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Title: Hey Everyone.
Post by: jwilker on January 11, 2005, 03:51:47 PM
I'm not quite in the area yet, but it's looking like I will be by mid February.

You may know me from CB5, same ID, what can I say, I'm original!

I still have my B5 though I am trying to sell it, and more so now since I'm not wanting to transport it to CO.

At any rate, look forward to interacting and meeting ya'll

J
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Post by: kraut-sled on January 11, 2005, 04:00:30 PM
Keep it.  Naturaly asperated engines are useless at higher altitude.

Welcome.
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Post by: ColoradoB5 on January 18, 2005, 08:59:24 AM
Holy crap John, I didn't know you were moving out this way!  Can't wait to see ya.  What's been going on with you?  We haven't heard from you for a while.
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Post by: jayryan on January 18, 2005, 09:05:30 AM
Sweet! John's gonna be a native!
Welcome!
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Post by: jwilker on January 18, 2005, 09:10:06 AM
Well looks like I spoke too soon. The Company re-negged on their verbal offer. Told her they didn't think it made sense to come out when they were as close as they were to the deadline.

The irony, based on my experience with the Mortgage industry, they'll miss the deadline and want her more and offer more money, to help them. Silly.

SO sorry guys false alarm :( We had already sent out emails and cancelled plans and everything. Loser ass company.
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Post by: jayryan on January 18, 2005, 09:18:05 AM
Well, cool. Keep you car then ;)
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Post by: jwilker on January 18, 2005, 03:04:25 PM
ha ha. yeah
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Post by: 92UrS4 on January 18, 2005, 03:29:12 PM
Dammit, now we have to cancel the parade, the dancers and the cow chip tossing contest.
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Post by: Boris on January 18, 2005, 08:38:30 PM
Jay I don't care for the cow shit tossing or the parade, but I protest the cancellation of the dancers. Were they spose to do lap dances too?
Maybe John can just visit for a weekend and we do mini celebration. Just dancers and maybe some booze? What you say.

Hey since you d chief, how many posts do I have to have to have all them helmets?
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Post by: 92UrS4 on January 18, 2005, 09:00:59 PM
I'll bring the dancers you bring the booze, here are your five helmets you big schmooze.
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Post by: jwilker on January 18, 2005, 09:17:51 PM
Booze and Dancers? A visit sounds do-able. Plus the GF still wants to learn me how to ski so I'm sure I'll still see CO
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Post by: Boris on January 18, 2005, 10:58:34 PM
Quote from: "jwilker"
Booze and Dancers? A visit sounds do-able. Plus the GF still wants to learn me how to ski so I'm sure I'll still see CO


Your girlfriend good lookin'?
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Hey Jay, I got like five helmets laying around. Wanna buy 2 or 3 back? Cheap. :twisted:
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Post by: jayryan on January 19, 2005, 05:34:16 AM
Boris, you crack me up :P How 'bout giving me some really cool title over at PW :wink: ?
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Post by: jwilker on January 19, 2005, 07:27:39 AM
Quote from: "Boris"
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Booze and Dancers? A visit sounds do-able. Plus the GF still wants to learn me how to ski so I'm sure I'll still see CO


Your girlfriend good lookin'?
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Hey Jay, I got like five helmets laying around. Wanna buy 2 or 3 back? Cheap. :twisted:



Pretty damn hot if you ask me! :)
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Post by: jwilker on August 18, 2005, 08:48:25 AM
Guess who's back? :)

And this time the deal is done and the documents faxed back and forth. She's heading out monday morning. I'll be following in two weeks.

If any has any leads for a Senior ColdFusion developer or Web Architect, let a brutha know.

Also Any leads on good nieghborhoods would be nice.

See ya'll soon :)
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Post by: 92UrS4 on August 18, 2005, 09:01:43 AM
Look forward to meeting up with you when you guys get out here and get settled in.

There are lots and lots of good places to live, I guess you need to find what is going to work best if you need to commute and so forth.

Most people that move here go right for Highlands Ranch, but I would definitley explore all your options. The housing market, while somehow still a little over priced, is still a buyers market. Well at least it was 2 months ago when I bought my house.

