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Old 07-19-2018, 10:57 AM
 
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Hello Everyone,

To make a very long statement/question short, my wife and I moved away from Denver in '11 with every intention to move back after we had started our family. We have since started our family and we are at a position in our lives/careers where the move back to Denver is imaginable. However, as you are all quite aware, Denver has changed drastically since we left, specifically the cost of housing.

My question is to people's experience with the NorthEast/Montbello area? During our time in Colorado I can say I do not believe we spent much, if any time in this area. In fact if my memory serves me correct, there really wan't a reason to go this area.

The reason I am asking specifically about this area is I have an opportunity to purchase a property there, in need of some work, but well below market value. Any insight into the safety and lifestyle of this area is much appreciated.
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Old 07-19-2018, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Montbello is still a really rough neighborhood. I personally wouldn't live there.
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Old 07-19-2018, 11:30 AM
 
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Montbello is one of the historically minority neighborhoods of Denver... and it doesn't appear to be gentrifying in the same way similar but more urban areas are. As such you should expect problems stemming from institutional neglect on the part of the city that are common in minority neighborhoods across the country.
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Old 07-19-2018, 11:31 AM
 
Location: In The Thin Air
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My wife grew up in Montbello and graduated from the high school back in the early 90s. She says it hasn't changed at all and to avoid it at all costs. Now that is only her opinion of living there and others may think differently. I don't have any experience with it with the exception of driving through it.
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Old 07-19-2018, 11:54 AM
 
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Thank you for the replies. I guess I will move on. Thanks again!
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Old 07-19-2018, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I lived there for two years. Some parts are good others are not. It's a very convenient place to live. Close to everything. I witnessed two shooting there but loved my neighbors. I would look at Green Valley Ranch and Stapleton. Both are better neighborhoods.
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Old 07-19-2018, 02:40 PM
 
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I lived there for two years. Some parts are good others are not. It's a very convenient place to live. Close to everything. I witnessed two shooting there but loved my neighbors. I would look at Green Valley Ranch and Stapleton. Both are better neighborhoods.
I'd agree with the last sentence and add that Green Valley Ranch is going to be a much, much better deal in terms of property costs, property taxes, and property size.
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Old 07-21-2018, 06:39 PM
 
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Thank you for the replies. I guess I will move on. Thanks again!
Perception and reality are two different things.

Perception is it's a crime ridden dump and I resent that as a long time resident who still lives here (attended Montbello HS in the 90's).

Reality is it's still affordable (for Denver), and actually has some of the highest home appreciation values (20%) in the nation over the past 3 years. Montbello is ranked in the middle of the pack of Denver's 78 defined neighborhoods in most crime stats. Montbello is also one of Denver's largest neighborhoods with over 30,000 people so more crimes are reported than a lot of neighborhoods.

It has a diverse housing stock and while the community certainly has issues, what community doesn't. I get it, some are not comfortable living in or even visiting minority communities (even some minorities), but if one is willing to embrace diversity, its not a bad place at all to live at all.

My relatives from the south always comment on "how nice it is" when they visit me. If I were you I wouldn't be so dismissive and I would go see Montbello/GVR for yourself, instead of relying on other people's stereotype of the area when I can bet most of the people who comment negatively on the area have never even been here to understand what its really like. This is Denver, not Detroit, Cleveland, Memphis, etc, all places where some of the negative hype is well deserved.

Hope this helps and good luck wherever you go!

Last edited by Mike from back east; 07-21-2018 at 09:59 PM.. Reason: Spacing, typos.
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Old 07-21-2018, 09:41 PM
 
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Please forgive me if parts of my reply's are overlapping im typing this on an a very small cellphone.

MOD EDIT: That's okay, I fixed it for ya.

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Old 07-22-2018, 12:26 AM
 
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Thanks Mike from back east
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