It sounds like you've done your research. Lakewood/Golden area is good because you are right next to 70 and can ride it straight the mountains.
Is there anything else you want to know? I live in Golden right now, actually moving to central Denver.
I think you are making a good move, assuming you can find steady employment. I came here from the midwest and it was the best decision I ever made. I love it here: plenty to do, plenty of groups to join for nearly any activity and the people here are very laid back and generally upbeat.