Front Range Western Suburbs? (Golden, Applewood, Arvada)

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by error cooled, Jul 31, 2017.

  1. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    Moving can be a nightmare similar to that. Uproot all you know,like where to get things you need. Friends etc. hard for most for several years to settle in.
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  2. picard

    picard engage!

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    Ahhh come on you young kids are so spoiled. I grew up in a 600 sq ft apartment - whole family. ;-)

    Congrats on the expected new family member. Good luck!
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  3. nmalozzi

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    Thanks!

    Trust me, I know how spoiled we are. I too grew up in a series of small apartments, just mom and I. So I'm accustomed to small spaces, but I also didn't own motorcycles at that point in my life, haha!
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  4. Bad Wolf

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    It's that bum infested shit mall with the big liquor store, King Soopers, Walmart and three Starbucks all sharing a large parking lot by I70 and 44th on the west side.
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  5. Bad Wolf

    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    The commute is easy when you are going the opposite direction of the other million commuters.
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  6. TooFast

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    Walmart closed several weeks ago, they went all the way to 90% off, had some great deals.

    Applejacks has the cheapest prices on cases of beer, btdt.
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  7. Bad Wolf

    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    Didn't know Wally shut down. Which begs the question, how bad does an area have to be to close down an old Walmart? Did they just build a newer, bigger one nearby?
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  8. dgreen2321

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    The Denver metro area I commute to has a ton of office buildings. Ever heard of the Interlocken Loop? It's honestly the same type of place I commuted to in Michigan (Brighton to Southfield - office building central), and that commute was 10x worse than this one.

    I-25 near Denver is always bad because it's the only highway running North/South right by the city. The Lodge Hghy and I-75 in Detroit was much worse. Yes...Detroit. Name me a city that doesn't have bad traffic on the highway that's right next to the city.

    Honestly, natives have no idea what "bad" traffic actually is. I came from a Midwestern state with a declining population that had much worse traffic than this.
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  9. Idaho Joe

    Idaho Joe n00b

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    Perfect description, especially wrt aggression on the roads. I'm a Denver native, and fled the insanity 17 years ago. The biggest problem with the Front Range, and indeed with nearly the entire state from Colorado Springs northward is the overcrowding. No matter where you go, no matter what day of the week, you can't get away from people.

    Southwestern Colorado isn't much better, and a hell of lot more expensive. The northwest corner is beautiful, but remote, with little by way of real civilization. And also expensive.

    Southeast is about the best option. Pueblo, Trinidad, etc. Even that region is becoming Californicated, but they haven't overrun it quite yet.
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  10. nmalozzi

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    You're simply describing "city/major metro living". I'd love to live in isolation too, but unfortunately some of us work in industries that does not allow for it. Denver may be busy and crowded, but it's nowhere near as bad as most other cities I've been to.
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  11. Bad Wolf

    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    The core problem is there are just too many humans...everywhere. When they start to congregate too much in one area, greater problems ensue.

    As for Denver, we lack the infrastructure to support this many people and the mass emigration is bringing people running from other areas, then I just on making this area like the place they came from.
    Last, Colorado lacks the resources to support the growing population...namely water.
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  12. Proveick

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    My BIL and family are moving from Ankeny IA next month to downtown Denver.
    How much different are the two?
    Housing will be a challenge.
    The median price of homes currently listed in Ankeny is $264,900.
    The median home value in Denver is $385,100.
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  13. nmalozzi

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    No arguments from me. Population growth and resource strains are a real problem, especially for places that are currently a popular place to move to... like Denver. This is a problem everywhere though. It's always been a problem, and civilization has existed primarily by reacting retroactively to the strains on our current systems. That will likely continue to be a problem until we all go extinct. We are literally a parasite to the planet we whirl around on.

    None of that however is why this thread was started.
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  14. docwyte

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    Much less traffic here compared to the other metro areas that I've lived in. (Boston, San Diego, Cleveland) Not as many ways to get different places here though, so that tends to make the traffic heavier than it should be.

    Definitely seen far more people on the trails/ski slopes/outdoors in the 13 years since I moved back.

    As much as I'd love to move out to the boonies, my work demands my office to be around people. Boonies = no patients to work on = no way for me to live

    Wife and I discuss where we want to be at retirement. Both of us would like to head up into the foothills more, but also want to stay close enough to see friends and go to restaurants easily etc. I also want enough land so I can have a detached shop at my house. We'll have to see where the real estate market is in 10-12 years....
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  15. Boricua

    Boricua Been here awhile

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    That median for Denver might have been calculated using old data. The median home in July pass $410k. Single family homes was $420k in April. I live in the SE ex burbs about 20 miles from downtown. The entry ticket for new construction in my neighborhood is north of $500k. Anything old under $450 sells in days. Most after bidding wars. There's a severe shortage of homes in Denver metro.

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    Yes they did, finishing one up on 58th in Arvada around the Kmart store area, tore down a whole shopping mall to build it too
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    Agreed, and everywhere now I see many new baby buggies being pushed around, some times side by sides, ladies look like they might be 17 years old, exponential growth talked about of back in the 1960s is here my friends:loco

    Want to see something scary? drive by the new Apartment building on Sims street( and maybe north of Cedar?) Built like a brick right to the sidewalks, not grass even for dogs to pee in. Wonder where inhabitants will park their cars? New high density Apartment buildings everywhere.....
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  18. Proveick

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    Trustafarians ?
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    How about this scam - the city of Morrison's property it owns, wants to "give" the city of Lakewood the northern 2/3 rds of Rooney Valley along I470, so it can tax Lakewood residents to put in new infrastructure to build thousands of new residential homes. mean while Morrison builds an exclusive mega Mall on there southern end and collect all the sales taxes that go to their city. The new homes property taxes all go to Jefferson County, Lakewood gets nothing $ wise for unwanted expansion of a beautiful valley, who profits?

    Where's the water? Excel Energy doesn't have any spare energy to expand with.......not to mention sewer proceeds that will need pumping stations to get it out of the Valley.....shitty deal any way you look at it.

    Maybe write our politicians to declare it open space...ideas?
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  20. TooFast

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    How many of those want to live in a 200+or what ever apartment building?
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