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Old 02-06-2008, 05:00 PM
 
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My family is looking at relocating to denver this summer. We're looking in the 100-200k area for standalone homes(no condos/townhouses). What are the best areas/zips/subdivisions/whatever they call it in the Denver area for this? We're looking for something family friendly and I have a child going to elementary school(he will be in 3rd grade next school year).

I've seen some homes in Southeast and Southwest denver areas(Aurora and Lakewood areas I guess) and some in Brighton. The schools seem to rate highly in Southeast Denver/Aurora(Cherry Creek), but the housing seems tight for our price range. Same goes for Southwest. Northeast/Brighton areas seem more affordable(and much newer), but some of the schools have horrible ratings on greatschools.net.

Anyone have any tips on where to look for something with above average elementary schools and, preferably, good youth sports programs while remaining in the 100-200k range? We're targetting our move for late June or early July, coming out to take a look around in a few weeks and hopefully in late march/early april to pick out a house.

Thanks for any help
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Old 02-06-2008, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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$100-200K for a SFH is just about impossible in metro Denver, especially at the lower end. I don't know the Brighton schools, but I'd take greatschools with a grain of salt, especially at the elementary level.
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Old 02-06-2008, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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My family is looking at relocating to denver this summer. We're looking in the 100-200k area for standalone homes(no condos/townhouses
Would you consider renting for maybe a year or so to buy time?
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Old 02-06-2008, 06:16 PM
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Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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If you're handy, you can get a decent house for $200-225.
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Old 02-06-2008, 08:55 PM
 
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The Littleton area has some good youth sporting programs and if you are willing to be flexible in your housing desires, there are some properties that do come up in the Southwest area from time to time at the top of your budget. More than likely, It will need a little TLC but the little ones have a lot of activities to choose from in these areas. Try zip codes 80120, 80121, 80123.

Best of Luck,

Zane Penley
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Old 02-06-2008, 11:12 PM
 
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Can you even buy a house in Denver for 100k?
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Old 02-07-2008, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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See this graphic posted by bradburn1 on another thread in this forum:

The Denver Post - Interactive Graphic: Denver home prices

It took a while for my DSL to download (don't give up), but it's great. It doesn't cover Boulder County, however.
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Old 02-07-2008, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Denver
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This is good utility.

Go too google.com

Then click the tab for google maps

Put in Denver and zoom around so the city is in the screen view.

Then on the left side of the screen you will see "My Maps" Click it

Under that new menu you will see "real estate"

It will be obvious what to do from there.

I guess the only down side for you is that you can't filter for single family homes. However, it will help you find an area to start the search.

You can zoom the map and redo the real estate search to pinpoint areas.

Have fun!

Edit

I did a quick search for 0$ - $200000 homes and it found 9772 for sale.
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Old 02-07-2008, 10:01 AM
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Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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A better one is REcolorado.com - brought to you by Metrolist Inc. It is our public side of the local MLS. About 97% of listings are there, updated every weekday. No ads, no forms to fill out...
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Old 02-07-2008, 01:18 PM
 
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Jefferson County is probably your best bet for finding a house under $200k, and schools there are generally good with some exceptions. Westminster and Arvada are both partially in Jefferson County, and I think you'd find something in that range, though those actually under $200k probably need a bit of fixing up. Lakewood is another possibility.
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