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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
Apr 05, 2014

"Colorado's First County"

I have lived in Arapahoe County for the last 10 years and overall I have enjoyed it. It was the first county in Colorado and has the third highest population of counties in Colorado. Although there are plenty of cities and urban areas to choose from, there is also a lot of country living as well. The county was named after the Arapaho Indians which roamed the plains back when Colorado was just a territory. The county started out larger than it is today; it used to stretch all the way to the Kansas border.

Overall I'd have to say the quality of living in Arapahoe County is really good. It has some great parks, really good trail systems, and some of the best schools in Colorado. Although it's not in them mountains, they aren't far away from the western side of the county. Every year Arapahoe County holds its annual fair at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds. It's pretty big with competitions, rodeos, a carnival, and other attractions.

For anyone considering moving to Colorado, Arapahoe County has close to the lowest mill levy rate in Colorado.
Pros
  • great schools
  • urban and rural areas
  • low mill levy rate
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
Feb 15, 2014

"100% Rural Living in Coal Creek"

Coal Creek, Colorado sometimes gets confused with Coal Creek Canyon, which is close to Golden. Although similar in name, they are very different places. Coal Creek is home to 343 people as of the last census and this town offers all rural living. It lies just a few miles southwest of Florence, Colorado and many of the residents work in construction and the health care field.

The median household income here is about $15,000 less than the state average, although the housing prices are incredibly cheaper. This would be a good place to have a small farm or just get away from it all.
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
Jan 12, 2014

"A tightly spaced community near Brighton"

Lochbuie lies just north of Brighton off of I-76, making it convenient for residents to shop or go out to eat not too far away. Lochbuie itself doesn't have much of anything outside of an elementary school and a Subway. The homes in Lochbuie are pretty small and tightly packed into the area. Most of the homes are those pre-fab type which are built and then transported to the location where they will stay. So these smaller homes have no basements and about half of them have no garages either, meaning many residents have cement pads right in front of their homes where they park and some park on the street, making street parking less than stellar.

The median income in Lochbuie is right in line with the rest of the state, but the homes prices are so much cheaper that living in Lochbuie gives residents a pretty good bang for their buck. The downside is there are no real amenities to speak of and there isn't much in the line of work unless you're willing to travel.
Pros
  • close to Brighton
Cons
  • no amenities
  • houses close together
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
Nov 17, 2013

"A place for horses and a little peace and quiet"

Growing up I had more than a few friends who lived in Ponderosa Hills. Many of the homes were built in the mid 70s, although there are newer ones scattered about. They are all on property, with about five or so acres. It's a quiet area with Inspiration being the busiest street as it takes residents down into the town of Parker. Although this is a strictly residential area, shopping, dining, and numerous amenities are within just a 5-10 minute drive. This would be a good area for someone who may want a horse or two and feel like they are out of the city, but still have everything within a quick drive.
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
Oct 30, 2013

"A gorgeous area"

Several years back when my husband and I were considering moving we looked into Idyllwilde. Whoever developed this area did a really great job. Instead of bulldozing the land and rearranging the landscape, they chose to incorporate the natural beauty of the area into the setting. There are rolling hills with tons of Evergreen trees and the homes, although some are close together, have enough open space around them to make it feel as if you're not right on top of your neighbors like in some areas. There is a really nice clubhouse with a pool and it seemed to me as if there was a good dose of neighborly spirit.

When we were looking, homes were in the neighborhood of $350,00-$500,000 range, although those numbers may have changed. While it seems almost as if you're in the mountains because of the scenery, Idyllwilde is close to many amenities. A good variety of shopping and dining options are within a few minutes and Parker Road leads to either the Tollway or you can take Lincoln up to I-25. The schools here are really good as well.
Pros
  • great schools
  • pretty area
  • nice homes
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 5/5
Oct 25, 2013

"Open space and room for horses"

Growing up in Parker we had friends that lived in Ponderosa East. The area really hasn't changed much since then, and it is still a very nice area. The homes here are all on a bit of property, about five acres for most, and many residents own horses. The homes are all unique looking and vary in size. Homes in this area are currently going from anywhere around the mid $200s to almost $800,000, depending on the home and amount of acreage. There are some gorgeous newer homes and most of the lots are full of evergreen and pine trees.

As with other neighborhoods in this part of Parker, it's about five or six miles to shopping and dining, but there are two completely different directions you can go, offering residents a lot of choices. The schools kids go to here are very good and rank really high. This would be the perfect spot for someone wanting to feel away from it all, but still wanting to be close to amenities.
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
Oct 13, 2013

"Grand Lake really is grand"

Grand Lake, Colorado is a wonderful small mountain town which lies next to a very large lake, hence the name of the town. There are numerous homes here all spread out and the town is definitely geared towards catering to tourists who come here to fish, hunt, and just explore the great outdoors Colorado has to offer. Although there are only 452 residents, there are numerous bars and cafes in town, many of which are highly recommended. The entire town is considered 'rural' and many of the homes have a great view of the lake out their back door. Driving through town you don't see many buildings that look out of place, as many are built from wood and really blend into the beautiful scenery all around.

