The Denver real estate market offers lots of choices of Denver neighborhoods and the suburbs. If you live in a condo, loft or bungalow near Downtown Denver, chances are your digs are very HIP. You may be very HIP too. As for me, I am not. I live the Denver suburbs. Boring! Two of my children live in the City. That’s certainly not boring. It’s very HIP. Is your preference a HIP Denver neighborhood or one in the ‘burbs?
Housing Choices in Downtown Denver
Something about those near-downtown neighborhoods popular with my kids and their friends has driven prices up astronomically in the last few years. Neighborhoods that used be great for charity work, turned overnight into our kids’ bedrooms. Somehow, somewhere, sometime when we weren’t looking, desirable, downtown Denver neighborhoods became HIP. The bucolic setting was replaced with HIP.
For those of us in the know bucolic was tired and dated and in the boring suburbs. HIP certainly is where the kids the millennials are. The Young and the Restless all wanted to gather, together. Who gathers in the suburbs? Is there even anywhere to go where you won’t run into your parents? I don’t think so.
Or Choose The Denver Suburbs
Also, eccentric neighborhoods replaced covenant-controlled neighborhoods sometimes run by neo-Nazi rightists or “It Takes a Village” lefties. Hip Rebellion is a quiet way to say, “I live in a very hip, eccentric urban neighborhood far from the suburbs”.
Let me be perfectly clear (I think Richard Nixon coined that phrase), I live in the suburbs. And let me also say that I don’t like having an alley. Allies clog up with people, debris, weeds and shopping carts wandering aimlessly. I have no wires overhead. All suburban utilities are buried underground. That means I don’t get power outages nearly as often during inclement weather. Instead, I hear about them on the News at 10. When the power is out, the Millennials can’t even hear the news at 10. Can they? I also do like being warm in midst of snowstorm.
Don’t get me wrong. I am sure the pioneer generation also likes the community building snowstorms can bring. You know, it’s the same with those organic, community gardens downtown. Kindred spirits can gather during times of stress. Me? I have to settle for an occasional HOA Meeting with spiked coffee and an harassable gentleman in the back row. My suburbs are famous for hiding and burying everything away. I like tidy. Tidy likes me.
Hey, I am not that un-hip. I know the city. I have lived in the city. I have children that live in the city and they like the immediate access to everything. Funny how often they come to the suburbs to get immediate access to everything!
Everything costs less in the suburbs. Sales tax is less. Car and theft insurance is less. Even our grocery stores are cheaper. I can’t think of one thing more expensive in the suburbs than it is in the city. Can you? Opps, maybe property taxes can be a little less.
On the other hand, whoops, I can even ride my bicycle everywhere in the burbs. I have trails, I don’t have to cross busy streets. I don’t have to ride with traffic. I ride those off-road trails that run 160 miles though my south Denver suburbs.
Downtown Denver has lots of debt, lots of potholes, lots of people, lots of special needs, special interests and some pretty special people running the show.
There’s a perception that I can get to work quicker if I live in town. But wait a minute, there are more good jobs in the Tech Center than there are downtown. In some neighborhoods you can walk or bike to work. But, how long does that take. Maybe it’s 15-30 minutes. The light rail downtown takes less than 30 minutes too.
Real Estate Market Choices and Similarities
Bloggers and reporters and writers love to talk about the little neighborhood restaurant bistro surprise on the corner. How great and charming it is. How it’s owned locally and not a chain. Guess what, we have owner operator neighborhood restaurant bistro surprises on our corners in the suburbs too! The only difference is that ours have parking.
As for my home, I like parking too. I like parking in a garage. I like parking in an insulated garage where my car is all warmed up on a winter morning with no frost on the windows. I don’t even have to walk outside to get to my garage like many do in the City.
I also like bathrooms and closets and a full basement with headroom to walk around. I don’t like to bang my head. Do you like to bang your head in the 1920s Bungalow basement? Sooner or later you’ll bang your head walking around the basement but you won’t bang your head in a suburban basement!
Ok, I am a “Suburban Chauvinist”. But, my kids are “City Chauvinists”. I guess it is just different strokes for different folks. I have sold lots of homes in downtown Denver and Burbs. For me, it depends on what the client likes and needs. It’s great to have convenient choices in the Denver real estate market!