The job market has picked up quite a bit in Colorado, technical jobs are less central as a whole so keep that in mind.
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Post by: ianacole on August 18, 2005, 09:08:09 AM
Welcome!  If you're out in time, come meet the group:

Castlewood Canyon GTG (http://www.rmcb5.com/ftopic-3292.html)
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Post by: hotani on August 18, 2005, 09:32:49 AM
Welcome to CO! :)
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Post by: aowhaus on August 18, 2005, 10:09:16 AM
I remember you John! you gave me a ton of useful information on CB5.
Well, welcome to the club and we look forward to your colorado initiation you, heh, heh, heh...

As for relocating here I would stay away from Highlands Ranch (it's not because I'm a urban snob), it's suburbia at it's worse -- it's really far south from Denver and the traffic on I-25 during rush hour is something you really don't want to experience on a daily basis.  Also you could get lost getting home as it's just acres and acres of sameness.
Stapleton, Lowry, and Belmar are nicer developments that are not that far from downtown -- I'd guess it really depends on where you will be working, like Jay said, there are lots of great places to live all around Denver.

Cheers!
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Post by: shummer on August 18, 2005, 10:35:16 AM
PM sent regarding job lead.
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Post by: jwilker on August 18, 2005, 03:22:38 PM
Thanks all! Much obliged for the info!!

can't wait to start home hunting and looking for work. And driving around. The misses has already agreed to let me trade in the A6 for something quattro :) I'll probably wait a little first though. see where we are and such
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Post by: 92UrS4 on August 18, 2005, 03:32:38 PM
REally, you NEED awd here. The winters are pretty mild even if you ski every weekend.  However, it is nice to have for the HUGE storms and of course for having fun.  I mean if she gave the go ahead, I'm all for it!
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Post by: jwilker on August 18, 2005, 04:14:52 PM
gietl, shut the hell up! what's wrong with you?!?

:p you trying to ruin what I've worked hard for here! She doesn't know it's not needed.

:D
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Post by: hotani on August 18, 2005, 04:36:53 PM
You need it. They won't let you on the frozen lake for ice racing without AWD. ;)
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Post by: jwilker on August 18, 2005, 04:56:24 PM
there we go. That's what I'm talkin' 'bout
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Post by: evil_O on August 18, 2005, 05:23:51 PM
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gietl, shut the hell up! what's wrong with you?!?

:p you trying to ruin what I've worked hard for here! She doesn't know it's not needed.

:D


Until she reads this post  :lol:
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Post by: 92UrS4 on August 18, 2005, 06:09:46 PM
Quote from: "jwilker"
gietl, shut the hell up! what's wrong with you?!?

:p you trying to ruin what I've worked hard for here! She doesn't know it's not needed.

:D


uh...what are you talkin about...maybe you need to re-read the post ;)
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Post by: jwilker on August 18, 2005, 09:23:33 PM
he he
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Post by: jwilker on August 21, 2005, 10:46:45 AM
OK Guys I've been compiling all the input from here and CB5 (cross posted there too).

Here's a preliminary list of places I'd like to look at. Let me know if there's any you think I should not waste my time with. I'll be out in two weeks, and want to try to have as much of a plan as I can. (ass you can see some of your comments are in my research:) )

    * Thornton
          o Riverdale Heights
    * Commerce City
          o Reunion/Southlawn Park
          o Fronterra Village
          o Buffalo Mesa
    * Castle Rock
          o Founders Village
          o “Yes, Castle Rock is a nice town, but the commute to Denver is a bitch”
          o “they’re expanding I-25 and adding light-rail at the moment. If you work in the Denver Tech Center, then Castle Rock would be a good choice”
    * Evergreen
    * Cherry Creek
    * WestMinster
          o Village at Harmony Park
    * Littleton
          o Quincy Lake – Plantation – A little expensive
          o The Hearth II
          o Firelight
    * “If money isn’t an issue, I’d go with Greenwood Village or Cherry Hills”
    * Englewood
    * Highlands Ranch
          o “I live across the street from a 3-acre off leash dog area and a 52 acre park”
    * Stapleton
    * Lowry
    * Belmar
    * Parker (I found this one)
          o NeuTowne at Parker
    * Henderson
          o Stillwater
    * Broomfield
          o Red Leaf


My other question. From what I can tell, Highland Ranch and Cherry Hills are either not building new homes, or not actual city names? Thanks for all your input guys, really helped in narrowing the search a bit.
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Post by: hotani on August 21, 2005, 11:16:41 AM
I'll tell you what I know - which is somewhat limited, but I'm very familiar with the northern territories...

