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Moving to Denver? Here's Our Relocation Guide

If you’re moving to Denver, nicknamed the “Mile-High City,” you’re in for a real treat. Gorgeous views of the Rocky Mountains, an exploding job market, and legalized recreational cannabis are all part of the allure for young professionals living in Denver, Colorado.

 

What You Need to Know Before Moving

 

Housing costs are high in Denver and getting higher. This has slowed the city’s growth somewhat in recent years, but the cost of living is still only marginally higher than the national average.

 

Jobs are available in aerospace thanks to Lockheed Martin’s headquarters. Higher education and research are well represented too, with multiple universities located in Denver.

 

Denver also has a lower than average unemployment rate when compared to the national average. This is due to jobs in health care, finance, biotech, and hospitality. New jobs being created in the recreational cannabis industry also help with the local economy.

 

Getting around Denver is easy, with hundreds of bus routes, miles of bike trails, and a proposed light rail system. There are plenty of public transportation options. Even so, most residents own cars.

 

Notable Denver Neighborhoods

 

●Stapleton: Stapleton is one of the fastest-growing home development neighborhoods in the United States. This neighborhood is perfect for those looking to buy, rather than rent. Most of the real estate in Stapleton is less than 10 years old. Central Park provides an 80-acre recreational area. It is also close to the airport.

●Aurora: Aurora is about 20 minutes east of downtown, with easy access to I-225. This is one of Denver’s most affordable neighborhoods. Aurora Town Center’s 150 stores offer shopping and restaurants.

●West Colfax: Colfax Street is the longest street in the United States, spanning Denver from east to west. West Colfax Street is just west of downtown. The West Colfax Business Improvement District (BID) has invested millions of dollars to revitalize the area The district is near the Mile High Stadium, I-25, and downtown. Homes here have lower prices than neighboring areas, which appeals to both young professionals and families.

●Arvada: Located northwest of downtown, Arvada has a mix of houses and apartments. The commute is about 25 minutes, making you close to the action without having to deal with the crowds in central Denver. Restaurants abound with convenient access to I-70.

●Lakewood: Located between I-25 and I-70, Lakewood is a little southwest of downtown. This neighborhood has over 180 miles of trails for walking, biking, or horseback riding. The Lakewood Public Library hosts free concerts on their front porch. There is plenty of access to shopping and restaurants, too.

●Downtown: LoDo (lower downtown) is for those who want to be in the middle of everything. It is a social hub, near restaurants, rooftop bars, and Coors Field. Housing costs are higher here than elsewhere.

●The Highlands: This diverse, proud community is located between I-25 and Speer Street. This neighborhood has affordable housing, making it attractive to young professionals. Residents here boast that their neighborhood is home to the best ice cream in Denver, Little Man Ice Cream.

●Cap Hill: Just south of the 16th Street Mall, Capitol Hill is within a walk or a bike to everything you could ask for.

●Cherry Creek: Cherry Creek is east of downtown, between East 6th Ave and Cherry Creek. Mostly residential, this neighborhood is a mix of homes and apartments. Tree-lined streets line the Cherry Creek bike path. The area is also home to 160 retailers which provide a wide variety of shopping at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center.

 

 

Attractions and Landmarks in the Mile-High City

 

In addition to copious amounts of green space and proximity to ski resorts, downtown Denver offers these notable attractions:

 

●Denver Botanical Gardens

●Brown Palace Hotel

●Civic Center Park

●Denver Zoo

●Confluence Park

●Denver Art Museum

●Mayan Theater

●Denver Mint

●Union Station

●Washington Park

 

 

Tips for Your Move to Denver

 

●Hire as much help as you can afford. Packing, moving, and storage services help make the transition easier.

●If you’re moving cross-country, consider selling most of your furniture and appliances, and then just buy new possessions at your final destination. You can get free delivery on most large-ticket items. You’ll only pay to move your personal possessions and vehicles.

●Consider renting initially to get to know the city. It’s hard to determine what neighborhood is best if you’ve never lived in the area before.

●Start packing well in advance of your move. Have a packing party. You can say goodbye to your friends and get one last favor from them.

●Take this opportunity to get rid of the junk in your life. Donate your unneeded items or have a big garage sale. Don't move anything that isn't necessary.

 

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