I think Littleton would be most like the Glen Ellyn, Elmhurst, Lombard area except closer to downtown Denver than you are to the Loop. There is also a lite rail that takes you downtown for anything you want to do there much quicker than the Northwestern or Metro, or whatever they call it now.
Your $300k will go alot farther here than the western suburbs there.
Good luck and let me know if I can help.
Like all major life changing events, relocating to Denver is a very exciting adventure, but also comes with its stresses. I am often asked the question "where is a good area to move to, where are good schools... etc". Whilst facts and figures can be a helpful part of the process, the question itself is a very hard one to answer. It is difficult for anyone to say "I think you should live here because ..". Yes I might like the area but if there is one thing I have learnt along the journey it is that life throws many choices at you, and we all pick something a bit different.
Well I can arm you with pointers of areas but like when your gut will tell you you have found 'the home of your dreams', the same applies to areas. I recommend you visit lots of them, and visit them again before you find 'the one'. You will be drawn to scenery, the architecture, 'the vibe'.
So, before I say "I think you should live here", questions to be asked are future plans, your lifestyle etc. Architecture of the home will dictate certain areas, if you want a lot of land, modern lifestyle, family plans?
Most people moving here will begin in a rental home. I strongly recommend this as you want to really get used to living in an area before making firm roots. You might buy the house of your dreams, only to realize the area isn't what you hoped it would be.
Remember, your rental doesn't have to perfect. Your roots start in the area, your lifestyle will start to florish, and eventually when you come to buy, you can then find your 'dream home'
Call me with any questions - I have helped many Relocation clients with their move here because I have been in your shoes too.
Julie - 720 226 4168
DenCO Property Management and Sales
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Colorado has some great schools. If you are open to living in the mountains (since you work from home and are not concerned with the commute) I would suggest also looking at Evergreen, Golden, Morrison, and Conifer. Good luck in your search finding a place to call home in Colorado!
I relocated from IL over 20 years ago and my family LOVES Colorado! Metro Denver has lots to offer, many great schools, lots of fabulous neighborhoods and parks. In order to make a few recommendations of areas for you to consider...I would need to know...do you want to live in the big city? The berbs? The foothills? Jefferson County is very different than Arapahoe or Douglas Counties. I would love to talk with you to get more information in order to provide you with more detailed, informative information. Joyce Sedam, Cherry Creek Properties LLC, firstname.lastname@example.org 720-934-7085
Congratulations on making the decision to move to Denver! Chicago is a great city, but Denver is the best of all the places I've lived.
Your strategy is good - it will give you an opportunity to get the lay of the land and explore some of the wonderful neighborhoods in and around Denver. We handle property management (rentals) as well as sales and purchases, so we might be able to help you get situated and then start getting to know your new home. What's your time frame? We have some very nice homes available for rent right now! ;-)
Karen lived in Chicago for many years. Give us a call or send an email and we can talk about your family's requirements and preferences.
Tony & Karen
Denver is a tremendously hot real estate market experiencing a thirty year low in inventory. The rental scene is just as hot with escalating rents. Your criteria of what is most important to you should help determine what neighborhood you end up in. I have a neighborhood booklet I can send you if interested. It covers 60+ neighborhoods in Denver. You may want to consider getting set up with property alerts as well, which is a must in today's market.
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