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Old 11-27-2010, 08:00 PM
 
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Washington Park seems great for me. Young professionals, close to parks, and great for dogs.

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Old 11-27-2010, 08:07 PM
 
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edit: it seems like my two focus areas are going to be congress park and washington park.
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Old 11-28-2010, 03:38 AM
 
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The University of Denver (smaller than Pitt) is in the University neighborhood, and undergrads live in the dorms for 2 years, so are a little more mature when they get apts. There may be a few undergrads esp. in W. Wash Park, as it is less expensive (so I hear) than E. Wash Park, but it's mostly young adults. There may be some grad students around there, med students, etc.
This is the neighborhood I was going to suggest.
You could also poke around the Harvard Park neighborhood (a bit south and west). I used to drive my dogs to Harvard Park because it is a huge area and I could let them off leash. (FWIW: There is a medical center there on Logan, across the street from the park.)

The Observatory Park/University neighborhood is more walkable, has more shops, and has Observatory Park (much smaller than Harvard Park but still nice.) And of course Washington Park, both yupscale East Wash Park and less chic (but still nice) West Wash Park. It's really easy to get a dog-at-large ticket at that park, as well as Congress. Look out for the white van.

As woob says, Denver has little in the way of dog parks, and the ones that do exist tend to be overused fenced-in sand boxes. Stapleton Dog Park (Stapleton is another community to consider, if you could afford it) began as grass, but has been loved to death. The other dog parks never had grass to begin with.

I agree with Victor, do not completely rule out Cherry Creek or Country Club North. There are still little duplexes there which can be nice rentals.
Take your time and shop around.
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Old 11-28-2010, 05:21 PM
 
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I'll certainly take Stapleton into account as well.

I might even consider Fort Collins and commute.

I am going to rtavel to Denver over new years, so I want to have a narrow list instead of searching for neighborhoods, not rental units.
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Old 11-28-2010, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Ft. Collins is a long commute, about 1 1/2 hrs to central Denver; about 1 hr. to the northernmost suburbs.

Boulder would work a little better from that perspective. However, you said you didn't want Oakland again, and both Ft. C and Boulder are college towns.
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Old 11-28-2010, 08:04 PM
 
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Good point.

I guess sticking close to the city is my best bet. I will be on call after 8 months, so I would hate to drive 1 hour + for a case that may take 2 hours at the tops.

However, I do want to stick a commuting town in the mix for comparison purposes. just to weigh an additional option. I may think Boulder, but that's as far as I will go. The only problem with Boulder is that it will be hard to fit in, even moreso when you are a young professional.
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Old 11-28-2010, 09:04 PM
 
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Good point.

I guess sticking close to the city is my best bet. I will be on call after 8 months, so I would hate to drive 1 hour + for a case that may take 2 hours at the tops.

However, I do want to stick a commuting town in the mix for comparison purposes. just to weigh an additional option. I may think Boulder, but that's as far as I will go. The only problem with Boulder is that it will be hard to fit in, even moreso when you are a young professional.
There are plenty of young profs in Boulder.
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Old 11-29-2010, 02:52 AM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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I disagree that Littleton is "way out in the country". It is, in fact, about two miles south of the Denver city limits, and is in no way "country". That doesn't start for dozens of miles farther south.
Actually Littleton borders Denver on the southwest. So the distance from the city limits is zero, not two miles. However it is still 10 miles farther south than any of the other neighborhoods on the list. So yes it is "way out in the country" (figuratively speaking) compared to any of the other places on the list (which are all in Central Denver).
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Old 11-29-2010, 03:27 AM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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Well I think I will start my search with:

1) Cherry Creek
2) Highlands
3) Littleton
4) Washington Park
5) Capitol hill???

What does the community feel about these neighborhoods? Please be completely honest. And also suggest some. I would like to narrow down to 3 in the future. I may consider Boulder as well, that seems nice as I am a recent grad and 20 miles is not too bad of a commute for me. Plus, I will be working nights in teh hospital so that doesn't seem too bad.
20 miles is a long commute. Thats 30 min. each way (up to 60 min. in traffic). If you get off at 7AM, after a long hard night working in a hospital. Spending as much as one hour driving home, in rush hour traffic, is not going to seem that pleasant. Boulder is 35 miles from Denver, and is hella expensive. So that is really not an option.

I suggest you remove #3 Littleton from the list. Then look for a temporary apartments in one of the remaining neighborhoods. After you get established, and you know where you will be working, you will have time to choose a more permanent place to live.
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Old 11-29-2010, 08:39 AM
 
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Well, I don't want a temporary apartment as I want to feel settled before I move. hence, I will be moving prior to starting my position.

Boulder doesn't seem terribly expensive. You can get a lot more with your money there I think, and it will be worth a look.
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