Broker associate, Realtor
LIVE Urban real estate
I see a few other answers mention Stapleton, and I concur! My wife and I relocated to Denver from Chicago in 2006. We found a rental on Craigslist and signed a lease site unseen. We've since purchased a house in Stapleton, but I completely understand your desire to get your feet wet first with a rental.
Stapleton will meet all your stated needs. 15-20 minutes from downtown. 35+ miles of walking/biking/running paths. 4 outdoor pools. 1-year old rec center.
And talk about dog-friendly. We have an off-leash dog park, an annual dog party in the fall at one of the pools (after the season ends) and a Dogs of Stapleton Calendar (http://bit.ly/U41vtw).
Shoot me an email with your address and I'll even send you a calendar. You can also contact me if you have any other questions about the neighborhood.
What a great opportunity for you both...Denver has so much to offer. First, let me say, I would like to invite you to come to Denver and allow me to tour you around the town, give you some specifics in the areas and see what might feel comfortable to you. My next suggestion is for you to talk with some of the staff at the schools you will be teaching at.
There are many areas that have access to bike trails that literally take you all over town. We have neighborhoods that have homes built in the early 1920s that have the charm of old Denver, then newer neighborhoods that have homes with the large kitchens, high ceilings, 5 piece baths that you might like. One thing for sure, you will find Denver has many parks, green-spaces, trails, light rail and of course views views views and we have seasons of color too!
I see you have had many responses to your question and there are many good agents to service you. I am a no pressure, high service Realtor that will service your needs whether you purchase a $50,000 property or a $500,000 property.
One thing for sure....NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY...don't delay!
Cherry Creek Properties LLC
Congratuations on deciding to make the move to Denver and Welcome! Feel free to check out my Denver Neighborhoods Description page at
Also, check out specific zip codes in Denver at
I need more information about your situation to truy be able to help you narrow down specific neighbohood, but Call Me at 303-856-8980.
If you would prefer to live a little bit outside and commute in, I might take a look at the cities of Littleton or Lakewood. Littleton currently has easy access to the Light Rail transportation system and Lakewood will in 2014 (http://www.rtd-denver.com/LightRail_Map.shtml). The Light Rail is a great way to commute to downtown, while both areas enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle. Both would be close to Jefferson County Open Space (http://jeffco.us/openspace/index.htm), which offers parks, trails, lakes and much more. Both are also just a hop, skip and jump from skiing, hiking and our great mountains.
There are many property management companies in the Metro Denver area, most of which advertise their rental properties on craigslist. I would suggest you find a short term rental, which would enable you to have time to explore the area before you make a more permanent move. While you are renting, get pre-approved for a loan and then take advantage of these low interest rates with a home purchase.
If you have any questions about Denver or if I may assist you in recommending resources, please let me know. When you are ready to purchase a home, I'd love to help.
Check out our website at http://www.ColoradoLiving365.com. We have great relocation resources and our Denver 411 section offers tips on getting to know Colorado. We also have a daily blog on events and activities on Facebook.
Jean Stevens, Broker/Owner
The Stevens Group
I want to welcome you to Denver. We are always glad to have new teachers come to town. I specialize in the Denver Metro area. That includes Park Hill - 80207, City Park - 80205, Montclair - 80220, Stapleton - 80238, and many more communities that might meet your needs. Another great community that has not been mentioned is Green Valley Ranch - 80249, which could meet a lot of your stated needs. Of course without meeting with you I could not know what your preferences are. as to style, size, age of home, preferred payment range, etc.
All of these and more communities are from 10 to 20 minutes away from Downtown Denver. Is there a reason why you are not looking to purchase? There are many specific benefits to owning rather than renting, read my blog about that here - http://j.mp/RWrZi3 . Feel free to contact me to discuss more specific needs you may have and how I can help you. By the way, there is a specific HUD foreclosure program called the 'Good Neighbor Next Door' program with some great benefits for teachers (as well as firefighters and police) purchasing a home. It's just that it is very limited as to the amount of homes available for a 'lottery' system when they become available. Best of success in your search.
Robert McGuire ASR
Your Castle Real Estate
Direct - 303-669-1246
Welcome to Denver! There are so many great neighborhoods in Denver and surrounding areas! Most of Denver metro has a very well developed biking trails system, parks, shopping, etc. In general, the further you are from Downtown, the less expensive the properties are. Different neighborhoods offer different style and age of homes, and all the neighborhood below are very affordable.
Here are the neighborhoods surrounding Downtown:
West - Lakewood, Wheatridge, Edgewater
North - Arvada, Bloomfield, Westminster, Northglen, Thornton
South - Englewood, Littleton, Centennial
East - Aurora
Best of luck!
Cherry Creek Properties
Couldn't think of a better place to move - I've been here almost 30 years and love it!
There are lots of terrific areas to live in. Denver itself has some fantastic neighborhoods that are away from the city center and have quite a relaxed feel. Do you have any sort of job-related requirement to be within Denver city limits? How about preferred architecture - do you like the older Victorian style, contemporary, or maybe mid-century modern? Are you into gardening and food production? There are some specific neighborhoods with huge lots but smaller houses... Pets are generally not a problem if you're in a single-family house (depending on the landlord) although several localities do have some breed restrictions on dogs. But, Denver does allow backyard chickens and other critters!
There are also some nice suburban areas to the northwest that have lots of charm and good infrastructure. Westminster has a very well-developed open space and trail system.
Feel free to drop a line if you'd like to chat about more specifics!
Classic Colorado Homes Group
There are several areas that are great for young couples with a lot of outdoor activities available.
One location that I have noticed is very popular for young couples renting, and then later buying in the same area, is The Highlands. There are so many things to do in this area, and it is minutes from downtown. When are you thinking of relocating? Have you thought about purchasing and saving on rent, while taking advantage of the historically low interest rates? I would love to help you out!
Associate Broker at Keller Wiliams Downtown
Re/Max of Cherry Creek Inc.