What Millennial’s Value in a Home – the Neighborhood

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An interview segment where we find out the details of what our PlanOmatic millennials value in their homes. In this questionnaire, we find out what Production Assistant, Stephanie Smith values about her homes Cole neighborhood in Denver, CO.

What neighborhood/ area do you live in and what drew you to that area?

“I live in the RiNo neighborhood in Denver. More specifically, Cole. I became familiar with the neighborhood when my boyfriend at the time moved to Denver. We immediately fell in love with the area.  For being only 7 minutes away from Downtown Denver, it feels secluded and separate from the city. The area is older so there are more houses than apartment complexes. You can rent a house with a yard and patio for much cheaper than an apartment in a lot of other Denver neighborhoods. Having an outdoor space for entertaining was a huge plus for me. The area is also very ‘up and coming’ with restaurants and bars opening up in the area regularly. Obviously, a neighborhood can have all the perks in the world, but it has to be affordable. Price was a huge deciding factor for me in choosing where to live. My neighborhood happened to have everything I was looking for. I could not be more happy living where I live.”

How do you commute to work?

“I usually drive to work because I am always running late. If I was responsible and woke up in time, I could take the light rail to downtown. I also try to wake up early enough to walk when the weather is nice.”

Are their shops/ restaurants/ bars within walking distance of your home? If so, do you find yourself visiting them often?

“Downtown is about a 20 minute walk from my house, which is amazing during the summer. More and more bars and restaurants are opening closer to my house every day, which is extremely exciting!”

Do you grocery shop locally?

“Unfortunately, my neighborhood is in what is referred to as a “food desert.” The nearest grocery store is about ten minutes away, but I choose to drive further.”

Do you attend events near your home?

“There is a lot of neighborhood pride in the Cole/ Whittier area, so neighborhood events/ festivals are pretty common. I love attending these and it is amazing that they are so close to my house. Welton Street has a few concert venues that regularly have shows that I attend as well.”

Do your spend your weekends/ free time near or far from home?

“I spend majority of my free time around my house. In fact, my house is usually the meeting point for my friends since it is so conveniently located.”

How many hours would you say you spend in your neighborhood (within a 5 mile radius of your home) per week (not including time spent inside your home)?

“I would say that I spend 50% of my week in my neighborhood. I would not consider our office a part of my neighborhood, even though it is very close. There is so much to do in my neighborhood that I don’t find myself venturing very far too often!”

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