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Old 12-13-2009, 11:14 AM
 
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I love this intersection. I wish I could walk along it everyday :-)
Thanks for your opinions, guys. It doesn't look so promising there. I just got used to apartment buildings here so first reaction was 'wow". I usually go to rent.com and apartments.com websites to search. I'll try google maps for more options. From the earlier topics, I see that you are not so optimistic about Lakewood area. It looks closer to downtown Denver than this intersection on the picture above. Right?

If you like the looks of that intersection, maybe you don't need to be any closer to downtown Denver. If suburban lifestyle doesn't bother you too much, you shouldn't overlook some of the southern parts of the Denver metro suburbs --- places that on google maps show up as Littleton, Englewood, Ken Caryl, Bear Creek (southern Lakewood), Columbine, Pheasant Run). I'm less familiar with the northern suburbs, but I'm sure they're nice too. Some smaller "satellite" towns such as Longmont and Boulder are nice too.

As vegaspilgrim said, in order to help you better we need to know what you're looking for. Vegaspilgrim's questions were very good. Answers to those would help us very much.

If you're in Denver itself, rental prices will tend to be more expensive than in the suburbs, and will usually run you more than $900 for a 2 bedroom. But, Denver has some nice areas to live in. Aurora, Denver, and Lakewood will also have some higher crime neighborhoods to live in than most of the other suburbs (especially northern Aurora, eastern Lakewood, and numerous sections of Denver) but nothing any where near as rough as parts of NYC. Still, the Denver area has some crooks who can do just as much damage as crooks anywhere. Not that you won't run into a crook in the "safest" suburb. Only you know what kind of an area you are comfortable in.
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Old 12-13-2009, 02:37 PM
 
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If you're in Denver itself, rental prices will tend to be more expensive than in the suburbs, and will usually run you more than $900 for a 2 bedroom. But, Denver has some nice areas to live in. Aurora, Denver, and Lakewood will also have some higher crime neighborhoods to live in than most of the other suburbs (especially northern Aurora, eastern Lakewood, and numerous sections of Denver)
I pay $775 for a 2 bedroom, in Denver, just north of the DTC. The light rail is literally less than a football field from my head as we speak, though the actual station is about a mile to the north.

IMO, SE Denver is a good place for the OP to look. Good values on apartments here.
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Old 12-13-2009, 11:51 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Yeah that place is nowhere near downtown Denver. You're probably not going find a 2 bedroom downtown for less than $1200. Check craigslist for Capitol Hill, Uptown, Lodo, Ballpark, Highlands (not Highlands Ranch), and Wash Park if you want to be in/near downtown.
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Old 12-14-2009, 01:13 AM
 
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Definitely check out Capitol Hill, Highlands or maybe the CPV (Central Platte Valley.) I'm not sure about the prices in the CPV, but I've found some pretty reasonable stuff in Cap Hill around that price range, even for a 2 bedroom's...though admittedly somewhat *small* two bedrooms. Lots of cool architecture around there, too.

Cheesman Park might be a good compromise between "urban" and "suburban." Obviously Denver "urban" is gonna feel a bit different than NYC "urban" I suspect ^_^
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:24 AM
 
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Moving to Denver Jan 2nd and I know what you are going through. It took me months of searching to find my just under 800 sq ft, 2 bdrm apt in the Washington Park area (Pearl St) @ $1200 per month. I was also looking in the $900 range but decided to go with a safe location (single female with a small dog), and the landlord agreed to a six month lease. I figure this summer I can explore the neighborhoods and find a place with a "for rent" sign in a window that I wouldn't have found searching from here in Maine. Good Luck!
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Old 12-14-2009, 01:09 PM
 
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I was in Denver 3 years ago for few days. I don't have to live in downtown, but to be fairly close to urban area. I plan on having a car too. I plan to rent for 6 months to 1 year and then decide whether to buy property or not. Since I have 2 year old daughter, I want to be close to a park or have a playground in the apartment complex itself. We plan on looking for a daycare center for her too.
I am trying to change our lifestyle a bit. New York is great but very expensive for average family with a single salary. We can't afford car here so moving around is difficult. Public transportation is not perfect, trafic jams are common and it takes really long time to get from point A to point B. I wish Denver is better so I won't have to spend an hour each way driving to go basic shopping.
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Old 12-16-2009, 12:25 AM
 
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I was in Denver 3 years ago for few days. I don't have to live in downtown, but to be fairly close to urban area. I plan on having a car too. I plan to rent for 6 months to 1 year and then decide whether to buy property or not. Since I have 2 year old daughter, I want to be close to a park or have a playground in the apartment complex itself. We plan on looking for a daycare center for her too.
I am trying to change our lifestyle a bit. New York is great but very expensive for average family with a single salary. We can't afford car here so moving around is difficult. Public transportation is not perfect, trafic jams are common and it takes really long time to get from point A to point B. I wish Denver is better so I won't have to spend an hour each way driving to go basic shopping.
Sounds like you'll be able to find something in the Denver area. All parts of the Denver area are "fairly close to urban area", yet have a different lifestyle from New York City. There are parks everywhere, and many apartment complexes have their own playground. Sounds to me like nearly any suburb or any part of Denver will be OK. So, I'd suggest looking into some places to rent and ask them about the specifics you're interested in, "recreation for child, daycare nearby". Then, you can ask the forum about the neighborhood or the complex as you did in this thread (as well as reading any reviews on places like apartmentratings.com) as far as crime and whatnot.

Most areas in Denver if you plan your shopping trip right (i.e. not when the traffic's the heaviest), the driving will be well under 1 hour each way.

Maybe somebody here knows of a specific complex that might be a good fit for you. I'm afraid I don't. The best I can do is suggesting the google map search.
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Old 12-16-2009, 07:01 AM
 
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Thanks guys. Where is Central Platte Valley actually? I never heard of that name before.
Good luck to you, 1woodsgirl. You'll need it before me. $1200 is little high for me since I pay here in NY $1400/month/. So if I have a car, I have to lower the rent by $400-500 to cover the insurance, gas etc. with the difference. So I am aware I won't live in downtown area which is fine. I don't live in Manhattan either and I am happy. Englewood and Lakewood look fine on the maps. It takes 20-30 minutes driving to downtown, right?
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Old 12-16-2009, 07:09 AM
 
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It takes 20-30 minutes driving to downtown, right?
Yes, so long as the traffic isn't especially horrible and there's no snow.
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