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post #1 of 17
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I've been thinking about moving out to Denver for a long time, and I might have a job opportunity very soon.  I wanted to see if anyone had thoughts on walkable suburban neighborhoods.  I've read a lot about neighborhoods right around downtown, but I was wondering if there were any planned communities further out that might be worth looking at.

 

I live in Atlanta currently, so I'm used to living 10-15miles from downtown and driving/commuting in everyday.  I want a more convenient location to the Summit resorts, but if it's just as easy to go from downtown or the west suburbs, then I don't really care where I end up.  I'd like to spend no more than $800 month in rent as a guideline.

 

Thoughts?

post #2 of 17

 Take a look at downtown Littleton. There are shops and restaurants, library, rec center, theater, but I don't think there is a good grocer you can walk to. Most important, there is a light rail station right there that will take you straight to downtown Denver. Getting to the mountains is fairly simple, as Littleton is south and a bit west of Denver. Drive straight west on Bowles to C470, you're in the foothills in 15 min, to Loveland in an hour.

 

I'm not sure about housing and rent ... it is mostly a mix of older, smaller houses and some new condo/townhouse type things. Most of the apartments nearby are older and not so nice, but there are older large houses that have been divided into apartments, too.

 

In Centennial there is a redevelopment called the Streets of Southglenn, which is a new area with shops and apartments, stuck in the middle of an older suburb. Light rail is not as close, but I'm sure you can bus or drive to it. There is a grocery store and a movie theater. Not nearly the same charm, as Littleton, which is a historic district with a main street.

 

Maybe Golden? I think they are building light rail down there now, but not sure where stations will be. Supposed to open in a couple of years. I can't speak to areas north of Denver. Most of the others south of Denver are basic sprawling suburbs. There are some newer areas between Boulder and Denver that I think were a little better planned than those south, but they don't have light rail yet, either. Not for 9 years, as planned.

post #3 of 17
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Thanks for the info.  I'll check out some of the areas you mentioned.  I don't care about apartment looks/amenities mostly, just mostly that I can walk to nearby shops/restaurants/grocery and it's easy to get into/out of downtown for work.

 

Anyone else's thoughts would be greatly appreciated while I take a look at these areas.  Thanks again.

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Originally Posted by --catfish View Post

Thanks for the info.  I'll check out some of the areas you mentioned.  I don't care about apartment looks/amenities mostly, just mostly that I can walk to nearby shops/restaurants/grocery and it's easy to get into/out of downtown for work.

 

Anyone else's thoughts would be greatly appreciated while I take a look at these areas.  Thanks again.


Oh, look in Old Englewood, too ... light rail runs through there, it's a tad closer to Denver, and up and down Broadway there are lots of shops, bars, restaurants, etc. (The Denver area is a little bit weird with its addresses and unincorporated counties ... Littleton's mailing address stretches all the way down south and west to areas not near the Old Town/city limits, and Englewood's does the same thing, but not so bad.) Try this:

 

http://www.downtownlittleton.com/

 

http://cityofenglewood.org/

post #5 of 17
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Thanks, lots to read about.

post #6 of 17
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What are the thoughts on Golden, CO?  It looks like a pretty straight shot into the city, but are there walkable parts of town where I could find an old converted apartment or even newer construction?

 

Right now, I think Englewood, Baker, and even Golden might be the places I'd most likely want to check out when I visit in a couple of weeks.

post #7 of 17

You may want to check out the Belmar area in Lakewood. Lots of dining, shops, groceries, entertainment within walking distance from newer apts. 5 min to new light rail (in 2 years) and bus service to downtown. Close to 6th Ave which connects to I-70 which shortens the commute to the mountains.

post #8 of 17

 Check out Highland, too, for neighborhoods within Denver. In the city, of course, far more walkable areas.

 

And I was going to suggest Belmar, as well ... that's the same concept as the new Southglenn area (maybe even the same developer, I don't know).

post #9 of 17
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That Lakewood sounds nice.  Thanks for all the feedback.  Will keep reading on it.

post #10 of 17
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So I got the job out in Denver, and I think I'm going to take it.  Question about driving to the resorts.  I have a 2WD Highlander right now.  Obviously having 4wd or awd would be ideal, but is it unsafe if I get snow tires to go back and forth?  I've never made the drive over.  Thoughts are very welcome.  Thanks for the info on locations.  I got a chance to drive around a little.  I'd like to stay west, so Golden and Lakewood are appealing.  I'll see where I end up as the weeks go on.  Take care.

post #11 of 17

Does your Highlander have any sort of limited-slip feature to the differential (a.k.a. traction control)?  If so,  and you run winter tires,  you'll be fine commuting to the resorts.  If you have an open differential,  you would still be fine 95% of the time - I would consider studded snows as a means of added safety.  You might also want to invest in a set of tire chains to have for the occasional surprise - you may never use 'em,  but they could be invaluable in the right situation.

 

I drive my RWD BMW with traction control and snows up there all winter long.  It's certainly not as good as AWD,  but frankly,  the roads will be shut down or blocked by people on low-profile summer performance tires long before I'll run into significant traction problems.

 

Hope you enjoy your new home.  Oh,  and be sure not to hit the C470/I70 junction before 7:30 AM.  All "newbies" are requred to be rightfully initiated to Saturday morning ski traffic by joining in the fun of I-70 starting at about that time. smile.gif

 

AM.

post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
Yea, it has a pretty good traction control system built in. I'll check out the prices on studded tires.

So leave Denver at 730 and ,eave the reorts right at 4pm... Got it.smile.gif

Thanks for the help from everyone here. Interested in the adventure.
post #13 of 17

Since this is the Humor Forum and about Denver, it's best you obey all traffic laws and DO NOT get pulled over. The penalties are brutal:

 

The Colorado State Police are cracking down on speeders heading into Denver. For the first offense, they give you 2 Denver Bronco tickets. If you get stopped a second time, they make you use them.

Q. What do you call 47 millionaires around a TV watching the Super Bowl?
A. The Denver Broncos

Q. What do the Denver Broncos and Billy Graham have in common?
A. They both can make 70,000 people stand up and yell "Jesus Christ".

Q. How do you keep a Denver Bronco out of your yard?
A. Put up a goal post.
 
 
Q. What do you call a Denver Bronco with a Super Bowl ring?
A. Old
 

Q. What's the difference between the Denver Broncos and a dollar bill?
A. You can still get four quarters out of a dollar bill.
 

Q. How many Denver Broncos does it take to win a Super Bowl?
A. Nobody remembers.
 

Q. What do the Broncos and possums have in common?
A. Both play dead at home and get killed on the road!

post #14 of 17
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So you're saying I should stick to the Atlanta Falcons when I get into town....?

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 In case of tornado warning, proceed immediately to Mile High: no touchdowns there. 

post #16 of 17

Yeah, this year the Dirty Birds are looking very solid and fun to watch. I remember being at a certain SuperBowl where ole John made 'em look less so...... devil.gif
 

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So you're saying I should stick to the Atlanta Falcons when I get into town....?

post #17 of 17
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True story.

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