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Old 04-26-2013, 11:52 AM
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Hello All,

I've searched through months of posts to help answer this question but the nature of our situation is a little unique. My husband will be commuting daily for his job and I would love your help in finding a sensible location. His territory is essentially all of Eastern Colorado (think I-25 & Eastward) as far north as Wyoming & Nebraska (just barely into the state) and all the way south to the New Mexico border. I know he will be in Greeley potentially once/week and he will occasionally (3-4/month) be at the office in Centennial (S. Quentin St). Otherwise we are not sure of where he will frequent the most. The point is, he will need something that will allow for easy access to the interstates/highways all across the eastern side of the state and I would love something that will allow the minimum amount of traffic. I've heard (and witnessed it on my last trip there) that I-25 is horrendous. So we ruled out Castle Rock & Larkspur so he doesn't have to commute through the city along I-25 when he travels north. Is there other areas that are notoriously congested that we should avoid? From my little knowledge, it seems close proximity to 470 (near Parker/Aurora) would be logical. We have four children under 8 and currently homeschool. Currently, schools aren't a huge deal but it is still something to keep in mind for resale or in the event we decide to send them to public schools in the future. We would love at least 1/4 acre (preferably 1/2) and chickens. I've read that Aurora does not allow backyard chickens? And some HOA's will not allow them. We also have a camper and I'd like to not stress when we pop it up before in after trips to clean it or prep for camping. Flexible or no HOA would be preferred. Our budget is < $400K. He can try to schedule his meetings to avoid some of the heavy commute times but it will not always work out that way. Please let me know if I can offer anything else. Thanks in advance for your time! Much appreciated!
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Old 04-26-2013, 11:55 AM
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I should also add that we are transferring from Oklahoma. We know renting is always a good option but this will be our 7th move in 9 years. We would love to move only once and renting is very expensive out there. Although, we have not ruled it out. Thanks again!
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Old 04-26-2013, 01:05 PM
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Keep in mind that 470 east of I 25 is a toll, and a ridiculously expensive toll at that. Most of the neighborhoods in the Parker/Southeast Aurora area will have HOAs, I wouldn't necessarily describe any of them as "Flexible." It sounds to me that you may be seeking a more rural setting close to town. Backyard chickens and a camper are not going to fly in many of the suburban developments especially the new ones. You may want to look further out toward Kiowa and Elbert county. At your budget you would be able to afford a nice property on acreage with less restrictions. The commute into Centenial is manageable, and access to the rural plains is quick via state highways rather than interstates.

Another place to really consider is the I76 corridor. Look North of 104th ave into Brighton and points NE. It offers everything I just described albeit even less expensive. It's a bit further from Centennial but much closer to Greeley. I-76 is a direct shot to Nebraska and the northeastern Colorado Plains to the east and right into the heart of Denver westbound. There is virtually no traffic on I-76 compared to I-25.
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:29 PM
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His work will pay the toll fees actually. But it's good to know about all the HOA's. I'll check out Kiowa. I didn't want to be too far from a grocery store. I'll check out Brighton as well. Thanks!
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