Hi, Jude! And welcome to Denver, Colorado! If your husband is working downtown, you would probably want to consider one of the neighborhoods not far from downtown such as the Washington Park or Highlands-Sloan Lake areas. I recently sold a beautiful all brick bungalow with finished basement and 2-car garage to a couple from Wisconsin just a block from Sloan Lake and they love the location as well as the home. Personally, my family and I moved here from a rural Indiana small town in 2000 and we all absolutely love it! What I have noted about Denver is that although it is a large metro/cosmopolitan city, it is a compilation of many smaller "communities" that used to be outlying small towns, later absorbed by Denver. However, many still retain their "small community" character and flavor. Also, Denver has a fantastic public parks system that includes ponds, lakes, and paved walking and bike trail systems throughout the city and suburbs. You can see some great and informative videos about Denver and amenties by going to my website: http://www.coloradobrokerllc.com.
As for the "safety" concerns, we Realtors are not allowed to advise anything to clients on this matter other than for you to directly contact the local police jurisdictions in the areas that you are interested in. Sorry. If you are looking to rent initially, let me know and I will put you in contact with a terrific leasing broker whom I know personally and can highly recommend. All the best!
Keith Felix, Realtor | 303.808.9734 | firstname.lastname@example.org