Everyone has said to "stretch" ourselves; figure out what you can spend, and then go just a little over. And that's good advice, but we also have no interest in being house poor. If we're going to love Denver as much as I think we might, we need to have the freedom to play, explore and travel without fear of breaking our budget. So with a very specific number in hand, we've visited every neighborhood within a 20 mile radius of the Denver metro area, and we think we've settle on a great new community in North Denver. The search (and the wait continues) but we're just a breath away from making some decisions.
This New York City girl, who was looking, with shock and awe, at $550,000 one-bedrooom apartment in Astoria just a few months ago can't believe she may actually own a home in 2013.