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Old 04-27-2011, 03:53 PM
 
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Hello! Can anyone tell me what the commute would be like between Johnstown and northern Broomfield, summer and winter? Thank you!
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:18 PM
 
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It really depends on where in broomfield and whether or not you're willing to pay up for the NW Parkway Toll Road.

Broomfield as most people think about it is along 287 near the Boulder Turnpike, but recent annexations have added some portions along I-25 near the Weld County line. If it's right off of I-25, then a commute from Johnstown there is barely doable, though I'm wondering why you'd consider Johnstown when you can find plenty of affordable housing further south in Firestone/Frederick area.

If your job is further west in the Interlocken area (I'd say likely) -- then you pretty much have to use the expensive NW Parkway toll road. In which case, I'd say you might want to think twice about this lengthy and/or expensive commute.
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Old 05-02-2011, 06:14 PM
 
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Thank you for your response Tfox, you are correct as to the location of the job. The only reason I was looking at the Johnstown area is because this job could very well be temporary, a way to get moved and have a Colorado address to get a better opportunity closer to where we want to be which is the Loveland area. I have actually had employers tell me that I was a top candidate but because I did not have a local address they chose a local candidate. I had the (dumb?) idea of renting in Johnstown so if we were locked in a rental for a year, we wouldn't be stuck in the Broomfield area when a job came up in the Loveland area.
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Old 05-02-2011, 11:47 PM
 
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When we first came to CO, we, too wanted to live in the Loveland-Ft. Collins area. However, we soon found out the majority of jobs on the Front Range are in the metro Denver area, and have lived here "happily ever after", well, 30 years anyway. If you have a job in Broomfield, I'd live near Broomfield. If you rent, and you get the job in Loveland, you could easily move.
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:23 AM
 
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Katiana, thank you, that does make sense, and who knows, maybe we would love it too! We come from small towns (population 13k or less) so the "big city" idea scares the life out of us, but yet is kind of exciting too. Can you tell me what areas would be best for rentals for small town people like us? We are looking for a house as we have pets and guests that will want to visit, but I see a majority of the rentals are in surrounding areas like Westminster rather than Broomfield. I thought maybe staying towards the outskirts would be less overwhelming but maybe not. Tfox mentioned Frederick or Firestone and maybe those would work. If I am going to do this, might as well live where I hardly have a commute at all.
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:30 AM
 
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What I like about Broomfield is that it is on the northern edge of the metro, so you get more of the open feeling of a rural area. There are rental homes in Broomfield, you just have to look. Also, if you're going to be working at Interlocken you could try Louisvile, Lafayette and Superior too. Of the three, Lafayette probably has more affordable rentals.
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:03 AM
 
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Firestone or Fredrick would be a lot closer than Johnstown would be, but when I said that it was more in the context of if it was job was located in the I-25 corridor. Since it's apparenly in the the US-36 corridor, I would personally look elsewhere, preferably in the US-36 corridor.

Westminster has quite a lot of affordable housing, and westminster is pretty much next to broomfield, though both of them are spread across a wide swathe of area. You could also consider Lafayette and/or Erie, but I suspect that if you're looking in Johnstown than you may be looking for places that are very affordable and rent and values will be higher in that area.

You do have to do the math. Yes, the I-25 north corridor would be cheaper rent -- but if you're pretty much forced to use the toll road then those tolls could easily eat up a good deal of the savings. Tolls are currently $3.10 each way, or $6.20 a day. If you commute on a daily basis that's approaching $124.00 a month to commute a normal 5-day workday. Plus time spent in the car. You could avoid the toll road but then you'd spend a longer commute.
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