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Old 10-31-2007, 11:31 PM
 
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I plan on moving to Denver in Dec/Jan. My friends keep recommending Curtis, Wash, and City park or the highlands. However, I am looking for a house for two dogs. Rent seems to be running 1200 and up. Of course these areas are the "hip" areas. I am just looking for some place that has a few bars, restaurants and cvs/riteaid/walgreens in walking distant. While also have short drive to downtown, supermarkets, malls. I keep hearing about the DU area but don't know exactly were its at. I really don't want to commute on the highways. Also, I am 28. How would Arvada or Lakewood fit my finds?

It seems like my friends keep recommending the "hip" areas and I just need some outside opinions on other beautiful places in Denver.
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Old 11-01-2007, 01:42 AM
 
Location: Denver area
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Lakewood is boasting building an all inclusive community. I take that to mean you do not have to get in the car to reach your desired destination. However-not much is with in walking distance. The "hip" areas you mentioned are hip. But Lakewood, Littleton and Morrison are all nice areas also.
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Old 11-01-2007, 02:35 AM
 
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I don't mind driving to most destintations. I just would like to have some place s to go after work or on the weekends that are in walking distant and places can get some staple goods when needed. I had CVS/Riteaids within walking distance of my last few places and its just something I have gotten use to. If If I need something little, I can just walk and get it. For the most part, I drive everywhere.
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Old 11-01-2007, 03:31 AM
 
Location: San Jose, Morgan Hill
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Why not just go to riteaid's website and punch in the zipcode to their store locator, for example? Do the legwork and research.
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Old 11-01-2007, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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The DU area is listed on Denver neighborhoods as "University" (not U. Park, which I think is more upscale). It's a very nice area, does have lots of DU students living in it. Rents are a little lower than the heighborhoods you mentioned. There is a Walgreen's, either in that neighborhood or very close to it. DD lives there. You may also find listings under just "DU" for apts in that area.

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Old 11-01-2007, 09:10 AM
 
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I plan on moving to Denver in Dec/Jan. My friends keep recommending Curtis, Wash, and City park or the highlands. However, I am looking for a house for two dogs. Rent seems to be running 1200 and up. Of course these areas are the "hip" areas. I am just looking for some place that has a few bars, restaurants and cvs/riteaid/walgreens in walking distant. While also have short drive to downtown, supermarkets, malls. I keep hearing about the DU area but don't know exactly were its at. I really don't want to commute on the highways. Also, I am 28. How would Arvada or Lakewood fit my finds?

It seems like my friends keep recommending the "hip" areas and I just need some outside opinions on other beautiful places in Denver.
If you live near Wadsworth and/or West Colfax,
in Arvada or Lakewood (or Wheat Ridge...don't
forget Wheat Ridge, it's that other suburb between
them! ^_~), you will have your convenient shopping
(Walgreens, Wal-Mart, etc.) (at least one such store
located about every few miles or so, sometimes closer
than that, along the main streets) (examples: shopping
center at Colfax and Wadsworth has Wal-Mart, Radio
Shack, etc. [I know there's a Walgreens a few blocks
from there somewhere, I forget what street, the store
has moved at least twice in the past fifteen years or so!]).
There are bars located along West Colfax in various
places. There are restaurants around Wadsworth and
around Kipling and around Simms and in various
other places. Also, if you live near Colfax, Wadsworth,
Kipling, various other major streets in that area,
generally most of the shopping is GENUINELY convenient,
as in, you can just get on the street and go there and be
back fairly soon, rather than being jammed in tons of
traffic etc. (except at rush hour, of course!).
(Example: The day before Halloween, leaving from my
parents' house in Lakewood [they live near Wadsworth
...Colfax is just a bit farther away from them, a few more
blocks], I went to Family Dollar [one of the many discount
stores in the area ^_^] AND the nearest gas station,
and I was actually back in about half an hour. I find
that a lot harder to do in my Westminster area [very
near major shopping such as Westminster Mall etc.
...but that means having to, er, navigate the darn
traffic a whole lot more!!!].) (Oh, also, along West
Colfax between 10th and 26th, there are probably
about half a dozen or so gas stations...take your
pick. There are bus stops every few blocks too,
in case you don't want to drive.) (Oh, and, my
parents live ten minutes from downtown Denver.
They live in a beautiful area which does not look
as if it were ten minutes from downtown Denver.
The most beautiful areas can be very expensive
in some cases, but there are some very pretty
areas which are cheaper...not the MOST beautiful
but very nice. ^_^ [If you live farther north, like
in Arvada, that's more like twenty minutes from
downtown (maybe a little more depending on
traffic and on exactly how far north you live)
...but if you're going downtown at a time of
day when not as many people go there, like
the middle of the day on a weekday, you can
shave a few minutes off your time...although
you're probably going to be working then...but
just thought I'd mention it in case! ^_^])

