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Old 07-10-2016, 07:55 PM
 
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From Bradburn, 120th and Colorado is approx 15-20 minutes, depending on traffic, so good for commute there. Fill all of your other requirements as well. There are two excellent daycare facilities in the community itself, excellent community schools, tons o kids, a very strong sense of community. Great view of the mountains right from the south side and the open space that borders. Can get to every shopping place you will ever want (with the exception of Trader Joes--have to go to Boulder for that) by car in 5-15 minutes and many on foot. There's a Whole Foods and a bunch of restaurants and shops in our downtown, 5-10 minute walk from every home.

However: most yards in Bradburn are small to keep the neighborhood walkable, but we have 9 pocket parks, two playgrounds are next to a large park and open space on the south side. Neighborhood is super, super social. Everyone knows everyone and we all talk all.the.time.--like a small town--and if you have any deep dark secrets, ya won't be keeping them here LOL.

Stapleton commute to 120th and Colorado would suck, although it is a reverse commute. I would estimate 30-45 minutes for that commute. Stapleton is a good community with many of the things you are looking for but is much, much bigger and more expensive per sq foot than Bradburn. Close to downtown though.
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Old 07-11-2016, 12:25 PM
 
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Denver is about as un-Colorado as you can get. It is the default go-to city where people move to, but is about the flattest un Colorado like place that exists in the entire state. If you are self-employed or work from home, Denver has more minuses than pluses, from personal experience. And I haven't even gotten into cost.

Your ONLY choice, IMO are either somewhere in the far norther I-25 corridor or somewhere along the hwy 36 corridor.

Suburban outlier cities around Denver contain MUCH more educated populace, FAR less homeless and transient trash, and WAY better value not only cost but as far as raising a family.

The southern suburban suburbs are all around the best for families, but you'll pay $550k for a 40 year old dump that is worth $75k in Dallas.
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Old 07-11-2016, 01:59 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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If you are self-employed or work from home, Denver has more minuses than pluses
1. I live in the Socialist Paradise of the City & County of Denver. And, after 30+ years, do not plan to live anywhere else.

2. I am self-employed and have worked from home for 20 years. Still working. Been great for me. Good internet service. Electricity works. Water works.

3. I have 26 restaurants within 6 blocks of my house. Plus 9 bars, 4 coffee shops and 3 grocery stores.

4. I have over 220 businesses within walking distance of my house that I have reviewed on Yelp. Including 9 breweries.

5. It is easy for me to "get anywhere" I want to go.

6. The schools range from complete crap to excellent. Overall, I see many that are improving.

7. Denver's population is growing and that is a "good thing" in my opinion. A vibrant city. We have 2 choices: grow or decline--I choose grow.

8. The government is decent. Honest and efficient.

9. Taxes are reasonable.
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Old 07-11-2016, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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1. I live in the Socialist Paradise of the City & County of Denver. And, after 30+ years, do not plan to live anywhere else.

2. I am self-employed and have worked from home for 20 years. Still working. Been great for me. Good internet service. Electricity works. Water works.

3. I have 26 restaurants within 6 blocks of my house. Plus 9 bars, 4 coffee shops and 3 grocery stores.

4. I have over 220 businesses within walking distance of my house that I have reviewed on Yelp. Including 9 breweries.

5. It is easy for me to "get anywhere" I want to go.

6. The schools range from complete crap to excellent. Overall, I see many that are improving.

7. Denver's population is growing and that is a "good thing" in my opinion. A vibrant city. We have 2 choices: grow or decline--I choose grow.

8. The government is decent. Honest and efficient.

9. Taxes are reasonable.
I echo this and from someone who has little kids. I love raising them in the city. Sure, I could sell my house and live in the suburbs in something 3x the size, but honestly I can't imagine doing it.

I have a vibrant, 165 acre park four blocks from my house, kids running around all over, restaurants, shops, grocery, all within a few minutes.

I also travel extensively for work so having a world class airport nearby is a major plus. Could not swing this living in the mountains even though I work from home while I'm in town.
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Old 07-11-2016, 03:56 PM
 
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1. I live in the Socialist Paradise of the City & County of Denver. And, after 30+ years, do not plan to live anywhere else.

2. I am self-employed and have worked from home for 20 years. Still working. Been great for me. Good internet service. Electricity works. Water works.

3. I have 26 restaurants within 6 blocks of my house. Plus 9 bars, 4 coffee shops and 3 grocery stores.

4. I have over 220 businesses within walking distance of my house that I have reviewed on Yelp. Including 9 breweries.

5. It is easy for me to "get anywhere" I want to go.

6. The schools range from complete crap to excellent. Overall, I see many that are improving.

7. Denver's population is growing and that is a "good thing" in my opinion. A vibrant city. We have 2 choices: grow or decline--I choose grow.