Every time I've been to Grand Lake I've had the same feeling. Why don't I live here?? The townspeople couldn't be friendlier, the area is just beautiful, there are so many things to do here, and life just seems to move a bit slower. Although Grand Lake would be a wonderful place to live, it is also a great place to visit. The one drawback of Grand Lake is the cost of living. An average home here goes for about $365,903 which is much higher than the state average (by about $105,000), however, the median household income is lower than the state average by about $5,000.

Many of the residents work in accommodation and food services due to the many cabins and lodging options available to tourists. The next common industry is construction. Although the jobs seem to be here, because they are lower paying, almost 31% of the residents are living in poverty. The rate of unemployment in Grand Lake is also higher than in the rest of the state, although that peaked in 2011 like many areas of the country.

I would recommend anyone who is considering visiting Colorado take a look at Grand Lake, especially those who are into the outdoors. There are also some cute little touristy type of shops in town, cafes and local bars. For those who want a bit of culture while visiting, Grand Lake also has the wonderful Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater which has performances throughout the summer. Overall, Grand Lake is the perfect place to get away to.
Pros
  • scenic beauty
  • friendly townspeople
  • tons of outdoor activities
Cons
  • expensive homes
  • higher than average poverty rate
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
Oct 06, 2013

"A good, safe area to stop at if you're traveling through"

Garden of the Gods Road has a lot of restaurants and gas stations for locals or those who are traveling down I-25 who need to stop. There are some incredibly pretty views and the area always seems very clean, safe, and sound. Although not directly connected to Garden of the Gods, the park is just a short drive over and well worth the extra few minutes to see this amazing rock park that has walking trails around it.
Pros
  • always clean looking
  • plenty of food/gas options
  • safe
Recommended for
  • Tourists
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
Oct 05, 2013

"A nice little town within commuting distance"

Erie is a small town that lies just west of I-25. There are some nice farming areas around the town and many of the homes in town are smaller and have been there for many years. There are also some newer areas, which have some very nice homes and are the reason the median priced home is so high in Erie ($325,174). There are also some residents who commute to Boulder and Denver as many work in professional, scientific and technical services. The median household income in Erie is $107,064 which is almost double what it is for the rest of the state.

The area itself is pretty and the cute little homes in town lie along tree lined streets. The old town hall is a cool brick building and there is a nice community vibe here. The location is great for anyone who needs to work in the city but wants to feel away from it all when they are home. While there aren't a ton of restaurants, there is a good amount for a town of this size (pop. 19,272), and plenty within a decent driving distance. Overall, I think Erie would be a nice place to call home.
Pros
  • country living feel
  • more affordable than Boulder
  • nice communty feeling
  • centralized location
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
HeatherS
HeatherS I didnt realize that the annual household in Erie was about $100k/year thats a lot. And the folks are not snooty, Erie is a nice town:)
Oct 09, 2013
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
Oct 03, 2013

"True mountain living"

Deckers is an unincorporated town which lies at an elevation of 6,400 feet in central Colorado. Most natives know of Deckers for the incredible fly fishing that's available here along the South Platte River. Outside of a small convenience store/ice cream shop there isn't any shopping or dining unless you're staying at one of the bed and breakfast places. This is a hilly, mountainous area with mostly dirt roads and it can get tricky getting up there in the winter when there's been a lot of snow.

Some years back I had friends that lived in Deckers and it was always a nice, peaceful weekend when I went up there. You can hear the wind blowing through the trees and if you're lucky enough to live by the river, you've got an ideal spot. I think that overall you'd have to be pretty dedicated to living the quiet life to settle in Deckers. Although it's really pretty, it is a bit remote for some people.
Pros
  • peace and quiet
  • great fly fishing
  • friendly people
Cons
  • a bit remote
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
Sep 08, 2013

"A Great Place to Visit"

St. Mary's is one of those small, hidden gems of Colorado. In addition to the excellent hiking in the beautiful mountains of Colorado, there is a really great atmosphere up here. The St. Mary's Glacier hike is well worth the drive and energy expended to get up the mountain. The surrounding views are spectacular and the drive up to the town is scenic. For visitors interested in Colorado history, there is the small ghost town of Alice here. There is even a small museum at the old schoolhouse.

The town itself is small with only 283 residents, most of who work in retail or construction. The median household income is $46,558 and a lot of the town's residents live in the Silver Lake Condominiums. The condos, being cheaper than houses bring down the average housing price quite a bit here.

Overall I would recommend St. Mary's for tourists or Coloradans who just want to get away for a while.
Pros
  • good cost of living
Recommended for
  • Tourists
2/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
Aug 10, 2013

"Not a residential area"

Dransfeldt Road is a long road in Parker which has numerous businesses on it. There are auto body shops, grooming salons, a police station, and other types of businesses. This isn't a residential area, though.
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
May 30, 2013

"A mixed bag of real estate; large farms to small mobile homes and everything in between"

Gill is located in the northern uppermost part of the state, about 10 minutes north of Kersey. The population is just under 1,000 and many of the homes here are on outlying acres of land, especially along Colorado 37. In town, it can look a little run down with buildings needing to be repaired or torn down, broken down cars and farm equipment,muddy streets in the winter and spring, and houses that look as if they haven't been tended to in a long time. This certainly doesn't apply to the entire area, as some houses are nicely tended.

