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Lauren, Renter in Denver, CO

Young, married couple looking to relocate to Denver.

Asked by Lauren, Denver, CO Thu Dec 27, 2012

My husband and I are trying to make a more permanent move into the Denver area after growing up the in the Northeast and spending the past few years teaching on the south Texas/Mexico border. We would love some advice on neighborhoods that we could possibly rent a house in that are affordable on two teachers' salaries, have great outdoor options for biking/running and are definitely dog friendly.

My office is in downtown but we would prefer to live a little bit outside and commute in.

Thanks for any advice!

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Jesse Frasier’s answer
Hello Lauren! The Denver metro area has over 50 unique neighborhoods. Each one has something different to offer. What draws people to Denver is the abundance of recreational opportunities along with its great economy. Depending on your activity, if you want to be close to the mountains I would look at areas on the West side of I-25. Sloans lake, Edgewater, Berkley, Sunnyside, Highlands are all terrific neighborhoods! Denver in general is dog friendly, bark parks are abundant and there are great vets here. I'm not going to sugar coat the rental market here, it's tough and finding a rental with all your requirements can be difficult. I would contact as many property management company's as you can and have them put you on a list to keep you in the loop. If you want to contact myself I can connect you with my network to help spread the word. While I don't do rentals I can help you as much as possible. Check out my website http://www.jessefrasier.com and you will find a lot of helpful tools including neighborhood descriptions. Feel free to contact my with any other questions you might have! Good luck and congratulations on moving to a great city!!!

Jesse Frasier
Broker associate, Realtor
LIVE Urban real estate
jesse@liveurbandenver.com
970-846-7610
Web Reference: http://www.jessefrasier.com
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You sound like ideal candidates for a HUD program that allows teachers to purchase homes for HALF PRICE. Contact me directly to discuss. http://www.BoulderRealEstateNews.com - and I can assist you in Denver as well. - Bob
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Lauren,

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.

Take care,

John Keene
303-547-7578
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Lauren,

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!

Thank you.
Joyce Sedam
Cherry Creek Properties LLC
720-934-7085
jsedam@gmail.com
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Hi Lauren,

Congratuations on deciding to make the move to Denver and Welcome! Feel free to check out my Denver Neighborhoods Description page at

http://www.denvercoloradorealestatenow.com/page/94497/Reloca…

Also, check out specific zip codes in Denver at

http://www.denverrealestatenow.net/mimarket/zip/80209/

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.

Ethan Besser
303-856-8980
Keller Williams
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Hi Lauren,

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
303-919-9994
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Hi Lauren,

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
Realtor/Consultant
Your Castle Real Estate
Direct - 303-669-1246
http://about.me/robertmcguire33
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 27, 2012
Lauren,

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!

Marina Bay
Cherry Creek Properties
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 27, 2012
Hi Lauren,

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!

Tony Hinkel
720-427-4836
Tony@TKHRealty.com
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My daughter, Realtor Mariel Addison, specializes in buyers just like you!! She knows the neighborhoods that young couples prefer, knows the shops, restaurants, parks and which neighborhoods have great access to downtown. Give her a call: Mariel Addison, 303-564-1122 or email mdaddison@gmail.com.

Martine Addison
Classic Colorado Homes Group
RE/MAX Professionals
303-268-4268
MartineAddison@remax.net
http://www.ClassicColoradoHomes.com
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Hi Lauren,
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!

Nicole Gilbert
Associate Broker at Keller Wiliams Downtown
nicolegilbert@kwrealty.com
720-233-4590
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Hi Lauren, I have the perfect location for you... the Stapleton neighborhood sits just on the border of Denver. Offers biking/running paths, pools in the summer, room to roam and is walking/biking distance to eateries and shopping. I specialize in relocations and it would be my pleasure to help you however I can.

Kim Davis
Broker/Owner
Re/Max of Cherry Creek Inc.
303.218.8373
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