8. The government is decent. Honest and efficient.

9. Taxes are reasonable.
While I do not live in the Socialist Paradise of the City and County of Denver I echo all this stuff. I live in the suburbs on over an acre (I like my space, anything with too many people around gives me the heebie jeebies). Yet I can also walk to 20+ restaurants. Any type of store (3 grocery stores, Lowes, Walmart, Target, REI, JCPenney, Ross, Marshalls, Movie Theater etc), bank, car repair, hospital (generally with a no to little wait emergency room), bus, health club amenity I want. I also can walk to view horses, a peaceful and beautiful lake with bald eagles, jumping fish, coyotes, owls, hawk, bull snakes, musk rats etc and through miles and miles of paths. All this within a mile of my house. Generally the schools are excellent. The govt of Westminster (and Denver for that matter) is well run. Westminster is fiscally sound and does nice job with upkeep of the streets. Our taxes are very reasonable for what we get. My interactions with city and county employees are pleasant and efficient. I am a happy camper.

I have lived in Centennial and now live in the northern suburbs. They are both great places to live. I see nothing counter to being good for families in the north. To me the difference is in the pace of their development. When I lived in the southern suburbs they were less crowded and built out. The northern suburbs are more similar to what the southern was 10 years ago or so. Roads a little less crowded, stores less crowded, more relaxed pace and generally more rural feel. But rail is coming up north in 2018 so we will see what happens. However this is not a knock against the southern suburbs. If I hadn't moved for personal reasons I would still be very happy living in the DTC/Centennial.

Already lots of amenities have come our way that weren't here until recently. Plus Adams County and Denver got a ballot measures passed to develop the land around DIA. Alot of the professionals working on or in those projects are going to want to live a little further out from DIA and will likely target the northern suburbs like Broomfield, Westminster, North Thornton, etc to get into the good schools within a reasonable commute. Values may go up so that we are on par with Denver and the southern suburbs. In my opinion now is a good time to buy before growth explodes. It is already on a pretty fast pace.

However, that all being said you will find people equally happy in the western suburbs and pretty much any other area of the Denver metro area. All in all it is a great place to live. We either have growth or decline and I also will take growth every time.
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Old 07-11-2016, 10:26 PM
 
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The OP is from Dallas...All that I want the OP to know is that Denver is MUCH smaller than you think. It's like literally 15 years behind Dallas. No "native" will ever tell you this, but Denver is VERY small compared to Dallas. Denverite city planners who design roads think with 2-3 lane thinking, not 5-10 lane thinking like Dallas, Atlanta, or hell even Tulsa or Albuquerque.

It's an extremely isolated city that seems to attract married people from higher-cost states. The people that I'm friends with from Texas tend to live in Greeley or similarly affordable places. I live in Wash Park and I can assure you most of Denver, regardless of what you read in some lame magazine, is VERY lame in comparison to larger cities as far as single life.
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Old 07-12-2016, 05:35 AM
 
Location: Texas
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The OP is from Dallas...All that I want the OP to know is that Denver is MUCH smaller than you think. It's like literally 15 years behind Dallas. No "native" will ever tell you this, but Denver is VERY small compared to Dallas. Denverite city planners who design roads think with 2-3 lane thinking, not 5-10 lane thinking like Dallas, Atlanta, or hell even Tulsa or Albuquerque.

It's an extremely isolated city that seems to attract married people from higher-cost states. The people that I'm friends with from Texas tend to live in Greeley or similarly affordable places. I live in Wash Park and I can assure you most of Denver, regardless of what you read in some lame magazine, is VERY lame in comparison to larger cities as far as single life.
I'm from Houston and lived very recently in Denver for 3 years. Even before moving there, I was fully aware, and very appreciative, of Denver's size. Yes, it is small and compact compared to the major Texas metros, but that was one of the things I loved most about it. We lived in Stapleton and could be downtown in under 15 minutes by merely driving down one street.

So, while I understand the caution above about the downsides of a much smaller city, I would not be at all surprised if OP considers Denver's size to be a major benefit over living in the Metroplex.
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Old 07-12-2016, 07:03 AM
 
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Yup. Moved here from Dallas. The compactness of the city is a plus.
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Old 07-13-2016, 07:11 PM
 
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I live in Wash Park and I can assure you most of Denver, regardless of what you read in some lame magazine, is VERY lame in comparison to larger cities as far as single life.
The OP is married. I doubt he cares very much about the dating scene.

North Thornton would make for an excellent commute, and your dollar for a home should go a bit farther there. They do also build bigger homes there.

But the schools are mostly just OK, and it can feel a little bit Kansas in parts. Thornton is also just kind of "blah" as a city. There's not a whole heck of a lot to do, and I don't think they're planning on changing that.
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Old 07-13-2016, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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I have to admit that I'm not really seeing how 5 and 10 lane highways are a draw. I spend at least 80% of my driving time on local streets and get just about everywhere I need to including not just work and my kid's school, but sporting venues, museums, theaters (movie and live), parks, zoo, and on and on. That's why I live where I live.
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