If you are considering relocating to Colorado, knowing a local is a tremendous benefit in your new home search. Depending on your goals, job location and family situation, the areas of Denver and the surrounding areas offer quite a diversity. If a good school district makes the top of your list for must-haves for your family, this list should give you some local insight and get you looking in the right areas.
City of Denver
East High School
Thomas Jefferson High School
Denver is a true urban area, but with a great view of the Rocky Mountains. Of course, those views do come with a price. The homes in the Denver area are quite diverse. The oldest homes in the area date to 1870, but few are still standing. This surprises some people who are relocating from the east coast who come here and discover just how comparatively young Denver is. Although Denver has a few homes with Victorian or Queen Anne styling, most of those will be in the older parts of town and on the higher price range due to remodeling and restoration. Many older neighborhoods will feature wood floors, but most homes have been rehabed. Condos, townhome and multi-family units are a large part of the homes of urban Denver.
North of Denver
Weldon Valley, Superior
Ralston Valley High School, Arvada
More and more small, somewhat rural towns north of Denver have been putting themselves on the map. This is certainly true of Superior, Niwot and other areas surrounding Boulder. Boulder is an eclectic blend of urban, mountain and suburb. The college town has more to offer than just a bunch of students, however. Unique homes, hiking, and an earth friendly community make Boulder and the surrounding areas ideal for families, students and retirees alike.
Arvada is a true suburb of Denver, making the city commute easy, especially with increased public transportation offerings to the northern areas. Arvada has become a chic neighborhood after several city-wide initiatives have breathed life and remodel into the area. A great place for families and community, Arvada, and dare I say its surrounding areas, will be growing in the next decade.
South of Denver
Legend High School, Parker
Elbert Jr/Sr High School, Elbert
Palmer Ridge High School, Monument
Air Academy, Colorado Springs
Rampart, Colorado Springs
The areas south of Denver and even south of Aurora, such as Parker and Elbert have seen lots of growth in the last two decades. Parker and Elbert certainly have a rural feel and some homes in the area even offer horse property. Developers have created several suburban communities and new schools to accommodate the families looking for a slower pace than the big city offers.
Monument and Colorado Springs are even further south of Denver and are not considered suburbs but rather their own towns. With easy connection to I-25, the commute into the Denver Tech Center (DTC), many families are considering longer windshield time in exchange for the unique beauty these cities offer.
West of Denver
Evergreen High School, Evergreen
Conifer High School, Conifer
D’evelyn Jr./Sr. High School, Lakewood
Chatfield High School, Littleton
Dakota Ridge High School, Littleton
The southwest suburbs of Denver, Littleton and Lakewood, have been developed and remodeled to become beautiful communities. Littleton offers newer developments and fresh businesses, and since they are closer to the mountains, the views can be amazing.
Evergreen and Conifer are certainly foothills with rugged landscaping, mountain like roads and a real ‘off the grid’ feel. Usually featuring larger lots and pine trees galore, these homes can be cozy or grand, depending on your budget and desires.
East of Denver
Smokey Hill High School, Aurora
Eaglecrest High School, Aurora
Cherry Creek, Greenwood Village
Grandview High School, Aurora
Cherokee Trail High School, Aurora
Aurora is Denver’s largest suburb and continues to expand. The homes in the area tend to be younger, especially the further out you go. New schools in the area are allowing for more growth and the views of the mountains are more panoramic than areas west of town. It seems as though Aurora was built for families with a suburban feel, lots of community events and activities and tons of schools. It is also known for several jobs in the health and military worlds.