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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

"The 7-Best Neighborhoods in Aurora For Young Professionals."


If you’re a recent college graduate with a dream of jump-starting your professional career, Aurora could be a great city for you. This large Denver suburb is home to well over 300,000 people, where the median age is just 33 years old. This makes Aurora a fairly young city, since the national median age is 37. Each Aurora neighborhood has its own unique quirks, so some of them are better for ambitious young college grads than others. Take a look at the seven best neighborhoods in Aurora, Colorado, for young professionals, so you know where to start house hunting.

Pheasant Run

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  • Average age: 31
  • Median household income: $63,000
  • Median home price: $180,000
  • Unemployment rate: 5.8 percent
This Aurora neighborhood may be among one of the smaller ones in the city, but it has plenty to offer young professionals. Seven grocery stores and 20 places to get a bite to eat are all within 1 mile of Pheasant Run. This is largely made possible by Valley Plaza Shopping Center in the northeast corner of the neighborhood. A hospital, vet clinic and several grade schools in and around Pheasant Run offer many employment opportunities close to home for new college graduates who buy a home here.

Prides Crossing

  • Average age: 33
  • Median household income: $71,000
  • Median home price: $192,000
  • Unemployment rate: 5.5 percent
Located directly east of Pheasant Run, this Aurora neighborhood offers many of the same benefits, including close proximity to Valley Plaza Shopping Center and many nearby restaurants and grocery stores. The presence of Quincy Reservoir in the neighborhood is an added bonus young professionals can take advantage of during their time off. A post office and library within walking distance of many residences in this neighborhood add to its appeal. The homes are a little more expensive than other areas of Aurora, but great amenities make it worth the cost.

Meadowood

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  • Average age: 34
  • Median household income:
  • $68,000
  • Median home price:
  • $176,000
  • Unemployment rate:
  • 9.4 percent
If you’re a young professional with the possibility of starting a family on your mind, Meadowood is the perfect place to relocate to. It boasts many amenities you want as a young college grad – such as restaurants, coffee shops and grocery stores – and many other services you may want to utilize as you start a family, such as the Meadowood Recreation Center, Meadowood Child Development Center, a skate park, family fun center and library. Nearby Olympic Park also boasts four baseball diamonds, biking trails and other opportunities for outdoor recreation with the whole family.

Seven Hills

  • Average age:
  • 31
  • Median household income:
  • $80,000
  • Median home price:
  • $203,000
  • Unemployment rate:
  • 3.6 percent
It costs a little more on average to buy a home in Seven Hills, but the local amenities and atmosphere of living with professionals around your age makes it one of the best neighborhoods in Aurora, Colorado, assuming you have the opportunity to accept a great job after college. The corner of Hampden Avenue and Tower Road in the southwest corner of the neighborhood boasts a number of amenities you’re sure to enjoy, including yoga, grocery stores, restaurants and clothing outlets. There’s even a tavern movie theater where you can enjoy gourmet food and cocktails with the latest movie releases.

Conservatory

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  • Average age: 32
  • Median household income:
  • $97,000
  • Median home price:
  • $234,000
  • Unemployment rate:
  • 6.9 percent
Conservatory is located just to the east of Seven Hills, and residences consist primarily of single-family homes either for sale or for rent. Since the boundaries of Conservatory are long and narrow, people living here are still within close proximity to the great features found in Seven Hills. Located on the very eastern edge of Aurora, Conservatory also grants you easy access to the Plains Conservation Center, a natural preserve offering walking tours and wagon rides. Houses that butt up against this natural area enjoy expansive views and very little traffic noise.

Sterling Hills

  • Average age:
  • 33
  • Median household income:
  • $82,000
  • Median home price:
  • $207,000
  • Unemployment rate:
  • 8.0 percent
Another high-end neighborhood on the east side of Aurora, Sterling Hills is a great place for young professionals to settle down after college. Here, you’ll find a more eclectic mix of single-family homes, condos and apartments. New housing communities are currently underway, with many new homes available to purchase soon. Nearby amenities include a Walgreens, liquor store, the Plains Conservation Center and several parks.

Side Creek

best neighborhoods in Aurora CO
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  • Average age:
  • 31
  • Median household income:
  • $59,000
  • Median home price:
  • $162,000
  • Unemployment rate:
  • 8.5 percent
Located just south of Buckley Air Force Base on the east side of Aurora, Side Creek surrounds a beautiful park, which acts as the centerpiece of the neighborhood. Many young professionals living here are employed by companies located in the area, including a loan agency, media company and travel agency. A little further north of Side Creek is the Aerospace Data Facility, another major employer in the area.

Clearly, young adults looking for an affordable yet highly desirable place to live need not look further than these seven best neighborhoods in Aurora, Colorado.

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