Six Things to Consider When Choosing a Denver Neighborhood

Posted on at 11:36 pm by Andrea Webber

In many cases, selecting your ideal Denver neighborhood is as crucial as the actual home you purchase. The Denver metro real estate market is made up of many diverse neighborhoods – from eclectic urban areas to suburban neighborhoods with picturesque parks.

Here are a few things to consider when selecting your ideal Denver neighborhood:

  1. Commute – Be honest with yourself. How long can you stand being in the car every day…twice a day. Is it an hour, 30 minutes, or ten minutes? The answer will largely impact your neighborhood selection.
  2. Small Town or City Life? Think about if you are drawn to a suburban, small-town feel (i.e. Castle Rock or Parker), or if you are attracted to an urban area like Washington Park or Stapleton. Also, consider what type of shopping and dining opportunities you would like to have nearby. Perhaps you would love the convenience of having a Home Depot only a few minutes away. Or, you maybe you would love to be able to walk to quaint boutiques and trendy restaurants.
  3. New or Old? Do you want to purchase a home that is less than a decade old or one that is more than a century old? The same goes for your Denver neighborhood. Are you looking for a sense of history, or do you long for a newer development with modern amenities?
  4. Amenities – Make a list of all of your desired amenities. Are you looking for a golf course community like Columbine Country Club? Or, maybe you would like to be close a state-of-the art rec center, dog parks, walking trails, sporting venues, cultural facilities, shopping centers, well-regarded healthcare providers, etc.
  5. Safety – Safety is an important factor, so do your research upfront on crime rates, etc. Your prospective community’s police station’s resources is a good place to start.
  6. Community – Is a neighborhood with a strong sense of community important to you? If you picture yourself at the annual tree lighting ceremony every year, then do some research to find a neighborhood with a strong sense of community. Check out the town’s website, or even look for meetup groups for neighborhood residents.
  7. Children – Having children (or not) will likely influence the type of neighborhood you want to live in. Regardless if you have children, a strong school system is important for a neighborhood, but it is especially crucial if you have school-aged children. There are numerous websites that have a wealth of information on schools. If you have children, you will want a neighborhood with amenities for children, including playgrounds and entertainment spots. And, of course, there should be many children for them to play with.

For more advice on selecting the best Denver neighborhood for you and your family, please contact Andrea Webber at (303) 475-7057. Good luck on finding your perfect Denver home.

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