Thornton (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=thornton,+co&spn=0.095884,0.167645&t=h&hl=en)
I Live very close to thornton and there are some nice areas in there, and some not-so-nice. It is about 10 minutes north of downtown, and there is a park-n-ride there for bussing it to work if you're into that (highly recommended).

Commerce City (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=commerce+city,+co&ll=39.820667,-104.853001&spn=0.095944,0.167645&t=h&hl=en)
When people think of Commerce City, they think of the industrial area just north of downtown - and it is nasty looking. However, the areas you listed are WAAAAY out towards the airport so can't even be considered as the same thing. Depends on how far out you want to be. Living close to the airport does have its obvious good points.

Castle Rock (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=castle+rock,+co&spn=0.096567,0.167645&t=h&hl=en)
Too far south if there is any chance you'll be working downtown, or anywhere other than the southern end of the tech center. The light rail currently only goes down to littleton which is still about 10 or 15 minutes north of Castle Rock with no traffic. Commuting to town from there during rush hour will have you looking for a new place to live within a month.

Evergreen (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=evergreen,+co&spn=0.384816,0.670578&t=h&hl=en)
Pretty far out - again, depends on where you work and if you can work from home or not. One or two days a week commuting from there probably wouldn't be bad.

Cherry Creek (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=denver,+co&ll=39.714681,-104.953165&spn=0.024023,0.041911&t=h&hl=en)
Good location - close to downtown, north of tech center - TONS of good stuff in the area, lots of shopping and retail, big mall, everything one could ever need is very close by. However, that area is cha-cha-cha CHING! $$$

Westminster (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=westminster,+co&spn=0.095921,0.167645&t=h&hl=en)
I currently live in Westminster and like it - although it is pretty generic. It is an excellent central location if you want to be between Denver and Boulder - I think it takes me the same amount of time (about 20 minutes) to get to either. I'm moving at the beginning of next month however, but not to get away from Westminster - found a house in Broomfield and its actually 5 miles from where I am now.

Littleton (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=littleton,+co&spn=0.096232,0.167645&t=h&hl=en)
Highlands Ranch is littleton - or surrounded by it, or in it, or something. I think of them as the same mega-suburb. Lone Tree is in there too. There is currently light rail going into littleton, and it goes up to downtown. Plans are to expand the route, but not sure when that will be completed.

Englewood (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=englewood,+co&spn=0.096184,0.167645&t=h&hl=en)
This is tech center central - if you work in there, then Englewood would be your best bet. However it is extremely dense, lots of people and lots of traffic all the time.

Parker (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=parker,+co&spn=0.096364,0.167645&t=h&hl=en)
Watch out for those Parker cops.... ;)

Parker is as far southeast as you can get and still be considered 'Denver Metro.' It is growing fast as I understand it. But that's about all I know, been through there a few times - wouldn't want to live there since I work downtown and the commute would be nasty.

Broomfield (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=broomfield,+co&spn=0.095804,0.167645&t=h&hl=en)
WOOHOO! Broomfield!! :) As I mentioned above, I'm moving there (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=broomfield,+co&ll=39.931056,-105.088005&spn=0.005987,0.010478&t=h&hl=en) in early September and have always loved the town. It is about 10 minutes from Boulder and 20 or so from downtown. Yeah, the math doesn't add up from what I said up top, but that is because of proximity to a major highway that goes straight to Boulder.

Something to think about (if you care): Broomfield recently went non-smoking, Boulder is non-smoking, Arvada (south of westminster) is non-smoking but not as strict as the others. There is a large new mall in Broomfield (Flatiron Crossing) and tons of other retail shops around there.

