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Old 08-17-2017, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Old 08-17-2017, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Wheat Ridge, CO
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Any suggestions would be great for towns or locations to check out would be great. We’re looking to rent for a year at around $1800/month than hopefully buy something under 1200-1500 sq feet for around or less than 300k.
Check out Arvada, which has a cute downtown. Westminster is building a new downtown style shopping area. Places like Superior, Louisville and Lafayette will require a much bigger budget. Longmont is a possibility. Of course, prices will increase in a year, so what fits the budget now, will likely be just out of reach next year.
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Old 08-18-2017, 07:18 AM
 
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Golden is really a nice place it has a downtown area also. I have a friend that lives on Illinois st in a town house .

https://www.coldwellbankerhomes.com/.../pid_19241102/

no HOA

taxes 2000

1700 sq ft

$ 489,000 ! sheeeeeeezzzz


https://www.coldwellbankerhomes.com/.../pid_19120965/

one Bd
2 bath

$ 279,000
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Old 08-18-2017, 08:18 AM
 
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Check out Arvada, which has a cute downtown. Westminster is building a new downtown style shopping area. Places like Superior, Louisville and Lafayette will require a much bigger budget. Longmont is a possibility. Of course, prices will increase in a year, so what fits the budget now, will likely be just out of reach next year.
That's what I'm looking for. Thanks. I'll add Arvada and Westminster to our list to check out. Looks like there is quite a bit of rentals available on the eastern part where Arvada and Westminster meet. Is there a decent area?


I understand our budget will have to come up. I think I had an idea of what I wanted a monthly payment to be around and I think we can afford quite a bit more with taxes being 5k less a year. I know the market around Denver is booming and will increase year over year but I like the idea of renting for a year or so just to make sure this will be a good fit for us.
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Old 08-18-2017, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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As a pharmacist, your wife can probably get a job most anywhere. Where do you expect to be working, OP? That would help us guide you.
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Old 08-18-2017, 08:27 AM
 
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Golden is really a nice place it has a downtown area also. I have a friend that lives on Illinois st in a town house .

https://www.coldwellbankerhomes.com/.../pid_19241102/

no HOA

taxes 2000

1700 sq ft

$ 489,000 ! sheeeeeeezzzz


That first property would be amazing location wise. We stopped in Golden about 4 years ago and loved their downtown area. The price is actually lower than what I expected out of a nice location. I think once we got established for a year or 2 something like that may be a possibility but who knows what something like that would go for then. We probably have a similar monthly payment when I actually think about it. I'm paying $500 more a month on taxes and $200 more on HOA on 200k townhome.
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Old 08-18-2017, 08:32 AM
 
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As a pharmacist, your wife can probably get a job most anywhere. Where do you expect to be working, OP? That would help us guide you.
I am a Branch Manager for Chase. Transferring shouldn't be much of an issue for me or finding a job at another bank that is comparable. We kind of want her to get a job there first before I look to transfer since she makes substantially more than I do. She is looking at Costcos, Sams, possibly Walmarts. We make roughly 200-220k between us. I know we could afford more of a house but we are kind of frugal with money I guess, outside of travelling. I think I just need to get over spending more.

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Old 08-18-2017, 10:16 AM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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https://www.redfin.com/CO/Wheat-Ridg.../home/34414597

Look in Wheat Ridge
between 26th and 38th and Sheridan west to Wadsworth
close to lots of activities
easy commuting to may places
cheaper than city of Denver, but very close to its amenities
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Old 08-18-2017, 11:54 AM
 
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I love that part of Golden near the downtown
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Old 08-18-2017, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Frederick, CO
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Hi! We moved from Illinois 5 years ago, my husband worked for the St Louis College of Pharmacy for many years and we had one of our pharmacist friends follow us out here after they realized how much better it is living here than in Illinois.

Like others have mentioned property taxes are a whole lot cheaper here than in Illinois so that is a plus.

To meet your budget townhomes/condos would definitely be the way to go. Here are some areas you might want to check out.

Arvada
Brighton
Westminster
Broomfield (you can get 2-bed condos close to the new downtown area they will be building)
Thornton (not really a walkable downtown area but more affordable and may meet some of your other criteria)
Dacono ( a little further north but a sweet old downtown area with a good bbq restaurant that offers up good beer)

We are brewery hoppers too, Brighton has 2 great breweries and another on the way, all in a sweet older downtown area and it is one of the more affordable options.

Louisville, Lafayette and anything closer to Boulder is likely going to be beyond what you want to pay, even for a townhome and rent wise as well.
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