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Old 11-09-2015, 03:22 PM
Location: Born & Raised DC > Carolinas > Seattle > Denver
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Originally Posted by 2bindenver View Post
I was born in DC and raised in Monkey County. .
Silver Spring here, right off Georgia Avenue
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Old 11-09-2015, 05:01 PM
Location: Littleton, CO
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We just moved here from Silver Spring..6 months ago. We lived right right off Sligo Ave on Valley St.
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Old 11-09-2015, 05:24 PM
Status: "Celebrating 30 years as a Broker" (set 19 days ago)
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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I lived in Silver Spring, Rockville, Potomac & then Gaithersburg (now called North Potomac) I graduated from Wooton, but went through the Churchill system. I moved into Dad's house on Nebraska Ave my senior year of high school. Then, I graduated from St. Mary's College of MD. I am currently the alumni chapter president.

After college, I worked at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre. In order to support my theater habit, I started renting apartments at the Huntington on Connecticut Ave. When I moved to Denver 26.5 years ago, I needed a real estate license to rent places to people. I like it a lot, so I stayed.
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Old 11-10-2015, 10:33 PM
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Welcome to the Front Range, Brett! Though my wife and I share a dozen family members in the DC area, we would never consider living there instead of here.

Forget about local crime. In the half-million dollar range, there are no bad neighborhoods in the west side of Denver. I would caution you about hanging around lower downtown at 2 am, when a hundred bars close at once. Then you can see the dark side of Denver's downtown renaissance, built on young people, beer and sports.

Central Jefferson County is an older, stable suburb that's long received a continuing salary and intellectual boost from Federal Center employment. You should start looking close to there. I'd recommend Green Mountain, just to the west, on the lower slopes of the most prominent hill east of the mountains. Winding roads and mature landscaping will have a familiar feel, free of the abject flatness of most of the Denver area. West Arvada homes are also very desirable- today I photographed one listing with a million-dollar view (for $3 mill). But the closer you get to Rocky Flats, the less interested I'd be; there's no need to take that risk. My wife worked in managing waste and safety at the plant, and she was aghast to learn that houses were being built so near by a cleanup that she considers "unfinished."

There's no need to drive far to reach "the best school district." The game is more a matter of finding the best schools within a district. Colorado has open enrollment in public schools, though a few of the most popular have long waiting lists. The key is testing into a Gifted and Talented program. My kid had excellent teachers, a solid and supportive peer group, and a good experience all they way through graduation from Lakewood High, just across the street from the Fed Center. She was accepted by all six moderately selective colleges she applied to. Other districts like Cherry Creek may have better numbers overall, but that comes from borders that cherry-pick the student/family demographics. excluding any affordable housing & minority areas like you find in east Jeffco.

Even if you find "the best school" in "the best district," that can work against your student in subtle ways. In your area, that might be Thomas Jefferson, in Alexandria. My nieces went through there, at the top of the class, and were successful. But colleges like to spread admissions around, so as not to discourage applicants from other schools. They'll only take so many from TJ, so all those other "best" students become your kid's close competition. From my limited experience, I think it's just as important to give you student a stable school home, without disrupting classes and friends with too many moves and relocations.

The living is easy here, compared to DC. You'll probably love our sunny weather, dry air and open attitudes. Navigation on our simple gridded streets is a breeze, too. But traffic is traffic, and ours is getting worse all the time.
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Old 11-12-2015, 11:39 AM
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Thanks Wheatridger for the addition information on Central Jefferson County as well as school districts. Much appreciated!
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