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    Living in Golden

    My wife and I are considering moving to Golden and I am interested to hear a bit about the area.

    We're interested for the easy access to trails, access to the mountains, and access to Denver.

    From what we've seen, most of the area is pretty exposed without a lot of tree cover. We'd love to live within big trees vs open areas.

    I'd also like to be able to ride to trails from my front door.

    Within the realms of reality (regarding real estate pricing), where are the best areas to live in Golden to meet these needs?

    Thanks for your help!

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    I think to get the big tree thing you'd better live right down town.

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    One of those big storms last spring took that one out.
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    see 'broomfield' thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeepItSimpleSpeed
    My wife and I are considering moving to Golden and I am interested to hear a bit about the area.

    We're interested for the easy access to trails, access to the mountains, and access to Denver.

    From what we've seen, most of the area is pretty exposed without a lot of tree cover. We'd love to live within big trees vs open areas.

    I'd also like to be able to ride to trails from my front door.

    Within the realms of reality (regarding real estate pricing), where are the best areas to live in Golden to meet these needs?

    Thanks for your help!
    What kind of real estate pricing were you considering? After one year of living without the family, I finally take possession of my house in Golden on 9/22. There are quite a few places you can be right on the trails. However, most of those are going to be pricey ($500,000+). As for tree cover, I think you'll be hard pressed to find it unless you buy something in the Golden Gate area. Then again, you could just plant some trees.

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    if you want mature trees in golden, you'll need to live in the city proper (i.e. downtown, around CSM campus). i'd suggest the area around the rec center, 'cept there are a couple of ruffians who live nearby and bring down the property values...








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    Quote Originally Posted by gotdirt
    if you want mature trees in golden, you'll need to live in the city proper (i.e. downtown, around CSM campus). i'd suggest the area around the rec center, 'cept there are a couple of ruffians who live nearby and bring down the property values...

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    there's a nice senior center going in. buy now for the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeepItSimpleSpeed
    My wife and I are considering moving to Golden and I am interested to hear a bit about the area.

    We're interested for the easy access to trails, access to the mountains, and access to Denver.

    From what we've seen, most of the area is pretty exposed without a lot of tree cover. We'd love to live within big trees vs open areas.

    I'd also like to be able to ride to trails from my front door.

    Within the realms of reality (regarding real estate pricing), where are the best areas to live in Golden to meet these needs?

    Thanks for your help!
    I live in Golden--Just south of the town itself in an area that contains 3 subdivisions (Heritage Dells-older houses, Tripp Ranch-12 year old houses, and Eagle Ridge-new houses). Lots of trees in Heritage Dells, and Tripp Ranch--not so much in the new area. In Tripp Ranch, there are 3 houses for sale right now. It's in riding distance to LOTS of trails. Lived there for 2 years-my bike hasn't seen my bikerack on my car in quite some time.

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    Gotta agree with russman! I am sitting in my computer room typing this - 2nd story in Heritage Dells and could be looking at the Apex trails, but there's a huge tree in my front yard blocking the view!!! Like Russman mentioned Heritage Dells is older - most homes built around 1980 - most around 2,500 SF including basement - most for $350,000 or under. Tripp Ranch is newer - around 1994 I believe, and a little pricier. There is also another neighborhood kinda between Heritage Dells/Tripp Ranch and the newer Eagle Ridge - can't remember subdivision's name, but smaller houses for the most part some still go for under $300,000. Last I checked there was one on the market for $289,000.
    I have lived here since '99, and never once regretted it. A couple minutes (literally) to I70 for easy mountain (~40 min to closest ski area, within an hour of many others) or downtown Denver access (20 min), a minute or 2 bike ride to Apex, 10 minute ride to Chimney Gulch and Matthews/Winters, Green Mtn, White Ranch, Falcon are all w/in riding distance as well.
    keepitsimplespeed - PM me if you wanna talk about it more. Where do you live now?
    russman - we should get a neighborhood mtn bike club going! There's tons of riders around here and great people...

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    Thanks for the feedback guys. Sounds like I should look at Heritage Dells. I'll take a look next time in town.
    Is this area suburban...nothing but houses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeepItSimpleSpeed
    Is this area suburban...nothing but houses?
    welcome to the front range!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeepItSimpleSpeed
    Is this area suburban...nothing but houses?
    Right in the neighborhoods there is nothing but houses, Shelton Elementary School and a park or 2. Right outside the neighborhoods proper on Heritage Rd are a couple gas stations (that typically charge .15 more than anyone else around), a bank, strip mall, day care - children's world or something, etc.

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    is heritage dells the area by apex?

    my big question has always been where is that damn highway going to go (470)

    i work in golden and would love to live in golden, but it seems pricey for me (poor teacher)..but someday i hope to be able to do it..i lived there for a year when i first moved to denver and loved it..
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    Quote Originally Posted by billybobzia


    my big question has always been where is that damn highway going to go (470)
    It's gonna go right up where 93 is right now.

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    they're putting a highway in thru golden on 93, when?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOby
    they're putting a highway in thru golden on 93, when?
    There is still much debate on the issue; the city of Golden is fighting it and will continue to do so. In addition, the state doesn't even have the funding for it as of now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billybobzia
    is heritage dells the area by apex?
    YUPPER


    Quote Originally Posted by billybobzia
    i work in golden and would love to live in golden, but it seems pricey for me (poor teacher)
    Where do you teach? I have a son at Shelton (4th grd) and a daughter at Bell (8th grd)


    Keepitsimplespeed, it is a little pricey, but has been well worth it for me and my family!! Wouldn't even wanna live anywhere else except in the mountains somewhere...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOby
    they're putting a highway in thru golden on 93, when?
    Some time between now and when Hell freezes over.

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    Come to Green Mountain and Lakewood. Same trail access and it doesn't smell like Hops!

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    [QUOTE=andychrysler]YUPPER



    Where do you teach? I have a son at Shelton (4th grd) and a daughter at Bell (8th grd)


    i teach at compass montessori on the east side of north table..really great and unique school if you are ever looking for an alternative to what you have.. my kids go there but they are little ones still..

    can't wait to live in golden..
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    when Hell freezes over.

    not going to happen, al gore told me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rugby Chuck
    Come to Green Mountain and Lakewood. Same trail access and it doesn't smell like Hops!

    -Chuck
    What the hell is wrong with the smell of hops?

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    Although Compass is in WR, please convince my wife it is a great school so I have a good reason(my real reason is trail access) to move to Golden. We're completely set on Montessori and toured Compass a year ago but she wants DCS Montessori in Castle Pines, the only trail within 30 minutes drive from there is Indian Creek. Right now I'm far enough as it is from most of the FR trails except Waterton and Deer Creek and she wants to go even further east. Please help a brotha out.
    [QUOTE=billybobzia]
    Quote Originally Posted by andychrysler
    YUPPER



    Where do you teach? I have a son at Shelton (4th grd) and a daughter at Bell (8th grd)


    i teach at compass montessori on the east side of north table..really great and unique school if you are ever looking for an alternative to what you have.. my kids go there but they are little ones still..

    can't wait to live in golden..

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    It's gonna go right up where 93 is right now.
    Property values in close prox may only go down about 20% but you'll be able to sit in traffic faster than you did before. Sounds like a win win.

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