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Old 10-29-2017, 06:53 PM
 
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Hi,

First time poster here - we're considering a move from the DC metro area to Colorado and are heading to Denver soon to spend some time getting to know the area a little better (we've been before, but never with an eye towards living there). On our tip, we plan to spend some time driving through and dining/shopping in neighborhoods that are good for raising families (good schools, convenient location, safe, strong community feel/activities), to help get a feel for the different communities.

In your experience, what are some of the best neighborhoods/subdivisions we should consider?

Thanks!
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Old 10-29-2017, 07:15 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Work locations
Budget
Pets, dogs, breeds
Age of kids
Special needs for kids
.????

Did you read any of the earlier myriad threads on this topic?

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Old 10-29-2017, 07:24 PM
 
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neighborhoods that are good for raising families (good schools, convenient location, safe, strong community feel/activities)
that describes all of Colorado, need to be specific
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Old 10-29-2017, 09:02 PM
 
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I wish I could provide more info, but a lot of our plan is up in the air since we're in the exploratory phase.

Job location is unknown.
kids: 1 toddler, would like to be convenient (30 mins or less) to catholic schools
no pets currently, a dog anticipated
no special needs

Where we live, there are certain neighborhoods that are "most desirable" - am trying to determine what those might be for the Denver suburban areas, too if possible, - thanks.
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Old 10-29-2017, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Need a budget at the very least and what you are expecting for that budget. What do you value in a neighborhood? Proximity to city center? Big yard? Mature trees? Walkable? Cookie cutter suburbia? Close to the foothills?

Unfortunately with what you’ve posted we can’t be of much help.

Denver’s most desirable neighborhoods are in the city, but will feel a little bit suburban coming from DC.
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Old 10-30-2017, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Frederick, CO
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Many people with kids move to the surrounding Denver suburbs once they are ready for school time. Living in the city will definitely be more expensive than in the outer suburbs. If you do live in a downtown neighborhood you will have plenty of access to parks, the zoo, museums and kid activities. Denver is very family friendly in many ways.

Some neighborhoods you may want to look at, as mentioned it will depend on your budget but here are some places to start.

Downtown Area and Surrounding

Park Hill
Stapleton
Lowry
Hilltop
Washington Park
Sloan Lake
Edgewater
Cherry Creek

Outer Suburbs South

Highlands Ranch
Castle Pines
Parker
Lone Tree
Greenwood Village

Outer Suburbs West

Golden
Arvada

Outer Suburbs North

Superior
Lafayette
Boulder
Broomfield
Thornton
Erie

Outer Suburbs East

SouthEast Aurora

School districts vary but some of the top rated include Cherry Creek School District, Boulder Valley School District, Adams 12, Douglas County. If schools are the most important thing I would look at school districts and schools first then find a good neighborhood that fits around that.

A new Catholic school is opening in Thornton it is called Frasatti, it might be worth checking out.
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Old 10-30-2017, 09:33 AM
 
Location: St Paul, MN
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I wish I could provide more info, but a lot of our plan is up in the air since we're in the exploratory phase.

Job location is unknown.
kids: 1 toddler, would like to be convenient (30 mins or less) to catholic schools
no pets currently, a dog anticipated
no special needs

Where we live, there are certain neighborhoods that are "most desirable" - am trying to determine what those might be for the Denver suburban areas, too if possible, - thanks.
Recommendations are pointless until you secure a job. No reason to recommend southern suburbs if your job ends up north of town, and visa versa.
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Old 10-30-2017, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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Recommendations are pointless until you secure a job. No reason to recommend southern suburbs if your job ends up north of town, and visa versa.
True, plus without having any idea on budget, it's very hard to give relevant feedback.
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Old 10-30-2017, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO
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I live in Highlands Ranch so I'm obviously partial, but when we considered moving here we basically kept our search to the following:

South
Highlands Ranch
Littleton
Centennial

North
Golden
Louisville
Superior

If you're going to work in downtown, stay North. If you're going to work in DTC stay South. All of those areas are nice, have solid schools, and are great for families. Churches and parochial schools will be abundant. Personal preference and budget will probably dictate a lot of where you end up. Good luck!
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Old 10-30-2017, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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I live in Highlands Ranch so I'm obviously partial, but when we considered moving here we basically kept our search to the following:

South
Highlands Ranch
Littleton
Centennial

North
Golden
Louisville
Superior

If you're going to work in downtown, stay North. If you're going to work in DTC stay South. All of those areas are nice, have solid schools, and are great for families. Churches and parochial schools will be abundant. Personal preference and budget will probably dictate a lot of where you end up. Good luck!
Roxbourgh Park is nice, Solterra is nice, Cherry Hills is nice, Castle Pines is nice. All could be considered the best suburb depending on what OP is after. Lots of nice places. We need more info.
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