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Old 07-31-2014, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I need some help. We'll be out visiting at the end of September and part of our plan is to start checking out neighborhoods that we would like to ultimately move to. I've been thinking Arvada, Centennial or Wheat Ridge based on what I've read here. So I'd like some of the locals thoughts based on the following considerations. I'm not factoring in a commute because I can only guess where our careers will take us. So exclude that for now. We're good with public transit or traffic.

  • We're a mixed race couple (he's black, I'm white) with mixed kids. I realize this isn't so much of an issue anymore but there are still some places it matters.
  • We'll be settling down by the time the kids are in school so good schools are important
  • Our budget to buy a house will probably cap at about $350K (a couple of years off still so that can be taken with a grain of salt).
  • We currently live in Chicago on the North side in a really diverse neighborhood which I love. I realize we won't find the same level there but just not as homogenous as the Vail Valley was when we lived there.
  • Great local restaurants. I'm not big on chain places.
  • We love hiking and being outside (which I realize basically encompasses the entire Front Range).
Any suggestions on some great eats in these neighborhoods? We're spending 5 days in Denver so we're hoping to spend some time in each town/neighborhood. If there's a better option in the city then please let me know!

Thanks!
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Old 07-31-2014, 07:10 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Wheat Ridge
between Sheridan and Wadsworh
between 26th and 38th

My places (Wheat Ridge and east)
Berkeley Neighborhood and slightly beyond - Denver
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Old 08-01-2014, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Thanks Dave!
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Old 08-04-2014, 03:12 PM
 
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You may want to avoid Arvada. I know several cops up there who are the second coming of Mark Furhman.

Wheat Ridge would be better. The area mentioned above is good. You're not far from North Denver which has some of the best "joint" type restaurants in the metro area.
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Old 08-05-2014, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Centennial would probably have better schools, but western suburbs will be closer to the mountains and you get bigger lot sizes. There won't be much diversity unfortunately.
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Old 08-06-2014, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Thanks JohnnyDenver! Moonwalkr I've noticed that the schools seem to overall be better in Centennial. I'd rather be closer to the mountains, but what's another 30 minutes.
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Old 08-21-2014, 02:41 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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You're not far from North Denver which has some of the best "joint" type restaurants in the metro area.
What are some of the restaurants you'd recommend? I'm all about the hole in the wall places!
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Old 08-21-2014, 08:34 AM
 
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Have you considered Louisville near Boulder? It has twice been named the #1 (recently #2) place in the US to raise a family. We have had good experiences with the Boulder Valley Schools. Housing may be a little high with your budget, but you never know. Downtown Louisville has some local restaurants and it fun to walk around. There are many trails for hiking and biking and Boulder and the Foothills are not too far away. Welcome to Historic Downtown Louisville, Colorado MONEY’s Best Places to Live: #2 Louisville, CO - 1 Boulder Valley School District
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Old 08-21-2014, 08:45 AM
 
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Gaetano's, Carl's, Kyle's Cafe
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