How about living in an Equestrian Communty with your horse in the "hood"? 1600 acres of community trails with great schools? There is an Equestrian club for the kids and lots of wildlife yet only 10 minutes to the mall and 35 minutes to downtown or the Tech Ctr.
Check out my website: http://www.BuyKenCaryl.com. Lots of links,photos etc.
I would love to give you the tour. We can talk to some of the folks that live here to give you an unbiased view of our lifestyle.Priced from $350-3,000,000K in the Valley or $225-$550 in KC Ranch
Give me a call and I will get out my Pom Poms while I tell you about life in Ken Caryl.
All of your questions and concerns depend on where you are going to school and how much of a commute you want and whether you are renting or buying. The big question is also how much money you have budgeted to accomplish your goals. Although there are less and less horse property areas close to Denver, the closest places I have seen would be in Lakewood or Arvada. They would be some of the closest commutes to Downtown Denver. The Denver area is considered one of the safest in the country. You might want to Google 'Denver's safest communities' and 'Denver area horse properties'. You will love it here although finding out like most people that we are not as much of a 'cowtown' as you would think. (:
Robert McGuire, ASR
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These are Horse Properties.
You can find places to Board in Douglas County and I have a Client that has 40 acres that boards as well.
Best of luck
Keller Williams DTC