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Old 07-05-2008, 01:33 PM
 
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We are interested in moving to Denver. We are interested in finding an area that has a lot of conviences and "mommy and kid" things to do.
We have been looking at Stapleton, Littleton and Cherry creek. We would like an area that would allow us to meet new people and families in close proximity.
I know Cherry creek is a bit expensive, but we are looking for a place with great schools. Our son isnt at school age yet(10mo) but would like to settle somewhere where the schools are great.
I prefer to live in a more modern, newer home area. I understand Stapleton is like that but after talking with some people they don't think it is the best area.
We like the city but would like a sub feel.
I am afraid if we moved to somewhere like Highlands ranch or Centennial or littleton it would be difficult to meet new moms and families.
Wash park and those other communities seem to be more for singles?
I would love some input and advice
THANKS
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Old 07-05-2008, 01:57 PM
 
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well, in regards to your HR statement, we spent a little time in HR while researching our move and the people were friendly and outgoing in many of the neighborhoods we toured. plenty of young families and such. so dont sell it short without taking a peak and seeing if it may meet your needs afterall
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Old 07-05-2008, 02:23 PM
 
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Thank you for your comment we will definately keep it in consideration. Just curious... any other areas you looked into?
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Old 07-05-2008, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Most of the suburban areas are family-friendly and will meet your criteria. Stalpleton is family-friendly from what I have heard. Stapleton schools are DPS. There are many suburban school districts, most of them are good. It's mainly "different strokes for different folks" re: the schools: small vs large, special programs, etc. I wouldn't worry too much at this point with a ten month old. You may move again before s/he starts school.
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Old 07-05-2008, 05:05 PM
 
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Do you need to stick close to downtown or down south? If not, my neighborhood has what you are looking for: Bradburn Village in Westminster (30 min north and west of downtown). About 80% of the homes in here are families with young kids (under age 8), and because its a walkable neighborhood with a city feel (but in the suburbs with great schools) I know pretty much every one of them. Super, super social neighborhood. Teeming with kids and stay at home parents. You and your kiddo will never be bored here LOL.

For example yesterday we had our annual July 4th kids' parade where all the kids in the neighborhood decorate their bikes/trikes/scooters/strollers/wagons and we have a firetruck lead a parade to our central park where we have a big party after. We have a great movie night in the park about twice a month where we show a movie outdoors and have a firepit for the kids to roast marshmallows, and our weekly park parties so the kids can run around, the parents can have a beer, be social, and not have to drive anywhere.

If you need to stay more south, I agree with the Stapleton suggestion. Tons of kids and families. Love the neighborhood. We chose Bradurn over it because the neighborhoods around Stapleton are not so hot, it has higher prices than Bradburn, and we wanted to be close to downtown Denver and Boulder at the same time, but I think those are pretty minor details. Everyone I know who lives there with kids loves it (and you can't beat the playgrounds they have!).

I know the Highlands is a great city neighborhood with a very active moms' group, but honestly, the schools are pretty awful. A lot of my neighbors moved from there to here because they got a similar feel here with a new house but good schools.

Good luck in your search, Denver is a great place to live.
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Old 07-05-2008, 05:39 PM
 
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I know the Highlands is a great city neighborhood with a very active moms' group, but honestly, the schools are pretty awful. A lot of my neighbors moved from there to here because they got a similar feel here with a new house but good schools.
Really? I'm intrigued. That goes against everything I've heard about HR schools. How are they awful?
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Old 07-05-2008, 05:45 PM
 
Location: CO
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Really? I'm intrigued. That goes against everything I've heard about HR schools. How are they awful?
Highlands Ranch and Highlands are two different areas. Highlands Ranch is a southern suburb; Highlands is a neighborhood in Denver. HR refers to Highlands Ranch, not Highlands. Schools in Highlands Ranch are thought to be good.
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Old 07-05-2008, 05:53 PM
 
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(slaps hand to forehead) Duh, I knew that...I really did!!!
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Old 07-05-2008, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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It's a bit confusing. Yes, even I, the one who doesn't put much stock in school rankings, would be hesitant about the schools in Highlands. Note I said "hesitant", not completely opposed.
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Old 07-05-2008, 10:16 PM
 
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Stapleton.
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