There isn't much to Gill overall, but there is a lot of farm land around and it's not to far from Greeley. In only about a 15 minute drive, there are numerous stores, shops and restaurants as well as things to do. So while when you're in Gill it may seem almost desolate in some areas, you really aren't far from a whole lot.
Pros
  • close to a big city
Cons
  • no amenities
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
May 24, 2013

"A gorgeous town with spectacular views"

Richfield, Utah is one of those small towns that lies on Interstate 70 and has everything a traveler needs. There's more than a few hotels, gas stations, and restaurants. Many of the townspeople work in these types of places as this is one of the only decent sized towns in this part of Utah. You can find gas in other places, but for the most part, Richfield is it. Although I have stayed in Richfield several times, I will never forget how it looked the first time I drove in. There are gorgeous green valleys that are just breathtaking, all with the backdrop of snow capped mountains behind. It is one of the prettiest towns I've ever been in and though about staying in for more than just a night or two. In the outer lying areas there are a lot of small farms and ranches and you can see cattle grazing and horses running about. Although the town has just over 7,500 people, it seems smaller, in a friendly, down home kind of way. The people are all very nice, and they certainly don't rush around at the speed they do in the bigger cities. There's a relaxed attitude here where it seems as if people just enjoy one day at a time.

Although the median household income here is below the average of Utah, housing prices here are lower as well. The retail industry is the most common, which isn't surprising considering how much the town caters to travelers. The crime rate here is lower than the national average, and some years much lower. The school have very mixed reviews but overall they are about average when compared to the rest of Utah. Overall, I think this would be a neat little town to live in. The people are friendly, there's a declining rate of unemployment, and some spectacular views.
Pros
  • friendly people
  • incredibly beautiful views
  • laid back atmosphere
Cons
  • far from other cities
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 1/5
May 24, 2013

"A quiet spot in the foothills"

Idledale is a small town just northwest of Morrison. This pretty area lies among winding streets in the foothills of the mountains. There are only 252 residents here and you can find a variety of home types at different prices scattered about. The median household income is around $70,000 which is about $15,000 more than the state average, although to buy a home here costs about $40,000 less than the state average. This makes the cost of living very good.

The area itself has no amenities so residents must travel to town to groceries to dine out. During the winter months the roads here can get icy and slick, but road crews do their best to keep it clean and passable. The schools here get above average ratings when compared to the rest of the state.

This would be a good area to live in for someone who doesn't like to be in the city but wants to be close enough for work or shopping.
Pros
  • pretty scenery
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
May 23, 2013

"A quiet place for a summer retreat"

Drake is a small little stop along Highway 34 located in the Big Thompson Canyon. As a Colorado native, I have to pause when I hear 'Big Thompson Canyon' as it always reminds me of the horrific flooding and the lives that were lost here when I was a very little girl. Back in 1976 was the worst flash flood the state has ever seen. During a four hour period, the mountains around Estes Park received between 12-14 inches of rain. The normally 18 inch deep water quickly rose to a wall of over 20 feet, and went barrelling down the canyon. This was during a time when there were no cell phones and no way to warn those farther down the canyon since the wall of water tore out phone poles (along with power lines, bridges, and homes) as it went. A state trooper lost his life trying to warn others and guide them to safety. In all, 144 people lost their lives and another 150 were hurt. Homes were literally washed away as were cars, many found with people inside them. The flood cost the state over $35 million dollars in damage, and took months to fix and repair roads, bridges, and homes. In 2001, 25 years after the horrific flood, a memorial marker was placed near the town of Drake listing the names of those who lost their lives.

Although Drake is a beautiful area, it is in a canyon with roads that wind back and forth. The easiest access is to Loveland and Estes Park, although the road to Loveland would seem to me to be easier to travel. It's well maintained, even in the winter, but as with many areas of Colorado, if there's enough snow, it may just be better to wait a day or two. Due to the high walls and angle of the sun, most of this area gets plenty of sunshine in the summer, but in the winter it's hit and miss, depending on where you are.

The cost of living in Drake is high, and even some of the smaller rustic cabins can cost what an average house does in town. While there are some great views and good fishing, Drake does have a lot of traffic at times, especially during the summer months. There are some bed and breakfast places, campgrounds, and an RV park, but overall there isn't much in the way of businesses or restaurants. I think the area is just lovely, but it has such graphic memories for me I couldn't live there.
Pros
  • beautiful canyons
  • great fishing opportunities
Cons
  • sad history
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
May 22, 2013

"Serene surroundings"

Masonville is located just southwest of Fort Collins and is within 15 miles of Fort Collins, Drake, Loveland, Berthoud, Timnath, and Glen Haven. There is no real town here to speak of, but there is a small little mercantile. There are some homes on a lot of property and there is also an area with a few mobile homes, although from what I can tell they are pretty much clustered together. Overall, this is a very pretty area with gorgeous green fields and lots of foothills all around.

