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Old 06-23-2008, 11:09 PM
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I am moving to Denver next month, and I am trying to select an apartment in the next few days. I am a female, late 20s, who is looking for something affordable. Since I'm not from the area, I would like to be close to a fun, young (but not too young) nightlife. I am thinking about The Willows, which would be close to the Belmar area. The apartment and community have nice amenities including fireplace, balcony, lake, pools, tennis courts, etc. I am also considering The Reserve at Water Tower in Arvada. There isn't anything really special about this community (no pool, tennis courts, or anything mentioned above), BUT it is within walking distance to Olde Town Arvada. Would anyone be able to give me some additional information about these apartment communities, urban areas, etc? I need some good advice. Thank you!
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Old 06-24-2008, 11:41 AM
Location: Denver
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Olde town Arvada is really neat with a few bars off of Grandview that are cool.

But Lakewood would be nice IF you are close to highway 6. Since the drive is super short into downtown. But living in Arvada you have to take 70 down to 25. Bit longer of a drive downtown.

Something to think about.
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Old 06-24-2008, 12:06 PM
Location: Road Warrior
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Same here I would live near Old Towne Arvada, theres only a few restaurants and bars but its an affordable area with entertainment near by, if you hop on the I-70 to I-25 from Wadsworth your actually only 15 minutes from downtown Denver so not too bad, there's also a parking garage there that gives you a ride to the airport, big perk if you travel a lot. If I was to live in Lakewood I would however live closer to the foothills, such as Bear Creek and C-470 your only a skip away from Red Rocks, which is the coolest place to hang out in the summer if you like live music outdoors venue. Kids come from all over the country to go to Red Rocks in the summer.
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Old 06-24-2008, 01:08 PM
Location: Canon City, Colorado
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I haven't lived in the area in a while but, I'd look in the area of 6th and Simms. Thre used to be many apts. and townhomes. Also Applewood.
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Old 06-24-2008, 04:53 PM
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Willows Apartment complex is on West Jewell; it is not close to Belmar. It is in a very nice location, more residential but upscale with nice parks. In addition, you have very close access to some foothill parks and the area around bear valley and reservoir.

The Reserve in Arvada is in a walkable area, near some nice stores in Old Arvada. However, it is near areas that are less economically developed. It is very close to downtown as you can get there by going directly through the streets of North Denver. This will take you past the new neighborhoods that are attracting the new creative rich. These are Highlands, west Highlands, Tennyson and Berkeley. So, taking the highway downtown is not always, the fastest or the nicest route to the city. In addition, you have more public transportation options in this area as the Reserve is in walkable distance to the RTD Park n Ride. Bordering on the old town streets are many parks and basic shopping.

Both areas are great areas to live and offer much but for your age group and being closer in to the "in" neighborhoods of Denver--then I would suggest Arvada.

Union (6th and Simms) in Lakewood and Applewood in Wheat Ridge/Lakewood are also very good choices, as suggested by SheridanL. Union being more suburban "urban" with denser apartments, hotels and bars. While Applewood is more residential and quiet but has nice little restaurants. Both offer good public transportation options with Union being the far better choice because it is near the Federal Center and the Cold Spring Park n' Ride.

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Old 06-25-2008, 11:50 AM
Location: Arvada, CO
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Add that FasTrax will have a station in Olde Town Arvada. There's a lot to do in Olde Town nowadays. Great live music venues- The D Note, Bliss, and La Dolce Vita. Great restaurants, too, not to mention the best leather clothing repair shop in the area. The Watertower development just to it's south is a walkable community. Needless to say, we find that we don't need to venture to downtown Denver as much anymore. Someday we'll simply hop on the light rail when we need to.
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