U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Colorado > Denver
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
 
Old 03-09-2019, 02:17 PM
 
2 posts, read 4,981 times
Reputation: 10

Advertisements

Hello,


We're potentially relocating from the Chicago suburbs in the coming year to Denver area. We are a family with 3 young kids (1, 3, 5). We are debating where to live. We visited back in October and really liked Arvada because want to FEEL like we're living in the mountains, not in Nebraska. Boulder felt out of our price range. As much as we liked Highlands Ranch, the mountains felt a long ways away.


What are the best suburbs for families (amenities for children-- library, activities, kids museums, zoos) and best K-12 schools?


Any advice is much appreciated. Our main concern on Arvada is the schools didn't look very strong and can't understand from our research on the web what it really means for elementary and high school kids at this point.


Thanks,
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message

 
Old 03-09-2019, 02:44 PM
 
24,373 posts, read 45,217,150 times
Reputation: 26841
We could help much better if we knew job location(s) and budget to buy or rent.
__________________
- Please follow our TOS.
- Any Questions about City-Data? See the FAQ list.
- Want some detailed instructions on using the site? See The Guide for plain english explanation.
- Realtors are welcome here but do see our Realtor Advice to avoid infractions.
- Thank you and enjoy City-Data.
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-09-2019, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Online
472 posts, read 372,341 times
Reputation: 661
Quote:
Originally Posted by kanestel View Post
Hello,


We're potentially relocating from the Chicago suburbs in the coming year to Denver area. We are a family with 3 young kids (1, 3, 5). We are debating where to live. We visited back in October and really liked Arvada because want to FEEL like we're living in the mountains, not in Nebraska. Boulder felt out of our price range. As much as we liked Highlands Ranch, the mountains felt a long ways away.


What are the best suburbs for families (amenities for children-- library, activities, kids museums, zoos) and best K-12 schools?


Any advice is much appreciated. Our main concern on Arvada is the schools didn't look very strong and can't understand from our research on the web what it really means for elementary and high school kids at this point.


Thanks,
Best schools OR Good schools?

Best schools + Mountain Access = Boulder Valley School District (I mean, there's a reason why Boulder area is expensive)
Best schools + Willing to drive a bit to get to the mountains = Cherry Creek School District (Centennial, Greenwood Village, South East Aurora etc.)

Littleton and Douglas county school districts = Good schools

Living South East of Denver definitely means a much longer drive to the mountains but it is no Kansas/Nebraska as elevation goes up. Plus you get awesome view of the mountains.
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-09-2019, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Wheat Ridge, CO
618 posts, read 1,274,677 times
Reputation: 586
Quote:
Originally Posted by kanestel View Post
Hello,


We're potentially relocating from the Chicago suburbs in the coming year to Denver area. We are a family with 3 young kids (1, 3, 5). We are debating where to live. We visited back in October and really liked Arvada because want to FEEL like we're living in the mountains, not in Nebraska. Boulder felt out of our price range. As much as we liked Highlands Ranch, the mountains felt a long ways away.


What are the best suburbs for families (amenities for children-- library, activities, kids museums, zoos) and best K-12 schools?


Any advice is much appreciated. Our main concern on Arvada is the schools didn't look very strong and can't understand from our research on the web what it really means for elementary and high school kids at this point.


Thanks,
The best libraries, activities, museums, and zoos are all in Denver---there is no equal.

The best K-12 schools are probably not in Denver...though there are a few excellent options.

Most of the metro area doesn't feel like it is in the mountains, though many places you can walk outside and look to the west and say "Yep, those are mountains!" If you want mountains and good schools, maybe consider Evergreen, though that is going to be a tough commute if you are working Downtown Denver or DTC. Arvada may feel nice on the west side, if you are located in the schools that feed into Ralston Valley High, you will be satisfied. I also like the Green Mountain area of Lakewood, which has good views of the city and nice trails at the mountain park.
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-25-2019, 07:25 AM
 
2 posts, read 4,981 times
Reputation: 10
My husband will need to go downtown for work but not every day, maybe 2x per week. I work remotely so it's flexible. Our budget is 500-650K.
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-25-2019, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
1,921 posts, read 4,545,907 times
Reputation: 1715
You can choose to live closer to downtown Denver in a planned community and send your kids to private school.
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-25-2019, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Wheat Ridge, CO
618 posts, read 1,274,677 times
Reputation: 586
If he only needs to go downtown 2x per week, I'd look into Golden or Evergreen.
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-25-2019, 01:32 PM
Status: "So many micro breweries" (set 7 days ago)
 
Location: Berkeley Neighborhood, Denver, CO USA
17,080 posts, read 26,826,800 times
Reputation: 31201
Arvada - Ralston Valley High School catchment.
Denver - Slavens.
Anywhere in BVSD.
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-25-2019, 02:04 PM
 
Location: NOCO (for now)
8,470 posts, read 18,925,043 times
Reputation: 5311
Only going to Denver 2x per week could still be difficult after a bad snowstorm when living that far from downtown. Heck, there were some days that I had to call my Director/Supervisor and let him know that I couldn't make it from Parker to downtown (just north of Coors Field) due to the winter weather.
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-25-2019, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Frederick, CO
403 posts, read 425,228 times
Reputation: 409
You should definitely check out Broomfield. Very strong schools whether you are in Adams 12 school district or Boulder Valley School District. Lot's of families and family activities including concerts in the park in Summer, library with classes, moms looking to get out and meet up. You are close enough to the mountains, Denver, Boulder and DIA but homes are going to be more affordable than Boulder. The only downfall to Broomfield is if you don't care for fracking. The northern suburbs have a lot of that going on but it was creeping into Arvada too.

If you want to live South then parts of Littleton and Morrison are up in the canyons which puts you in the mountains but still gives you easy enough access to downtown Denver and gives you good schools for the most part. Roxborough Park could be a good neighborhood but schools are up and down in there too.
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


 
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Settings
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2020 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Colorado > Denver
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2022, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top