For anyone looking into ranching or just being a bit more remote, this seems like a great place to be. It's so close to so much and yet when you're here it seems as if you're a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The fields are so pretty and the whole area just has a serene feel to it.
Pros
  • very pretty area
Cons
  • no amenities
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
May 19, 2013

"A cool place to just walk around"

The Central Business District of Denver is a nice area with a professional but casual vibe to it. There are tons of things to see and do here, including art galleries and museums, and some good restaurants. Back when I had more time on my hands I used to love to come down here to just people watch for a while. It's a great area for transportation and there is a free shuttle ride along the 16th Street mall.

I'd recommend this area to anyone visiting the Denver area for a stroll around the city to do some shopping or just to see what Denver is all about.
Pros
  • Always something to do
  • Casual urban vibe
  • Easy access to downtown arts, museums, and businesses
  • Historic and upscale housing
  • Mall Ride Shuttle - free transportation
Cons
  • Lack of parking
  • Pricey area to live in
Recommended for
  • Tourists
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
May 12, 2013

"A mixed area with subdivisions and rural areas"

Fruitvale is located in between Grand Junction and Clifton on the western slope of Colorado. This town offers a variety of housing options, such as traditional neighborhoods and a rural setting where you can find small goat farms and green orchards alongside fields of growing corn. The cost of living here is really good, especially compared to some of the other towns close to Grand Junction. A median household income here is around $58,321 (about $3,000 over state average) and you can get an average median priced home for $227,000 which is about $10,000 lower than the state average, making the cost of living here pretty good.

The area in and around Fruitvale is very green and to the north are the Bookcliff Mountains which are very cool to see. There are tons of orchards in this area with all kinds of fruit trees and you can often find fruit stands along the road selling excellent, fresh fruit. This area is much less busy than nearby Grand Junction although being right next to Grand Junction allows residents to have a lot of amenities very nearby.
Pros
  • some of the best, freshest fruit around
  • green fields and open spaces
  • great views
Cons
  • far from the Front Range
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
May 02, 2013

"Pretty, but at a price"

Edwards is a pretty town located just west of Vail. There are ~10,000 residents in this mountain town in which many of the residents work in accommodation and food services. This industry is followed closely by construction, and in town you can see a lot of areas where building materials are stored. With the many resorts located nearby it's no wonder the largest industry includes accommodation and food services. Although the median household income in Edwards is over $30,000 higher than the state average, the homes here are almost $400,000 higher. Although this number includes many of the larger, custom built homes on premium land, there is still a very high cost of living in Edwards. Typically, everything in the mountains costs a little bit more, from food to gas to clothing, and when you add it up it can be prohibitive for some people to even consider living here.

When it comes to schools in Edwards it is really a mixed bag. They go from pretty terrible to very good, depending on the school. If you were to average them out though, they come out to being standard middle of the road for Colorado. However, with housing prices so high and so much money from property taxes you would think the residents would be able to have higher rated schools.

Another drawback to Edwards is that I-70 goes right through it. Since there's a Wendy's and gas station together this makes for a convenient stop for many travelers and there can be a lot of traffic. Once you get into the actual town where the homes are it mellows out and is nice and peaceful. There are definitely some great views here and I can see why some people would be drawn to the area.
Pros
  • pretty area
Cons
  • I-70
  • very high cost of living
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Apr 28, 2013

"A nice area with lots to do"

I was just in Clifton last weekend and I couldn't believe how much it has grown since I was there last (being fair, it's been well over 10 years). There are a lot of strip malls and many more restaurants than I ever would have thought. Although it's much more populated and busy, it is still a nice area. Clifton is very clean and has some great views of Mt. Garfield and also down along the river. At times, it is hard to distinguish it from its close neighbor, Grand Junction.

There are about 20,000 residents in Clifton now and although the median household income is lower than the state average, so are the home prices. All in all, it seems to be about equal.

There are tons of things to do in this neck of the woods and I can understand the desire to live here. There are a lot of outdoor activities available, tons of fresh fruit, and many organic farms nearby.
Pros
  • close to shopping
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Apr 28, 2013

"A remote town with some ancient appeal"

Rangely, Colorado lies right near the Utah border in northern Colorado in a remote location. Almost 45% of the town's population of 2,351 works in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas exploration, followed by educational services. The median household income in Rangely is $58,744 which is slightly higher than Colorado's average, although you can get a median priced home here for around $128,703 which is almost $100,000 below the state average, making this a place with a great cost of living. While the town is small, there is sufficient dining and shopping for necessary needs, although for larger shopping residents travel to Vernal, Utah which is about an hour away or to the much larger Grand Junction which is about an hour and 45 minute drive. So, Rangely is pretty remote.

