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Old 03-05-2013, 04:57 PM
 
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Hi, I've been browsing the site for some time now reading lots of helpful things. I searched through a bunch of the past threads but couldn't find specifically what I was looking for.
My wife and I (early 20's) are moving to Denver in June for my job located in downtown.
I have been looking at neighborhoods where we would like to live, and have a few in mind. I think we would like areas such as Park Hill, Wash Park, Baker, Berkely, Highlands... Places where we can walk the dog, walk neighborhood/shops and so forth.
I am looking for advice/help on what the rental prices are in these areas for a small 2 bedroom house with yard ? Our budget would be roughly 1100, is this possible in neighborhoods like the ones mentioned. (I have looked on craigslist/padmapper but wanted advice from you all).
Also, we are looking to come to Denver the end of March and walk some neighborhoods and look for rentals. Is this still to early if we want a place starting in June? Craigslist and walking neighborhoods still the best way to find rentals?
Any other areas to check out for that price range?
Thanks ahead of time, the last thing we want to do is end up in a huge apt complex....
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:10 PM
 
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The areas you have mentioned are on the upper end of the rental market. It's very difficult to find a single family home for rent, and $1100 is definitely not going to get you there. I've seen some row houses/townhomes for rent in those areas with 2 or 3 bedrooms, but they are well above your price range. $1100 a month may get you a 2 bedroom apartment. When I left LoDo in October and had to move to the South suburbs (unfortunately had to relocate for my partner's job), we were paying $1700 a month for a 800 sq ft 2 bedroom. We're now paying $1100 a month for a 950 sq ft one bedroom. Rents are high in Denver and the surrounding areas, and are increasing rapidly. The areas that you might find a single family home for $1100 aren't generally the best, and you'll be hard pressed to rent a house for that even in the outer suburbs.

Right now the vacancy rate for metro Denver is SUPER low (see some of the other threads), so rentals move fast. March may be a little early to do some house hunting, as most tenants give notice between 30 and 60 days. Some other areas that might be worth checking out are Cap Hill, Arvada, Old Littleton, Englewood, Bel Mar in Lakewood, etc. Thoughts, anyone?

Craigslist, padmapper.com, hotpads.com and walking around are your best bet. There aren't a lot of "huge apartment complexes" close to Downtown, so if you do end up in an apartment, it will most likely be in an older building with only a few units - it may be an apartment, but it's not going to be cookie cutter.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:47 PM
 
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I have a couple rentals in Sunnyside, 1100 could get you a one bedroom easy
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:57 PM
 
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Yea, I thought my budget may not be enough for a house there. I have been looking at Capital Hill also. We may have to resort to an apartment if we find a nice one. Thanks for your thought!

Leosmama, when you say one bedroom, around what size? Small/large? Just curious...
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:04 PM
 
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One half of a midcentury duplex, for example. Or an older, not overly updated bungalow. Sunnyside is doable in your price range. I'm trying to think of the square footage of mine, and I'm not sure, so I will guesstimate 1000 square feet.
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:58 PM
 
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Single family house is pretty unlikely in that price range. You could probably find an older two bdrm apartment in that range, though, nothing fancy.
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:14 AM
 
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For $1100, you'll likely be confined to an apartment, a 1BR in some areas, a 2 BR elsewhere. I'd look in Cap Hill for starters. That is probably where you'll find the cheapest rent near downtown, though let it be known, most of the buildings in the neighborhood are older. Otherwise, the farther away from the CBD you go, the more bang for the buck you'll get.

Glad to hear that you have a job already lined up, because the job market in Denver is very weak.
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:14 PM
 
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Hi - send me a DM and I'd be glad to recommend 2 property management companies I work with. they both tend to have rental inventory that's not on CList.

Thanks.
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Old 03-06-2013, 03:52 PM
 
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Thank you all for the replies, lots of info.
Realistically, about how far of a commute to downtown would it be from further out, say the Englewood/Littleton area?

sumisu - will do!
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:02 PM
 
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Thank you all for the replies, lots of info.
Realistically, about how far of a commute to downtown would it be from further out, say the Englewood/Littleton area?
Depending on which area, probably about 15-20 minutes during off peak hours. During rush hour, probably 45 mins to an hour.
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