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Old 04-09-2015, 07:53 PM
 
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Hi all,

This is my first post here, so go easy on me.

My fiancée and I are wanting to move within a 30 minute commute from downtown Denver. We are both originally from the rural northwest (WA & MT), but are looking to spend a few years close to a metro area to advance our careers. She is a nurse and I work in finance/accounting. Ideally, we would like to be as close to the edge of that 30 mile radius as possible - in a quiet, not as metro feeling area.

Since we are not currently located nearby, it makes it challenging to find a place to live... I guess that's why I'm here, to get advice on specific areas we should check into which are within the parameters above (hopefully that's possible). Also, it seems like most of the apartment complexes I have run across have terrible reviews on Google. Are we better off with a duplex, triplex, or basement rental?

I would consider purchasing, but real estate prices are insane in Denver these days, so that pretty much precludes that...

Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-09-2015, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Denver and Boston
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"30 minutes" is not very far in Denver at peak driving times. "30 miles" is huge and probably includes dozens of suitable hoods.
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Old 04-09-2015, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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What's your budget and what are you looking for, house/apt, bedrooms?
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Old 04-10-2015, 09:35 AM
 
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Yep, 30 minutes doesn't always equal 30 miles. Depends on when you go and what route you have to take.

But, hey, I'll give my usual pitch for the West side. Golden down to Ken Caryl. That'll mostly keep you on a 30-45 minute commute to the heart of downtown, and also keeps you out near the mountains for weekend fun. If you really want to be more "city", then you'll find an even more difficult search for an apartment, but with some digging, you should be able to find something.

And frankly, if I were you, I'd look really hard at Golden. Easy light rail access to downtown Denver and also a nice defined city of it's own.
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Old 04-10-2015, 11:16 AM
 
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Budget is the very first thing we would all need to know before we can make an educated guess.
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Old 04-10-2015, 12:14 PM
 
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Thanks everyone. We are looking to rent; and like I mentioned in the OP, preferably not in an apartment complex, though if it seemed nice/safe enough we would definitely consider it. Two bedroom is all we need size wise. In terms of budget, I would like to keep it under $1200 a month. Am I being too idealistic on that?

I need to look more at Golden. How long would the commute be from there on the light rail? We are both really into fitness and outdoors, so being on the west side of Denver has a lot more appeal than the east side.
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Old 04-10-2015, 12:20 PM
 
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RTD

It's about 38 minutes to run the entire W from JeffCo Taj Mahal to Union Station.
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Old 04-10-2015, 12:34 PM
 
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RTD

It's about 38 minutes to run the entire W from JeffCo Taj Mahal to Union Station.
That's not bad at all!
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Old 04-10-2015, 01:16 PM
 
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How is renting a condo different than an apartment?
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Old 04-10-2015, 01:31 PM
 
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How is renting a condo different than an apartment?
A condo is essentially an apartment but probably with a singular owner.
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