One of the great things about Rangely is that there is a ton to do here. There's fishing, golf, hunting, swimming, and 16 different petroglyph sites to see hailing from the Ute and Freemont tribes. For visitors there are several motels and about 10 locally owned restaurants.
Pros
  • ancient indian ruins
  • beautiful scenery
  • small town friendliness
Cons
  • hot summers
  • remote
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Apr 17, 2013

"Once was enough for me"

I've only been to Ward once, but it was enough for me. When I think of quaint little mountain towns, Ward does not come to mind. In fact, I rather dislike it. When you begin to drive through town the mountains look like they do in many other areas of the state, pretty and green. But once you're closer into the heart of Ward things take a strange turn. There are dogs roaming about and there are numerous cars scattered about. Some look like they work and like the driver just disappeared, while others look as if they have rusted into place over the decades. There is an inconsistency about Ward that leaves me wanting to leave.

Although the cost of living is really good for the mountains, it comes at too high a price for the likes of me.
Pros
  • unique
Cons
  • trashy looking
  • pretty funky
  • radical
  • somewhat closed community
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Apr 13, 2013

"A remote Colorado town"

Moffat is a tiny, remote town southern central Colorado. With only 116 residents, there are no businesses or restaurants. The homes are all laid out in a rural fashion and even traveling to the closest, decent sized town of Alamosa takes over 40 minutes. Over half of the population works in accommodation and food services, and there are bed & breakfast places as well as outdoor sporting attractions, such as hunting.

The median household income in Moffat is $17,665 with over 42% living in poverty. A median priced detached house costs about $195,500, so the cost of living isn't good, nor are there any jobs. The unemployment rate here is higher than I've seen in any town and it likely won't change any time soon.
Pros
  • pretty area
Cons
  • no jobs
  • high poverty rate
  • remote
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Mar 27, 2013

"Traffic and congestion, gas and food"

Downieville-Lawson-Dumont is a row of small communities you pass through on the way to the mountains. You can find gas stations and fast food restaurants, such as the local Burger King here. Depending on the season there can be a lot of traffic or none at all. There are some really cute log cabins here, but there are also some more run down looking buildings that are boarded up. Both the median income and average housing costs are lower here than the rest of the state.

For residents who live here there is quick access to I-70 for skiing or other ventures, although I would find it hard to believe anyone would want to commute to Denver from this far up. There are a lot of tourists in the area, mostly stopping for gas and just to stretch their legs.
Pros
  • access to interstate
  • affordable
Cons
  • highway and traffic congestion
  • tourists
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Mar 23, 2013

"Home to the oldest hotel in Colorado"

There are some really neat things about Empire, such as some of the homes here which blend so nicely into the surrounding mountainous views. It is also located close to some great 14ers if you're into hiking. Although Empire lies near the base of Bard Peak, it doesn't have that nice, tucked in feeling of many other mountain towns. The highway (40) going through here does tend to dominate the town as another reviewer stated.

There are currently 283 people living here, and many of them work in accommodation and food services.The median household income is $44,543 which is a bit below the state average, but home prices here are a little lower as well.

The town of Empire really got started back in 1858 when gold was found here. Later there were mines added for ore and sliver as well. Empire has the oldest hotel in the state, The Peck House which is on the National Registry of Historic Places. They even have a room there which is completely furnished with the items Mary Grace Parsons Peck arrived with two years after her husband and sons came to the area in 1860. The Pecks were the first owners of the hotel and there are also items of theirs scattered throughout the hotel.
Pros
  • old histroric cabins
  • small
  • snowmobiling
Cons
  • highway dominates
3/5 rating details
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
Mar 16, 2013

"No homes here, just restaurants and businesses"

There are many subdivisions that can be accessed by using Parker Road, but on this section there are no homes. There are many restaurants and businesses but that's about it. It can get very congested here during peak travel times as well.
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Mar 15, 2013

"A few town homes here, but not much else"

North Pine Drive is a street that runs parallel to Parker Road, so it makes sense that many drivers opt to travel down this road instead of the ever-busy Parker Road. This road connects to several different subdivisions, but I can only think of a few town homes that would actually have North Pine Drive as an address. There town homes have been here for well over 30 years, but are still well maintained and look nice.

While there aren't any restaurants or stores on this street, all of these things and more are within minutes, if not walking distance. The only drawback to living here is this area of Parker can get a little backed up during peak travel times. Otherwise, there's lots to do and the school system is very good.
Pros
  • few homes here
2/5
Mar 15, 2013

"Just a toll road, no homes here"

Although there are no homes on E-470 it is a great highway to get from Parker to I-25.
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Mar 13, 2013

"There must be something keeping people here, but I'm not sure what"

Haswell is truly a tiny little town in just about one of the most remote places in Colorado. The 68 people who live here have to travel far just for basic needs. Although in different directions, Haswell is one hour from La Junta and one hour from Lamar. Although these are the closest places for shopping, they are by no means big cities.

When you drive through Haswell, it's kind of a shock to see it. There are several very nicely tended homes and the school building looks rather modern. But then there are also mobile homes which look as if they were just put down in the first empty spot. There are no real yards so it looks a bit strange. There is also the bizarre scene of a nicely kept home right across the street from what looks like a junk yard. The whole town has a weird vibe to it.

There are no amenities in the town, but there is a building that looks like a church, although from the outside I couldn't tell if it was in use or not. It looks like it may be but who knows?

