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Old 05-15-2013, 01:01 PM
 
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And we want to buy when our lease is up.

I teach at a charter school in Parker. My son will be coming to school with me when he's ready (he's in preschool now). We currently live in Englewood (renting), parts of which we really like (walkability, mature landscaping, diversity of neighborhood).

Things we don't like about Englewood (we were awakened by two fine gentlemen having a loud disagreement whilst walking down our street at 1am yesterday). We are on a corner house and there is a LOT of loud, Harley-traffic roaring up and down the residential street. All the houses are TEENY TINY. Or, maybe they are billed as 1300 sq feet, but chopped up into 8 jillion little rooms that aren't functional... and they require massive updating.

Our requirements are:
$250,000 and under. 1200 sq feet, 2+ bedrooms, detached, single family home. We don't love the suburbs and prefer a walk score of 50 or above. As a teacher we *can* qualify for special HUD financing, but we have to live in the community I serve.

So, what's a good compromise? What neighborhood is a decent split for our commute? What neighborhood offers a nice balance of walkability (to grocery stores, coffee shops, etc), quiet, safe and "family friendly?" Is such a thing possible?

Thanks
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:09 PM
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Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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Littleton/Highlands Ranch/Lone Tree/Centennial.
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:22 PM
 
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Those are burbs, but what are the neighborhoods named?
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:33 PM
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There are many subdivisions included in the 'burbs mentioned. You can search for walk score in metrolist, if that's most important.

I would think downtown Littleton - but there is little inventory - so you may have to expand your search.
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Born & Raised DC > Carolinas > Seattle > Denver
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I live in Parker and work in Lakewood. Its a very doable commute. C-470 westbound from I-25 (next exit up from Lincoln Avenue in Parker) is a breeze both ways. You're going against the grain. Eastbound traffic on 470 from Littleton to DTC is AWFUL, and in the afternoons westbound leaving DTC is bad. But going west in the morning and east in the afternoon on C-470 is a breeze. 75 MPH the entire way, every single day. It takes me 23 minutes to get from my driveway in Northwest Parker (Lincoln Ave & Chambers) to my job in south Lakewood on Wadsworth.

Parker is a very nice place to live, about 5 minutes from Lone Tree, without paying Lone Tree prices. With a budget of $250k, in Parker you could afford to build a new construction house if you wanted.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:34 PM
 
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I'm looking at places in Parker, and while the houses are GORGEOUS and CHEAP, the place seems pretty car dependent. Is there an older subdivision that you could recommend that might be more walk friendly to grocery stores and other retail?
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:25 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Default Englewood

Englewood the city.
Not the postal address.
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Old 05-17-2013, 04:17 PM
 
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+1 on parts of Englewood to meet your criteria of walk-ability, but (as you stated in your original post) the family/child friendly aspects are lower than in the further out burbs. Unfortunately you need to add about $100K to your budget if you want walkable, urban and kid friendly within commutable distance.
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