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Old 06-05-2013, 09:10 PM
 
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Are you looking for something similar to Evanston? If so, scratch Littleton, Highlands Ranch, Golden, and Castle Rock off your list. I'd agree that Sloan's Lake sounds like the ideal location (we really like it there) but rental inventory always seemed low there. After that, I'd consider central Denver (Cheeseman Park, Congress Park etc). City Park has a lake, there's a bunch of other parks in the area, and it's got enough going on nearby where its not boring. We pay slightly more than the high end of your budget for a 2 bedroom w/ garage & in unit laundry in a house that was converted into a couple apartments in Congress Park--you could definitely find a pretty good 1 bedroom in that range in these areas.

People don't really do "the beach" here, just a heads up.
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Old 06-05-2013, 09:12 PM
 
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Thank you all, again any more suggestions will be greatly appreciated !
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Old 06-05-2013, 09:31 PM
 
Location: 0.83 Atmospheres
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Are you looking for something similar to Evanston? If so, scratch Littleton, Highlands Ranch, Golden, and Castle Rock off your list. I'd agree that Sloan's Lake sounds like the ideal location (we really like it there) but rental inventory always seemed low there. After that, I'd consider central Denver (Cheeseman Park, Congress Park etc). City Park has a lake, there's a bunch of other parks in the area, and it's got enough going on nearby where its not boring. We pay slightly more than the high end of your budget for a 2 bedroom w/ garage & in unit laundry in a house that was converted into a couple apartments in Congress Park--you could definitely find a pretty good 1 bedroom in that range in these areas.

People don't really do "the beach" here, just a heads up.
The Beach is at A-Basin. People totally do it.
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:29 AM
 
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We don't do that much beach either but a little time laying on the sand swimming playing voleyball and goofiny in water a year will be nice
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:31 AM
 
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I just checked Sloans Lake apartments of craiglists and it got me a little worried becase may of them have bars in windows which probably means its not safe, how its that neighborhood for real? Safe for a caucasian girl running around alone?
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Berkeley Neighborhood, Denver, CO USA
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I just checked Sloan's Lake apartments of craiglists and it got me a little worried becase may of them have bars in windows which probably means its not safe, how its that neighborhood for real? Safe for a caucasian girl running around alone?
Better safe than sorry.
Check the crime data.
Crime Statistics and Maps | Denver Police Department
You want Sloans Lake (no apostrophe in spite of the 20-year battle by the neighborhood to get the apostrophe in the name)
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:42 AM
 
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We don't do that much beach either but a little time laying on the sand swimming playing voleyball and goofiny in water a year will be nice
Just so you aren't disappointed, a plane will get you to some place like that. We don't have real sand swimming beaches. I've swum in the reservoirs for triathlon training. Very yucky water because we don't get enough rainfall and when it does rain alot of waste (ecoli and such) washes into them. However just south of here you can get all the sand you want at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve - Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. It is about a 4 hr drive.
Great Sand Dunes in spring - YouTube

There are some rivers you can tube on like Cache la Poudre River going into Fort Collins.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv_nu_oFgAY

This site gives you instructions on how to do it.
Inside Fort Collins: Tube the Poudre Dude!
This one has zany pictures. Warning.
Summer Fun Along the Cache la Poudre River

Also you can tube in Boulder Creek. Warning: Long video.

Tubing the boulder creek - YouTube

Platte River in Denver is another one (polluting possibility of this one makes me nervous).

Tubing Down the Rapids of the Platte River at Confluence Park, Denver - YouTube

This one gives you an idea of why you might not want to get in the water at Confluence Park.

Floating the South Platte River in Denver - YouTube
Excellent video because it also shows the light rail.

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Old 06-06-2013, 12:01 PM
 
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The cleanest, closest tubing river to Denver is Clear Creek in Golden.
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Old 06-06-2013, 12:19 PM
 
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The cleanest, closest tubing river to Denver is Clear Creek in Golden.
You know, I've never been to Clear Creek. Always someplace new to discover. I've heard it is great for whitewater kayaking.
Clear Creek Whitewater Park - Golden, CO
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Old 06-06-2013, 01:49 PM
 
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Thank you for all the great links ! Thats a wonderful source of info. At first I had seen some pictures of people swimming/tanning by the cherry creek lake. Is the water really so nasty ? I used to compete inn swimming and I really enjoy it,not river swimming I guess. Are there any clear water lakes in area ? "beach " can be bunch of grass/sand as long as water is not a mushy soup..
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