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Jessica, Home Buyer in Boulder, CO

I am thinking of relocating. I have a 4 year old and want to live in a nice neighborhood with good schools. What areas should we check out?

Asked by Jessica, Boulder, CO Sat Apr 14, 2012

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Many boulder county communities have excellent schooling. Communities like Louisville, Boulder & Superior rank high. Feel free to compare them on our website at http://www.BoulderAreaHomeSearch.com under the Market Insider tab. I can also send you a free report if you would like.

duane
720-890-9273
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I have a nice home in the Lake Valley subdivision if you're interested. It's a 5BR/4BA, 4400sqft home for $3495/month and is near some great schools in the Niwot area.
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The Boulder Valley School District is highly respected. Much of Boulder County falls into this district.
The area also provides much in the way of supportive activities in the arts and sports. There are schools also in the area that align with the University of Colorado with special programs such as science that work with the University to provide classes with that are approved and suported by the University and can affect a positive element if the student decides to continue their studies at CU.

A check with the School District would provide some good answers for your questions. Thanks for posting a very good questionl

Do feel free to contact me at anytime.
Jancy Campbell
Coldwell Banker/Boulder
303-931-9663
jancy.campbell@coloradohomes.com
http://www.jancycampbell.com
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Hello Jessica,
The Boulder Valley School District consistently performs well and is ranked high. On the east side of 28th and north of Baseline, there is High Peaks Elementary, which ranks among the best in the state.

Boulder Valley School District spends significantly more per pupil than many surrounding districts. Feel free to call or drop me an email. I would be happy to answer your questions. And watch for updates on this string.

Helpful links:
http://www.bvsd.org/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.schooldigger.com/go/CO/schoolrank.aspx?pagetype=top10

http://www.trulia.com/school-district/CO-Boulder_County/Boul…

Best,
SuZ
PML property movers of Longmont, CO
720.810.0683
bouldersuz@gmail.com
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Thank you all for your responses. We're not ready to look with a broker yet, but I just wanted an idea of which neighborhoods we should check out, as we will only in Boulder for two days on our scouting mission. We want to send him to public school for kindergarten. If we decide to move from NYC, we will be looking for a single-family home in a suburban setting. Thanks!
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Go to the Boulder Valley School District website to read about the individual schools. Choose one that fits your child's learning style. You can also google private schools in the City of Boulder.
After selecting the school look at the attendence area for that school which is also found on the BVSD website.
Private schools do not have boundary limitations.
Then start your search for a home.
Jan Kirk
Wright Kingdom Real Estate
303 443 2240
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Hi Jessica
It really depends on what your kids interests and learning needs are.
My husband is a principal and I am happy to provide you with school data and direct you in the right location to gather information on different schools. Please call me directly so I can understand your interests and real estate needs. 393-441-5626 - kimberly
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In my opinion, the two best school districts are: Cherry Creek and Douglas County. There are a multitude of areas which would work for you and your 4 year old. A lot of it would depend upon your place of employment and the type of home you are wanting. Do you want a condo or town home in a neighborhood within walking distance to shopping and restaurants? Would you want a single family home with multiple recreation areas for children's activities and good access to employment via major highways? Or would you like to be in a rural area with some acreage? If I had answers to some of the above questions, I could certainly give you some great areas to check out!

Thanks,
Sue Priest
Avalanche Real Estate
sue@suepriest.com
http://www.AvalancheRE.com
303-548-0643
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Hi Jessica;
south Boulder's Table Mesa area has arguably the best 2 elementary schools in the Boulder area: Bear Creek and Mesa elementary. I will be listing a very nice and completely renovated home in this area in the $700K price range in the near future. It is a 2800 + Sq Ft home with 4 conforming bedrooms, 3 baths, a modern master suite, walk-out basement and a 2 car garage, a private fenced yard and walking distance to trails and Mesa Elementary. Please call or e-mail me if you are interested in additional information regarding this upcoming listing. Thank you, Peyman 303.667.8738
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I want to second what all the agents who commented before me have said, and encourage you to check out the links they provided. Certainly you can stay in Boulder County, but Jefferson County has many good schools too.

