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Mary, Real Estate Pro in Colorado

What are the best neighborhoods in Denver for families?

Asked by Mary, Colorado Mon Jan 5, 2009

We would like to be in a safe area that is convenient to downtown. Our budget is $300k-$400k. We would like 2000 sq ft or more and at least 4 bedrooms. Not sure if this is feasible but wanted to find out.

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Hello Mary,

$300,000 to $400,000 in Denver and surrounding metro areas will get you a very nice home in a very nice neighborhood. Choosing what a nice neighborhood means to you is a good starting place. We can direct you to websites linking you to area school districts, if schools are a high priority for you. I can tell you about the area of town that I live in and why I chose to raise my family here. I"ve lived in the Southeast metro area for most of the last 15 years with a brief move to Florida and back again. When we came back we knew exactly where we wanted to raise our daughter who was about to turn 5 years old. We went right to the Cherry Creek School District, then narrowed it down to the schools within the district that were performing with the highest scores, within neighborhoods that we could afford to live in. We ended up in Tuscany which feeds into three very high ranking schools. Are second choice was Stonegate in Parker with Douglas County Schools. They seemed equal in our opinions, but my husband works at DIA so Tuscany won out. We love to partake in downtown Denver fun, plays and everything you can imagine downtown. We're about 5 minutes from light rail, what an easy way to get to the heart of everything. This area like most Denver metro areas, has extensive greenbelts and trails and parks. Southlands mall is very close and extremely nice. It's an outdoor mall with fountains and statues, outdoor ice skating during the winter and water fountains for the kids to run through in the summer. Summer concerts, great food and of course shopping. You've got easy access to the Denver Tech Center, Denver International Airport, E470, 225, Downtown Denver and of course the Mountains. If you want to discuss specific neighborhoods in the metro area, just pick a Realtor and send them an email. You can get so much information this way, you'll be very informed when you get here and start looking for your new home.
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Greetings Mary:

There are many GREAT neighborhoods to raise a family in the Denver Region. We would be happy to send you Community Reports and Home Lists for your review-- for you to narrow down areas of interest. It is always wise to talk with your family and friends-- that live in the Denver Region as well (to gather additional details and advice).

Washington Park in Denver, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Castle Rock-- all offer a lot. They are near wonderful parks, close to everything--in addition to a sense of community. Cherry Creek School Systems-- and Douglas County School Systems-- are both rated high in the area (in school ratings).

For additional information feel free to review the following link:
http://denver.about.com/od/realestate/tp/neighborhoods.htm

All the best, Kathryn
Web Reference: http://DenverHomeLiving.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 14, 2009
You really have a lot of choice, we are 24% down in foreclosures but you can still get great deals at that price range in very good neighborhoods. It depends on other parameters, children? amenities? fun? Platte park and West Washington Park as well as university hill are some neighborhoods you should definately check out!
Good luck. Yolanda
Keller Williams DTC - 303 748 6559
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 11, 2009
If you are looking for resale options and are not concerned about age of the home you will have many areas convenient to downtown. For example: Lakewood and Wheat Ridge in Jefferson county which offers excellent schools OR a little further south you can get into Englewood, Centennial and parts of SE Denver which is in the Cherry Creek School District. For newer construction I would suggest the Stapleton neighborhood in Denver. Its an award winning master planned community with all new schools. I can answer any questions you have and would be happy to further educate you on your options.

You can contact me whenever it fits:

Mike Baker
Prudential Colorado Real Estate
303.246.8979
mbaker@hotspotrealestate.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 26, 2009
Mary

Like has been said $300 - $400k will get you into a lot of great areas.

It kinda depends on what you are looking for. If you want good schools then Cherry Creek Schools are great as well as many others. If you are looking for quite neighborhoods with big yards Applewood is great.

Check out this article I wrote about how to find the best school district if thats the most important to you.

http://web.mac.com/dtherron/HerronsHomes/Blog/Entries/2008/1…

Take care,

Daniel Herron
Coldwell Banker Residential
720-323-9178
daniel.herron@coloradohomes.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 5, 2009
Hi Mary,

If you're looking in the Denver Metro area, I would look South in Douglas County, and -- more specifically -- in Highlands Ranch. I live and work in Highlands Ranch with my family and we love it here. There are ample parks, access to 4 rec centers (membership included with your HOA), and plenty of activities. Were about 30 mins from the city and 15 mins from the Tech Center. I have some great recommendations for Realtors in the area should you choose to look down here.

Good luck!

Ben Edgson
Mortgage Banker
ben@bythebrookemortgage.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 5, 2009
Mary, there are a number of great neighborhoods for your family that are convenient to downtown. For starters there is Congress Park, Park Hill, Mayfair and Montclair! For detailed information on these and other Denver neighborhoods, check out The Piton Foundation link I've referenced below. There you will find a thorough statistical analysis of the area, including crime stats. For additional information, give me a call and check out my web site at http://www.ColoradoDreamHome.com!

Allison K. Smith
303-725-8152
Showcase Properties Unlimited
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 5, 2009
Hi Mary,

Finding the best neighborhoods for your specific needs is one of the fundamental skills real estate brokers provide for the public! The answers are different for every family and can best be answered after a lot of fact finding and priority analysis. This is my specialty. I find that an open conversation about neighborhoods, commutes, exterior finishes, interior finishes, sizes shapes and styles all add up to the most accurate answers.
I strongly urge you to spend some time with an experienced real estate broker who can be a trusted advisor for you and lead you through important “discovery” of where each feature of each community fit in your own prioritized list of “Must Haves”
You’ll be happy to know that your budget is significantly higher than the Denver average price of a home and your square footage is very reasonable for the price range in many Denver neighborhoods as well as it’s suburbs. So at first glance your criteria are very feasible.
To help you get started you might like to read a recent article I write about Sloan’s Lake on http://www.DenversRealEstateNews.com although your criteria will have options in most of our neighborhoods, this one will get you started and you can use the various research tools on the site to browse many other neighborhoods manually.
Of course, I will be more than happy to meet with you, trade emails or have a conversation on the phone to help you narrow down the many options you have out here!

Bob Maiocco
Broker Associate
The Maiocco Team, Inc.
Keller Williams
(303)771-7500 office
(720)273-4262 direct
follow me on Twitter: BobTheBroker
http://www.DenversRealEstateNews.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 5, 2009
Mary,
your housing search parameters are very realistic for the denver market. check out the search tool on the website http://www.denversrealestatenews.com, as it is very interactive. also for neighborhood crime statistics go to http://www.denvergov.org/TabId/429247/default.aspx and search by zip code for 2008 statistics. i live, eat, work and play in central denver, so if you have any further questions, don't hesitate to contact me directly.

thanks and good luck,
bobby
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 5, 2009
In that price range might be very feasible, depending on your exact requirements (residential type, school districts, etc.). I would be happy to work with you to see if we can find a great property in a great neighborhood; feel free to contact me if I can be of any additional assistance.
Feel free to browse the multi list on my site, listed below. Denver SE or SSE are two areas that might hold some possibilities .

Chuck Strauss
Keller Williams DTC
720-318-7598
CStrauss@kw.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 5, 2009
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