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kathryn1029

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Advice from Denver Mustachians
« on: September 15, 2014, 11:09:13 AM »
I posted last week about the financial side of my fiance and I moving from NYC to Denver for me to attend a school program, and appreciated all the responses. Now, I would love to hear from Denver mustachians about suggested neighborhoods.

We will have one car, with no plans of buying another. My program is right downtown, at 19th and Market. Fiance is in the process of applying for jobs, so we don't know where he'll be yet but would probably aim for something near my school, if given the option. He would likely be the one using the car to commute (I don't know if I could convince him to bike/public transport as well, if the car is available. He's not a total mustachian yet).

Therefore, I'd like for us to live somewhere that I can walk, bike, or take the light rail to school. My first preference would be to walk, but apartments that meet that criteria are in the upper limits of (or surpass) our rent budget, which is $1,250 max. We are in our mid-20s and would prefer an area that is more urban-- has walkable restaurants, bars, etc-- rather than suburban.

I would love specific suggestions of neighborhoods to look at, and any and all other suggestions about moving to Denver.

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Re: Advice from Denver Mustachians
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2014, 01:25:21 PM »
http://www.rtd-denver.com/

Meet our mass transit. Look at the maps and play with the scheduler to determine if a commute is reasonable.

As to neighborhoods, I have lived in a variety and you can find walkable neighborhoods all over in Denver but you will have to check out the area to know if a particular location has what you want.

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Re: Advice from Denver Mustachians
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2014, 08:15:46 PM »
Congress Park is a nice spot, close to downtown via bike or bus, and is cheaper than living in LoDo. That's my 2 cents.

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Re: Advice from Denver Mustachians
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2014, 09:12:15 PM »
I loved living in Capitol Hill/Cheesman Park.  Very mixed, from rough to posh.  I rented a 750 SF flat with a sunroom, fireplace and porch swing for about $900, so you may get lucky and find something similar but nicer for a bit more. Agree to stay out of LoDo, convenient as it may seem you'll pay through the nose for it.

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Re: Advice from Denver Mustachians
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2014, 11:26:55 PM »
Close to light rail and a bit south is Englewood, which has nice, affordable neighborhoods in your price range, walkable and trendy restaurants and bars.  If that's too far south (though the light rail closes that gap), then check out neighborhoods like Baker or anywhere along Broadway (from 6th all the way down to Englewood.  Wash Park is too expensive, as is the Highlands, I wouldn't go there.  Theres a new neighborhood just a couple blocks south of the Auraria campus that is right on the light rail, has a King Soopers within walking distance, and has new bars and restaraunts (and very close to downtown) called the Mariposa neighborhood (http://mariposadenver.com/).  It is remarkable well done and a steal right now because it is new.  Its close to our Art District (and restaraunts/bars/breweries), Lincoln Park, University of Colorado, Metro State Univ., a community college, and all the benefits of downtown, but without the cost.  Like I said, avoid Washington Park and the Highlands, but also avoid Cherry Creek and the DU areas.  Way too expensive and a little far from your classes.  Close to the campuses is also another area, but I cant for the life of me think what they are called.... used to be the Parkway Building on Speer Blvd.  Speer and, like, 10th or 11th.  A lot of students live there or around there.  Im trying to remember whats at 19th and Market... is that the CU architecture school?

I don't live in Denver, by the way.  I am west of there in Evergreen, but I have worked around the downtown campuses since about 1989 and lived in a few areas (Wash Park, Lakewood) in the 90's.
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Re: Advice from Denver Mustachians
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2014, 11:32:39 PM »
1170 Galapago St., Denver, CO 80204

The Marquis and some of the places around it may have small apts in your price range.  Its close to the schools and Speer, etc. etc.

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Re: Advice from Denver Mustachians
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2014, 08:12:53 AM »
Thanks everyone for the suggestions! I'll definitely look into them.