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Old 12-28-2016, 06:54 AM
 
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My boyfriend and I are looking to buy a home in Denver this upcoming year and would love some advice! We are both mid 20s and are looking for a neighborhood that's close to downtown but an easy drive to the mountains for a hike. Having a dog, we will also need a backyard. I am aiming to stay somewhat close to Regis University for my grad school classes. I have also been looking into some bordering cities like Arvada and Lakewood. We don't have kids, but would like to buy in an area that'll be family friendly when the time comes. Our price range will be around 275-350ish.

We currently live in VA but we are coming out to visit in a few months. Any suggestions where to look?
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Old 12-28-2016, 08:21 AM
 
Location: lakewood
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Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood would be my first areas to look in...
too bad Berkeley is out of the price range, from my understanding of things...
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Old 12-28-2016, 08:24 AM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Default See it, Make an Offer. You have 10 seconds.

Wheat Ridge.
Between 26th-38th and Sheridan-Wadsworth.
It will be somewhat of a fixer.
You will need a great, hyper-local buyers' agent.

Regis neighborhood of Denver.
More money, less house.
But, closer to shops and restaurants.

Typical Berkeley house in your range. They start at $400K.
https://www.redfin.com/CO/Denver/415.../home/34059780

Typical Wheat Ridge house.
https://www.redfin.com/CO/Wheat-Ridg.../home/34417816

Nothing available in Regis right now.

This will not make you feel good.
http://www.city-data.com/forum/46418335-post332.html

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Old 12-28-2016, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I think with kids in the future, you'd be better off in the burbs at your price point. I'm not a fanatic about "good schools" but I think the schools are better in the burbs at that price level.
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Old 12-28-2016, 10:09 AM
 
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Thanks that is helpful! Arvada is looking like the right place for us.
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Old 12-28-2016, 11:24 AM
 
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Typical Berkeley house in your range. They start at $400K.
https://www.redfin.com/CO/Denver/415.../home/34059780
Wow, ridiculous price for that tiny dump. Is it from being near Davebarnes?
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Old 12-28-2016, 11:45 AM
 
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Wow, ridiculous price for that tiny dump. Is it from being near Davebarnes?
I am in the same boat, trying to find a decent starter home within a 50 mile radius of Denver is almost impossible without spending well above our budget.
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Old 12-28-2016, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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I think with kids in the future, you'd be better off in the burbs at your price point. I'm not a fanatic about "good schools" but I think the schools are better in the burbs at that price level.
I'm a bit of fanatic about good schools and do live within the city of Denver where my son attends a top rated (and great fit for him) school. But I agree it would be tough to get into one of the neighborhoods in Denver zoned for the best schools in DPS at OP's price range.
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Old 12-28-2016, 12:42 PM
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Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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To transition from a home buyer to a homeowner has three steps:

1. Get pre-approved. All documents in to your lender and passed underwriting.
2. Set up a home search with your Buyer's Broker with your criteria set to ASAP and not one or two times a day.
3. Be ready to make a decision to write on a property that meets 90% of your needs.
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Old 12-28-2016, 12:49 PM
 
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I'm a bit of fanatic about good schools and do live within the city of Denver where my son attends a top rated (and great fit for him) school. But I agree it would be tough to get into one of the neighborhoods in Denver zoned for the best schools in DPS at OP's price range.
What areas in Denver have good school zones? We can be a little more flexible on our budget depending on what job I get.
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