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Old 07-15-2009, 05:05 PM
 
Location: plano, tx
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My family and I live in Dallas and want to get out of what my husband calls "the concrete jungle"!! I have a twelve-year-old and an eight-year-old. We need to be close to Denver, for my husband to work. I am a teacher and will be looking for a job in the town we are living in. I have got until next spring to plan for this move, but need help?!?!
Here are the things we are looking for:
1. Great schools
2. Small town feel-but not too small (I would love a town with a quaint downtown area.)
3. Close enough to shopping so I can get my shopping fix when needed
4. Homes around $300,000 with friendly people, walking trails, neighborhood pool, etc.
5. A fitness/rec/community center closeby so I can get my workouts in
I know it is ALOT to ask for, but I feel like it has got to be out there in the great state of COLORADO!!
Thanks in advance for the help and suggestions!
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Old 07-19-2009, 11:35 PM
 
Location: Way on the outskirts of LA LA land.
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With most of what you're asking for, it sounds like you will most likely want to be in one of the suburbs of Denver. Unfortunately, from what I've seen on my travels there, most of the suburbs all seem to have large shopping centers filled with the usual assortment of big box stores, rather than the quaint "downtown" you seem to be seeking. You might want to check out Golden ( http://www.city-data.com/city/Golden-Colorado.html ), which from my experiences, seems to be sort of a mix of suburban and semi-rural areas. It still has the big mall near I-70, but the downtown area seems a bit more quaint ( http://www.city-data.com/picfilesv/picv13291.php ). I don't live there, but I do have a sister-in-law that does, and we visit fairly often, so that's what I'm basing my experience on. Others on this forum may be able to give you some better suggestions.

Some other areas you may want to check out are the towns out on the prairie. One that came to mind almost immediately is Greeley ( http://www.city-data.com/city/Greeley-Colorado.html ). It's fairly rural, but does have a fairly nice downtown area, from what I remember of it. I've only passed through there a couple times, though, so, again, the locals can give you better information than I can.

I don't think what you're looking for is going to be all that hard to find, but it will depend on how far away from Denver you're willing to go. You may need to head into Denver for some of the amenities you're seeking, as well.
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