L.M. asks from Saint Louis, MO on January 05, 2011
Potential Move to Denver, Co
Hello. I am wondering if anyone out there can comment on any information about relocating to denver, colorado from st. louis. I am seriously considering moving out to Denver area as most of my family are now living out there. I am a single mom to a 7 yr old son and trying to find info regarding good schools, neighborhoods, in the Denver area. Any input would be much appreciated. Thanks!
So What Happened?™
Thanks to everyone who responded so quickly! I will take your comments under consideration as I ponder my options. Again, much appreciated.
J.L. answers from Denver on January 05, 2011
I moved here from GA with my 2 children and LOVE it. We live in Golden, but I've found Lakewood is more affordable and the schools are great. We are at Free Horizon Montessori School and they have a number of other charter montessori schools if you are interested in the that type of education. Good luck! We LOVE CO!!!! So much to do and see!
D.M. answers from Denver on January 05, 2011
I recommend Jefferson county - public schools are good and go can option into any school if your neighborhood school isn't right for you. I specifically recommend Lakewood. In most areas, it's very low crime & stable home prices - even now.
I suggest you look at the Meadowlark and/or Alameda Heights (east & west)area of Lakewood. West Alameda heights is the lowest cost but these 3 neighborhoods are really one neighborhood. Zip is 80226.
There are reasonable costs for housing & you can walk to tons of stuff (BelMar Park, the public library, the new BelMar "downtown"). It is also near the primary bus hub (which is by the Lakewood Police station). You can take the #1 bus to downtown Denver (which is also about a 10 minute drive).
The neighborhood public school is South Lakewood Elementary (you can also option into Dennison one neighborhood over or the Jefferson County Open School, which is not too far).
D.M. answers from Denver on January 05, 2011
I live in Littleton and have also lived in Highlands Ranch (both South and SW of denver). I moved here from Chicago 11 years ago and love it. The schools are best in Cherry creek (very expensive) and both Jefferson and Douglas counties are good. Happy to help - send me a private message.
L.A. answers from Minneapolis on January 05, 2011
I lived north or Denver for 12 years and LOVED it. I miss it there so much. The people are so friendly and the weather is truly perfect for me. It depends on what you like. I dont know what the schools are like, we moved before my kids were in school. Good Luck to you!
P.W. answers from Dallas on January 05, 2011
It may be too far out, but I heard Evergreen had great schools. Also Littleton.
S.M. answers from Denver on January 06, 2011
There are a lot of great places in the Denver area. We recently moved here from Boston and live in Aurora which is it's own city but only 30 minutes form downtown Denver. I love it because it is very racially diverse and it was recently voted for one of the top 100 cities for young people. Cherry Creek School District is in part of Aurora and is thee top school district in the state. The housing is affordable (just bought a four bedroom, 2.5 bath house for $146,000). I also like that it is easy to get to stores, traffic isn't too bad. It also has Cherry Creek reservoir which has a lake, camping, biking trails, etc. Good luck on your choice.
K.C. answers from Philadelphia on January 05, 2011
Lucky you - Denver is awesome, I lived there for 13 years. There have been several questions in the last couple of years about moving to/visiting Denver. If you do a search on "Denver" in the search bar up to the right, you'll be able to read all those past threads - there's some good info in there!
C.T. answers from Denver on January 06, 2011
Hi L., there are so many wonderful parts of town in Denver that personally I would choose a location that is close to your other family members - within say 15-20min of where they are. Denver is pretty spread out so it's easy to find yourself 45 minutes away from family.
To give you an example, I live in Parker and so does my dad and my sister but I'm north Parker and they are both south. We're in the same community but still 10-12 miles apart and a 15 minute drive. When my dad lived in Thornton up north, it could easily take 45 minutes to get there in light highway traffic. My other sister lives in Cherry Hills just north of the Denver Tech Center - she is about 15 minutes away from me as well.
Hope that helps you!
Best school districts are Cherry Creek and Douglas county school.
A.O. answers from Sherman on January 05, 2011
Check into the Littleton area