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Denverbound, Home Buyer in 80134

Relocating to the area and would like to know if Parker or Castle Rock has the best schools? Also, what neighborhoods are the most prestigious?

Asked by Denverbound, 80134 Mon Dec 6, 2010

Most concerned with elementary schools for gifted students and neighborhoods with beautiful architecture.

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Julie Montgomery’s answer
Hi Rachel -- I guess that depends upon your definition of "prestigious." In Parker, The Timbers is beautiful with homes starting in about the mid-$500s. In Castle Rock, Castle Pines and its surrounding areas are also incredible. Both areas feel like you're in the high country but you're only about 10-15 minutes to the main highways, I-25 and C-470. Both areas have great schools, public and private. Please let me know if I can answer any further questions.

Julie Montgomery, RE/MAX Masters, Inc., Parker, CO, http://www.jmontgomery.com
Web Reference: http://www.jmontgomery.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 15, 2013
One of the most prestigious area's in my opinion is the Timbers in Parker, the schools are excellent with great public and private options. I specialize in this area and would be happy to assist you in your quest. Good luck with your search!
To Your Great Success!
Rachelle Paplow
Cherry Creek Properties LLC
(720) 839-2659
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 13, 2013
They both have excellent schools- I would suggest visiting the schools in person to evaluate.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 11, 2012
Hello Denverbound -
Since you specifically note about G/T you may want to take a look at this page here on the Douglas County School District website. Not every school has a GT program in DCSD - this program is called the Discovery Program.

Once you get into the middle school and high school years, things change. Some schools will group the GT kids together by core group others do not. In high school, the options open up even more with IB Programs, AP classes and Honors curriculum.
Hope that helps!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 19, 2011
Yes, Douglas County has excellent schools. Biggest controversy was an inappropriate photo of a high school cheerleader....they made a big deal out of that !
Check out our new custom homes in Douglas County.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 20, 2010
Douglas County schools are all great. Scores consistently rank in the top percentiles.
One reason is that there is not a large low income population. Thus, instead of dumbing down the classes to accommodate non-English speaking students - they focus on actual education.
If you like an active suburb a great place to look for newer homes in Douglas County is Heritage Hills, near Park Meadows Mall. For a slower pace see Pradera Colorado.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 20, 2010
We live in Parker and find it to have more of a small town feel. But we have many clients in both areas who are very happy. You can find comparative info for schools, cities, neighborhoods, zip codes and demographics on our website at http://www.BandyHomes.com. Just click on Local Resources.

You can research programs for gifted students at the Douglas County schools website, http://www.dcsdk12.org

Let me know if I can answer any questions.

Marianne Bandy
The Bandy Team
RE/MAX Professionals - Denver, CO
"From Our Heart to Your Home"

303-746-7799 cell
Web Reference: http://www.BandyHomes.com
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Both cities offer Douglas County schools as the other agents have mentioned and they are very good. What is your price range and I will run a custom search for you? You can also see all the homes available on my easy to use website.

Matt Mansfield
Equity Colorado
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 6, 2010
All great answers below. I have a website tool you may be interested in; it gives you unfiltered access to the local listing system - the same one we agents use - you can do a search for homes within the district you are interested in plus it incorporates each school's information so you can see details like % that graduated and other ratings. It also gives you aerial views of anything you are interested in like homes, schools, what are around these locations and more. It is the best home searching tool in the nation because it is fully integrated with the listing system and therefore is totally up to date.

Let me know if you are interested. You can contact me at 303.523.5534 or email me at Karin.Fischer@Buyers-Advantage.net

Also, see my sites at http://www.buyers-advantage.net and http://www.KarinFischerLoans.com
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Both Castle Rock and Parker are in the Douglas County School District which has a wide variety of educational options, including gifted and talented, charter schools and an International Baccalaureate program. You can check out the district at their website: http://www.dcsdk12.org

Both are nice towns relatively close-in to the metro Denver area. Both have their pros and cons, depending on your particular needs. I have been a Douglas County resident for nearly 20 years and all my children attended Douglas County schools.

I would be happy to answer specific questions and provide you with additional information, as well as information on specific homes that might fit your needs.

Best of luck with your home search!

Robin Nolet
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd.
Cell: 720.849.7072
Email: robinnolet@gmail.com

Exceptional Service With a Personal Touch!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 6, 2010
I just found a buyer from Ohio a beautiful home in Castle Rock who were going thru the same thing. They made their decision between Parker and Castle Rock on 3 criteria. First was schools (they found were both excellent), next was age and cost of home which was better in Castle Rock and views which were MUCH better in Castle Rock.

Godd luck

Mike Schoen
Schoen Realty
Web Reference: http://www.mikeschoen.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 6, 2010
One last thing I forgot to mention. Parker and Castle Rock do feed to the same school district - Douglas County RE 1.

Good Luck!

Leslie Heldenbrand-Monaco
The Kentwood Company
Web Reference: http://www.LeslieMonaco.com
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Congrats on your decision to relocate to Metro Denver. Here is a great site put out by the Colorado Department of Education: http://www.schoolview.org. It is a wealth of information for making a decision on schools.

I have a few suggestions on great neighborhoods that might fit into your needs/wants. If you would like a copy of my relocation guide to Metro Denver, you can request one on my website: http://www.LeslieMonaco.com/live-in-metro-denver.asp. This guide has information on school districts, areas, overall housing info, things to do/see in Metro Denver, etc.

Leslie Heldenbrand-Monaco
The Kentwood Company
Web Reference: http://www.LeslieMonaco.com
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I believe that both Districs are great. You can research both. If I was considering both Castle Rock and Parker I would really take what I feel is the best of both worlds and take a look at Castle Pines (which is considered Castle Rock) which is conveniently located between Castle Rock and Parker. It's a little slice of heaven.

Matt Sadler
Keller Williams Realty
1777 S. Harrison St.
Denver CO
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 6, 2010
For school info, I would go to the State's Department of Education website: http://www.cde.state.co.us. As to whether a neighborhood is "prestigious" or not, agents can't really comment on that. It would be a violation of federal fair housing law. However, you can get crime information from each city's police department. If I can help in your home search, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sally Grenier
Broker Associate
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
303-475-4508 Cell
Web Reference: http://www.sallygrenier.com
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I found this is a good website for researching schools in a new area: http://www.greatschools.org/

Good luck with your move.
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