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Old 02-22-2012, 02:19 AM
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So my boyfriend, our pups, and I have found a wonderful home in the highlands part of denver. While I've only heard great things, I just want a very honest POV from everyone on what they think about the area as a whole.

Just so you know a bit about us, we are both young and work in the restaurant industry. We currently live in an old neighborhood in houston called the Heights and it's defintely got a lot of character. We love it to pieces, but the weather is getting too crazy for us and our pets, both physically and mentally. The heat is unbearable, at least for us. We both want to leave Houston and call another city (or more) home while we still can.

So here we are. Moving in May, going to be in the highlands. How do you guys like living there?

Thanks so much, can't wait to hear back!
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Old 02-22-2012, 03:59 AM
Location: Denver, CO
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I don't live in Highlands, but I am jealous It's a great neighborhood if you can afford it, with a lot of character, proximity to downtown and it seems fairly active as "quiet neighborhoods" go. Best of luck!
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:34 AM
Location: Berkeley Neighborhood, Denver, CO USA
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Default The Highlands are too expensive for me

I live in Berkeley (which all the real estate people tell me is the "next Highlands) because it is/was more affordable. But, I don't view my house as an investment, I see it as a place to live--and enjoy life.

We lived in Bonnie Brae and chose Berkeley when it came time to downsize. Our new house is 100 whole sqft smaller, but our mortgage is zero$.

What do I like about the North Side?
1. Restaurants. Plethora. 1.5 blocks to Hops and Pie (me love beer) and Axios (best Greek restaurant in Denver). 1.2 mile walk to the Lowell and 32nd Ave intersection.
2. Local shops.
3. Convenient access to Safeway, King Soopers, Sunflower.
4. Convenient access to Costco, Home Depot.
5. Cheapest gas in town.
6. Applejack Liquors is 5.8 miles away.
7. High Walk Score for our house.
8. Easy and quick access to both I-70 and I-25.
9. Gentrification. As an old fart, I like to see younger people moving in.
10. Alley. but, we also had that in Bonnie Brae.

What don't I like?
1. Nearest Whole Foods and Super Target are 6.3 miles away.
2. Berkeley and Rocky Mountain Parks are not Wash Park.
3. All the art house cinemas are now far away.
4. Purple recycling bins are picked up at curbside instead of in the alley.
5. The police forces of Lakeside and Mountain View whose entire paycheck depends upon speeding tickets. Glad to say that I have never received one.
6. Taggers. But, we also had that in Bonnie Brae.

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Old 02-22-2012, 10:02 AM
Location: Denver
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We lived in the Highlands and absolutely loved it. We loved that we could walk to restaurants, we could walk downtown with the new pedestrian bridge and could basically get anywhere quickly because of the proximity to the highway. Our house is old 1890 and has tons of character. I liked feeling like a part of a "community" and I think Highlands offers that. It does feel like that the residents want to make it a great place to live.

Things I don't like: Our house is near a lot of restaurants (a plus) but also parking can be somewhat challenging. I hate that people speed through the alleys (we have little kids) and not a fan of our garages getting tagged by bored North High students.

We are moving back to our house this summer. We just couldn't stay away!
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