Up here in Longmont, we consider ourselves part of the greater Denver area. The commute time is 45 minutes to LoDo (lower downtown Denver).
That time is comparable to other suburban areas, including Highlands Ranch, which is 41 minutes from downtown. I'm also familiar with Littleton, which is 31 minutes to downtown.
All the areas mentioned have great schools, a range of housing and plenty of outdoor activities including youth recreation. I believe the Boulder area restaurant scene offers the most varied and best of what the Denver area has to offer.
If you are looking to explore any neighborhoods a tad south of Denver, let me know as I would be happy to send you more detailed information on the south metro areas and what they have to offer!
Innovative Real Estate Group
Denver metro offers a wide variety of great neighborhoods. Depending on your lifestyle preferences and priorities, there is something for everyone. I will be happy to help you find the right location for your family.
Cherry Creek Properties
Apartmentlist.com is best for those large overpriced complexes that always have a vacancy. These places can be trusted for you out of towners who must secure a place sight unseen. These units are always newish, clean, large and in unwalkable locations.
Speaking of renting sight-unseen, there are two management companies that have a huge market share in Capitol Hill and aren't overpriced. cornerstoneapartments and wheelhouseapts . Boutiqueapartments.com can be pricier, but all their buildings are awesome. Capitol Hill is hands down the best neighborhood for sheer quantity of affordable apartments. It's trendy, safe and walkable to boot.
NOTE: Craigslist is threatening to shut down padmapper's use of their database, so if you are an independent landlord, please start using it ASAP, and maybe we can save it. To post a listing, use padlister.com You will LOVE it. But don't forget to use their utility that cross-posts automatically to CL, cause that's still where all the action starts.
If you have anymore question's please let me know.
The Couture Grp @ Keller Williams Preferred Realty
11859 Pecos St. Ste 200
Westminster, Co 80234
If you would like to know how much you are able to finance please feel free to send me an email or call me and I can help you determine what your maximum purchase price will be.
First Option Lending
Interesting recent article: http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2012/08/20/5-colorado
Also check out the Live work play contest: http://www3.drcog.org/LiveWorkPlay/Form/Finalists
Give me a call if you want to further discuss Denver communities.
Douglas County, CO has been recognized as one of the best places to live in US. Highlands Ranch or Littleton in particular, have lots of walking trails and community fitness centers throughout the area. The foothills and mountains are easy access and it is only minutes from the Denver Tech Center.
Let me know if you would like to take a tour of the area.
Please check out the local school ratings!
Arvada is one such community, but also Golden, Westminster, Longmont, and more. Arvada was recently featured on a segment of Today in America with Terry Bradshaw.
I see you're asking about rentals - the rental market is tight. If you can swing it, your monthly payment would likely be lower on a mortgage than on rent.
My favorite neighborhood is Park Hill. I am prejudiced for this area not only because I work it a lot; but also live in the area. A lot depends on your logistics to work, church, and other regular activities you may have. There are great schools in the Central Denver areas of Park Hill, Stapleton, Lowry, City Park and many other 'hot' and desirable areas to live. If you need more specific info don't hesitate to contact me. We are here for your real estate needs.
Robert McGuire ASR
Your Castle Real Estate
Direct - 303-669-1246
Cherry Creek Properties LLC
Hope this helps!