? It could be the city of Englewood or just be mailing address.
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:08 AM
 
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I'm going to guess the work zip code will be 80112.

Start there.
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Old 03-24-2010, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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Evergreen is the west of Englewood and it would be a pretty far commute (more like an hour each way due to traffic). Same with Boulder and probably Parker as well. Parker is also to the east of Englewood and that much further to the mountains. If you are an active outdoors family, you may not like this aspect of Parker. You may want to look at Littleton, especially the Roxbourough (sp) area. My sister lives there and it's very close to Highlands Ranch and Englewood, but much prettier. In your price range, you should be able to find something there. There are lots of trails and open space nearby, but you're also within a few minutes drive to shopping, restaurants and other conveniences. It does depend on where in Englewood your husband will be working, but this should fit into his commute time as well. Good luck!
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Old 03-24-2010, 10:55 AM
 
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I agree with Roxborough. Great area, near Chatfield Park and Res. A little out there but definitely worth it.
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Old 03-24-2010, 12:09 PM
 
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How bout living in Englewood?

Why do people always begin their search outside the area of their employment and then work their way in instead of the other way around? To me, commute time is one of the biggest QoL factors there is so I could do without the plushest 3-car garage home or the nicest, newest mall around if it meant my commute time was essentially null.
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Old 03-24-2010, 12:51 PM
 
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Yes, work zip is 80112....will check out Roxborough and the other areas mentioned. My husband has a long commute now so he does deserve a short one if we move! So true about QoL and family time. Thanks.
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Old 03-24-2010, 09:49 PM
 
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OK, let's see if I can shed some light on your questions. Someone suggest Roxborough, but I think that is too far our for you. Also, the taxes there are out of sight and the water isn't cheap, either. That's a Douglas County issue that you also need to explore. Most of Douglas County gets their water from an aquifier that's been dropping about 30 feet per year. No one knows when the s... is going to hit the fan. One of the dailies did a series about the water issue seven years ago and estimated it would be about 10 to 20 years before it became a crisis. Well, that guess is now down to 3 to 13 years.

But I'm getting off the subject. A place you might want to check out is Trailmark. It's just west of Chatfield Resevoir and they get their water from the City of Littleton. In fact, they are a part of the City of Littleton as they agreeded to be annexed years ago so they could get water. They have newer housing. Most of Littleton proper consists of older housing, however, there is a section on the NE corner of Santa Fe and Mineral that has newer housing ( about 10 to 12 years old). The area north of C-40 is referred to as South Suburban Central. It has generally larger yards but is older than your criteria states. To the south of that is Highlands Ranch, which has a decent water supply, so you shouldn't be affected

Your price range should give you some flexibilty where you can buy a home that backs to a park or open space. As far as not being close to your neighbor, forget about it. It's just the way it is here. For a couple of hundered thousand more, you will have more options with acreage.

Parker wouldn't be a bad drive, but then you have to deal with the water issue. Same goes for Castle Rock, and of course all the small neighborhoods in between.

Highlands Ranch has good rec facilities as they have their own recreational district to provide those services. South Suburban Central has the South Suburban Rec District and south Jefferson County has Foothills for that same purpose.

You're going to find that you'll have to bend somewhat on your wish list to narrow it down to the items that are the most important. Obviously, to go fishing your husband is going to have to do some driving. Same with some of those other activites. I know of people whose kids go to Castle Rock and and they say they get tired of all the driving. I imagine the same thing is true of Parker, for some people. Denver has a lot of things to do, also, so I wouldn't try and isolate yourself too far from what the city center provides.

There's a place called Ken-Caryl Ranch that is about 10 minutes beyond what your husband's drive limit is, but it offers a lot of what you're looking for. I would check that out, too.
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Old 03-24-2010, 10:04 PM
 
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I use to work in zip 80112. It is not anywhere near the City of Englewood and has nothing to do with Englewood and is not even on the border. I have no idea why these areas have an Englewood address. It goes from South of Arapahoe to near Centennial Airport, in the area of Inverness Office Park, off of County Line, just west and east of I-25. Some of these suggestion are too far out. I would suggest Centennial, Lone Tree, Highland Ranch. Now Parker has not been mention and it would be a good choice as it has some sense of identify with a little main street. Lone Tree is near the Park Meadow Mall and has mostly upscale housing. Highland Ranch and Centennial and Highland Ranch are mixed developments. Parker is composed of small ranchettes with larger properties with newer developments and developed initially as a ranching area.

I agree that you should always look closer to the place you are going to work. The closest area would be Lone Tree to Centennial to Highland Ranch.

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Old 03-24-2010, 10:32 PM
 
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Livecontent is right regarding Englewood. They were able to annex that area around DTC many years ago and IMHO that might have been the only thing keeping Englewood afloat tax wise. For many years Cinderella City was the best shopping mall going. Then in the late 70's/early 80's more and more malls were being built in the south metro area (Southwest Plaza, Southglenn Mall), and when the Cherry Creek mall came in it was curtains for cin city. And all the other businesses along south Broadway don't pull in much tax revenue, that's for sure. DTC is at least a 20 minute drive to Englewood's city limits.

I do like the different businesses they have put into that area where the mall used to be though. Definite change, in this case that type of change was good. And I still like Englewood as a suburb. My mom has lived in Englewood since the early 60's, still in the same house off Chenango.
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