(Most of the things that you asked about are not very
likely to be in WALKING distance unless that's where
you happen to live. Naturally enough, the prettier
places to live are NOT going to be right on the major
streets [although actually there are some cute places
along Wadsworth and right by it, if you don't mind the
roar of the traffic going by! ^_~]. However, nearly
everywhere in Lakewood, Arvada and Wheat Ridge,
your nearest shopping and restaurants and such are
likely to be in VERY close driving distance, like five
minutes or less. [And if you want to choose a different
store or restaurant or bar or whatever, one that isn't
right by where you live, then you simply drive for
about five or ten more minutes! ^_^]) (Typically
your nearest shopping places where you can get
your quick little things will be about one mile away,
or maybe a bit less if you're lucky. [You can buy milk
and fruit and bread at some gas stations, by the way! ^_^]
[Also disposable cameras, LED lights, scarves, gloves...
they don't always just sell key chains and air fresheners! ^_~]
So a lot of things will be in either short driving distance
or long walking distance, take your pick. If you live, say,
a half-mile from a store and you don't mind the walk, it
can be fun to walk there sometimes, or you can drive if
you'd rather do that.)

As to rent...well...things are kind of tough all over in
that department...rent for a house is usually around
$1200 or sometimes maybe $1100 or $1000 if you're
VERY lucky (the thing is, you tend to be paying your
landlord's mortgage!)...you can get a fairly nice, but
not fancy and not furnished, one-bedroom apartment
for probably around $800 (I'm guessing...the last time
I lived in an apartment it was in the $600's, but that
was six and seven years ago and the prices will have
gone up since then!), but if you live with dogs in an
apartment, the manager will probably make you pay
a one-time deposit (refundable when you move out
IF the pets have not damaged the apartment beyond
normal wear and tear!) AND possibly around $100 a
month in "dog rent" (likely to be at least $30 or $40
a month per dog, may have gone up to more like $50
by now, and you said that you have two dogs!).

Basically, good luck with the rent. There are usually
a lot of ads in the newspapers for rental houses. Some
of them happen to be cheaper than others. If you keep
scanning the ads on a daily or near-daily basis, you may
just be able to grab a really good house at a really good
price, before it gets away/escapes or whatever (the good
ones at good prices do tend to go pretty quick, so be
prepared to pounce on one as soon as you see the ad!).
There are "Apartment Blue Book" books available for free
at most gas stations and some bus stops...but those books
do tend to mostly feature the expensive apartments the
most, the ones that cost about as much as renting a house.
I'd say that your best bet for cheap rent is, watch the
newspaper ads (by the way those are available online
also...Post-News Classified ads online ^_^) (sometimes
you can find pet supplies and stuff like that there too! ^_^)
(and yard sales, furniture, TVs, appliances, cars...lots
of great stuff! ^_^), and watch along the streets when
you're driving or on the bus, because people do put signs
out by the road, advertising "House For Rent" or "Apartment
for Rent"...and sometimes some of those are cheaper...
you do need to check them out carefully and make sure
everything works (appliances, plumbing, etc.), but there
can be some pretty good bargains to be found, just by
keeping your eyes open! ^_^ (Anyway, especially if you
find a good bargain, SOMETIMES rent can be $1200 and
DOWN, instead of up. ^_^ Under $1000 is pretty rare
for a house, but if you look hard enough you can probably
find one for, say, $1100 or $1200, instead of, say, $1500
or $1600! ^_^)

Anyway, YES, I think that Arvada or Lakewood or Wheat Ridge
would probably suit your needs VERY well...if you need
any more info about that area, just ask (you can send
me a direct/private message if you like)...that's the
area that I'm most familiar with...my parents and I
moved there in 1989, and my parents still live there
(and are still happy with it, as far as I know! ^_^).

Good luck, happy househunting, etc.! ^_^

=^___^=

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Old 11-01-2007, 02:50 PM
 
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Thanks catmoon. I was very helpful post. Sometimes when I have read/heard the one side of a street is better than the other and you explained some of the desirable streets in the areas. Also, it gives me a sense of what the areas look like which what I was hoping for.
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Old 11-01-2007, 03:49 PM
 
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Did anyone mention the new hip area in Lakewood where Villa Italia mall used to be? Its on Alameda and Wadsworth. They designed the area intentionally to be walkable. My friend used to live in a little ranch with no basement right there. From what I have heard it is very chic (for Lakewood, anyway). I am a huge fan of Lakewood because its 10 minutes to the mountains, 10 minutes to downtown. I cant think of a better location, plus lots of walking/cycling trails for your dogs. Plus there is an Olive Garden! How can you go wrong?
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Old 11-01-2007, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I was over in that area this summer. Prior to going there, I had heard/read much favorable information about this location, called, I think. Bel Mar. I hate to say it, but I wasn't really impressed. There is a big shopping center w/lots of restaurants and specialty shops, and some condos and townhouses within walking distance. That's it. Yes, you could park your car and walk around, as you do at an indoor mall. Yes, if you live close enough, you could walk over there. But I don't know, it just seemed to lack a little something. Did not remind me of, say, Olde Towne Arvada or downtown Louisville, which seem like more authentic downtowns. Both have housing nearby, too. JUst my opinion.
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