Welcome to Colorado. Good answers below. Ultimately you will need to get some neighborhood information for Denver and information about other cities that might work for you. There are certain neighborhoods in Denver that have that small town neighborhood feel and are close to everything you would need for your life and family. Let me know if I can help further. If so, send more info as to what some of the particulars you are looking for. You will be one of many coming in from California and finding a comfortable home in Colorado.
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Colorado towns offer a variety of lifestyles. A "small town" feel to you may not be what it is to me. The best way to decide is to experience the small towns of Colorado. First you need employment, I would imagine (unless you are well off!). Most people come with a job opportunity, then look for a neighborhood within a reasonable commute to the job. OF course I am making many assumptions here, perhaps you are a telecommuter who has the good fortune to work where ever you are!
Littleton is a charming small town, it is close to the conveniences of the city. Northglenn is not really close. It is on the opposite side of Denver. You might also consider Arvada, Castle Rock and Parker. All have a small town center. All are within a reasonable commute to downtown.
Good luck with your decision, whatever you decide to do. I know you will enjoy living in Colorado!
Some of these towns are Woodland Park, Divide, Falcon, Black Forest, Peyton and Parker.
Sometimes getting out of the Denver metro is more appealing to people moving in. I am a great resource for all of these towns should that be something you would like to investigate further.
I Like Bev's answers.
A few more thoughts:
Why are you moving is key. What do you hope to achieve by moving. I encourage you to write down the answers, have a family meeting, get the answers down on paper. And dig for the truth.
If your husband says "A Better Job", then ask "why is a better job important? What does a better job mean for you? for the family?
For your kids" make more friends", how is making more friends going to be different in CO?" Why are more friends important? And what is important to you about that?
And of course for you., same questions.
You will need these answers when you run into obstacles. Every move has a few. So when things get tough, focus back on the answers:
"Now, family, remember that the reason we moved here was..."
Now, Son/Daughter, you said that moving to CO was important to you because..."
And to yourself "moving to CO is important to me because....and that is important to me because....."
You've got to dig deep and get the truth, the real answers. In most cases moving does not solve problems. Do not kid yourself.
Unless you really think it through, talk it through, and write it down...you may just be kidding yourself. What a shame to move and find out that the move did not solve any of your problems.
Before I would provide you with any other information, until you have answered the whys, the rest is just wishing.
May God give you wisdom and discernment.
If you need more CO help, I can refer you to some good people.