We were told to avoid the Montbello area, but Gateway is just over Chambers. Looking at a place in Parkview and would love some local input.

Asked by Ryan, Broomfield, CO Wed Jan 11, 2012

My primary concern is crime and safety. It looks like a great area, but the crime stats light up like a Christmas tree just over Chambers. That doesn't really mean anything, but I'd really love some input from somebody who lives there...

Thanks so much!

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Skeeter Wils…, Agent, Westminster, CO
Thu Jan 12, 2012
If you are concerned about crime in an area the two best ways to check it out is 1. Call the local police department and get their input. 2. Go to a neighborhood you like and ask some of the neighbors what they think of their neighborhood. There are websites that can give you information also.
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Wuanita LaRu…, Agent, Denver, CO
Fri Aug 10, 2012
I understand safety is your number one concern. On my website, if you click on MARKET INSIDER you can search by zip codes to receive tons of helpful information about an area. Crime rates, community information, price trends, and compare areas. It's a wonderful sight for people relocating to the Denver area. http://www.wuanitalarusso.com
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me. I would be more than happy to help.

Wuanita LaRusso
Keller Williams Preferred Realty
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Robert McGui…, Agent, Denver, CO
Thu Apr 19, 2012

I have a new listing coming on line at the end of May in Montbello. A really nice 4 level built in 1997. Very clean and lots of upgrades. Montbello is fast becoming one of the best upcoming communities as far as desirablility, price, location and many other favorable amenities. I wrote a Denver Safety Blog -
http://bit.ly/zSBnoR recently and you can see some favorable reports inreference to the Denver Crime statistics. Let me know if I can help you further. I have worked the Montbello/GreenValley Ranch communities for the last several years and watched the vast improvements in the area.

Robert McGuire
Your Castle Real Estate
1776 S. Jackson St. #412
Denver CO 80210
Direct: 303-669-1246
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Mn, Home Owner, Nebraska
Thu Apr 19, 2012
I lived in the Gateway Park townhouse community for 3 years. Loved it. Never had any problems in the neighborhood; had great neighbors, nice grounds. Homeowners Association takes good care of the property. Enjoyed being able to walk to the various restaurants that were being built at the time. Super easy access to Airport, downtown, Air Force Base.
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Robert McGui…, Agent, Denver, CO
Mon Jan 23, 2012

Crime stats are not something we are to address as Realtors according to our rules and ethics. I will say that I have sold homes in Parkview. Both homes and the nice condo development there on Memphis as well. The homes are newer, larger, and are midway between Montbello and Green Valley Ranch. I have clients, relatives and friends that live in Montbello on the west side of Chambers and love it there. While you are in the area, you might want to consider the homes in the golf course community of Green valley Ranch just 5 minutes away from Parkfield. If you are looking for a home in the low $200,000's and below I would recommend checking out any of these areas. You will get the more for your money for a decent home in these areas than anywhere in the Denver Metropolitan area. Let me know if you need help finding the 'right' place for you.

Robert McGuire ASR
Your Castle Real Estate
1776 S. Jackson St. #412
Denver CO 80210
Direct – 303-669-1246
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Suz A, Agent, Longmont, CO
Wed Jan 18, 2012
Hello Ryan,
I find that street level surveys are best. You can always request a ride-along with the police. They can give you the perspective of someone who deals daily with crime. The neighbors generally are a good source for talking about crime. If the neighbors in the area are not very friendly, then stopping at the local super market or the Post Office. Anywhere people are standing in line is a good place to pick up a conversation.

We have long past the days when you can leave the door unlocked. If you ask two people, you might get two entirely different perspectives. So, you should look at the statistics and crime maps. The state maintains maps showing where sex offenders are located.

I collected a few links that you can check out. Louisville is considered one of the safest cities in the nation and Longmont was said to be the second safest place in the state and 53rd in the nation for 2011. Centennial always ranks high as a safe place, too.






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Ed Quinn, , Los Angeles, CA
Mon Jan 16, 2012
A great way to get to know any area is spend a Saturday morning starting around 10:00 driving the neighborhoods of interest to you. If it has alley's then drive them too. Take in everything there is to see with a qualifying eye. Notice the condition of the homes regarding upkeep and recent improvements. Walk around a little and say "Hi" to neighbors who are out, asking their opinions as to why they like living there. Often clean alleys are a good sign neighbors care about their homes and surrounding environment while messy ones may indicate the opposite. Junk strewn about, including non-operating autos, seem to attract more of the same. I the area is covenant controlled then situations like i just described tend to be less frequent.

Walk the local parks and/or open spaces. Have lunch or coffee at the local shops to learn even more from your potential neighbors and store owners/managers. If you have crime concerns then consult local authorities for statistics.

With any area you are considering, ask you real estate agent to do a market trends study for you showing a 3-year history of property values to reflect appreciating or depreciating trends and then price your purchase offer accordingly. I like to completely educate my buying clients so when they come to a buying decision they proceed with confidence to get the home that makes economic and lifestyle sense for them. The more knowledge you gain before your buying decision the better chance you have of getting just what you want in a home and neighborhood.

Shop with confidence.

Ed Quinn
Web Reference:  http://www.EdQuinnSite.com
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Paul Pfeifer, , Denver, CO
Fri Jan 13, 2012
Based on your concerns I would Definitely avoid Montbello & Green Valley Ranch pretty much anything North of 6th Ave. starts getting hairy, if you head the other direction look South of Iliff and East of Buckley. Depending on what you would like to spend monthly South Aurora, Parker, Englewood, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Greenwood Village and DTC are all relatively close to where you are looking and you can find some reasonably priced homes or decent rental prices. This is just my opinion others may have other advice but these were the parameters I used when I moved but I ended up in the Cherry Creek area, I just love the atmosphere around that area, you may even want to look at Lowry. Anyway hope this helps and good luck on your search.
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