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Old 10-07-2018, 10:49 PM
 
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We are visiting Colorado next weekend to get a sense if we will move there summer 2019. We have settled on two areas, Longmont and Littleton.

Longmont largely as it is a growing city, where we can afford a brand new home.

Littleton, because it is part of the Denver metro area with a more established, greener neighborhood.

We are a family of three, two parents in early 50s with a 6-year-old daughter.

We both work from home, and my job is secured with that. My husband, a Sr. Software Engineer, may need to find something else if his current situation goes awry, but as of right now, there are plenty of opportunities in both the Denver and Longmont/Boulder areas.

As for Littleton, we are interested in the Arapahoe School district. We have a budget of about 600-650K.

For me, it is important for us to have a family-centered, but not in your face, neighborhood where our daughter can walk and/or ride her bike to school, where there is a community center and also afterschool activities such as dance and gymnastics. For my husband its all about the bike (road, mtn & cyclocross). He lived in Colorado in the early 90s and from his past experience, he thinks Littleton seems a bit more ideal in terms of access.

I am a bit confused because when I search for homes, many seem to be in Centennial. The school zones in CO are very confusing to me. Can anyone suggest what might be a good way to have a look around the different neighborhoods and/or are there any neighborhoods recommended over others?

Thank you.

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Old 10-08-2018, 08:38 AM
 
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There are two school districts for Littleton. Littleton Public Schools (which feeds into Arapahoe High School) and Jefferson Public Schools. There isn’t an “Arapahoe District”. Which district are you interested in?
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Old 10-08-2018, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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Highlands Ranch seems to check off your boxes. Schools, Rec centers, open space for bike riding.
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Old 10-08-2018, 10:37 AM
 
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Okay see, I got the school district confused even here :-). We are interested in the Littleton School District. I did some research on Highland Ranch, but I think it is perhaps too planned suburbia and too south. We were considering Lakewood too, but I like that Littleton has a downtown area.
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Old 10-08-2018, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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South suburban rec centers require an annual family pass. The high line canal path is a good walking/bike path.
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Old 10-08-2018, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Frederick, CO
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I live on the north side of Denver so I can speak for Longmont. It is a great place to live and the 2nd safest city in Colorado (only including towns/cities with 75,000 people or more).

It has a great trail system. It did get destroyed in the floods of 2013 but they are just about finished with many of the trails and the system is better than it was before. There are plenty of families in Longmont but it is very mixed in terms of ages and the neighborhoods tend to be mixed as well. Access to the rec center will depend on the neighborhood you choose as Longmont is pretty spread out.

They have a charter school in the Longmont area that is very popular with parents, it is Flagstaff Academy. The North side of Longmont tends to have better schools but then you would be losing that walkability to downtown. rec center and trails and paths.

We moved to Frederick which is just East of Longmont and my son's school is a 3-minute walk, the rec center is no more than a 5-minute walk from our home or the school and it has a small old downtown area which is all very walkable. We tend to be in Longmont a lot for parades, festivals, events and dining. The old downtown area in Longmont is one of my favorite downtowns in the Denver area.

I hope this helps!
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Old 10-08-2018, 11:19 AM
 
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We are visiting Colorado next weekend to get a sense if we will move there summer 2019. We have settled on two areas, Longmont and Littleton.

Longmont largely as it is a growing city, where we can afford a brand new home.

Littleton, because it is part of the Denver metro area with a more established, greener neighborhood.

We are a family of three, two parents in early 50s with a 6-year-old daughter.

We both work from home, and my job is secured with that. My husband, a Sr. Software Engineer, may need to find something else if his current situation goes awry, but as of right now, there are plenty of opportunities in both the Denver and Longmont/Boulder areas.

As for Littleton, we are interested in the Arapahoe School district. We have a budget of about 600-650K.

For me, it is important for us to have a family-centered, but not in your face, neighborhood where our daughter can walk and/or ride her bike to school, where there is a community center and also afterschool activities such as dance and gymnastics. For my husband its all about the bike (road, mtn & cyclocross). He lived in Colorado in the early 90s and from his past experience, he thinks Littleton seems a bit more ideal in terms of access.

I am a bit confused because when I search for homes, many seem to be in Centennial. The school zones in CO are very confusing to me. Can anyone suggest what might be a good way to have a look around the different neighborhoods and/or are there any neighborhoods recommended over others?

Thank you.
Ken Caryl Ranch and nearby areas would fulfill the outdoorsy and community center needs, but they are definitely suburban and there is no real city center like City of Littleton has.

Closer to downtown Littleton and still having good bike paths, check out the neighborhoods near Santa Fe Blvd and Mineral Ave. There is light rail, above-average shopping (Tattered Cover bookstore!), and a generally more bustling energy level. Farther along the continuum towards urban vs strictly suburban, due to the busy commercial and transportation centers. But still easy, pleasant biking and walking access, plus a wonderful focus for those and birding at the Carson Nature Center.
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Old 10-08-2018, 12:20 PM
 
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A lot of homes in the Littleton School District are in Western Centennial. Littleton and Centennial kind of blend together. You might want to figure out which elementary schools in Littleton (Centennial) will best suit your needs and then look at the areas within the boundaries. There are a lot of good schools so it won’t narrow your choices by much. Your price range will also not limit your options by much.

Downtown Littleton has a lot of festivals and community events. The littleton Historical Museum and Hudson Gardens are both places worth visiting. There are some good rec centers such as Goodson Rec Center (University and Arapahoe area) for gymnastics and other activities. Southglenn (University/Arapahoe) has a more suburban outdoor mall feel but has restaraunts, shops a library and a movie theater. Aspen Grove (S Santa Fe) is another outdoor mall with a great movie theater (Alamo Theaters) and trails behind it, next to the popular Breckinridge Brewery.

No matter which area you end up, you’ll have things to do close by.
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Old 10-08-2018, 08:34 PM
 
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Local district/county/municipal boundaries won't even begin to make sense until you have lived here for a decade. Hire a good realtor who knows the area.
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Old 10-08-2018, 08:52 PM
 
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Okay see, I got the school district confused even here :-). We are interested in the Littleton School District. I did some research on Highland Ranch, but I think it is perhaps too planned suburbia and too south. We were considering Lakewood too, but I like that Littleton has a downtown area.
Don’t knock Highlands Ranch. I used to live there. We made fun of it when we lived in the city as being too suburban, but for open space, wide roads, well cared for green space, free rec centers, trails everywhere, a Wilderness area right off the south end, it’s really hard to beat. As city folk, we dragged our feet when we left. Peace, quiet, wildlife, trails, super friendly are hard to beat. Don’t overlook it.
When we lived in the city, we were in Denver, when we lived in Highlands Ranch we were in Colorado. I know that is hard to understand, but it may make sense to some.
And by the way, Highlands Ranch is technically in Littleton.
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