HTH!
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Post by: jwilker on August 21, 2005, 11:24:30 AM
Hotani,

Great input thanks a lot!! Incorporating your input into my outline.
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Post by: shummer on August 21, 2005, 09:20:55 PM
I really like the area that is formed by Cherry Creek (north), Englewood (south), Broadway (west), and I-25 (east). It's considered South Denver and encompasses several neighborhoods full of trees, parks, and 60-100 year old homes. You might think it's silly to mention trees, but they are quite a commodity here. We live near the University of Denver so we have a bit of a college scene around us - not too many renters, lots of young folk around, and plenty of families. Englewood is really only 8 blocks south of us and you can knock $50k-$100k off the comparable home if you go to Englewood.

Starting from Englewood, as you work your way towards downtown, prices go up progressively. Starting from Broadway, as you work eastward towards DU, prices also go up as it peaks around DU and then trails off towards I-25. At the same time the prices go up, the houses seem to get older and the lots get smaller. That might be a bit of a generalization.

Since you're coming from CA, I imagine you'll be able to afford most anything out here. Our main criteria at the time of buying was location (midway point between our jobs) and then trying to find a decent and affordable neighborhood keeping commutes to a minimum. Traffic isn't as bad as CA, but it does suck if you are going into downtown in the morning and leaving in the afternoon.
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Post by: shummer on August 21, 2005, 09:38:32 PM
Nevermind everything I said since your wife's client is at:

7475 S Joliet St, Englewood, CO 80112

Englewood stretches pretty far west and east but I guess I would look in Centennial, Greenwood Village, and Highlands Ranch. There's a lot of people on the east side of I-25 in Centennial and Parker so don't go too far east like Saudi Aurora. Not sure if you're looking for a house but a townhome in DTC would be cool.
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Post by: aowhaus on August 22, 2005, 08:15:18 AM
not sure if you are looking for a larger house with a yard or an apartment, but here are my comments on some of these communities.
Currently Denver is a renter's market, as there is huge surplus of rental properties available with lots more being built -- many places are offering great incentives such as move-in bonues or free rent for 3 months.

Stapleton
A lot of my friends and coworkers moved here and love it there.  Mark (Madigan), a club member here, has a place there.  It's a new master-planned community with a town center, a couple community pools, and shops and restaurants.  My office did part of the town center and we have some exciting plans for the old control tower (one of the remaining remnants of the old airport).
It is North America's largest planned development and won't be finished for another 10 years.  It has a nice mix of different housing (from $150,000 flats to $2 million single family homes, with some rentals mixed in), and a decent location (about 20 minutes northeast of downtown Denver and less than 20 minutes to the airport).  Conveniently located next to I-70.
www.stapletondenver.com

Lowry
Very similar to Stapleton but on a smaller scale and located about 25 minutes east of downtown.
www.lowry.org

Capitol Hill & Wash Park
A nice community of old houses and some low-rise apartment buildings from the 60's and 70's.  Located southwest of expensive Cherry Creek and about 15 minutes southeast of downtown, Wash Park is a great park to walk your dog, go jogging or take your kids to play.  Most of the streets are lined with huge shady trees.  Homes are getting very pricey because of its location and its charm.

Five Points
located directly northeast of downtown, it is was once an area of poverty, crime and drugs.  This area is now going through a phase of growth and improvements thanks to the success and prosperity of the Uptown area directly south.  Old abandoned homes are being nenovated, and there are a couple new townhome developments which appeal to young professionals and empty nesters.  A good place to invest in real estate.

Glendale
Personally this is an often overlooked area, and has good potential and is very affordable to live.
It is just west of Cherry Creek, with lots of shopping along busy Colorado Avenue (Home Depot, Target, Wild Oats, etc.).  The further west you go the more residential it gets.  It is also close to I-25.

Belmar (Lakewood)
A new master-planned community with a mix of apartments, condos, lofts and townhomes centered around a Main Street of commercial and retail.  Designed to appeal to yonger professionals.
www.belmarcolorado.com

Reunion (Commerce City)
Another new large development being built next to Denver Airport.
Very reasonably priced single family homes, but pretty much located in the middle of nowhere.