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Old 04-29-2018, 03:52 PM
 
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Hello!
I am looking for some insight! I am planning on relocating to the area this summer. Earlier this month I visited Co. I stayed in Littleton, but explored all over. I like the Littleton/Lakewood area and I also liked Colorado Springs. I also found Longmont appealing as well.

What are the pros and cons of the areas?
Commute will not be an issue as I will work in the area that I live.
I will be looking to rent a 1 bedroom apartment, budget about 1400 plus utilities.

I currently live on Long Island, which is in NY. I live in the suburbs, but am looking for less people/traffic.
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Old 04-29-2018, 05:23 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN
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Hello!
I am looking for some insight! I am planning on relocating to the area this summer. Earlier this month I visited Co. I stayed in Littleton, but explored all over. I like the Littleton/Lakewood area and I also liked Colorado Springs. I also found Longmont appealing as well.

What are the pros and cons of the areas?
Commute will not be an issue as I will work in the area that I live.
I will be looking to rent a 1 bedroom apartment, budget about 1400 plus utilities.

I currently live on Long Island, which is in NY. I live in the suburbs, but am looking for less people/traffic.
Do you have job prospects in both areas? I highly recommend securing employment first, then go from there.

My personal pros for Littleton/Lakewood when I lived there was the proximity to amenities, parks, open spaces and the trails/greenways.

We lived at Camden Lakeway apts, we had a 2bd but if I remember correctly, I think their 1bd start at $1450. You could also check out the Fairways at Raccoon Creek and the Pines at Marston.
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Old 04-29-2018, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Interesting choices.

Littleton is about the same age as Colo Spgs, but Lakewood is much newer. Cos was much bigger in its earlier years than Littleton, so it will retain a larger section of older, historic areas. These range of dates have a big influence on styles and types of architecture and development and traffic lay outs you will encounter.

Littleton and Lakewood have numerous reservoirs, creeks, and active drainage with water in them. Population density in the two is also fairly tight. Cos has very few active waterways, sits at a much higher elevation, is considerably dryer, and much more spread out despite being much more populous.

Littleton and Lakewood are a part of the Denver metro which brings with it all the benefits and drawbacks of being astride a major metro area; traffic, population, diversity, activities, job access, etc. However, Denver will pale in comparison Long Islands population, diversity and access.

Littleton and Lakewood and their suburban layouts have large number of man made and maintained parks, open space, trails and paved paths. Suburban parts of Cos are very similar, albeit much less used, but Cos will have a much greater wild land interface with numerous natural setting parks. My visits in Littleton, Lakewood, and Englewood areas seem very much like communities within the greater city in that there seems to be a lot of people being very active at the many parks, community centers, schools, etc. Cos seems a bit less cohesive in this regard, probably because it covers so much area so there isn't really a lot of activity concentrated into a smaller area. Cos also has a pretty fair amount of tourism business during the summer months and some of the more popular places will be nearly over run with them. That also means you have great access to these same things in the off season.

Military infrastructure in Cos has developed a very robust and stable communications and power infrastructure. Littleton and Lakewood proximity to Denver has allowed it to develop alongside the metro area with power and telecommunications. If you work form home and tele-communte, this may be something you look into deeper.

Littleton straddles several counties. Lakewood and Colo Spgs are in single counties. This could influence sales tax, vehicle registration, etc. Newer areas in Cos may be in special tax districts which will influence not only home sales prices and property taxes, but rental prices as well. Not sure if there are any of these throughout Littleton and Lakewood although they both have very new developments and some heavily gentrifying areas.

Typically we would say rents in Cos are cheaper, bu they have been sneaking higher the last few years. You can still probably get a higher end, newish 1 bd apartment apartment within your $1400 price. Camelback Pointe and Oasis are examples of two of these. Centrally located high up on a western mesa, they have views of both the mountains and the city with easy access to the central and western parts of the city as well as Manitou and the Broadmoor areas.
https://www.weidner.com/colorado-spr...artment-homes/
Colorado Springs, CO Luxury Apartments | The Oasis
There are numerous other newer complexes on the northern and eastern edges of the city as well. The Northgate area is a rapidly growing northern part of the city with a lot of retail going into place. The eastern edge of the city along the Powers Blvd corridor is similarly experiencing rapid growth with shopping, retail, and recreation.
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Old 04-30-2018, 09:34 AM
 
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Littleton/Lakewood is very comparable to much of Colorado Springs, but more crowded and more expensive. We've lived in all three.

Pros & Cons Littleton/Lakewood:
Access to a large metropolitan area and all that comes with that, both positive and negative.

Pros Colorado Springs:
Less crowded.
Less traffic.
Less expensive.
Easier to access venues and activities. There's a lot of parks/trails/activities to explore.
High military presence.
Lots of shopping and amenities in some areas.
Less pollution.
Pike's Peak.

Cons:
Not a large metropolitan area, less access to cultural and other activities.
Less hospitals and medical facilities to choose from.
High military presence.
No Ikea.
No city ran recreational centers. It's YMCA or private, both are expensive.
I've found our utilities to be higher (1.5-2x) and there's one company to choose from that does water/electricity/gas.
Less employment opportunities, potentially lower paying.
Busy police. Expect to be put on hold for 911 during peak hours.
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Old 04-30-2018, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Western USA
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Crime rates:

Co. Springs: 353.1

Lakewood: 449.7

Littleton: 187.2

Nothing bad to say about Littleton, it the way the Denver suburbs used to be.

