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Old 11-08-2014, 08:31 AM
 
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We are looking to relocate our family out of Los Angeles to the suburbs in Denver and would love some help on communities/neighborhoods and cities. Through research we have come across Castle Rock but are not "married" to it. It's appealing that you can get more house for your money though and we hear great things about the Douglas County school district. We want to live in new construction and because we have little kids a neighborhood that has lots of kids and a neighborhood that has a sense of community like block parties, etc. is something we are interested in. It's my understanding that there lots of new family orientated communities and I'm not sure where to look. Any suggestions would be VERY helpful! Thank you for your help.
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Old 11-08-2014, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque area
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Castle Rock, Parker and Highlands Ranch are all excellent places to raise families in a safe, prosperous, health-conscious environment with fabulous weather, plenty of new builds available and no shortage of child and family-oriented activities. On the downside, water is expensive. But I'm curious, what "great things" are you hearing about the DCSD? If you've stumbled across the school board's mantra, "world class education" I would advise that it might not mean what you think it means.
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Old 11-08-2014, 11:43 AM
 
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I would go with an established build in the Highlands Ranch area. My friend does construction defect law on new home construction and he's having a field day.

However, consider your employment location. I've been to LA several times on business and Denver rush hour traffic is not far behind LA and getting worse everyday. I try to avoid the interstates at all times during rush hour in Denver.
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Old 11-08-2014, 12:11 PM
 
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You didn't mention budget or employment location so I'll throw Bradburn in Westminster into the mix. It is well known for the neighborhood activities your looking for and tons of kids. Do a search on the forum for it and you will pull up posts from the residents.

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Old 11-08-2014, 01:14 PM
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Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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I think a lot depends on where work will be. There is new home construction from Castle Rock to Erie, and Lakewood to Aurora.

Your price range and wants in community amenities would also be helpful.
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Old 11-08-2014, 02:27 PM
 
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Thank you for all your input. My husband will actually we working from home so the commute will just be to the basement In regards to a budget we were hoping to stay under 500,000...
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Old 11-08-2014, 03:34 PM
 
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Does the DCSD not have a good reputation?
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Old 11-08-2014, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Does the DCSD not have a good reputation?
It has been discussed many times on this forum. Of course, you are getting a limited sample of the population, but these discussions will give you some insight into what's happening.

Do you know how to do a forum search?
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Old 11-08-2014, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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Does the DCSD not have a good reputation?
DCSD has a good reputation, but it's based on past success. That success is now turning.

It is perhaps the biggest educational tragedy in Colorado. The schools are now far underperforming what they should.

The district has become a showcase for the "we hate public schools and public school teachers" political agenda. The district has enacted "reforms" that made a very good district mediocre.

The district is chasing away veteran teachers and administrators and the new teachers hired by the district stay just a few years before heading off to greener pastures.
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Old 11-08-2014, 08:20 PM
 
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In Highlands Ranch, Tresana (Tresana - A Shea Homes Community) and BackCountry (New Home Gated Community Highlands Ranch CO BackCountry) may be options for you because these are the major (only?) sources of new homes. The community is very nearly built to capacity. That means that lots of green space will be preserved and options for new home construction are somewhat limited. BackCountry may exceed your budget, however.
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