The most common industry in the town is overwhelmingly agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, with a good portion of the residents working in that industry. The average household income is $28,250 with almost 40% of the people living below the poverty level. You can buy a detached house here for $31,960 although I don't know why anyone would want to.
Cons
  • remote
  • no amenities
  • very run down in some spots
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Mar 10, 2013

"A quiet mountain town on the western section of Colorado"

Crawford is home to 431 people, although it does lay claim to one, more famous person. For some years now, Joe Cocker has called Crawford home. One can only assume he chooses to reside in a place like Crawford for the beautiful surroundings as well as the ability to 'fit in' and be one of the locals without harassment from the likes of nosey people.

The major industry in Crawford is construction, followed by professional, scientific, and technical services. Around 2010, Crawford experienced a very high rate of unemployment and although things have slightly improved, there is still need for more jobs. The median household income here is $23,864 with over 60% of residents living below the poverty rate.

Although this quiet little town has a 'main street' there isn't much to do here. There's a restaurant and a small grocery, but other than a real estate office, there isn't much to do here. Just outside of Crawford there are numerous things to do for outdoor lovers, such as hiking, camping, and fishing.
Pros
  • pretty scenery
  • plenty of outdoor activities
Cons
  • high poverty rate
  • high unemployment rate
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Mar 10, 2013

"A small town in southern central Colorado"

Hooper is located in the San Luis Valley, very close to the Great Sand Dunes National Preserve. There are only 103 people currently living in this small, remote town. There are some really nice views of the mountains here, but not much to see in the town itself. Most of the roads are dirt, and it's obvious, as with many small towns, there are no covenants in place. Some of the homes here are trashy looking with many old cars broken down in the yard and one house in particular has a bunch of tires painted a multitude of colors and buried so as to form some sort of fence. Definitely not something you'd see in a larger town.

The major industry in Hooper is wholesale trade. The median household income is $26,496 and over 44% of the residents are living below the poverty rate. The average median home price here is $76,896. Hooper has experienced a higher than normal unemployment rate since the economy took a nose dive.
Cons
  • run down looking
  • high poverty rate
  • few jobs
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Mar 02, 2013

"A small town with high unemployment"

Naturita has only 544 residents. It lies next to the river so there are some nice big trees and green areas here. The largest industry is accommodation and food services and the median household income is just $22,430 which is below the poverty rate. About 20% of the residents do live below the state poverty rate here. Homes here are also very inexpensive and to purchase a median average home would cost $107,269.

The unemployment rate in Naturita is much higher than other places in Colorado and it's just under 12%. There are few businesses here and jobs are scarce. The nearest decent sized town is Montrose which is almost two hours away, so driving for employment there isn't really feasible.
Cons
  • high unemployment rate
  • few amenities
2/5
Mar 02, 2013

"No homes here, just a way to get to school"

8th Street in Bennett is a short street that leads a veterinarian's place, a part of the Bennett Fire Protection District (the rest is a few blocks away in town), or access to one of the three schools here. There are no homes located on this street.
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Feb 28, 2013

"One of the least populated places in Colorado"

Padroni is a tiny little town just 20 minutes north of Sterling. With only 76 residents, there are no amenities to speak of. All of the residents work in one of three industries: educational services, information, or construction, in that order. There are no stores or restaurants and residents must travel to Sterling for just about everything.

The median household income in Padroni is $36,432 while the average median priced home costs $90,000, so if you're willing to give up luxuries like nearby shopping or dining out, this may be a good option for you. However, as of right now I couldn't find any properties for sale although I found a website saying 11% of the homes in Padroni were unoccupied, so you could probably find one if you wanted to.
Cons
  • remote
  • no amenities
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Feb 25, 2013

"A nice street lined with modest homes"

Westview Avenue is like many of the other streets in Strasburg. It's lined with smaller, nicely taken care of homes on a quiet street. There are no sidewalks here but traffic is almost non-existant so you can often see people walking around. It's just a street over from several restaurants, the medical center and the vet clinic. On the street itself is the local VFW hall which has a day care center in there as well. During the evenings there are dance classes held here and the Boy Scouts also use this community centered building.

For anyone looking to move to a small, laid back town with friendly neighbors, this town and street could be a good option.
Pros
  • within walking distance of everything
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Feb 24, 2013

"Great place for horses or open space"

There are only a few homes on Bison Circle. All of them have plenty of room for horses or small farm animals. The homes are all spread out and many have barns and extra buildings. Occasionally you see farm equipment or horse trailers around, but mostly it's a pretty nice looking area. The road itself is a bit remote from the rest of the town, but residents can get to town or on the highway in just a few minutes.

