Hello! Good luck on your journey. You'll find CO to be mild in so many aspects - our weather (contrary to what many think), our commuting & our lifestyle are a nice pace. We moved from the East Coast, as well, and (once we got used to the drivers doing 50 in 65 zones) we have come to truly appreciate our happiness here. I work out of Central Denver and with families across the spectrum, so here are some communities that my clients have been exceptionally pleased with:
Lone Tree (near the Tech Center) has many neighborhoods that have swimming pools, playgrounds & neighborhood events and parties.
Broomfield (North, halfway between Denver & Boulder) very neighborhood oriented. Many people who have lived in Bfield or were raised there will "only" live in Broomfield to raise children.
Arvada (NW suburb of Denver) specifically West of Wadsworth & depending on which high school it feeds to) is very popular with my families. It is very suburban in feel.
Within the city, areas that are the most popular, at least with my clients when schools are a concern: Hilltop, Congress Park, Bonnie Brae, Cory-Merrill &, of course, Country Club.
I have a program that if I know the neighborhood you live in now (subdivison, zip code and "segment" of the city (Town Center/Farmington Ave/New Britain area, e.g.) it can recommend what neighborhoods may match a like feel & demogrpahic. If that would be helpful, email me. Best, Nicci@NIcciHyatt.com