Arvada is a good location. It really depends on what you end up doing for a job. If you somehow end up in the Tech Center (a lot of people do) it is going to suck ass. On the flip side, if you can stay and work relatively close to that area you are pretty close to the mountains. I have a few friends who live in the Golden Arvada area. They like it well enough. For me, since I am in the Tech Center it would be a nightmare to live there and work out in the Tech Center.