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Old 06-04-2007, 04:18 PM
 
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Looking for a place to relocate. Ft. Collins keeps on coming up. Which are the best schools in the city, and what are your favorite neighborhoods? Is it just one new development after another or are there established neighborhoods in walking distance from downtown? Overall, are there lots of things going on for families? Much thanks.
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Old 06-04-2007, 05:23 PM
 
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Fort Collins is a great place to live and raise a family. we moved here 6 years ago and couldn't be happier with our choice. The school system is excellent and people are quite friendly. There are definately established areas within walking distance to downtown. There are 42+ city ran parks and always something to do. Not to mention it is only an hour form Denver if you need more excitement. This time of year is my favorite as the wildflowers are blooming and all of the lakes and reservoirs are full. [mod cut]

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Old 07-07-2007, 07:06 PM
 
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Default Hey Lauragippy

I have a question. We are moving to Ft. Collins in the next week or two. We have secured a rental property (although we haven't yet signed the lease). We are doing this sight unseen, the house itself looks ok on the web photos, but still.....it's on the web. The property is on the other side of E Mulberry from Roselawn Cemetery. Kind of like Summit view Dr and a few blocks south of Mulberry. Is it a place you'd live with kids???? I know it's all subject to everyone's perception but I don't want to end up in some scary neighborhood either.

We spent a week there and drove around Ft. Collins through a lot of the city but we didn't drive through this particular area. It isn't to terribly far from "The Arbors" apartments and the big pool and ice arena complex and we liked that area really well. I was just wondering if you were familar with that area at all so we could have a heads up before signing our 1 year lease.

Thanks in advance!
KimMN
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Old 07-07-2007, 07:29 PM
 
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Default Pretty Pockets

Hi KimMN,
I live a few miles west of the area you mentioned. It's hard to say whether you'll feel good about a neighborhood without your spending a little bit of time there first. Are you going to be able to physically check it out before you sign a lease? If so, and if you're not satisfied, there are several reputable management companies in town who can assist you in finding rental property. Best bet would be to drive the neighborhoods and jot down phone numbers of your preferred prospects. I know gas is a luxury anymore, but it's still worth it to find your comfort zone, especially if it's going to mean a year of your life. If you're on a time crunch, you might just check the yellow pages for one or more of those rental management companies. I do hope you like it here.
Another big advantage (imho) of driving the areas of a town, is being able to determine if traffic and amenities like shopping are okay for you.
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Old 07-08-2007, 09:05 AM
 
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Unfortunately we aren't going to be able to drive thru beforehand. We did exactly as you suggested already and wrote a lot of numbers down to home for rent and they're now all rented. We liked the area around "The Arbors" apartment complex and the pool/ice arena facility, but like I said the ones we were able to see and call have all since been rented.

We did ask the opinion of the leasing agent (Mountain & Plains) for the house we have tentatively rented, and she said that most people "in her opinion" wouldn't like the area because it's considered away from the downtown area and feels a bit out of town. Well for us that perfect, we're more nature drawn and have two dogs, but frankly her resistance to not sharing the layout of the neighborhood makes me nervous. If it was just my husband and I really I would care less but we do have an 11 year old son to consider.
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Old 07-08-2007, 09:45 AM
 
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I have a question. We are moving to Ft. Collins in the next week or two. We have secured a rental property (although we haven't yet signed the lease). We are doing this sight unseen, the house itself looks ok on the web photos, but still.....it's on the web. The property is on the other side of E Mulberry from Roselawn Cemetery. Kind of like Summit view Dr and a few blocks south of Mulberry. Is it a place you'd live with kids???? I know it's all subject to everyone's perception but I don't want to end up in some scary neighborhood either.
There's not really a lot of bad neighborhoods in Fort Collins, and that area isn't one of them. But, it's not the nicest or newest neighborhood in town either. That area was originally out in the "sticks" when those houses were built, and the town has grown up around it. E Mulberry is a bit run down with aging motels, etc. (because E Mulberry is technically not part of the city and so not subject to city design standards).

Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't recommend you against that area, simply that it's probably not the snazziest you'll find in Fort Collins. The same would go for anything on the northeast side of the Poudre, which this is. If the price is right then I think this area or any area in Fort Collns proper would be fine.
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Old 07-08-2007, 10:45 AM
 
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Hi KimMN, I totally agree with your priority about finding the best place to live for your 11 year old son. Wish I could be of more help about schools in the area, but my kids were all grown when I moved here 9 years ago. PM me if you get a chance and I'll try to be more specific about the few neighborhoods I'm familiar with.
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Old 07-08-2007, 11:11 AM
 
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Default To all you guys

Thanks for your feedback all of you, I appreciate it so much. I agree that I didn't see any super trashy areas and we pretty much loved the entire town of Ft. Collins. Although for residence I would not really make living within a block of campus my first choice because of the constant commotion. I would rather a quieter type setting for the family, at least for the time being.

We did decide to rent for the first year so we'd have a much better idea of where we'd like to buy a home before making a permenant move into an unfamiliar area. I am not really finicky about older less flashy areas because we are in "renting" mode for this first transitional year. But, I'm in Minnesota and although we're in a small town even here there are "garbage and crack houses". I CANNOT wait to get to Ft. Collins!!!!
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Old 07-23-2007, 10:41 PM
 
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We kinda got away from your question. There are several older more developed neighborhoods that are within walking distance to old town, however be prepared to pay more for these houses because they are popular right now. There are several other nieghborhoods that are within walking distance to shopping, eating etc but not specifically old town that are more affordable. Good luck.
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Old 07-29-2007, 11:03 AM
 
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Default Moving to FC

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The Chooch
We kinda got away from your question. There are several older more developed neighborhoods that are within walking distance to old town, however be prepared to pay more for these houses because they are popular right now. There are several other nieghborhoods that are within walking distance to shopping, eating etc but not specifically old town that are more affordable. Good luck.
We are moving to FC at the end of the year and would like an older area, older trees, etc, do you know specific street names to look for?? thanks
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