The town has a lot to offer considering it's size and for residents of Bison Circle who have kids, the schools all rank above average when it comes to state testing standards.
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Feb 24, 2013

"A great place to have horses"

Bighorn only has a few houses on it, but they all have a good amount of acreage and barns for horses and small farm animals. Although this street is just south of I-70, there isn't much noise from the interstate. This is a really quiet, peaceful area which lies just southwest of the little town of Strasburg. Only a few minute drive has residents in the town where there are several restaurants and small businesses.
Pros
  • great area for horses
  • close to town
  • close to I-70
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Feb 24, 2013

"A direct connection to I-70"

Arrowhead Street only has a handful of homes on it, but all are very spread out and on some acreage. The street itself has a direct connection to I-70 so it would be convenient for those who commute. It's also just south of the interstate and the town itself so it doesn't get much traffic but is really close to restaurants, a rec center, and other businesses.
Pros
  • easy access to I-70
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Feb 23, 2013

"Strasburg's Main Street"

15th Avenue in Strasburg is the main street running the length of town which has most of the town's businesses here. There is a bowling alley, a bank, hardware store, gas station, veterinarian's practice, medical clinic, gift shop, and several restaurants. There are only a few homes down on the east end of the street, otherwise this is the busiest street in town. The road also leads to I-70 as you head west towards Bennett or you can take it east towards Byers.
Pros
  • everything within walking distance
Cons
  • few homes
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Feb 22, 2013

"A quiet old country road"

Strasburg Road is a quiet, old country road that has houses on acreage spread out along the way. Many of these homes have a lot of acreage good for farming or ranching, and while none of the homes look new, none of them look very old either. To me, this would be a great road to live on if you were interested in living in the country, but wanted to be close to a small town with good schools and a friendly atmosphere.

Many of these homes are hidden by trees, but the ones you can see are well tended and look very nice. Many have additional buildings for cars, horses, or small farm animals. Most of the residents on this road are within 10-15 minutes of being in Strasburg or on I-70. I think for anyone looking to get away from it all in the country, this might be a good road to look on.
Pros
  • peaceful and quiet
  • quick access to town or the highway
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Feb 22, 2013

"An I-70 frontage road"

There are no homes on North Strasburg Road with the exception of a small mobile home community, although I'm not sure if N. Strasburg Road is even their address. Otherwise, this road just runs along I-70 for a short distance before turning south into Strasburg Road.
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Feb 17, 2013

"A short access road"

East 21st Avenue is just an access road inside of this subdivision. There are no homes which face this street, only the sides of yards so technically there aren't any homes on this street, although this is a nice, clean looking little neighborhood. For people who do live here, they have easy access to the highway and several restaurants are just a short distance away. Kids here can also walk to school as the schools (K-12) are all just across Strasburg Road.
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Feb 16, 2013

"A quiet little town east of I-25"

Dacono first got on the map because of coal mining in the area in the early 1900s which continued into the 1970s. Dacono was also one of the first towns in the area to have a train depot, mostly for taking coal into Denver. Although the mining has ceased, there has been an increase in farming in this area over the years. Many crops grow in the area here such as: beans, tomatoes, corn, sugar beets, wheat, and potatoes.

There are about 4,175 people who call Dacono home, although it's really close to both Firestone and Frederick. The median household income is $42,467 while the average median home price is $164,444, both of which are below Colorado averages. While there are some nice areas here there are a few spots that look a little run down, but overall it seems like a nice little town.
Pros
  • relatively inexpensive
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Feb 16, 2013

"No homes here"

East Frontage Road in Strasburg is not a street that people live on. There are no homes here, only an auto sales place and what looks like storage for large highway equipment.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Feb 16, 2013

"A great place to really get away"

As of the last census, only 66 people called Pitkin home. This small little town lies nestled in the beautiful Rockies at an elevation of 9,241 feet. There are gorgeous views no matter which way you look, with snow capped mountains all around. One of my favorite things about Pitkin is the small town closeness of the place. When you first drive into town there is a sign that says "Welcome to Pitkin" with pictures of the mountains and a train engine. It lists the elevation but under population it says "strange." You've got to chuckle when you think that all of the townspeople probably agreed to that.

The largest industry in Pitkin is professional, scientific, and technical services, followed by retail. The median household income in Pitkin is $30,810, which is lower than the state average, although the average housing cost is $296,920 which is above the state average. There are some nice homes you can find in town for well below the average. Many of the homes outside of town are on acred lots, most starting around 10 acres. This would be a great place to own a weekend getaway place or a cabin for hunting.
Pros
  • amazing scenery
  • isolated mountain feel
Cons
  • limited shopping
  • very isolated from Denver
3/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Feb 08, 2013

"Few houses on Piggot Road"

Piggot Road runs parallel to I-70 and is a great back road to take from Strasburg to the south end of Bennett. Near the curve where the road goes from running east/west to north/south there is a nice park which has a baseball field with bleachers, a large grassy area for football or soccer, good parking, and a playground. For the most part, there are no homes on PIggot except for the ones that back up to it. As you go around the curve there are a few, but most of these have a County Road 153 address.

Other than the traffic noise from I-70, this is a pretty quiet neighborhood area, although I've heard that recently some new people moved in just west of Piggot and that they like to throw some rowdy and loud parties.

