Niki wrote:I currently live in Denver and have been here for 5 years. I have lived in the DU area, Cherry Creek, Capitol Hill & now I currently live in "Uptown" (it's more of a label the developers put on the area than an actual neighborhood--it's downtown). You will be SURROUNDED by undergraduate students and constant house/frat parties in the immediate DU area--trust me, I went to school there. The only "bars" there are the dive/campus bars that are full of underage students. Cherry Creek is nice and all but after living and working there you realize that it is pretty boring, no night life nor lightrail stop and most of the people that live there have families or they live here seasonally. Capitol Hill is awesome--I LOVED living there. You can find really reasonable rent because the whole area is ALL apartments. But be careful because it is very transient and there are a lot of dumpy places, especially the ones you can find online (and bed bugs are a big problem in this area!). Drive around and call the numbers for the best deal.
As for downtown, I love living here because I can walk to 16th street (where my job happens to be), Coors Field and LoDo. There's also a handful of lightrail stops within a square mile of where I live. You want to avoid Five Points because it is the sketchy part of Denver.
Personally I would not recommend living in Littleton, Centennial or any of the suburbs simply because you can find a cheap place in the actual city and not have to commute. The lightrail is great but it sucks to have to take it to go out on the weekends because it only runs until 2 am and you have to battle the crowds for the outbound trips.
We're actually renting our place out as soon as I decide where I'm going to law school....
I live in Cap Hill/Uptown area and LOVE it. Its, well, best way to describe it, eclectic, young professionals, families, drag queens, people with their faces tattooed, homeless folks and crack heads all in one place. I mean you have to be able to deal with city life to live down here, expect to get asked for change every time to hit a corner, but hell I'm walking distance to the courthouses, the capital and tons of bars. It's not "unsafe" there is no place around here I would not, or have not walked around drunk at 4AM. But there is some drug and small time crime. Don't leave your laptop/purse/briefcase in your car overnight parked on the street that kind of stuff. But little to no violent crime or anything like that.
But if you decide to live anywhere in cap Hill or Uptown make sure your place has PARKING. Parking sucks, parking on the street is a nightmare, finding a spot after 5Pm is a total PIA. So get a place with parking or look elsewhere. You can tell the people whose cars are regular parked on the street, they are the ones who are missing a side view mirror. Seriously, don't rent/buy anyplace near downtown that does not INCLUDE PARKING. Even if u have to pay more for it, its worth it. trust me.