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Old 04-08-2021, 12:27 PM
 
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Hey all,

Looking for a little advice--I'm relocating to the area, and I will be working in Westminster (west of 121 and south of 128, near Standley Lake...based on Google Maps).

My wife and I are looking right now at homes within the area to try and keep my commute around 20 minutes or less. Looking ideally for family-oriented neighborhoods with at least decent schools and fairly close to the mountains as well (i.e., hoping to stay west, or at least not east, of Denver). Also 4 beds (or 3 + finished basement) and something of a yard, doesn't need to be huge or anything but would like a little space for the dog and our son to run around. I'm thinking we want new(er) builds as well, after 2000 at least. We would like to stay under $900k but our budget could go up to $1M if needed.

What we've identified so far, through word of mouth and a little research, are Golden, Arvada, Westminster, Broomfield, Lafayette, Louisville, Superior, and maybe Erie & Thornton. What are your opinions on those places, good place to raise a family? Are there any other places you think we should consider? I'm not sure any of the more southern suburbs are options just because my commute would be a bit longer. I'm planning a home/neighborhood finding trip in about a week, but wanted to maybe get some opinions on this forum to narrow down that search a bit.


Any help would be great, thanks!
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Old 04-08-2021, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Berkeley Neighborhood, Denver, CO USA
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If schools are the important criterion, then you have 2 choices:

1. BVSD https://www.bvsd.org . Any school should be good.

2. Jeffco https://www.jeffcopublicschools.org . You want to live within the Ralston Valley High School area https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B1rG...RObFV6bFk/edit . My daughter lives in this area and deliberately chose it for the high school even though her children were not yet born.
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Old 04-08-2021, 02:10 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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From a commute standpoint, you might limit your search to northern Arvada, western Westminster & southern Broomfield. Ideally somewhere along the Co 121/Wadsworth corridor.

All 3 have a variety of SFH neighborhoods.

For easy access to mountains & commute, stay west of Sheridan Blvd.

Also try to stay south and west of US 36 (Boulder Turnpike). Crossing it at rush hour can be a real bottleneck.

All three have good schools and shopping.

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Old 04-08-2021, 02:24 PM
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Location: Victory Mansions, Airstrip One
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We were in Louisville when the kids were in middle school and high school, at Monarch which is in the Boulder Valley School District. The schools are fine, and I liked having all the shopping we needed close by. The biggest downside for me was two-story homes on tiny lots, but of course Louisville is not the only CO city with that issue. Also it's not a large city so there's generally not a lot of homes on the market.

A big plus for me is all the open space nearby. Most or all of the land between Louisville and Boulder is open space of some sort or another. You can get on a trail there and run/bike all the way to Boulder or Eldorado Canyon.
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Old 04-08-2021, 04:10 PM
 
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If schools are the important criterion, then you have 2 choices:

1. BVSD https://www.bvsd.org . Any school should be good.

2. Jeffco https://www.jeffcopublicschools.org . You want to live within the Ralston Valley High School area https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B1rG...RObFV6bFk/edit . My daughter lives in this area and deliberately chose it for the high school even though her children were not yet born.
Good info, thanks. Yeah I was noticing the Greatschools ratings (flawed as they may or may not be) were showing those BVSD schools and Ralston Valley HS are the best. Definitely an important consideration of ours. In general though I'm finding after some digging that the schools in the area are better than the ones we're moving from, even ones that aren't so hot by the GS rating.
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Old 04-08-2021, 04:13 PM
 
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We were in Louisville when the kids were in middle school and high school, at Monarch which is in the Boulder Valley School District. The schools are fine, and I liked having all the shopping we needed close by. The biggest downside for me was two-story homes on tiny lots, but of course Louisville is not the only CO city with that issue. Also it's not a large city so there's generally not a lot of homes on the market.

A big plus for me is all the open space nearby. Most or all of the land between Louisville and Boulder is open space of some sort or another. You can get on a trail there and run/bike all the way to Boulder or Eldorado Canyon.
For sure, Louisville looks really beautiful. I'll be checking it out here in a week or so, can't wait!
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Old 04-20-2021, 09:22 AM
 
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i was surprised to see the local lite rail RTD *(303) 299-6000‬ has service to Westminster.
general RTD map:
https://www.rtd-denver.com/services/...ail-system-map

Denver climate is sunny dry so you will have to water that lawn ‬

rush hour Denver freeway commute is frustrating.
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Old 04-20-2021, 10:04 AM
 
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Live where you work
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Old 04-22-2021, 05:43 PM
 
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Live where you work
After visiting, that might end up being what I do! I really liked the North Central part of Westminster. Loved Arvada and Golden too, so it'll really depend on what the market bears.

Thanks to all for the helpful advice!
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Old 04-23-2021, 11:08 AM
 
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Of course. It would be less stress due to traffic and free up your time!
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