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Since you're coming from San Francisco, there shouldn't be too much sticker shock. Denver's real estate drop was the biggest in the cookie cutter suburbs and things have been recovering pretty fast even there.

If you are planning to work and have to drive, live east of work(otherwise you will be driving into the sun much of the year).

I'm actually not planning to keep a place in Denver but when I was (as a single adult woman), I was looking in Cherry Creek & particularly CC North. I have a friend who suggested the Highlands. The other area I would suggest would be LoDo.

Also check the walkability score. My suburban house is across the street from a grocery store, 5 restaurants and some shops with the library a block away and light rail a mile away with an on call bus to get to it. I'm also right at a bike/hike path that goes on forever.

I would suggest looking at vrbo or airbnb to see if there are condos in those areas so you might be able to try at least a week in each.

On the rental thing, unless you are going to have it managed, I wouldn't do it. That's from my experience as a landlord in Steamboat. I think it's different to rent something when you are leaving it because I would care a bit less about what happens to it. Again, for me, Steamboat is a small town and it is somewhat easier to screen renters and to have eyes on the property.(How small is it ? My tenant's gf did the makeup for my DIL at their wedding and I knew because my tenant texted me.)

Feel free to email me if I can help. I'm mostly in the mountains until March but will be down intermittently.
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