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Old 12-15-2014, 07:26 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Why the emphasis on safety?
This is confusing to me.
I find that crime statistics really need to looked at closely.
For example, the #1 and #2 crimes in Denver are typically "theft of and theft from motor vehicle". We have a garage so these crimes are irrelevant to me.

If you really want the safest Denver neighborhood, then you need to 65+ years old and live in Windsor Gardens.
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Old 12-15-2014, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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The emphasis on safety seems overblown to me. Denver is quite safe. That said, since location doesn't seem to matter, here are some neighborhoods worth checking out:

Stapleton - new urbanist. All homes are less than 15 years old. Tons of families (LGBT included), parks, pools, rec centers. Lots and lots of kids. Not as walkable for shops/restaurants as many of the older urban neighborhoods.

Wash(ington) Park - one of Denver premier urban neighborhoods. Very safe, great shops and restaurants to walk to. On the pricey side. Good mix of families, singles, old folks, kids. Small lots, extremely limited inventory.

University Park - nice neighborhood, lots of families. Close in.

Platt Park - near Wash Park, very similar, but not quite as expensive.

Hilltop - not as walkable as the above mentioned hoods. Lots of families. Great parks.

Cherry Creek - most walkable, most expensive of the hoods I'm listing. Lots of shops and restaurants.
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Old 12-15-2014, 09:12 PM
 
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Why the emphasis on safety?
This is confusing to me.
I find that crime statistics really need to looked at closely.
For example, the #1 and #2 crimes in Denver are typically "theft of and theft from motor vehicle". We have a garage so these crimes are irrelevant to me.

If you really want the safest Denver neighborhood, then you need to 65+ years old and live in Windsor Gardens.
The emphasis on safety is there because as a woman let alone a woman of color and a lesbian you are seen as more vulnerable and people tend to mess with you more than a white man or a woman with a male escort would be. It is good to see that top crime is petty but I would rather not come across the fewer percentage of serious/hard crime. Where would those areas be? I still haven't received an answer as to what areas are higher in crime. In all metros there is gang activity/drugs/etc I just want to be aware of what to avoid. I have even been in the "safest" neighborhoods in texas but if somebody doesn't like who you are you can have a gun pulled on you for no reason at all. Your answer is confusing as you say crimes are irrelevant as its just thefts but then you say I need to be in a 65+ neighborhood to be safe? I am just looking for a straight answer as to where to avoid or where is actually safe.
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Old 12-15-2014, 09:14 PM
 
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The emphasis on safety seems overblown to me. Denver is quite safe. That said, since location doesn't seem to matter, here are some neighborhoods worth checking out:

Stapleton - new urbanist. All homes are less than 15 years old. Tons of families (LGBT included), parks, pools, rec centers. Lots and lots of kids. Not as walkable for shops/restaurants as many of the older urban neighborhoods.

Wash(ington) Park - one of Denver premier urban neighborhoods. Very safe, great shops and restaurants to walk to. On the pricey side. Good mix of families, singles, old folks, kids. Small lots, extremely limited inventory.

University Park - nice neighborhood, lots of families. Close in.

Platt Park - near Wash Park, very similar, but not quite as expensive.

Hilltop - not as walkable as the above mentioned hoods. Lots of families. Great parks.

Cherry Creek - most walkable, most expensive of the hoods I'm listing. Lots of shops and restaurants.

Thank you for the feedback! I will look into these.
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Old 12-15-2014, 09:16 PM
 
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Cheeseman Park and Uptown areas are the friendliest LGBT-wise. I have lived in both as a single female and never felt unsafe. Those areas are more geared toward singles and couples than families. However, that was over 5 years ago. Honestly, Denver feels safer than most cities.

The only area I avoid is 16th Street Mall, around Martin Luther King and a few areas around N City Park. Now I live in the burbs so I don't spend much time downtown these days.
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Old 12-15-2014, 09:20 PM
 
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Cheeseman Park and Uptown areas are the friendliest LGBT-wise. I have lived in both as a single female and never felt unsafe. Those areas are more geared toward singles and couples than families. However, that was over 5 years ago. Honestly, Denver feels safer than most cities.

