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Old 12-09-2007, 03:05 PM
Location: Wichita Falls, TX
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I'm looking to live West of Denver.... our budget is $1000-1200 and we are looking for a house to rent. I've heard Arvada is good and even Lakeview. Schools are not a worry because we are a young couple with no kids. We will be going to community college to start. We were previously looking at like downtown or an area like that to get a condo. But have decided when we do move we'd like to be able to rent a little house and have a yard for our dog and be in a nice community. But yeah any information is appreciated.
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Old 12-09-2007, 06:17 PM
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I think you mean Lakewood, not Lakeview. Lakewood is the epitome of "diversity" in the true sense. There is all sorts of housing there. Some areas are 50 yrs old, some are much newer. Newness increases as you go west in all the western 'burbs.
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Old 12-09-2007, 07:03 PM
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You might like Golden too. It has a cute little western downtown, it's right at the foothills and it's about a 15 minute drive to Denver.
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Old 12-09-2007, 07:29 PM
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I am assuming that the you will be attending Red Rocks Community College, the main campus which is in Lakewood, on the west side--near Golden.

Golden is a nice town as kristenfromdenver as said. It would be convenient to the college and the Lakewood and Golden, sort of run into each other. There are a mixture of old and new homes in that area.

Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Arvada, going from south to north are the traditional suburbs of Denver where many long term and Colorado Born residents live.

Lakewood is the largest, population and area, and extends out from very old areas of Denver and extends way out close to the foothills.

Wheat Ridge is the smaller with nice mixture of housing stock, on treed streets, and extends to the eastern border of Golden. It has nice open space with the Wheat Ridge Green Belt which runs through the Town.

Arvada was abled to be established as a separate farming community west of Denver. Since it did not grow out from Denver as Lakewood and Wheat Ridge but more developed out to Denver--it was able to establish a separate town identity with a old town center. Arvada does extend farther out going closer into the foothills and has a branch of Red Rocks in the Town.

No matter where you in the West Side, you can have an easy commute, by car or bus, to Red Rocks without going on the heavy traffic areas--There are many secondary and side rides that would take you around the area.

The nice aspects in living on the West Side is that is has more rolling hill topography because it is closing in on the foothills. It is close to mountain access, not only through the main roads, but through secondary mountain canyons, that can quickly get you to areas to hike and just get away. There are numerous open Space areas, under Jefferson County, that are little known and free from crowds.Open Space - Jefferson County, CO and the maps to these places Open Space Parks & Maps - Open Space - Jefferson County, CO

It also has more of a unique identity with Golden,the surrounding table mountains and older established neighborhoods that give you more of a feel of living in the Denver area of years ago.

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