Colorado Springs has a major car-jacking problem as such crimes are reported almost monthly it seems.




Shots fired during carjacking in eastern Colorado Springs - KXRM






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Old 04-30-2018, 10:25 AM
 
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I lived in COLO SPGS for 11 years and the city run utility provider is both outstanding and a good 20% cheaper than other front range cities with corporate utility providers. In the city of COLO SPGS one can get gas, electric, water and sewerage from COLO SPGS Utilities for one low monthly bill. I've nothing but good to say about CSU.
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Old 04-30-2018, 05:27 PM
 
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I do have a job waiting, I can work from either location, that is not an issue. From my research, it seems like Colorado Springs, is kind of far from everything, whereas in Littleton/Lakewood, everything I might need would be there.

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Do you have job prospects in both areas? I highly recommend securing employment first, then go from there.

My personal pros for Littleton/Lakewood when I lived there was the proximity to amenities, parks, open spaces and the trails/greenways.

We lived at Camden Lakeway apts, we had a 2bd but if I remember correctly, I think their 1bd start at $1450. You could also check out the Fairways at Raccoon Creek and the Pines at Marston.
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Old 04-30-2018, 05:29 PM
 
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Thank you for the info, so Littleton is the safest.
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Crime rates:

Co. Springs: 353.1

Lakewood: 449.7

Littleton: 187.2

Nothing bad to say about Littleton, it the way the Denver suburbs used to be.

Colorado Springs has a major car-jacking problem as such crimes are reported almost monthly it seems.




Shots fired during carjacking in eastern Colorado Springs - KXRM





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Old 04-30-2018, 05:31 PM
 
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Thanks for the info.
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Littleton/Lakewood is very comparable to much of Colorado Springs, but more crowded and more expensive. We've lived in all three.

Pros & Cons Littleton/Lakewood:
Access to a large metropolitan area and all that comes with that, both positive and negative.

Pros Colorado Springs:
Less crowded.
Less traffic.
Less expensive.
Easier to access venues and activities. There's a lot of parks/trails/activities to explore.
High military presence.
Lots of shopping and amenities in some areas.
Less pollution.
Pike's Peak.

Cons:
Not a large metropolitan area, less access to cultural and other activities.
Less hospitals and medical facilities to choose from.
High military presence.
No Ikea.
No city ran recreational centers. It's YMCA or private, both are expensive.
I've found our utilities to be higher (1.5-2x) and there's one company to choose from that does water/electricity/gas.
Less employment opportunities, potentially lower paying.
Busy police. Expect to be put on hold for 911 during peak hours.
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Old 04-30-2018, 05:33 PM
 
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Thank you for such detailed information. You have given me a lot to consider.
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Interesting choices.

Littleton is about the same age as Colo Spgs, but Lakewood is much newer. Cos was much bigger in its earlier years than Littleton, so it will retain a larger section of older, historic areas. These range of dates have a big influence on styles and types of architecture and development and traffic lay outs you will encounter.

Littleton and Lakewood have numerous reservoirs, creeks, and active drainage with water in them. Population density in the two is also fairly tight. Cos has very few active waterways, sits at a much higher elevation, is considerably dryer, and much more spread out despite being much more populous.

Littleton and Lakewood are a part of the Denver metro which brings with it all the benefits and drawbacks of being astride a major metro area; traffic, population, diversity, activities, job access, etc. However, Denver will pale in comparison Long Islands population, diversity and access.

Littleton and Lakewood and their suburban layouts have large number of man made and maintained parks, open space, trails and paved paths. Suburban parts of Cos are very similar, albeit much less used, but Cos will have a much greater wild land interface with numerous natural setting parks. My visits in Littleton, Lakewood, and Englewood areas seem very much like communities within the greater city in that there seems to be a lot of people being very active at the many parks, community centers, schools, etc. Cos seems a bit less cohesive in this regard, probably because it covers so much area so there isn't really a lot of activity concentrated into a smaller area. Cos also has a pretty fair amount of tourism business during the summer months and some of the more popular places will be nearly over run with them. That also means you have great access to these same things in the off season.

Military infrastructure in Cos has developed a very robust and stable communications and power infrastructure. Littleton and Lakewood proximity to Denver has allowed it to develop alongside the metro area with power and telecommunications. If you work form home and tele-communte, this may be something you look into deeper.

Littleton straddles several counties. Lakewood and Colo Spgs are in single counties. This could influence sales tax, vehicle registration, etc. Newer areas in Cos may be in special tax districts which will influence not only home sales prices and property taxes, but rental prices as well. Not sure if there are any of these throughout Littleton and Lakewood although they both have very new developments and some heavily gentrifying areas.

Typically we would say rents in Cos are cheaper, bu they have been sneaking higher the last few years. You can still probably get a higher end, newish 1 bd apartment apartment within your $1400 price. Camelback Pointe and Oasis are examples of two of these. Centrally located high up on a western mesa, they have views of both the mountains and the city with easy access to the central and western parts of the city as well as Manitou and the Broadmoor areas.
https://www.weidner.com/colorado-spr...artment-homes/
Colorado Springs, CO Luxury Apartments | The Oasis
There are numerous other newer complexes on the northern and eastern edges of the city as well. The Northgate area is a rapidly growing northern part of the city with a lot of retail going into place. The eastern edge of the city along the Powers Blvd corridor is similarly experiencing rapid growth with shopping, retail, and recreation.
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