Why We Live Here by Gerald and Sue McDaniel, Arbutus Street
We moved to Lakewood in May 1976, the bicentennial year for the U.S. and the centennial year for Colorado. Just before moving, Gerald was employed by the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., and Sue was managing the household and caring for our two children, ages 6 and 4. The long commute in Virginia was not conducive to raising a family, and when we had the chance to move to Colorado, we jumped at it.
Because of the commuting experience in the east, we told a realtor here that we wanted to live within a ten-mile radius of the Federal Center, where Gerald expected to be working for some time. When the realtor showed us a house on Arbutus Street, near Foothills Elementary and Green Mountain United Methodist Church, and just 10 minutes from offices at the Federal Center, we quickly purchased it.
This property had been professionally landscaped by the previous owner, and had an unfinished basement which we could turn into more living space. We have never been sorry we moved into this home.
Our two children attended Foothills Elementary and Dunstan Middle School, and graduated from Green Mountain High School, receiving an excellent education in this school system. Both later graduated from the University of Northern Colorado. Our son-in-law is currently the band instructor at Dunstan and its five elementary feeder schools, including Foothills. It is an interesting coincidence that he teaches at two schools his wife (our daughter) attended, although he is originally from Wyoming.
Gerald worked for the National Park Service and the Bureau of Reclamation until December 1997, when he retired. When our children were in high school, Sue returned to the employment rolls, working for several Federal agencies, until her retirement in March 1998. When we retired, friends asked where we planned to move. Our reply was that we had no intention of relocating. Why would we want to move from Green Mountain?
This is a very nice community in an excellent city. We made a number of home improvements to make our place easy to maintain in our retirement years. Our children and grandchildren live within 20 minutes of us. We have good neighbors and easy access to all the amenities we need. We plan to live here for the rest of our lives. Green Mountain and Lakewood have been good to us for 33 years, and we expect the relationship to continue.