Post # 1
Hi! So my husband and I are moving to the Denver area this summer! I’m so excited, although nerves have definitely taken over now that we’re trying to figure out logistics. I’m going to be doing a part time practicum at Denver Health (near downtown) in the fall, and a full time internship in the medical district of Aurora next spring. We’re trying to figure out where we want to live, because DH is a high school teacher and will be applying for jobs in the next couple of months (teachers are hired way before the school year starts).
What suburbs or Denver neighborhoods would be doable to commute from? We won’t have much money. It looks like teachers are paid almost nothing there, which is going to be a huge shock coming from an area where the cost of living is low and teacher pay is great. We’re going to have plenty of money saved up, but I think rent in the $1100-$1300 range would be ideal. We are literally just looking for a safe apartment and a decent commute. We don’t go out much, we don’t need amenitites, we don’t need shopping nearby. We’d be happiest in a 400sqft apartment in a complex full of older couples (we’re 24 and 27, FYI).
It looks like Cherry Creek would be nice, but I feel like we might be paying for amenitites and access to shopping that we don’t need. Ideally I’d like to move out towards Boulder in the next couple of years, so I was thinking of living in the Arvada/Westminster area and having DH apply for jobs up there and towards Broomfield. Would my commute to the hospitals totally ruin my life if I’m living in Westminster?
Thanks Bees! I keep seeing online that Coloradans are pretty irritated with all of the Texas transplants — Sorry y’all. 🙂
Post # 2
Hi! I recently moved to Denver too! If you are wanting to stay west of downtown, I recommend the Wheat Ridge area or where I live, Downtown Belmar in Lakewood. Honestly, if I had to take I-25 to/from work, I would be miserable, it’s a traffic-y mess during rush hour. Downtown Arvada is cool, but you’d have a not great commute. I have a friend who lives right near Denver Health at an apartment complex called 10 Emmerson and it’s pretty nice and affordable! The Washington Park neighborhood is also a place I would recommend.
FYI housing in Boulder is crazy, it’s almost impossible to buy a house there.
Hope you have a good move and good luck finding a place!
Post # 3
Thanks! I will look into Wheat Ridge. And I definitely plan to look into the Washington Park area. Although I’m not sure how well my dog will handle the millions of Canada geese that seem to own that park! Haha.
How are you liking Denver?
Post # 4
I love it!! The people are really nice and I love all the hiking opportunities.
Post # 5
I’d say the farthest NW you’d want to go is The Highlands (around Highland Park or Rocky Mountain Lake Park) or Sunnyside/Berkeley neighborhoods. Sunnyside/Berkeley has Regis University, so there is cheaper housing to be had right there. I would find something very close to 70, either north or south. A drive from there over 70 to Aurora Health District during rush hour traffic is going to be at least 45 minutes each way. If that sounds doable to you, that’s what I’d do. Your husband could get up to Westminster/Broomfield in about 30 minutes during rush hour, depending on how far off 36 his job is.
Definitely stop looking at Cherry Creek – it is heinously overpriced and too far south for your husband to be able to consider Westminster/Broomfield and stay sane through his commute.
Post # 6
Thank you! I was thinking that the Cherry Creek area seemed overpriced.
Post # 7
I would disagree that Cherry Creek is overpriced. It is a central location with lots to do, which explains why it is pricey. You aren’t going to find a one bedroom for anything less than *maybe* $1900 and that would be tiny and not recently updated. Wash Park area will likely be a little more affordable than Cherry Creek, but not much.
I think your best bet is going to be finding an older apartment or guest house for rent by a private owner. I haven’t seen any complexes in Denver or the nearby suburbs that have one bedrooms for less than $1500. You may have luck in the Broomfield and Westminster area, I am not familiar with up there. Solely based on your budget, I would recommend looking in Cap Hill, close for you to Denver Health, but a longer commute for your husband, and eastern Denver, almost to the lines with Aurora. I saw someone above mentioned Sunnyside, which is improving but is still not a great area. I used to work over there and wouldn’t live there unless it was a new building and I had a security system, but that’s just me.
Unfortunately all of the transplants have made traffic horrendous, so I would definitely try to find middle ground where you both have a bit of a commute rather than one person having to do all of the stressful driving.