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Old 09-09-2008, 01:21 PM
 
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We are looking to move to Denver and have two small children. Our needs are: we are looking for an urban lifestyle, family friendly area and good public schools nearby.
Is this possible in Denver or should we just stay in Fort Collins?
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Old 09-09-2008, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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We are looking to move to Denver and have two small children. Our needs are: we are looking for an urban lifestyle, family friendly area and good public schools nearby.
Is this possible in Denver or should we just stay in Fort Collins?
May I suggest my neighborhood? Check out stapletondenver.com, or look at real estate in the 80238 zip. 6 mi. from downtown, within 15 min. of everything in urban Denver, tons of kids, great schools (high school hasn't been built yet though), great people. Eventually light rail will run through Stapleton as well.
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Old 09-09-2008, 02:37 PM
 
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Man we get this question a lot (for good reason!). Fort Collins is great but a little small for me, there are TONS of places in Denver that are great for families. I agree on Stapleton and my neighborhood which is similar but smaller, Bradburn Village in Westminster. Here's some prior threads that might be helpful:

What is the best Family community

Family friendly communities in the Denver Metro Area

Good Neighborhoods for Kids of Working Parents in/around Denver

Where to pick depends on price range you are looking for and commute times.
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Old 09-09-2008, 02:49 PM
 
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Hi. Do you know where you'll work yet? Commute time can then be factored in to where you'll consider living. Good luck.
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Old 09-10-2008, 05:58 AM
 
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Hey, try Parker or Lone Tree. I drove from Parker to downtown Denver M-F for my job for 4 1/2 years......wasn't bad at all, but I did start to work at 7AM. Basically, had NO traffic when I left the house at 6:20AM.
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Old 09-10-2008, 07:21 AM
 
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My husband works from home or travels so commute is not a problem. What about Washington Park or the Highlands area?
Thanks for the input!
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Old 09-10-2008, 07:59 AM
 
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My husband works from home or travels so commute is not a problem. What about Washington Park or the Highlands area?
Thanks for the input!
I think Wash Park is better for families and a great neighborhood. I don't know about the schools though. Highlands seems to be, from what I've heard, more young professionals, probably not as many kids. I have several neighbors who moved from there to Stapleton after having babies.
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Old 09-10-2008, 08:58 AM
 
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I think the elementary schools in the Washington park area are good. I've heard great things about the Montessori program at Lincoln Elementary. I haven't heard much about the middle school and high school.
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:23 AM
 
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Why would you live in Parker or Lone Tree if you wanted an urban lifestyle?

One factor that has been left out is price, which is going to narrow the list of options rather quickly.
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Old 09-10-2008, 02:27 PM
 
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I think Wash Park is better for families and a great neighborhood. I don't know about the schools though. Highlands seems to be, from what I've heard, more young professionals, probably not as many kids. I have several neighbors who moved from there to Stapleton after having babies.
Highlands and Wash Park are probably the two most popular Denver neighborhoods right now, and there are some good reasons why for each. Wash Park is probably better for families with school age children at the moment, but there is still a considerable price-gap between Wash Park and Highlands (Highlands being less expensive, but only in a relative sense). The main difference is schools. Wash Park's elementary schools are generally solid. The baby-boom of kids in Highlands are just now starting elementary school, and many are just babies and toddlers, consequently CSAP scores don't yet reflect the change in the neighborhood there. I think the schools in North Denver (aka Highlands) will catch up to Wash Park, given the demographics, but Wash Park is about 10 years ahead in that process.
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