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Old 12-27-2009, 10:41 PM
 
Location: N. California
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Our family (two children younger than three years old) is ready to relocate to Colorado. We're looking for something in the area between Denver and Boulder for job reasons and also to have access to both cities. Going south is less desirable because of personal ties in northern Colorado (Ft. Collins area).

In moving from northern California and our current situation, we know we'd like the following qualities:

1) A sense of suburban community and a number of families with children of similar ages
2) A large, new construction home on a 1/4 acre or more - $1M max, but of course lower cost is better, all else equal
3) Good public schools - nearby good private schools as an alternative would be a plus
4) Easy access to the basics in terms of shopping - Safeway, Walmart, Walgreens, etc.

Louisville seems like a great town (we've only driven through briefly), has access to the Boulder Valley schools, but I'm not aware of much new construction and especially not larger homes. It seems that Broomfield comes up pretty often for our criteria and we generally liked what we saw. But we haven't seen new construction of larger homes (sure, lots of recent construction) and it seems all the new developments are in the Adams 12 school district. I don't know much about Lafayette or towns further north. But Westminster rarely seems to be mentioned in much of a positive light by comparison. We're somewhat interested in the Huntington Trails development - should we steer clear? Would anybody care to come to Westminster's defense? Any other towns or developments we should look into?

Thanks!
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Old 12-27-2009, 11:16 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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But Westminster rarely seems to be mentioned in much of a positive light by comparison. We're somewhat interested in the Huntington Trails development - should we steer clear? Would anybody care to come to Westminster's defense? Any other towns or developments we should look into?

Thanks!
Westminster isn't mentioned in as much of a positive light because it's larger than any of the other cities/towns in the area, and it has an older, more working-class core that is not as new or uppity as say Boulder/Louisville/Superior, et al.

Why would you need to steer clear of Huntington Trails? Homes there start at $680K, what could there possibly be to steer clear of?

You've got the bucks to live pretty much wherever you want, if you simply pick and choose, there's very little that can go wrong.

Just find a place you like, (at your price point) close to where you need to be, and you'll be fine.

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Old 12-27-2009, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Greeley, Colorado
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If Broomfield comes up a lot then that probably means that's where ya should go! Plenty of new homes in the city-county plus it's going through a massive growth spurt in general plus it has a major access to both cities through Highway 36 in addition to county and state roads/highways other than that freeway. Give it a try, Broomfield should work for you.
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