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Old 05-03-2016, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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Erie is "North Denver"?!
What have I missed?
What is next: Welcome to Cheyenne, the new Denver suburb?
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Erie has great access to I-25. That's the draw for some.
You must remember that davebarnes is the New Yorker of North Denver (sorry, "the Berk"). If it is north of 52nd Ave, it doesn't exist. Unless it's the airport.
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:39 AM
 
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Erie is "North Denver"?!
What have I missed?
What is next: Welcome to Cheyenne, the new Denver suburb?
Haha, fair enough, sorry. Like I said, we don't know the area well. So, I guess I should say, we are looking at towns just north of Denver? To clarify a little on what we are looking for - We would like to find a place that has a good sense of community and strong community involvement. We would love to be some place that feels like a small town with easy access to the city, rather than just suburban sprawl. :-)
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Old 05-03-2016, 06:05 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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would love to be some place that feels like a small town with easy access to the city, rather than just suburban sprawl.
Golden. Kittredge. But fail on the commute.

Erie, Dacono, Firestone, northern Thornton, Berthod are all sprawl.
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Old 05-03-2016, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Golden. Kittredge. But fail on the commute.

Erie, Dacono, Firestone, northern Thornton, Berthod are all sprawl.
Why would they live in Golden or Kittredge if the PP works out east on I-76?

With a $500K budget they could find a house in Louisville. I have a flyer on my desk right now for one at $499,000. It would be a little easier in Lafayette or Erie to meet that price. Erie's not too sprawly. It has a cute downtown.
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Old 05-04-2016, 12:48 AM
 
Location: Prescott Valley, AZ
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Golden. Kittredge. But fail on the commute.

Erie, Dacono, Firestone, northern Thornton, Berthod are all sprawl.
They're not even close to I-76. I've seen you give recommendations to people before that are opposite of ideal locations of what newbies are looking for.
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Old 05-04-2016, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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We are wanting to relocate to a North Denver neighborhood. My husband's job is out east on 76, so we don't want to get too far west because of the commute. We are excited about Erie but we really don't know the area. We are also interested in Lafayette, Broomfield, Louisville, etc. We have two young kids and would like to live in a place with good community amenities such as parks and pools. We are looking at the 500k range. Any suggestions?
It would be good to know just how far east on I-76 you are talking about.

Every city east down I-76 is suburban sprawl until you reach Hudson. You don't want to live in Hudson.

Most of the north metro is suburban sprawl as well. Olde Town Arvada is faux-quaint, with attached suburban shopping and restaurants. Not too much "just for kids" nearby though. You can afford it (it's at I-76 western terminus). Most of the rest of Arvada is old suburban.

Thornton and Northglenn have no cores. You're price point is beyond Westminster's core, which isn't nice anyway. Erie is a small town swallowed up by sprawl. Broomfield is about as generic a suburb as there is. Lafayette and Louisville are indeed good choices (sprawl exists around those as well), but be prepared for the toll road costs, and for you to not get too much for your money (especially in Louisville).

Don't bother with Lochbuie, Commerce City, or Henderson (sprawl x3). Brighton, only if you want more sprawl, or a semi-horse-friendly type existence in a true plains town.
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Old 05-04-2016, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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^^I'd like to say, you don't have to use the toll lanes on US 36 if you live in Louisville/Lafayette. You can use the free lanes. Broomfield looks sprawly, but having spent lots of time there when my kids were in HS and doing HS gymnastics through Broomfield High, I can tell you there's a great sense of community there. Housing a bit less expensive there as well, but it may be a bit far from 76.
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Old 05-05-2016, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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^^I'd like to say, you don't have to use the toll lanes on US 36 if you live in Louisville/Lafayette.
I was thinking more NW Tollway/E-470, since we don't know where "up I-76" is exactly.
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Old 05-05-2016, 09:31 AM
 
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I was thinking more NW Tollway/E-470, since we don't know where "up I-76" is exactly.
Got it!
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Old 05-07-2016, 07:22 AM
 
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Look at Broomfield around the Broadlands, Red Leaf, McKay, and Wildgrass. If you are looking for a relatively safe place with highly rated schools to raise children with pools, parks, wide suburban streets, trails, and kids out playing, mingling, and riding bikes all of time, look no further than this child raising haven. Don't let the suburban sprawl look fool you in these areas. It has a very close knit, community feel with an amazing rec center and tons of activities that cater to kids and families.
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