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Old 05-29-2010, 07:31 AM
 
Location: between the swamp and the ocean
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People wield words like "sterile", "tract-housing", and "suburban" like they're vile words around here. Never really understood it. Families have lived in that kind of area at least since Levittowns started popping up 60+ years ago
Well, sure, but many people are waking up to the possibilities of living in better planned, walkable communities which offer something more than just your own cookie cutter house, safety, and good schools.

Many of younger generation (20-30somethings starting their own families) want something more - good schools, stability, but also less of a tract-home feel and also urban attributes such as access to public transit and downtown- hence the rejuvenation of downtown areas and creation of places like Stapleton.
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Old 05-29-2010, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Parker
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We've lived in Parker for nearly 4 years and we like it. There are a lot of bedroom communities here, meaning it's popular with families with kids in school and most people drive to work some where else, usually in DTC or that area.

Parker has a lot of local events where people and kids come for music, arts, crafts, vendors, etc. Lots of horse properties in the area, too, which are fun to drive by.
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Old 05-29-2010, 06:54 PM
 
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The major downside to areas around Parker is that if you purchased in the recent past you have lost a lot of value and if you purchase now you will probably never beat the rate of inflation. Realtors like to say a couple of things that always crack me up.

1. It's a great time to buy or sell a house! The national association of realtors has been saying this every month for the past 5 years even as the industry crumbles around them.
2. A house is a great investment! Actually, no more often than not is not an investment at all.

Rings around cities continue to expand, they will build your house but better for the same or less money 5 miles further out in a few years, so the cycle continues.

Right now builders in that area are actually selling houses for LESS than the cost of the materials alone and very often because price is the major driver for many people buying that far out they are swapping quality and insulation for a lower price point. Of course the good news is that banks are at the moment almost entirely unwilling to loan money for people speculating on new developments so there might be some short term price increases.

Also I have read the same here before and have read some really interesting / scary things elsewhere, if you are looking to live long term in the Parker area be VERY concerned about water. Water rights are an interesting part to this states history and Parker is on the wrong side of good when it comes to them.
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