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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 don't expect to move before I retire, but I'll keep this in mind. My DD's DH had to leave a good job because he couldn't stand the commute. Gave him migraines. So I know what you mean. At least after I get there, if I look for a job, I'll look for one west of me. :)

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.


This is exactly the sort of advice I wanted. I've been looking at the neighorhoods online, and Cherry Creek was one of the ones that looked good to me, but I'd rather hear it from a local. Do you have any opinion on Arvada?

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.)

I would definitely have it managed. I know my limits. They start at the end of my nose. The reason I'm thinking of going that route is I think I'll get a better price buying now rather than waiting until I'm ready to move in a few years. That kind of makes renting it out in the meanwhile mandatory.

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

I cannot tell you how much this means to me. I truly value your opinion and willingness to help. (Posted and emailed.)

MOI

**Have you sold yours? Just asking....:)
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