I believe I have responded to you before, but I do strongly recommend you look into the Evergreen area. You can find views of the continental divide, Denver city lights, or just beautiful treed mountains. You would be able to get a large lot, and the community is wonderful for schools, has a community golf course and a couple nearby country club golf courses, multiple recreation centers, a lake that has paddle boats, ice skating and a lovely walking trail around it. Plus, Evergreen has a lot of history, open space and an old Main Street. It is a wonderful place to live and raise a family.
Boulder is a wonderful area as well, but it is a bit harder to find a larger lot as property values in that area are quite high. Parker has many lovely areas; however, they are often more "neighborhoody" than what you would find in the Evergreen area.
I think it is a good time to plan a vacation just to come and see various areas and explore by the "things to see and do" method. Then next year, I would start getting serious about investigating specific neighborhoods, locations, commutes, etc. so that you can use your time wisely searching over the next year as you prepare for your move.
If you would like some helpful information on the "Things to see and do" homefront, send me an e-mail with your address, and I can mail you a bunch of info.
I hope that helps!
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