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Old 01-13-2016, 04:41 PM
 
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Hello my husband recently got a job offer in Denver. Whicheither of us know anything about. We currently live in San Diego where niceweather is an understatement. we also have a 5 year old that would be startingkindergarten in the fall. My first question would be, where would be a goodplace to buy a home? I started looking around in Denver and noticed it’s kindof pricy. Would we able to live in Aurora and commute to work in Denver? Oris that not ideal? My second question would be schools, what would be somepossible schools to consider? (Above average) are they cultural diverse? Thirdquestion is weather, generally speaking how cold does it get in the winter? Isthere a lot of snow? Coming from San Diego would I be miserable? If anyone hasanswers to any of these questions I would greatly appreciate it. Oh and if youcould list some zip codes that are nice areas that I should consider that wouldbe awesome. Thanks again
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Old 01-13-2016, 05:15 PM
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We need more answers before we can help you.

Denver is a pretty large city, and it is spread out. Where (cross streets) is work. Have either of you driven in snow? Rent or Buy? Budget? What else besides good schools are you looking for in a community?

We get 55+/- inches of snow a year.
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Old 01-13-2016, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Need work address in Denver to make good recommendations, budget would help too. E/SE/S Denver would be fine for commuting from Aurora. Most of the rest of it would not be. The best parts of Aurora, in this order: 80016, 80015, 80014, 80013, and several others in decreasing desirability.

It *can* get very cold. But generally not for very long. It is unusual to be below freezing for more than 5-7 days in a row (this happened once this winter, again, pretty unusual). It almost never stays below zero for more than 48 hours. It snows a ton *at times*. It is January 13, and my front lawn is only about 10% covered with old snow. This will change (next time it snows), but there is none in the extended forecast right now. We are exactly 12 degrees cooler than you as I type this right now.

We have plenty of San Diegans here, along with other Southern Californians (like myself) that have adjusted without much fanfare.
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Old 01-13-2016, 07:04 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Stay in San Diego where the weather is more clement.
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Old 01-13-2016, 08:07 PM
 
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Thank you for all the replies...we do not have an exact address yet as to where the job is at. I have driven briefly in snow in Virginia it was maybe only an inch thick and I hated it. A housing budget would be 400,000-450,000. Looking for a single family home preferably brand new. How are the schools?
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Old 01-13-2016, 10:00 PM
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The Denver Metro Area covers a large area. Schools are all over, and what makes a school good is subjective.

It helps to live within 10 miles of work. Especially for snow days.

You can buy a new house for $400-450k. The question remains - what would be commutable?
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Old 01-13-2016, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Thank you for all the replies...we do not have an exact address yet as to where the job is at. I have driven briefly in snow in Virginia it was maybe only an inch thick and I hated it. A housing budget would be 400,000-450,000. Looking for a single family home preferably brand new. How are the schools?
Hate is a really strong word to use. If you really feel that way about driving in snow, you should definitely not move here. Seriously.......it snows....every fall....every winter....every spring.....multiple times....and it sticks to the ground sometimes.
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Old 01-13-2016, 10:22 PM
 
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It would be hard to leave San Diego's gorgeous climate indeed! Yet many people from Southern CA relocate to the Denver area.

From what I understand, Cherry Creek School District is well regarded.

Good snow tires help traction and confidence. Building in extra time for trips is a must on snow days. Taking the back roads is often better for hesitant drivers. Snow usually melts pretty quickly and people here get right on with their lives.

Denver is a growing and increasingly diverse and progressive metro. Good luck on your decision!
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Old 01-13-2016, 10:27 PM
 
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Hate is a really strong word to use. If you really feel that way about driving in snow, you should definitely not move here. Seriously.......it snows....every fall....every winter....every spring.....multiple times....and it sticks to the ground sometimes.
Indeed, glad you said this. Hate is a strong word and snow is a frequent reality here.
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Old 01-14-2016, 08:42 AM
 
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Thanks for your replies. Yes hate is strong word, let’s say I felt extremely uncomfortable. I’m sure eventually I would get the hang of things. Thanks again for your helpful suggestions.
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