Are you up for a personal story?

When my family and I moved to Colorado from South Carolina, we researched schools, chose the one we wanted our daughter to attend, and directed our real estate agent to find us a house in that vicinity. It worked out great.

I wasn't an agent then, but now I know that's a good way to go. No real estate agent should be telling you what defines a 'good school'.

Your daughter, being so young, may not have demonstrated what's important to her yet, but you may have some inklings. She might be an early reader, or be fascinated with science (bugs!) or she may already enjoy putting on 'shows'. Our daughter was about 10, and we already knew she was academically smart with a strong bent toward the dramatic. So we looked for a school that fostered those interests.

Best grades academically might be your priority, but it might be something else, such as student/teacher ratio. Don't forget to check out the high schools that the elementary schools feed in to, some are more known for their band or sports or drama programs.

But different schools are strong in different ways. What's important to you? Determine that, and then do your research.

You may even find there are so many good schools in Jefferson and Boulder Counties, it's easier to eliminate the ones you want to avoid.

Then, contact an agent with your price range and let them assist you with neighborhoods.

Do you have any sense of where you want to stay? I've had clients who feel 'funny' if they get too far north, and others who want to be a certain distance from the mountains or the airport. You surely have your own likes or dislikes too.

I'm excited for you - enjoy the journey you're embarking on!
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Hi Jessica:

The Boulder Valley School District is among the best anywhere. But, as you can imagine, there are differences between schools. For objective information about any school in the area, I would start my research here:
http://www.schoolview.org/

Additionally, you can find information about any particular school at the BVSD website:

http://www.bvsd.org/

I would suggest you also check out the district's press releases here:

http://bvsd.org/news/Pages/default.aspx

The district does a good job of uploading releases about activities, awards, programs, etc. at individual schools, so this is a good source of information.

Not long ago, someone on this forum asked about the coolest neighborhoods in Boulder. I took the opportunity to talk about a number of neighborhoods. (You can find my rather lengthy answer about two-thirds of the way down the page) But there were a number of excellent answers from various agents. You might want to take a look:

http://www.trulia.com/voices/Home_Buying/What_is_your_favori…

And you might check out Boulder at City-Data.com. There is a list of neighborhoods about two-thirds of the way down this page, with a little info about each:

http://www.city-data.com/city/Boulder-Colorado.html

Well, this should keep you busy for a while! If you have any additional questions or if you would like information about other communities in this area, Please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,
Ron Rovtar
Prudential Real Estate of the Rockies
303.981.1617
info@rovtar.com
http://www.rovtar.com
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There are lots of options and prices depending on what you are looking for. The answer may also depend on the type of house and distance you would like to commute for work. Some areas that my clients have found to enjoy are:
Superior, Louisville, Boulder, South West Longmont, North West Lafayette, Broomfield, and Erie.

You can find a house in any of these areas with highly rated schools from $250,000 to $2 million.

Some of the variables to think about (which will determine what is a good fit) are:
Lot size, how new or updated the house is, price range, and location (some people are dead set on walking to something).

http://www.definitelydave.com
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Fortunately, there are so many great schooling options, that you wouldn't be able to go too wrong.

In terms off a good area for your kid to grow up, it really depends on what you are looking for and what your price point is.

Four Mile Creek on the NE side of town seems to have a real high density of kids, but my 5 year old loves our quiet street in North Boulder that has much more diversity in ages (fewer kids, but with the whole "stand in" grandparent thing). :)

South Boulder, east of Broadway and along the Table Mesa corridor, offers one of the more affordable entry points to the Boulder market, while also having access to great schools.

Good luck!
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Hi Jessica,
If schools are your most important factor, you can check out http://www.greatschools.org to get information about local schools. You can view ratings, and see comments from parents and students. Hope that helps!
Mary Ellen
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