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Old 08-24-2008, 08:54 AM
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HI All -

I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a rural / semi rural areas towns within an hour or so of Denver. I may be headed there for law school and doing some research on areas to live.

I am looking for 5 to 20 acres as our family has horses and we would prefer to keep them on site.

Now here is where it gets tricky is price as my income will drop considerably while I am in school I want to try to keep it under 250K, this may be a dream.

Thanks folks I appreciate the help

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Old 08-24-2008, 10:28 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I am going to go out on a limb and say: OMG! Another poster wanting acreage close to Denver at a low-ball price! You need to check out all the online resources about real estate.

45 minutes from Denver north and south is urban/suburban/ex-urban and does not include many 5-20 acre lots, and none at that price, especailly if it has a house on it. 60 min. south (roughly) is another city, Colorado Springs. 60 min. north gets you into Boulder County, which is suburban and semi-rural, few large lots; I'd be willing to say virtually none at that price. 30 min. west is starting to get into mountain suburbia (Genessee, Evergreen), an hour west is in the mountains. 30 min. east is suburbia, a little farther out and you get into the eastern plains. This is an area where you might find something that meets your criteriea, especially as you get farther out. Would you really want to be that far from school with its erratic hours, library, and other resources?
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Old 08-24-2008, 04:03 PM
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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Hudson, Brighton, Elizabeth, Bennett, Kiowa, Byers
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Old 08-24-2008, 04:20 PM
Location: CO
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Originally Posted by 2bindenver View Post
Hudson, Brighton, Elizabeth, Bennett, Kiowa, Byers
Exactly, towns east; can add Lochbuie, Dacono, Ft Lupton
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Old 08-24-2008, 09:00 PM
Location: Weld County
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There is still stuff here in FT Lupton
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Old 10-03-2008, 04:08 PM
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You should check into Lochbuie and the surrounding areas. Lochbuie is the 5th fastest growing municipality in Colorado, you're still within 30 minutes of Denver, 15 minutes from DIA - BUT you are still within Weld County which means that your taxes will be lower than they would in the Denver Counties.

Like others have mentioned you will not find a home & acreage for the price range that you're looking at, if that's really what you want and there's no other choice for you, you must be willing to spend minimum of $400K.

Another reason I brought up Lochbuie is because I work in the area & know that there are several New Construction homes under $200,000. They are nice homes and the prices are great, & although they don't come with acreage - There are several places that have stalls that will allow you to keep your horses there.

Builders to consider in Lochbuie: Journey Homes & KB
Builder to consider in Brighton: Richmond & Dr. Horton

All of these builders will have some homes in your price range.
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Old 10-03-2008, 04:12 PM
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One more thing!

Lochbuie itself has a very rural feel but you must remember that the big cities are all within an hr away from here. Brighton is the town south west of Lochbuie (1 minute away) and that is where most of your shopping will take place. Brighton has everything that you will need as far as grocery stores/entertainment/home constructions stores (home depot).
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Old 10-03-2008, 04:58 PM
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Default Don't forget Ft. Morgan

Ft. Morgan is 1 hour from the airport- still country out here and you can find homes with land that meet this price range.

Good Luck to you.
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Old 10-03-2008, 08:28 PM
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Lochbuie 30 minutes to Denver? LOL I guess maybe to the outskirts at 3 A.M..

The taxes are lower, but parts that have been annexed by Dang ... err Longmont do have some additional taxation.

I've owned a couple rental properties up there for a few years, by far the biggest mistake I ever made.
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