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Old 01-07-2012, 11:25 AM
 
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We're in the final stretch of relocating to Denver and are looking to buy a home ASAP. We've narrowed our search to mainly these 3 areas: Park Hill, Congress Park & Wash Park. We're also somewhat considering near Wash Park (Belcaro, Bonnie Brae, University Park & Platt Park). We've seen these areas, but would really appreciate greater insights and opinions from the locals. We have children ages 3 & 8, so we need perspectives on family-life and overall vibe. Work commute to DT will be short from any of these areas. Our budget is $500-$630K-ish. Thanks for your help!

(We have a realtor, so please, no realtor solicitations)
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Old 01-07-2012, 01:27 PM
 
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Good time to buy -- looks like prices have gone down 2-3 % in the last few months. I live near DU and can't say enough good things. The neighborhood is University Park. Super safe, easy bike ride to Wash Park without having to deal with Wash Park traffic. Wide streets, wide alley, safe sidewalks, good school. We looked at all the places you are mentioning and found UP was hte best for us and we haven't regretted it.

Good luck
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Old 01-07-2012, 01:37 PM
 
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We looked at all the areas you mentioned and decided that for families, Congress Park was the best for us.

Washington Park is just too busy, and the prices are much higher than Congress or Park Hill (Wash Park name surcharge $$$). Honestly, I would take Platte park over Washington Park.

Park Hill has the best bang for your buck, you can get a larger home there for a great price. However, the problem we have with Park Hill is that you see a lot of transients walking around and not everyone takes good care of their houses.

Congress Park was the happy medium for us. Great prices for older homes. Very safe and generally around good elementary schools (Steck, Teller, Waldorf). In Congress park you could get a beautiful home along 7th near the park for that price. Tons of young families in Congress Park and the people are very nice.

Overall vibe of each: Congress and Park Hill are similar being laid back and fairly down to earth, also very diverse. Washington Park draws in a different type I would say, could be anywhere from college party to upscale, not so relaxed to me.

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Old 01-07-2012, 04:27 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Default Congress Park or Electric Heights/Alta

0. See Colorado School Grades

1. Buy a house in Congress Park inside one of these areas:
http://media.dpsk12.org/boundarymaps/276.pdf
http://media.dpsk12.org/boundarymaps/214.pdf
Steck or Bromwell.

2. Buy a house in Electric Heights or Alta. Unofficial description is "South Bonnie Brae"
http://media.dpsk12.org/boundarymaps/223.pdf
Cory
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Old 01-11-2012, 12:03 PM
 
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Thank you all very much for these helpful responses! All of this info. is helpful and hugely appreciated! A bit more about us: We're an easygoing, down-to-earth family who value education, cultural offerings (music, art), playing at the local park, as well as volunteerism e.g.@local 'soup' kitchen. We're well-educated, but we're not uppity or social-climbing. We'd like a nice family-house in a safe, family-friendly area where our kids have playmates in the neighborhood.
The feedback, so far, has been really helpful. I'd love to hear more!
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Old 01-11-2012, 12:08 PM
 
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Thank you for this. We grew up in Lakewood and are familiar with this area. I think we'd really like it, but my concern is the public school options K-12. I know there's a good elementary....How about grades 6-12? I'd love to hear more about the school-scenario there. Thanks!

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Good time to buy -- looks like prices have gone down 2-3 % in the last few months. I live near DU and can't say enough good things. The neighborhood is University Park. Super safe, easy bike ride to Wash Park without having to deal with Wash Park traffic. Wide streets, wide alley, safe sidewalks, good school. We looked at all the places you are mentioning and found UP was hte best for us and we haven't regretted it.

Good luck
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Old 01-11-2012, 12:14 PM
 
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This is great info! Glad to hear very positive things about Congress Park for families. Wonder if you, and others in Congress Park, plan to continue sending your kids to Public Middle & High schools?... We plan on going the public school route K-12...I wonder if few, some, or most families in Congress park plan to do the same?
Also, what parks do you frequent, if any? I'm also wondering about Cheesman Park for families. I realize it has a 'reputation'. Do you take your kids to Cheesman?

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We looked at all the areas you mentioned and decided that for families, Congress Park was the best for us.

Washington Park is just too busy, and the prices are much higher than Congress or Park Hill (Wash Park name surcharge $$$). Honestly, I would take Platte park over Washington Park.

Park Hill has the best bang for your buck, you can get a larger home there for a great price. However, the problem we have with Park Hill is that you see a lot of transients walking around and not everyone takes good care of their houses.

Congress Park was the happy medium for us. Great prices for older homes. Very safe and generally around good elementary schools (Steck, Teller, Waldorf). In Congress park you could get a beautiful home along 7th near the park for that price. Tons of young families in Congress Park and the people are very nice.

Overall vibe of each: Congress and Park Hill are similar being laid back and fairly down to earth, also very diverse. Washington Park draws in a different type I would say, could be anywhere from college party to upscale, not so relaxed to me.
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Old 01-11-2012, 12:15 PM
 
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Thanks for the tip on school boundaries!

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Originally Posted by davebarnes View Post
0. See Colorado School Grades

1. Buy a house in Congress Park inside one of these areas:
http://media.dpsk12.org/boundarymaps/276.pdf
http://media.dpsk12.org/boundarymaps/214.pdf
Steck or Bromwell.

2. Buy a house in Electric Heights or Alta. Unofficial description is "South Bonnie Brae"
http://media.dpsk12.org/boundarymaps/223.pdf
Cory
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Old 01-11-2012, 12:38 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Default Not after

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Do you take your kids to Cheesman?
Not after 2200.
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Old 01-11-2012, 02:19 PM
 
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What are the popular parks for kids after 10pm?
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