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Old 05-01-2008, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, TX
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I think we have narrowed it down to 2 cities in which we want to look at living. Highlands Ranch and Littleton.

We are relocating from Grapevine, Texas....for those of you who know Grapevine, it is about 10 minutes or so from Southlake, TX. From what I read about Highlands Ranch, it sounds a lot like Southlake.

We have 2 elementary-aged kids and we would want a place that is kid friendly.

I have heard good things about Littleton as well from some people who used to live there, but I'm not sure what the big difference is between the 2 and I'd like to find out more about each from the locals on the board.

We will be renting a house for about a year until we decide if we will be staying in CO longer than that. The average price range I am seeing for a nice rental home in those 2 areas is between $1500-$1900 which is very do-able for us.

The kids will be attending a private school in Englewood. What is the commute like from those 2 cities in morning traffic?

I would love any information you might have. Our first visit won't be until May 24.

Thank you!

~Jennifer in TX
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Old 05-01-2008, 10:37 PM
 
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The City of Littleton seems to be mostly older homes. It has a cute downtown with several community events throughout the year. There are 2 light rail stations. I'm not sure what rec centers they have.

Highlands Ranch is a newer planned community. The oldest houses are about 25 years old. Most are probably 10 years or newer. There are 4 rec centers, each a little different. There isn't an actual downtown, but there is Town Center which consists of a strip mall with a Safeway, Hallmark, Mc Donalds, etc; a Park-n-Ride (buses, no light rail), some walkable shops, some bigger stores (Home Depot, Bed Bath and Beyond); and some nearby condos and townhouses.

There is also "Littleton" in unincorporated Jefferson County. There are houses of all ages, some really nice. To me, it has a very urban sprawl-ish, lack of planning feel.

If you are looking for an older home with a larger lot, you'd probably pick Littleton. if you are looking for a newer house on a smaller lot, and lots of neighborhood kids, you'd probably pick HR. We picked HR, but Littleton is my adopted downtown.
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Old 05-01-2008, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Jennifer, where exactly is the private school located? We may be able to help answer your commute question if we know where you are trying to get to.
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Old 05-02-2008, 01:43 PM
 
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Littleton and Highlands Ranch both have little crime. I grew up in Littleton and would recommend either area. Chatfield and Columbine are also nice areas.
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Old 05-03-2008, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, TX
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Ths school is St. Louis Catholic School at 3301 South Sherman Street in Englewood.

Thanks so much for your help!
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Old 05-03-2008, 01:48 AM
 
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I would stay away from HR as much as is possible given the market and declining prices. There are plenty of nice homes around the school you mention that offer a better shot at not depreciating 20 percent in the next couple of years as gas prices continue to increase.
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Old 05-03-2008, 12:06 PM
 
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Ths school is St. Louis Catholic School at 3301 South Sherman Street in Englewood.

Thanks so much for your help!
That's near Swedish Hospital, in Old Englewood.

If you're providing your own transportation for your kids' school, I would say that simplifies your choice considerably: you need to live in Littleton, parts of which are very close to your school. HR is quite frankly too far to make two round trips per day. It would be about 30 minute drive one way, which means two hours of your day spent shuttling your kids to school and back. Parts of HR would be a bit closer than that (maybe 20 minutes), but overall it's simply not doable. Parts of Littleton would be closer to 10 minute drive. You could also consider living in Englewood itself, which would be even closer.

HR does have much to recommend it in its own category of living. But Littleton has been known for many years as being one of Metro Denver's best suburbs, so I think that you'll be fine there.
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