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Old 08-28-2008, 07:49 AM
 
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I currently live in Chicago with my family. I have 3 boys- 9,11 and 14.
The company I am speaking with is in Centennial. I am looking for an area in the burbs with affordable housing and good schools.
I will rent at first and buy in about a year after I know there area better.
Looking to rent a 4 bd house for under $1600.
Any suggestions on nice, family friendly areas?
Thanks in advance
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Old 08-28-2008, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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I currently live in Chicago with my family. I have 3 boys- 9,11 and 14.
The company I am speaking with is in Centennial. I am looking for an area in the burbs with affordable housing and good schools.
I will rent at first and buy in about a year after I know there area better.
Looking to rent a 4 bd house for under $1600.
Any suggestions on nice, family friendly areas?
Thanks in advance
Well, you could start with Centennial.

However, it kind of covers a large area, west to east, in a gerrymanderish fashion.

I would think all of Centennial could be considered family friendly, and you should be able to find a home without a problem in that range.

Where about in Centennial is the company you are speaking with? That would help a little more.
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Old 08-28-2008, 08:16 AM
 
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The company is on Chester St.
If it was up to me, I wold pack up and start driving there now (I am originally from Nor Cal) and find a job when I get out there. The wife needs a little more convincing.
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Old 08-28-2008, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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The company is on Chester St.
If it was up to me, I wold pack up and start driving there now (I am originally from Nor Cal) and find a job when I get out there. The wife needs a little more convincing.
OK, so your work would be on the west side of Centennial (technically still the DTC), the eastern parts would be a sucky bumper-to-bumper drive down Arapahoe Rd for commute time.

You could start in Centennial (zips 80112, 80122), then Greenwood Village, Lone Tree, Littleton, and Highlands Ranch.

All are family-friendly, but you might have slimmer pickings (or no pickings at all) in your range in some of those areas. But, those areas I listed are a close-by start.

Not to worry, my woman needed convincing too. All it took was a trip out here.
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Old 09-03-2008, 10:21 AM
 
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So my husband is looking at the great job offer in Chicago. We currently live in Parker, just southeast of Centennial. Everyone I know here who has experience with Chicago moved here for a reason besides the great job offer, and will think I am crazy when I say we are looking at moving there. So maybe your wife can give me some encouragement about why she doesn't want to leave Chicago.

Anywhere you look around Centennial will be a fine neighborhood. As for rental, you should be able to find something at $1600 with four bedrooms. I would say 3 bedrooms, no problem. If you want an older neighborhood, you can find stuff in Centennial, Englewood (close to your work), and Littleton. If you want newer subdivision look in Highlands Ranch.

Centennial is a fairly new city (not new construction, but they took parts of Englewood and maybe some other cities to make a new city), so if you are talking to people here they may not know exactly what is included in Centennial.

So where in Chicago are you?
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Old 09-03-2008, 11:28 AM
 
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We live in the SW Chicago suburbs- Plainfield specifically.
The only reason my wife does not want to live the Chicago area is her family. We both really like the Denver area and agree it will be a better place to raise our kids.
As city of Chicago becomes more expensive and the suburbs less expensive, many people from the inner city are moving to the burbs- and bringing their problems with them.
We bought our house 5 years ago and it was a nice quiet, family neighborhood. Now we deal with gangs, drugs and loud music all night.
Way to ruin the "nice, quiet and peaceful suburbs"
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