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Old 05-12-2010, 06:22 PM
 
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My family (inc. two very young children) is planning to relocate from Orange County, CA to the Denver area next year. We will be visiting next week to tour various cities/neighborhoods in the area and figure out which areas would be the best fit for us. We are especially interested in Parker since it seems very similar to where we live now (Irvine, CA) but I realize it can be a long commute into Denver and we'd like to consider other options in case my husband gets a job that is too far from Parker. I'm trying to find out what other neighborhoods/cities in the Denver area are comparable to Parker as far as quality of schools, safety, family-friendly ammenities, etc.?
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Old 05-12-2010, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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Have the hubby get the job, then focus on a location.

Parker is nice, but so are all the other suburbs.
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Old 05-12-2010, 06:46 PM
 
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Have the hubby get the job, then focus on a location.
We'll definitely be doing things in that order when the time comes, I just wanted to narrow it down a bit so we can have a list of places to check out while we're visiting next week.
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Old 05-12-2010, 06:46 PM
 
Location: High Plains
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Sure! Elizabeth, near Parker, is another once rural ag. community ruined by greedy developers from somewhere else. They're both once meaningful places with purpose turned into bedroom communities for commuters. You might look into Highlands Ranch while you're at it.
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Old 05-12-2010, 07:34 PM
 
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Sure! Elizabeth, near Parker, is another once rural ag. community ruined by greedy developers from somewhere else. They're both once meaningful places with purpose turned into bedroom communities for commuters. You might look into Highlands Ranch while you're at it.
Wow, didn't realize my question would upset or offend anyone! I'm just looking for a nice, safe place for my family to live. Hoping I'll get some responses here that will actually prove helpful...
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Old 05-12-2010, 07:51 PM
 
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Wow, didn't realize my question would upset or offend anyone! I'm just looking for a nice, safe place for my family to live. Hoping I'll get some responses here that will actually prove helpful...
Don't take it too personally. You've just stumbled upon one of the nativists the Colorado forums are known for. As 2bindenver said, any of the suburbs on the edge of Denver will have a similar feel. In the south metro, Highlands Ranch is probably most similar to Irvine. Its big. Its master planned. Its safe. Its clean. And the lots tend to be small, just like Irvine. Highlands Ranch was started by the same company that built Mission Viejo. Southeast Aurora and parts of Centennial are also similar.
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Old 05-12-2010, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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The Denver area is too large to land in one direction and work in another - no matter what your current commute is.

Your life and family is more important than work. Spending two hours a day commuting is 10 hours a week you spend without your family.
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Old 05-12-2010, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Here's what southeast Aurora looks like: Southeast Aurora, CO -- PHOTO TOUR.

I'd say the outer ring of SE, S, SW, W, and NW suburbs is all more or less pretty similar. The NE metro area (Commerce City, Montbello, Green Valley Ranch, north Aurora, old parts of Brighton) is the only area that I think is a little sub-par for various reasons (IMHO)-- but you'll find plenty of people even there who love their neighborhoods. Most of the "inner ring" suburbs of the Denver metro area are also pretty nice as well-- probably better than most of north OC.

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Old 05-12-2010, 09:31 PM
 
Location: RSM
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A long commute from Parker is like a 45minute commute, or an average commute for a person here in LA/OC. Of course, if you're employed over in Lakewood, CO that would be a heck of a drive. There's also access to the rail at the northern end of Parker.

Anyways, Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock(longer commute than either probably), SE Aurora, and some other southern suburbs should work. Older parts of Highlands Ranch are very similar to Mission Viejo
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Englewood,CO
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Lone Tree is another place to look...Ive been told it has reminded people of Irvine.
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