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Old 03-22-2015, 04:28 PM
 
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Hello!
I am looking for someone who can tell me if there is a city with the things i'm looking for within a 30-40 minute drive to Denver. Here is the list:

1.Lower crime rate
2. Lots of parks and trails
3. Lots of things for young families to do
4. Nice views (mountains, lakes, rivers)
5. Shopping areas in short drive or walk
6. Good school systems
7. Cute downtown area
8. Active lifestlye
9. Friendly people/small community feel (easy to make friends as an adult)
10. Low unemployment rate

Now of course, not all these things will be met, but I am looking for a city as close as possible to this. If it helps, I am going to become a nurse, so a nearby hospital would be nice. Thank you for your help

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Old 03-22-2015, 05:09 PM
 
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Arvada!
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Old 03-22-2015, 05:20 PM
 
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Arvada!
Which of the requirements does Arvada have?
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Old 03-22-2015, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Budget? House/Apt? # of Bedrooms?
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Old 03-22-2015, 06:39 PM
 
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Budget? House/Apt? # of Bedrooms?
Budget-$550,000 for a house with 3-4 bedroom and 2+ bathrooms.
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Old 03-22-2015, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Denver has plenty of mountain vistas, but lakes and rivers are in short supply. Southeast Aurora will get you decent distant mountain views, a reservoir, trails, and good schools, but there's no real downtown.
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Old 03-22-2015, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Louisville meets all those criteria.
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Old 03-22-2015, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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It is quite apparent that you are not from around here.

Arvada, Louisville, Aurora, and many other of the areas that will be suggested are former stand alone towns that are now part of the greater Denver metropolitan area. Most of the houses will be post 1970 and each municipality blends into the next with no real change in identity.

Your best bet is north. Boulder is probably too expensive, but Longmont, Berthoud, Loveland, and Ft. Collins might fit the bill. These cities are stand alone cities and will meet most of your criteria. Ft. Collins, the furthest from Denver, is about 90 minutes away from downtown Denver.
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Old 03-22-2015, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Evergreen
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Evergreen, Conifer, Mountain Area Morrison. Almost checks off everything on your list. I have many friends who are nurses and I was a pediatric nurse for 11 years. You'd be able to commute to a few hospitals pretty easily or always work for one of the doctor's offices/medical centers in Evergreen or Conifer.
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Old 03-23-2015, 04:19 AM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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Evergreen, Conifer, Mountain Area Morrison. Almost checks off everything on your list. I have many friends who are nurses and I was a pediatric nurse for 11 years. You'd be able to commute to a few hospitals pretty easily or always work for one of the doctor's offices/medical centers in Evergreen or Conifer.
These fit the criteria the OP listed above, but they don't fit the criteria listed in a more general post the OP made in the US Forum.

The above areas have too much snow and cold and are not large enough for the OP's tastes.

Given the original list, I am not sure that Denver or Colorado is what the OP is looking for.
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