S.D. asks from Denver, CO on June 24, 2008
Moving to Denver
I am looking to learn more about the Denver area because it looks like my family will be relocating there. I am looking for any suggestions you may have regarding good neighborhoods, good school districts, good Catholic churches, etc. We currently love urban living, being close enough to walk to parks and shopping and would like to continue that lifestyle in Denver. Please let me know any thoughts!
J.S. answers from Denver on June 25, 2008
I currently live in Westminster (Jefferson County). The public schools are great (rated high), and I hear great things about the charter schools too. The sub division I live in (Westcliff) is geared toward moms groups and networking the kids -- walking distance to elementary and middle school. LOVE IT!
One of the neighborhood moms is active in her Catholic church. I can ask her which one she attends.
This is not a hard sale, but I am also a Realtor and would be happy to send you property information if you need it.
J.R. answers from Denver on June 25, 2008
Welcome! You didn't mention where you are coming from, but Denver is awesome.
If you want an urban area look at the Highlands which is Northwest Denver or Washington Park (Wash Park) which is more central Denver and where I would live if we hadn't bought in the suburbs. Wash Park is an amazingly beautiful active park. And the neighborhood schools in Wash Park are good even for DPS.
My husband is a realtor and specializes in Denver AND in finding great deals. He is with Your Castle Real Estate which is locally owned and operated (not a big chain).
C.E. answers from Denver on June 25, 2008
We live in SW Littleton in a neighborhood called Govenor's Ranch. It's a great neighborhood for families as well as within walking distance of the mall, schools and parks. There is a clubhouse, tennis courts, swimming pool and very good elementary school all within walking distance in the neighborhood. We love it here and have been here for about 10 years.
You are about 20 minutes from the mountains as well as about that same amount from downtown Denver - should you want to go there! :)
If you want to know more, just e-mail me. There are actually quite a few homes for sale in the neighborhood. :)
Have a great day!
A.M. answers from Denver on June 25, 2008
Welcome to Colorado! I've lived here all my life so I'm a bit bais. We live in Highlands Ranch and it's a wonderful community; lots of trails to bike, walk or run. All stores are very close. As for Catholic churches, it's got that too. We attend St.Mary's in Littleton (http://www.stmarylittleton.org/)which is about 10 minutes away, it's been my family's church for decades. But, there are two others actually in HR that I know are good as well, St.Mark (www.stmark9905.org)and Pax Christi (www.paxchristi.org). Good luck!
C.W. answers from Denver on June 25, 2008
I like Parker, Elisabeth, Castle Rock, Centennial and Highlands Ranch - Not sure about Catholic churches in those areas - but there are churches everywhere here of all denominations. I have seen alot of Catholic ones too - just can't remember specific addresses.
I have heard Cherry Creek schools are good as well.. I homeschool so I can't really help you much there..
If you are looking for private schools there are many and I think a catholic private school right down the road from me off South Parker and Arapahoe. Behind Arapahoe crossings shopping center.
These areas that I have mentioned are all south of Denver (suberbs) just about a 20 to 30 minute drive to downtown Denver. Elisabeth and CastleRock might be more like 35 or 40 minutes.. Guessing..
Hope that helps!
C.K. answers from Denver on June 25, 2008
It is hard to say without knowing what your budget is, but we love our neighborhood, Platt Park. It is centrally located with easy access to the the highway (I-25) and the light rail system to go downtown or commute to the Denver Tech Center. We close to Washington Park and are three blocks from a fabulous business district called Old South Pearl St., which has several coffee shops, bakeries, excellent restaurants, and a small farmer's market on Sundays during the summer and fall. We are not far from thr Cherry Creek North shopping district which has a large mall and several blocks of shops and restaurants. You do not get as much square footage for your $, but the charm of old neighborhoods and the convenience of the city are worth it. There are lots new homes being built as well. My neighbor is a long-time realtor for this area: Michael Craig. Other good neighborhoods are Congress Park, Park Hill, Bonnie Brae, Observatory Park, and Highlands. Hill Top is beautiful but very expensive. Get a realtor that will show you all around, not just one area!
W.N. answers from Denver on June 25, 2008
In my experience (we moved to Denver 2 years ago) price is really going to dictate where you live. The neighborhoods vary greatly, but prices are going down all over right now. We are on a tighter income and live in a neighborhood called Green Valley Ranch, it's about a 15-30 minute commute to downtown, depending on traffic, but it's very affordable newer homes. My best advice is get with a realtor and let them know what your wants and needs are. Oh and if you are having your baby out here, I am a doula and full of advice on good places for that!
J.D. answers from Denver on June 25, 2008
Welcome to Denver! I've lived here my whole life, traveled all over the country and the world, and wouldn't choose to live anywhere else. It's a wonderful place!
Urban living- check out Stapleton and the Highland's neighborhood. If you can afford more, try Park Hill, Bonnie Brae, Cherry Hills, and Washington Park neighborhoods. Each of those is very urban and close to downtown while still being very nice and safe.
If you need advice, my hubby is a realtor with Keller Williams and can email you anything you need, including houses with virtual tours, etc. His email is ____@____.com if you'd like to get a hold of him.
I hope your move is fantastic- good luck!