Originally Posted by blt1175
This has nothing to do about biking but I am looking to move to the Denver area and was looking into maybe a condo or townhouse. I see Highlands Ranch is nice. Are there any mid to upper class neighborhoods that anyone would recommend and those to stay away from? I also see that there are a ton of bike trails there, any ones in particular that offer a nice relaxing ride?
Congrats on your decision to move to a place wher the number of sunny days beat the cloudy days six to one. You'll not regret it!
We live in Highlands Ranch, and have a lot to say about it. As a landscape architect/alternative culture sort who has studied urban and regional planning, I've got a lot to say about communities, development, and quality of life. Maybe too much. HR is not a bad place to live, despite what some will have you believe. It is, however, the nation's largest planned community (read- subdivision). It has some great things to offer (pretty good cycling, to start, as the roads are huge and have 10' paved shoulders, and we have paved open space trails that run throughout the community) as well as a great system of rec centers, complete with pools, circuit training equipment, weight rooms, indoor tracks, cardio equipment, etc, all included as part of your mandatory Homeowner's Association fee of about $400 per year. It's the fitness center deal of a lifetime.
Many people consider HR bland, and it is certainly not the most diverse place I've ever lived. We recently moved within HR, and looked for a long time at other communities throughout the front range. We could not find much that we liked and could afford, thus our relocate within HR. How your own individual new home criteria are set up will determine wheather this community fits you well.
You will get a lot of replies, I suspect, to your query. The front range of Colorado offers some pretty good variety, but is not as cheap on purchase price as some eastern and midwest communities. Actually, you may be favorably impressed, as we may not be much more expensive than parts of Long Island (I'm just speculating here). Single family detached homes in Denver and surrounding areas tend to start at $130/sf (our last home sold at $154, while others in that neighborhood were as low as $134) I have no idea what the condo/townhome market is like, though there are a number of Condo/THome developments within Highlands Ranch (http://www.hrcaonline.org/
) There is a new "town center" being developed which includes some row housing (nice, brownstone-style) that you might be interested in, as well as some more traditional Townhome/apartment developments (Palamino Park- http://www.apartmentguide.com/Proper...ropertyID=5157
Email me, and we can exchange numbers if you have more specific questions about south Denver. When do you move?