Hi Laura. DU is home to some GREAT hockey! BC had a great year! I came across a picture of BC mascot Baldwin holding up the 2008 Championship trophy while riding atop a Zamboni at the Conte Forum on Monday night. What an experience for the Eagles.
Anyway, real estate. There are many popular neighborhoods in/ around the DU area such as Washington Park, Observatory Park, Platt Park and others. You will hear much about these as well as their completely opposite counterparts that exist further to the south/ southwest like Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Littleton and others. I wouldn't get too bogged down in all of that right now.
I'm not sure how familiar you are with the Denver area, however, it really comes down to 3 different property/ location/ neighborhood types; Urban (right in the city), Suburbia (Highlands Ranch and many others) and everything that lies in between, which is quite a mix.
Do you like mature, tree filled streets with neighborhood shops you can walk to?
Or instead, do you prefer to live where strip-malls are the standard for shopping and dining?
In this price range you will have a plethora of homes in a plethora of areas to choose from, yes I used plethora, twice. I suggest sitting back, closing your eyes for a bit and dreaming of what would be an ideal home for your family and in a perfect setting. Once you have some semblance of what this looks like you can email it over to me, Colby, at email@example.com . Even if you come up with several varying "ideal" versions feel free to bombard me with them and I will begin to seek and send....
Hope to hear from you soon -
Proud Denver Native
36 Years & No Plans To Leave