Dove Valley Storage is conveniently located in South Metro Denver, in the beautiful Dove Valley. While many of our customers are also located in South Metro Denver, we serve a customer base spread throughout the Denver Metro area, including Centennial, Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch, Parker, Castle Rock, Cherry Hills, Greenwood Village, Englewood, Littleton, and Castle Pines.
Find Your Perfect Location
Dove Valley is the perfect location for our facility, but are the suburbs of Denver the right location for you and your family? Deciding whether to live in an urban or suburban area shouldn’t be a simple, snap decision, and it shouldn’t be one that’s decided purely in an emotional fashion, especially if you have children or are purchasing a home as opposed to renting. Both urban and suburban neighborhoods provide unique benefits and drawbacks, and determining the best fit for you and your family requires knowing exactly what you desire and need from your neighborhood, and the areas in which you are willing to compromise.
Urban Living: Density, Convenience, Cost
Urban living, especially in a fast-growing city such as Denver, can be exciting, convenient and culturally-enriching. The main advantage to urban living is location and ease of access; if you reside in or near an urban core, you have immediate access to restaurants, public transportation, cultural institutions such as museums and libraries, and event centers such as stadiums and arenas. Urban living is especially popular among professionals that often work near where they live, creative professionals that wish to remain physically and emotionally connected to urban culture, and those that want easy access to the best restaurants, bars and other urban amenities. Last but certainly not least, urban living can be healthier and more environmentally-friendly, especially when public transportation and walking replace personal driving on a regular basis.
Urban living isn’t for everyone, however. Homes and yards in urban neighborhoods are usually smaller and considerably more expensive, which can be problematic for families seeking a home on a budget. Air and noise pollution can be more intense in urban neighborhoods, and some perceive these areas as being less safe, although crime rates vary widely from neighborhood to neighborhood and a neighborhood’s reputation for safety may be outdated or simply incorrect. Finally, while urban neighborhoods provide convenient access to urban amenities, some prefer easier access to outdoor and recreational areas and suburban amenities that are specifically tailored to families.
Suburban Living: More Space, More Versatility, More Driving
Suburban living, or living in an exurban or commuter city or town immediately adjacent to a large city, is popular among Americans. Homes in suburban areas are usually larger and less expensive than their urban counterparts, with larger yards and less neighborhood density. Commuter towns are often specifically designed around residential living, with businesses and other amenities designed for families and “sleeper” communities. Suburban neighborhoods often enjoy less air and noise pollution, and many enjoy living near both a large city and rural areas that play host to recreational activities such as hiking, biking and camping. Finally, many still perceive suburban living to be safer than urban living, although it’s again important to note that perception of crime and safety does not always match reality, and such assumptions can be simply incorrect.
What is the primary drawback to suburban living? It’s often distance. Although suburban neighborhoods are closer to larger cities than their rural counterparts, suburban living requires a moderate to lengthy commute, often on interstates and roadways that are heavily congested during the week. Public transportation can also be less convenient to utilize in suburban areas, requiring complicated transfers and lengthy delays. Finally, many urban cities and towns are less walkable and bikeable, requiring individuals and families to purchase and maintain automobiles, although strides have been made in recent years to improve the walkability and bikeability of many suburban communities, and smartphone-based ridesharing services have lessened or eliminated the need for vehicle ownership.