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Old 10-07-2017, 06:12 PM
 
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Thinking about relocating to Colorado from Nashville. We would be looking for a great school district with the option of finding a home with some acreage (5+ acres). Elizabeth was suggested to us. Any others that might be worth looking into? Kids are ages 10 and 11. Husband only travels to the airport for work...no formal office. He'd be willing to drive about an hour and a half to the airport.

What about private schools? Academically, is there a need to look into a private school or are most of the public schools pretty good?

Thank you for your help!
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Old 10-07-2017, 06:56 PM
 
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sad to say colorado schools can be marginal. The Cherry Creek school district seems to come to mind but I am sure there are others. 5 acres in Elizabeth will be expensive but if it is what you want? Avoid homes with propane heat and or owning your own well.

The good teachers are found at public schools because of the benefits and retirement. That said private education is also expensive but if it is what you want?

also look at Brighton and their school district.
Really; 1.5 hour drive to DIA opens up a wide area

The Denver airport has lite rail. Along with the A-Line going to DIA there is rail service fairly far south. rtd-denver.com
your husband could skip all that hassle parking and driving in bad weather, at least he could have the choice.

anyways welcome to colorado if you decide to move
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Old 10-07-2017, 08:23 PM
 
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How rural do you want to be? Elizabeth was a very good suggestion as it's one of the few places where 5+ acres isn't abnormal and it's not that far from civilization. Otherwise 2 acres is sort of the limit if you want to be closer to the metro area.

I'd do a search for Brighton as well as Elizabeth with the 5+ acres filter and see what comes up. Things here are very expensive, not sure what your budget is.
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Old 10-07-2017, 08:55 PM
 
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I'm not sure why someone would advise you to avoid having a well when city water can cost the same as electricity in other cities. Just be sure that your well is deep, has good output/refill, and is not on an overtaxed aquifer, and you will be fine.

Anyway, we live near Elizabeth but in Douglas County. We love our charter school; the teachers are excellent, not tenured but rather employed based on student outcomes, and not forced to teach a district-wide curriculum. There aren't as many private options, though, so you could find yourself having to drive to Denver if you wanted to go that route.

This is a great area to raise kids and have land, but it is a little lame if you like to ski. When we lived in Denver, we could easily get to the mountains in under 2 hours and ski in the morning before heading home to work the rest of the afternoon. Living south of the city, and with traffic much worse in recent years, skiing has become a minimum of a long weekend in a hotel and many hours sitting in traffic there and back.
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Old 10-08-2017, 08:15 AM
 
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I'm not sure why someone would advise you to avoid having a well when city water can cost the same as electricity in other cities. Just be sure that your well is deep, has good output/refill, and is not on an overtaxed aquifer, and you will be fine.
you here a lot of attitude; "I grew up on this water and it is fine".

dont listen to this:
-there are 2 aquifers around here and both are drying up. Previously productive wells go out of service. Any well can not guarantee availability of water. Likely you have one well on the property and it must work continous.
-the property is immediately worthless w/o a water source no matter how nice the house looks.
-dont know how to say it but maintenance on a well is expensive. must be done by a professional. To just get a back hoe on site and update a water line is thousands, a drilling rig is tens of thousands. What will you do with no water even for a week while the repair service gets around to fixing your issue?
-well water around here is not crystal clear and pure. think about dealing with this on a daily basis, every glass you drink sorta thing. Daily moderate water contamination will limit you quality of life more sooner than later. At least Public and private water providers are required to do testing.


the prospective home owner has a wide area to pick from. buy into a home serviced with both a public or private water system and has sewer not septic. Public services can extend the testing and maintenance costs over hundreds of customers and yes your monthly water bill will be expensive.

sorry, just the way it is.
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Old 10-08-2017, 02:48 PM
 
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It's gonna be expensive but look at Douglas County. Goodish schools, lots of land and several charter/private options (yuck) if you want them.
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Old 10-08-2017, 02:49 PM
 
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I'm not sure why someone would advise you to avoid having a well when city water can cost the same as electricity in other cities. Just be sure that your well is deep, has good output/refill, and is not on an overtaxed aquifer, and you will be fine.

Anyway, we live near Elizabeth but in Douglas County. We love our charter school; the teachers are excellent, not tenured but rather employed based on student outcomes, and not forced to teach a district-wide curriculum. There aren't as many private options, though, so you could find yourself having to drive to Denver if you wanted to go that route.

This is a great area to raise kids and have land, but it is a little lame if you like to ski. When we lived in Denver, we could easily get to the mountains in under 2 hours and ski in the morning before heading home to work the rest of the afternoon. Living south of the city, and with traffic much worse in recent years, skiing has become a minimum of a long weekend in a hotel and many hours sitting in traffic there and back.
No one in Dougco has tenure regardless of public or charter and there is no district wide curriculum. Just heads up.
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Old 10-09-2017, 07:51 AM
 
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There are areas of Thornton and Brighton where you can get acreage and be in the 27J school district. 27J has greatly improved over the past few years thanks to the development and changes across the Brighton area. There are neighborhoods on the Thornton/Brighton border that offer acreages, good schools, and proximity to the airport, shops, entertainment etc. You can feel like you are in the middle of nowhere but really you are not. One neighborhood to check out may be Todd Creek. I also have friends that live out in Hudson who have a farm and they love their kid's schools. That might be worth checking out too.
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Old 10-14-2017, 09:38 AM
 
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Todd Creek has HOA dues.


denver / Ft Collins / Boulder and associated burbs are an island. To that ends, 4example, Fort Morgan, an eastern rural community has bad schools
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Old 10-19-2017, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Centennial, CO
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Year in and year out Cherry Creek school district is at the top of the list. Unlike other areas/districts where performance varies on the whims of the tax payers (Douglas County being a great example) the CCSD tax payers have never voted down a tax, levy, etc. for schooling.

Being in the CCSD was a mandatory requirement when we were looking for where we were going to live.
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