Forum:Relo to Denver area

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Good afternoon all, anyone in the Denver Area? I'm likely being re-located for work to the Greenwood Village area and was curious for some insight on neighborhoods, schools, crime etc. There are plenty of online sources, but I'd prefer from a real person actually taking the time to offer their opinion/experience. Thanks! Jrock1203 (talk) 19:25, 20 July 2015 (UTC)

I'm more of a meat popsicle that lives in North Denver but might be able to provide a bit of knowledge... -EmeraldCityWanderer (talk) 19:39, 20 July 2015 (UTC)
Well my office would be in Greenwood Village, so I was considering the Aurora area, Littleton, and Centennial areas. Looking online though, I'm a little concerned about housing as the homes I want are outrageous (for comparison I live in Cincinnati right now) or they've got bars on the doors and windows but are in the price range I need. Are there new home builders in the area? That might be our best route. Thanks! Jrock1203 (talk) 14:48, 21 July 2015 (UTC)
You have many options depending on whether you like suburbia (Parker), generic suburbia (Highlands Ranch), urban hipster land (Capital Hill to Highlands), new urbanism with new construction (Stapleton or Lowry), or just never ending apartments/nightclubs (Glendale). For a too-long commute you can try my neck of the "granola"-fueled, hippie-laden lands in and around Boulder. My gf lives in SE Denver nearish to Colorado and I25. There's plenty of cool variety there, plus the commute is bearable and, if you're lucky, doable by light rail. There's not much of new/cheap unless it's a cheap townhome near fancier dwellings. MarmotHead (talk) 14:49, 21 July 2015 (UTC)
I'm on the north side (US 36 and I-25), but I have a condo down on the SE side. The part of town where you'll be working is comparatively expensive. Glendale is a small town not too far away and tends to be cheaper, but it's mostly rental properties. But it's conveniently located near many other good city life neighborhoods. --Seth Peck (talk) 15:22, 21 July 2015 (UTC)
I would say look around Centennial and Smokey Hills. Aurora is a huge location so it has some bad areas in Denver and some really nice areas. South Denver near the tech center is fairly expensive in general, not as much as 6th or Cherry Hills/Cherry Creek, but you can get a nice home there for $300-$350k. A good idea is to rent first and check out neighborhoods. North Denver would be a bit of a stretch of a commute unless you can get to the light rail in areas like Stapleton which is a bit more expensive but very nice (but yuppish). -EmeraldCityWanderer (talk) 15:53, 21 July 2015 (UTC)
Thanks all - perhaps if all goes well some beers are in order! Jrock1203 (talk) 13:36, 22 July 2015 (UTC)
Heh, if you are down there go see Dry's really great. Up North by Park Hill or Stapleton be sure to hit Station 26. Copper Kettle's in between that's got some really interesting stuff too. Denver is a great beer town :-) -EmeraldCityWanderer (talk) 13:53, 22 July 2015 (UTC)
Well, just got word I'm being hired and relocated to Denver! I start September 1. Any other advice on neighborhoods or areas? Probably rent for a few months to a year first. Can't freakin' wait! Jrock1203 (talk) 18:44, 29 July 2015 (UTC)
I live in Boulder, so I can't give you any good advice on S. Denver neighborhoods, but welcome to the area! --Gulik (talk) 17:32, 30 July 2015 (UTC)
Nothing much I can say but get out there and try it out. Sign up for something like Yelp or FourSquare that profiles new or tasty places to eat, or other hobbies, and experience the city. Traffic is not too horrible but it's a sprawling city so you can get a bit isolated if you don't adventure. -EmeraldCityWanderer (talk) 18:10, 30 July 2015 (UTC)