The only area I avoid is 16th Street Mall, around Martin Luther King and a few areas around N City Park. Now I live in the burbs so I don't spend much time downtown these days.
Thank you so much for that perspective! I really appreciate the straightforward answer
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Old 12-16-2014, 06:15 AM
 
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Denver is one of the safest big cities I have ever been to. Obviously, there are some bad apples, but it's a few. There is some gang activity, but it's nothing like LA. When I lived in Atlanta I had to worry about getting mugged downtown. Muggings were violent attacks or at gunpoint. In Denver you have to worry about someone stealing from your car.

There are some bad streets or areas, but these will be very obvious when you go look at the place. Also, with your budget it is doubtful you will be looking at a place next to a crack house.

Good luck!
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Old 12-16-2014, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Englewood, CO
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Mellie, I'm a single woman, with a 16 yr-old daughter. We live in the 'burbs because it's better for my commute, and got us into a school with a great music program for my daughter. I live in a walking community, with grocery stores, shopping, restaurants, bars, etc. all within walking distance of our home. I have NEVER felt uncomfortable walking anywhere in my community, even at night. I don't worry in the least about sending my daughter out to pick up a few groceries after 7 pm, when it gets dark. We both enjoy walking around our neighborhood at all times of day, just because we like it so much. Very, very safe. Of course that's in the burbs.

But with that said, I also feel comfortable in a variety of settings, all over Denver by myself at night. I enjoy taking the light rail to the symphony or theater, or hitting a great restaurant. Which means I have to wait for the train (including a transfer), then walk to my car in the light rail parking garage quite late. Never felt nervous. Yes, I watched my surroundings, always wait under a light for the train, look for security cameras, and make sure I'm in view of them. That's just being smart in a large city. But, did I ever feel threatened, nervous, etc. Nope. My daughter takes music lessons in Stapleton, and often for our drive home, we go right through the heart of some of the more rough areas of the city; North Park Hill, Montbello, East Colfax. Doesn't bother me in the least to drive through there. The biggest concern for me when I drive those routes, really, are the massive potholes and general poor street repair more than the folks who live in those areas. Would I want to live in these neighborhoods? Honestly, no. But that's more to do with schools, commute, desire to live in a walking neighborhood, and amenities more than the folks currently living there.

At your price point, really, you could live anywhere in the city. I would strongly recommend visiting the area, renting a car, and driving through the whole city with a map that identifies the different neighborhoods. Include the suburbs; you never know what you might find there that you like. Find a few you REALLY like and let us know which ones, and what you liked about them. From there, most of us on C-D will be more than happy to fill you in about the particulars of that area.

Good luck with your search!
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Old 12-16-2014, 08:57 AM
 
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I would second the recommendation of Capitol Hill, Cheeseman Park, and Uptown as areas of Denver that are very LBGT friendly. The worst kind of crime you'll see in those areas will be property crime such as someone breaking out a car window of a street-parked car.

Bi-racial would also be no issue anywhere in the Denver Metro area. There are those people who will give you the stare, but I've never experienced anything worse than that. Oh, one time a black guy did opt to shout out, "That's what I like to see- chocolate and milk together!" on a busy downtown street. That's probably to worst kind of racial harassment my wife and I have experienced in Denver.
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Old 12-16-2014, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Cheeseman Park and Uptown areas are the friendliest LGBT-wise. I have lived in both as a single female and never felt unsafe. Those areas are more geared toward singles and couples than families. However, that was over 5 years ago. Honestly, Denver feels safer than most cities.

The only area I avoid is 16th Street Mall, around Martin Luther King and a few areas around N City Park. Now I live in the burbs so I don't spend much time downtown these days.
Totally forgot these on my list. I was doing too many things at once. These are also great neighborhoods.

Congress Park is right next to Cheesman and also worth looking at.

Honestly, there are historically gay areas of town, but the whole city is quite friendly.
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