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Old 08-28-2014, 03:10 PM
 
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Hello, all. Thanks for all your help thus far.

I'll be in Denver this weekend to visit several apartments and houses. Does anyone have any opinions on these two general areas: near Governor's Park at 8th/Clarkson, and 18th/Vine near City Park.

Both are less than 2 miles from my work downtown. I would like to ideally commute by scooter or bike so I can let my dog out at lunch. It looks like the area near City Park may be better for my dog, plus Google Street View makes it look like a bike/scooter commute west on 16th would be easier and less stressful than a commute from near Governor's park west on 8th and north on Lincoln.

I want to feel safe. I've checked out the crime map, but if anybody can help with personal experience/impressions of the area, and input on pets/commute, as well as whether these are close enough to take advantage of social opportunities for someone in their 20s, that would be great! Thanks.
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Old 08-28-2014, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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Hello, all. Thanks for all your help thus far.

I'll be in Denver this weekend to visit several apartments and houses. Does anyone have any opinions on these two general areas: near Governor's Park at 8th/Clarkson, and 18th/Vine near City Park.

Both are less than 2 miles from my work downtown. I would like to ideally commute by scooter or bike so I can let my dog out at lunch. It looks like the area near City Park may be better for my dog, plus Google Street View makes it look like a bike/scooter commute west on 16th would be easier and less stressful than a commute from near Governor's park west on 8th and north on Lincoln.

I want to feel safe. I've checked out the crime map, but if anybody can help with personal experience/impressions of the area, and input on pets/commute, as well as whether these are close enough to take advantage of social opportunities for someone in their 20s, that would be great! Thanks.
Either location is good. I don't think crime is different for either location. 18th and Vine is closer to City Park than the other location is to Cheesman Park, so maybe better for the dog. 18th and Vine, you can walk to lots of restaurants on 17th The location on 8th is close to a new Trader Joes that will open next week. I'm not sure how far the other location is to a grocery store. But I don't think you can go wrong in either location.
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Old 08-28-2014, 04:06 PM
 
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Thanks; I'm thinking City Park would be great for my dog, and I love the look of the commute on Street View. I even saw 2 scooters and several cyclists, and counted 12 scooters parked at the end of the commute right by my work. I'm liking that!

I'm excited to see it all in person this upcoming week. Thanks.
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Old 08-28-2014, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO USA
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You can't go wrong either way. You'll come to find that Denver is a very dog and bike/scooter friendly place. I think you'll probably like City Park better because its humongous and very beautiful. Plus, the RTD Light Rail is installing a new line that will run from downtown to the airport (DIA) in 2016. Because of the new light rail tracks in 2016, you might want to consider an area known as Stapleton as well. There will be a new station and parking lot installed at Stapleton Station. The light rail system to DIA will be treasured by those who travel a lot. Nevertheless, it's not a bad idea to rent in the area before you think about purchasing any kind of real estate. Welcome to Colorful Colorado!!

Click here to learn more about the light rail system--> RTD

Click here to learn more about the Stapleton area in Denver --> Stapleton Denver
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Old 08-28-2014, 09:26 PM
 
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Google Street View makes it look like a bike/scooter commute west on 16th would be easier and less stressful than a commute from near Governor's park west on 8th and north on Lincoln.
From 8th and Clarkson you could take 7th or 9th directly to the Cherry Creek trail which is a great way to bike downtown. I would probably prefer that commute since 16th St has a lot of stop signs, but you can't go wrong in either location.
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Old 08-28-2014, 09:39 PM
 
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Both are great. Parking would be a little easier by City Park (when having friends visit) and more green space around you (City Park, Cheesman to the south a few blocks south of Colfax.

8th/Clarkson is right next to Cherry Creek trail (personally I'd prefer living aside the park though) Also 8th/Clarkson is slightly closer to downtown (easier to LoDo, Performing Arts ctr, Capitol). 18th/Vine is adjacent or is Uptown neighborhood (great restaurants along 17th) - so just barely more removed from the core of downtown, if even worth mentioned.

I'd decide based on the best value for the rent/mortgage whatever.

Stapleton doesn't compare at all - fine area, but not the same urban core as the two neighborhoods you mentioned.
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