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Old 10-18-2010, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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Hello Everyone,

I am planning on moving to Denver beginning of next year from Las Vegas. I am looking into renting a house (backyard needed for dog) in Westminster or Broomfield maybe Boulder and I will be commuting to Denver for work and school. I need to know if the cities mentioned are decent places for a single female to live alone or are there safer or better places to live? Please recommend.

Also coming from Las Vegas where snow is a myth (except for last winter) will I need to upgrade my car to an SUV? And if I need to what type is recommended? 2WD, 4WD OR AWD? Or should I get a new SUV because I will be starting a new chapter in my life?

Any help, recommendations, and information will be accounted for and deeply appreciated.

Thanks everyone .
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Old 10-18-2010, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Westminster, CO
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Westminster and broomfield are safe cities. Especially when compared to LV.

You will want a front wheel drive or better out here. AWD is nice but not neccesary. I currently have a real wheel drive car and I don't really have any problems but I've been driving colorado winters since I was 16. If you live in Westminster, like I do, then you can take the bus downtown on those bad snow days with no problems.

I really like where I live because I'm 20 minutes to Boulder and 20 Minutes to Denver.
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Old 10-18-2010, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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Thanks dply,

I am thinking about the Nissan Armada or the Toyota Sequioa I love BIG SUV'S.

Westminster is my top choice the Broomfield and last would be Boulder because of the commute. And I have no problem taking public transporation so thanks for the information.
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Old 10-18-2010, 05:53 PM
 
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BIG SUV'S are not welcome in boulder. You'll need a subaru.
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Old 10-18-2010, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Del Norte NM
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BIG SUV'S are not welcome in boulder. You'll need a subaru.
I second this...for sure.

Big SUV in snow 4X4 or not = roll over because having something that big promotes over confidence equaling a broken neck in a likely roll over.

I have a 4runner and while it is probably the best off-road or rough road vehicle I have driven, I'd take my Saturn SL2 in the snow over that because of the lower center-of-gravity. Heck I'd rather have the lower RWD over an AWD SUV any day where the road are plowed anyways.

Subaru or FWD car would be my first choice in the concrete of the FR sprawl blob in snow. Besides, La Nina is not bringing cold temps or much snow to the Southwest this winter anyways since it's the warmest one on record. It sure has been really, really warm so far this fall. I've never seen the mountains in NM or the tall ones in Southern Colorado without snow on the tops so late in the season. Looks like the persistent drought is returning.

Now if you are staying in Las Vegas then the large SUV or any SUV might be something to consider. Bling-Bling.
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Old 10-18-2010, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I moved from Vegas to Colorado Springs area almost 3 years ago. I love it in Colorado!

If you want a very capable SUV, look at getting a Jeep Grand Cherokee/Commander with Quadra-Drive II. It will go anywhere with the front and rear ELSD (electronic limited slip differential). Only got traction on your passenger front tire? It will put 100% of the power to that wheel to get you unstuck.

If you want a good AWD car, Subaru is the #1 choice.

But any vehicle can get around the white stuff with the appropriate tires. Dedicated winter tires make a big difference. So, winter tires+AWD/4x4 will allow you to go just about anywhere with confidence.

Good luck
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Old 10-19-2010, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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Thanks everyone for your comments I will consider down sizing my SUV to a Jeep Cherokee or Nissan Pathfinder. I think Westminster will be the city I relocate to because it is located between Denver and Boulder so it is prime location for me and my dog to live.
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Old 10-19-2010, 11:24 PM
 
Location: The North
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Just hope you have read how terrible the commute can be between Westminster and downtown in rush hour. If you can handle that I am sure you'll be happy there.
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Old 10-20-2010, 01:32 PM
 
Location: South of JAX
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Uggh, please don't bring a huge SUV to Denver. They have enough pollution to deal with already. Heard of the brown cloud?
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Old 10-21-2010, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Golden, CO
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Drive what you want to drive, even if it's a big SUV.

Personally, I don't care for Westminster. I'm not trying to discourage you, but I would think that it would be boring for a single female because overall it seems very suburban and family-oriented -- not that there's anything wrong with that if it's what you want. There are a lot of options in the City and County of Denver, too, that could possibly meet your criteria and you would be closer to places to meet other singles. Again, just my opinion.
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