Specifically Westminster and/or Arvada?
As I mentioned in another thread, we are going to be relocating to CO from AZ in about 8 weeks. Our plan is to rent for at least a year or two, save up a bunch of money, then buy a house. My husband lived in Ft. Collins for ten years, so he's only really familiar with that area. We don't want to live in Denver proper, and we want to stay on the north side of town because all of our friends and family live north of Denver (Boulder, Loveland, Ft. Collins). But we still want to be close to Denver because that's where my XH lives (visitation with older kids), and I'm going to try to do travel nursing for the first couple years, and need to live close to as many hospitals as possible.
Anyway, that's my longwinded backstory - we've narrowed our search to the Arvada/Westminster area, but neither of us is very familiar with the area. We'll most likely be renting a home sight-unseen, which is a little scary. Hard to know what are good neighborhoods, and what are not.
We want to avoid communities where all the houses are new and look exactly alike and there are HOAs. We'd prefer an older neighborhood, blue collar, where you might see lots of kids on bicycles. We'll be renting a single family home, no apartments (need a backyard for dog and toddler!) Ethnic makeup of the neighborhood is not particularly important to us.
Anyone have any suggestions? Or alternately, anyone really familiar with the neighborhoods, wherein I could PM you with addresses and you can give me an idea of what the area is like? Any areas that we should definitely avoid, due to it being rough or lots of crime?