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Old 12-02-2010, 02:07 PM
 
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Default New to Denver - Is a commute from Parker to Downtown/Cherry Creek doable?

My family will be relocating to the Denver area next month and are looking for a short-term lease apartment nearby until we can adequately tour the city. I've never been to Denver but my husband is already there working now. He is working fulltime in a small town called Parker...I have secured a part time position in the Cherry Creek area (near 1st ave/ Speer/ Alameda). I will be the one commuting since I will only be working a few days a week...how is the commute into the city from this direction (Parker)? Is it doable? I'm considering parking somewhere and taking the lightrail in too but am unsure. We are coming from San Antonio, TX. I really appreciate any feedback regarding this - thanks so much!

Also - we are moving on a pretty stiff budget with our 5 month old son. I am hoping to find a 1-bedroom apt. while we look for a house. Are there any affordable areas between Parker and Cherry Creek that you would recommend? I'm hoping not to spend more than $900 - how is the Greenwood Village area?
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Old 12-02-2010, 02:44 PM
 
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Unfortunately, light rail doesn't go to Cherry Creek or Parker, so that won't work for you. There is a "P" regional bus that goes Downtown to Civic Center Station -- and that route is very popular -- but then you'd have to transfer onto another bus to go back to Cherry Creek -- probably won't work for you either.

The commute from Parker to Denver would be long and somewhat less than ideal, though of course it depends on your comfort level with commuting. If you wanted to live in-between, you could live in Southeastern Aurora (think south of Hampden) -- from there, you'd probably take Parker Rd / Leetsdale all the way to Cherry Creek. Another option would be somewhere along I-25 in Centennial or Greenwood Village (the latter is nice but very expensive), or in the far southeastern part of the city of Denver (Southmoor, for instance). Of these choices, Aurora would probably be the most affordable.

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Old 12-02-2010, 05:37 PM
 
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The commute from Parker to Denver would be long and somewhat less than ideal, though of course it depends on your comfort level with commuting. If you wanted to live in-between, you could live in Southeastern Aurora (think south of Hampden) -- from there, you'd probably take Parker Rd / Leetsdale all the way to Cherry Creek. Another option would be somewhere along I-25 in Centennial or Greenwood Village (the latter is nice but very expensive), or in the far southeastern part of the city of Denver (Southmoor, for instance). Of these choices, Aurora would probably be the most affordable.
I'd honestly just drive from Parker if you decide to live in Parker, especially if the office in Cherry Creek has free parking. It's a bit of a commute, but it probably wouldn't be so bad if you could flex your hours and maybe work 7-4 instead of 8-5, etc.

If you take the light rail, you would have to drive to the light rail station (I'm guessing the one at I-25 and Lincoln) and then get off at the I-25/Colorado station, and then transfer to the Route 40 bus. You could probably drive faster and also I think the fare from Lincoln is a bit pricey.

Or you can do what the previous post suggested and live somewhere in Aurora. If you live near the Nine Mile light rail station, you can take the 83L bus to the Cherry Creek area. I ride this bus every day and it operates frequently during rush hour (every 10 minutes).
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Old 12-02-2010, 06:11 PM
 
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I'd honestly just drive from Parker if you decide to live in Parker, especially if the office in Cherry Creek has free parking. It's a bit of a commute, but it probably wouldn't be so bad if you could flex your hours and maybe work 7-4 instead of 8-5, etc.

If you take the light rail, you would have to drive to the light rail station (I'm guessing the one at I-25 and Lincoln) and then get off at the I-25/Colorado station, and then transfer to the Route 40 bus. You could probably drive faster and also I think the fare from Lincoln is a bit pricey.

Or you can do what the previous post suggested and live somewhere in Aurora. If you live near the Nine Mile light rail station, you can take the 83L bus to the Cherry Creek area. I ride this bus every day and it operates frequently during rush hour (every 10 minutes).
Thanks for the tip! The job is only 3 days a week which helps and yes, my hours are very flexible. 7-4 is a good idea too - I think I'll try that. I'll look at properties in Aurora too but I'm pretty sure that we are going to be staying in Parker initially
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Old 12-02-2010, 06:12 PM
 
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Unfortunately, light rail doesn't go to Cherry Creek or Parker, so that won't work for you. There is a "P" regional bus that goes Downtown to Civic Center Station -- and that route is very popular -- but then you'd have to transfer onto another bus to go back to Cherry Creek -- probably won't work for you either.

The commute from Parker to Denver would be long and somewhat less than ideal, though of course it depends on your comfort level with commuting. If you wanted to live in-between, you could live in Southeastern Aurora (think south of Hampden) -- from there, you'd probably take Parker Rd / Leetsdale all the way to Cherry Creek. Another option would be somewhere along I-25 in Centennial or Greenwood Village (the latter is nice but very expensive), or in the far southeastern part of the city of Denver (Southmoor, for instance). Of these choices, Aurora would probably be the most affordable.
Thanks so much for the information - I didn't realize there wasn't a light rail in that area. I'll definitely look into Aurora too - I hadn't even considered it. Thanks!
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Old 12-02-2010, 07:34 PM
 
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I'm going to second (or third) looking at Aurora along Parker Rd between I-225 and Parker itself (in addition to Parker). Zips 80014, 80015, 80016, (all Aurora) 80112 ("Englewood"), 80134, 80138 (Parker).

Anywhere else would be too far out of the way for him (IMO).
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Old 12-02-2010, 10:22 PM
 
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Parker to Cherry Creek isn't the greatest commute, but it IS doable. You could drive up Parker Rd all the way to Leetsdale to Colorado to 1st, or you could take Lincoln to I-25 to Colorado, then up to 1st.

There are some *brand new* apartments in nice, more centrally located areas than Parker that you should check out where you could probably find a 1 bedroom for right around $900/mo. Look at the "Lugano at Cherry Creek" which is near Parker Rd/Iliff, as well as "Broadstone Cornerstar" at Parker Rd & Arapahoe.
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Old 12-03-2010, 01:16 AM
 
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That isn't that tough of a commute. Barring accidents or snow you probably are looking at no more than 40 minutes in a pretty straightforward route. $900 for a one bedroom in a place in Parker or along Parker Rd heading north is not a problem, plenty of choices. You might even find a small 2BR for that price.
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Old 12-03-2010, 07:01 AM
 
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From mid 2003 thru late 2007, I drove from our house in Parker (behind Parker PD/Village Inn Restaurant) to downtown Denver (just north of Coors Field) and it took me 40 min average......in winter snows, a little longer. My hours were 7AM to 3:30PM, so I missed the 8AM and 5PM rush. The population of Parker was definitely growing when we moved in Oct '07, so don't know how the traffic would be today.
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:23 AM
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I-25 northbound was closed for 10 hours last night at Colorado.
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