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Old 04-30-2012, 09:11 AM
 
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Housing immediately near a Rail Station will more likely be much more expensive, definitely in the very good neighborhoods. The new TODs (Transit Oriented Developments) housing right near the stations, like Dry Creek would be especially expensive. Some of the really isolated stations in the challenged neighborhoods, as the Oxford or Osage Station, is somewhat frightening on the lonely platform, late at night--but improvements and developments are coming to these neighborhoods. With the soon to be opened new West Rail Line, through Lakewood, there will be many more options of reasonable housing nearby but some of the Stations, especially East of Sheridan in Denver, will be an interesting experience of development and change.

Most Rail Stations have feeder buses which will bring you to the station. Some have Call-n-Ride with the Station as the central connection, so that you can be picked up and delivered to your home. All these connections would not cost extra with a transfer or a monthly pass, which is the way to go with regularly commuting to downtown. However, again those options would depend on the need if you are the regular 9-5 worker or a shift worker, as they have some limited service. If I wanted complete flexibility with a greater choice of cheaper housing, living within walking distance of a major bus, which runs frequently and with longer service hours, would be best, as in Routes: Broadway 0, East Colfax 15, West Colfax 16 etc.

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Old 04-30-2012, 09:29 AM
 
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I have never been in any of these apartments but they are in a decent block of Englewood, close enough to light rail to either walk or hop on the 0 bus and use your transfer to get downtown to work.

Quiet Friendly Neighborhood!! Beautiful Mature Landscaping! (http://denver.craigslist.org/apa/2970851414.html - broken link)
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:14 AM
 
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I have never been in any of these apartments but they are in a decent block of Englewood, close enough to light rail to either walk or hop on the 0 bus and use your transfer to get downtown to work.

Quiet Friendly Neighborhood!! Beautiful Mature Landscaping! (http://denver.craigslist.org/apa/2970851414.html - broken link)
I have been through that area as there is a Kaiser facility, nearby. I generally walk around or drive around areas and streets that I visit because I am always interested in the characteristics of neighborhoods. I think this a good suggestion and I feel the neighborhood is a good place to live.

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Old 05-01-2012, 10:55 AM
 
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I have never been in any of these apartments but they are in a decent block of Englewood, close enough to light rail to either walk or hop on the 0 bus and use your transfer to get downtown to work.

Quiet Friendly Neighborhood!! Beautiful Mature Landscaping! (http://denver.craigslist.org/apa/2970851414.html - broken link)
I use to live a few houses away from there and have even been in that exact apartment building (my niece's father use to live there). It's a perfectly fine building in a safe, quiet neighborhood about a 10-15 min walk away from the light rail.
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:45 PM
 
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i just did a quick inquiry on padmapper.

one bedrooms in the 0-600 range.

there are 71 listings.

you'll find something. for some reason, people on this board like to make denver out to be much more expensive than it is.
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Old 05-01-2012, 04:18 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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for some reason, people on this board like to make denver out to be much more expensive than it is.
Rents record high in Denver area | Inside Real Estate News
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Average rents for all counties were:
  • Adams, $934.
  • Arapahoe, $909;.
  • Boulder/Broomfield, $1070;.
  • Denver, $973.
  • Douglas, $1109.
  • Jefferson, $897.
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:09 PM
 
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As a heavy public transit user, I would not necessarily assume that rail is the best option or the only option. Central Denver is the hub with the spokes being many buses and rail come into the City. There are many express, regional, limited and local buses that can get you to downtown quickly. many of these bus routes have frequencies and times of services that is equivalent to the rail and sometimes better. Also, it depends if you are just a 9-5 worker or need to be at work on different shifts. Considering your low budget for rental, you would be better served to find an area that is also well served by buses to downtown.

You have not indicated if you prefer urban or suburban or the type of living lifestyle that you are seeking. You can also broaded your choices by living in Central Denver or closeby, for example. the Baker neighborhood, along Broadway, and have excellent bus as well as rail to Downtown. In addition, from some areas you can even walk or bike to work.

Livecontent
Thanks for your reply . I now broadened my search. I am looking at walk able distances from my office in downtown as well. thanks.
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:16 PM
 
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Housing immediately near a Rail Station will more likely be much more expensive, definitely in the very good neighborhoods. The new TODs (Transit Oriented Developments) housing right near the stations, like Dry Creek would be especially expensive. Some of the really isolated stations in the challenged neighborhoods, as the Oxford or Osage Station, is somewhat frightening on the lonely platform, late at night--but improvements and developments are coming to these neighborhoods. With the soon to be opened new West Rail Line, through Lakewood, there will be many more options of reasonable housing nearby but some of the Stations, especially East of Sheridan in Denver, will be an interesting experience of development and change.

Most Rail Stations have feeder buses which will bring you to the station. Some have Call-n-Ride with the Station as the central connection, so that you can be picked up and delivered to your home. All these connections would not cost extra with a transfer or a monthly pass, which is the way to go with regularly commuting to downtown. However, again those options would depend on the need if you are the regular 9-5 worker or a shift worker, as they have some limited service. If I wanted complete flexibility with a greater choice of cheaper housing, living within walking distance of a major bus, which runs frequently and with longer service hours, would be best, as in Routes: Broadway 0, East Colfax 15, West Colfax 16 etc.

Livecontent

thanks for the reply.. I need utmost flexibility in bus hours, since I should be in my office by 6.30 AM and would come back only by 8 PM. I am primarily looking for <600$ apartments, mainly since I spend most of my time in my office I will broaden my search now, with the bus hours you specified. thanks.
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:38 PM
 
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thanks for the reply.. I need utmost flexibility in bus hours, since I should be in my office by 6.30 AM and would come back only by 8 PM. I am primarily looking for <600$ apartments, mainly since I spend most of my time in my office I will broaden my search now, with the bus hours you specified. thanks.
Have you considered living with roommates? A lot of people on Craigslist rent out rooms in their homes (sometimes in the basement, where you have a whole floor to yourself) on a month-by-month basis. A few years ago I did it for 6 months and would highly recommend it. Obviously, you need to be very choosey about who you live with and find compatible roommates. If you could find a good setup once you get here, you could live in a much nicer place, in a more convenient location than you could by having your "own" place, and still be within your budget.
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:37 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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I should be in my office by 6.30 AM and would come back only by 8 PM
Sleep in the broom closet. Save $600/month.
Instant profit.
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