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Old 02-11-2014, 12:52 PM
 
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Been a while since I posted here, so hello! My wife and I currently own a townhome in the Bradburn community of Westminster and while we like it here, we would prefer an actual house with a yard for our dogs. We have looked a bit around our current area (Westy/Broomfield) and there are some properties that are interesting, but we also feel that we might be up for a change. We work in Commerce City and Lakewood (with the occasional work from home day for me).

Price range tops out around 300k. I've looked in the 80005 zip code in Arvada and there seem to be some nice homes in our range there, but I haven't scoped out the neighborhoods at all. The downtown Arvada area is appealing to us, but there's nothing within walking distance that would suit our needs/price range combo. We are both around 30 and will probably have kids in a couple years so schools are something we will be looking at.

We are open to pretty much anything in the swath of Broomfield-Westminster-Arvada-Golden, which is a huge area, I know. From what I've seen of Wheat Ridge and Lakewood, I don't know that we would want to be there, but maybe I haven't been to the right areas. Let me know if more details would help. Any advice appreciated!
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Old 02-11-2014, 01:27 PM
 
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I'm not exactly sure what you are looking for, but I would definitely give Wheat Ridge a bit more consideration. There is plenty of inventory in your price range and it is starting to attract buyers that want to be near Highland and Berkeley. The city is taking steps to make 38th Ave a stronger business corridor to attract more independent businesses. See - For Wheat Ridge, 38th Avenue a corridor of change - The Denver Post.
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Old 02-11-2014, 01:36 PM
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Location: Berkeley, Denver, CO USA
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Default Buy smart

Wheat Ridge
Buy something that needs updating.
"I see dead people".

I have become a huge fan of Wheat Ridge between Sheridan and Wads.
"It's the new Highlands"
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Old 02-11-2014, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Northwest Suburbs of Denver
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I agree with Dave Barnes - I also like the area of Wheat Ridge between Sheridan and Wads. It seems like a real neighborhood.

There are older neighborhoods with fixer upper houses and GREAT schools in the older sections of Broomfield that I *think* are close to your budget.

My husband and I loved rehabbing our houses pre-kids. We have fond memories and with the Lowe's and Home Depot's out here being so helpful it's easy to sub out the work you can't do yourselves.
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Old 03-02-2014, 07:10 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies. Not sure if an old house is what we are looking for; I tend to prefer the look of something like where we are now (Bradburn) and some of the other areas around 120th and Sheridan. Doesn't have to be brand new, of course.

That said...scrapper105 - which neighborhood(s) in Broomfield are you referring to?
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Old 03-02-2014, 07:37 PM
 
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I assume you mentioned zip 80005 because it is somewhat midway between Lakewood and Commerce City. You can look other places but this area has much of what anybody would want. You have said you do not really want a much older home as in most areas of Wheat Ridge, though there are some much newer infilled developments west of Kipling going toward Applewood.

So, stay with the area of 80005 and I would suggest areas around 80th and Wadsworth which we call Lake Arbor. That would include some areas east of Wadsworth in 80003 around Lake Arbor. This is very nice area with parks, open space, recreational center/pool and close access to a variety of good shopping. Good schools are there and some reasonably good public transit.

Some people think they have to have a designed walkable development like Bradburn. However, if you located near a major intersection that is nicely established, you can have it at your doorstep.

Livecontent
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Northwest Suburbs of Denver
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Look at the neighborhood that feeds into Kohl Elementary school - I don't live there but I think it has what you are looking for.

We looked at all available houses in Brroomfield/Westminster in the summer and I don't recall seeing any of the Bradburn style single family homes for less than $300K...
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Old 03-04-2014, 12:45 PM
 
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Look at the neighborhood that feeds into Kohl Elementary school - I don't live there but I think it has what you are looking for.

We looked at all available houses in Brroomfield/Westminster in the summer and I don't recall seeing any of the Bradburn style single family homes for less than $300K...
Scrapper is correct, there are not any homes in Bradburn listed right now for less than 500k. Things have gotten expensive in here IMO. I don't anticipate any single family home to go for less than $350 in here again, unless we have another real estate crash. Most homes now list in the 400-600 range.

However, there is proposed a single family development of about 50 or so homes just east of Bradburn to be built by Century Communities on land between the apartments and the charter school. It will not be affiliated with Bradburn, but is in walking distance of Bradburn's retail (including Whole Foods), we've heard those will range from $350-450, so might be worth keeping an eye on if you really like the area. Have no idea when that might start though.

I agree with Livecontent that there are lots of other areas where you can find pockets of walkability in Denver's suburbs. I do notice a difference personally though between places specifically designed for walking and places that are walkable. What I mean by this is in Bradburn the streets are narrower with on street parking, this slows down traffic and makes me feel safer on foot. Additionally there is a wide tree lawn between the street and the sidewalk and the sidewalks are wide in Bradburn, which also adds to ease when walking. Many walkable places in the suburbs lack this and to me that's noticeable.
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Old 03-04-2014, 04:23 PM
 
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Scrapper is correct, there are not any homes in Bradburn listed right now for less than 500k. Things have gotten expensive in here IMO. I don't anticipate any single family home to go for less than $350 in here again, unless we have another real estate crash. Most homes now list in the 400-600 range.

However, there is proposed a single family development of about 50 or so homes just east of Bradburn to be built by Century Communities on land between the apartments and the charter school. It will not be affiliated with Bradburn, but is in walking distance of Bradburn's retail (including Whole Foods), we've heard those will range from $350-450, so might be worth keeping an eye on if you really like the area. Have no idea when that might start though.

I agree with Livecontent that there are lots of other areas where you can find pockets of walkability in Denver's suburbs. I do notice a difference personally though between places specifically designed for walking and places that are walkable. What I mean by this is in Bradburn the streets are narrower with on street parking, this slows down traffic and makes me feel safer on foot. Additionally there is a wide tree lawn between the street and the sidewalk and the sidewalks are wide in Bradburn, which also adds to ease when walking. Many walkable places in the suburbs lack this and to me that's noticeable.


Good Point! That is a very noticeable problem with these new store developments with big box stores and the pedestrian has to walk a distance through the unsafe traffic and parking lots to get to the door. You see it at the redevelopment at the former Northglenn Mall site and also trying to walk to Park Meadows is arduous and dangerous.

The shopping in the older areas of town are much better area of pedestrians. For example Tennyson Street in the Berkeley neighborhood in Denver has good sidewalks and easy access to the stores. This is because of the past it first existed as a streetcar neighborhood. I like just getting off a bus and going into stores as in the Baker Neighborhood along Broadway.

I think it is wise when we allow the building of these big new stores to consider placing the parking in the back and bring the store front closer to the sidewalk. We need also to have required codes that all developments must have sidewalks to the store fronts for pedestrian access from the road and bypass the parking lots.

Livecontent
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Old 08-31-2014, 02:02 AM
 
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Bradburn1, I can't seem to find any info. on the new Bradburn East community being built by the Academy school. I drove by there today and saw what looked like the beginning of construction site prep, though. Do you know any more info. on the progress of this (i.e., when it will be available) or where an interested party would get more info.? Google only turned up this thread. Thanks!
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