LIving on Piggot Road would make it easy for quick access to I-70. This area is in the Strasburg School District although the schools are several miles away in town.
Pros
  • few homes
  • next to I-70
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Feb 03, 2013

"Skiing, money, and historical victorian charm"

Telluride is now mostly famous because of it's part time wealthy residents, but that isn't how it got it's start. The area was first used by Ute Indians who hunted in the area in the warmer months. In 1875 the first mine was officially established just above Telluride and proved to be good for a variety of metals including lead, iron, copper, and the much sought after silver and gold. The town itself had originally been named Columbia, but after confusion with a town by the same name in California, the name was changed to Telluride. As people headed west to seek their fortunes, the train had a stop here and by 1890 the population of Telluride climbed to over 5,000, more than double of what it is today. By the end of WWI, the mining boom had ceased and residents left for the war or to settle elsewhere.

As with many towns, there are those who will stay just because they don't know where else to go. Residents of Telluride were just that way, and although there was not much left but beautiful scenery and skies, they remained with the town. It wasn't until the 1970s when some of the townspeople thought of opening a ski area to improve the economy. Just eight years later there were visions of a village and world class ski resort. With the right financial backers, Telluride as we know it today was born.

This remote and beautiful mountain village is now one of the most expensive places to buy property. Homes and even condos go for millions of dollars and many rich and famous love to own part-time homes here. But to run a town like this takes those who aren't independently wealthy. The median income of full time residents is $66,901, which is still considerably higher than the rest of Colorado. The median home value here is just over $1 million dollars, which is well over four times that of an average priced home in Colorado. As would be expected, food and accommodation services are the most common industry with a large portion of the townspeople working in it.

The town itself is lined with charming, victorian style buildings with one of the most scenic backdrops you can find in Colorado. Many of the stores cater to the tourists and it is well worth a visit here if you're coming to Colorado. Telluride is just as beautiful in the summer as it is in the winter, and there are numerous festivals year round.
Pros
  • remote and beautiful
Cons
  • home prices out of most people's reach
  • far from Front Range
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Feb 03, 2013

"A quiet little town in northeastern Colorado"

Ault is a small agricultural based town in northeastern Colorado. There are roughly 1,500 residents in this little town and although agriculture is big here, the most common industry is manufacturing, followed by construction. The median household income is $42,846 while the median home price is $147,548, both of which are lower than the state average. Although there are no real amenities here, Greeley is only a quick 16 minute drive away. In Greeley, a city with nearly 94,000 residents, there are numerous restaurants, a mall, and many other shopping options. There are also sporting events and other kinds of entertainment.

For Ault being so small, it has a rather high crime rate. From 2005-2011, more than half of those years the crime rate in Ault was well above the national average, which is pretty unusual for such a small town. Theft, burglary, and assault have all been common contributors to the problem. From 2005-2007 arson also contributed to a high crime rate.

As there aren't many businesses based out of Ault, many of the residents commute to Greeley or Fort Collins. As for students, Ault has both a junior high and high school located within the town, both of which are rated average for the state of Colorado. Elementary students travel five miles west to the town of Pierce for school.
Pros
  • quiet
  • lower cost of living
Cons
  • high crime rate
  • typically must commute for work
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Jan 28, 2013

"A small community right by Fort Morgan"

Log Lane Village is a small community of 874 people. The town lies just northwest of Fort Morgan along I-76 and the cost of living here is very good. Although the typical wages here are lower than state averages, so are the housing prices. There isn't much in the way of shopping or restaurants, but Fort Morgan is just across the highway. There isn't much in the way of recreation either, although the Quail Dunes Golf Course is just north of the community. This 18 hole golf course doubles as an Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary and is home to deer, elk, eagles, hawks, and coyotes.
Pros
  • inexpensive home prices
  • quiet
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Jan 28, 2013

"An agricultural town on the eastern I-70 corridor"

Arriba is a small town with a population of just 194. It resembles many small towns on the eastern side of Colorado in that there are fields of wheat growing nearby and you can tell when you're getting close to town because you can see the water tower or grain elevators. This town is far away from the front range there are no views of the beautiful rocky mountains. The summers here are hot and dry and the winters are cold and windy.

A good portion of the residents work in retail, typically driving to Limon which is only about 20 minutes away. Transportation and agriculture are also common industries here. As with many smaller towns the cost of living is very good, and although the wages are low so are the home prices. The median household income in Arriba is $26,908. Unfortunately, almost 24% of the population here lives below the poverty rate. Home prices reflect income and you can purchase a median priced home here for $90,000.

When you drive through town there is a sense of neglect in many areas. There are homes and buildings here which look as if they should have been torn down years ago. There are also some cute little homes though. You can feel the charm of years gone by when you're here, but that charm is no longer present overall.
Pros
  • low housing costs
Cons
  • few jobs
  • some old neglected buildings
  • high poverty rate
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
Jan 27, 2013

"Not a place to call home"

The Maples and Crestwood area of Thornton is only filled with businesses and fast food restaurants. There are no homes here, although there are many nearby.
Pros
  • quick highway access
Cons
  • no homes here
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Jan 27, 2013

"A street like many others in the heart of Bennett"

When you're driving down 5th Street in Bennett there isn't much to distinguish it from any other nearby streets. The homes all look different, with some very keenly tended and some just looking junky. The yards are all different sizes and spread out while the mismatched homes are all reflections of the occupants inside. The street is centrally located and within walking distance to two parks, the library, and the schools. While there's no real shopping here there are several stores, gas, and restaurants in the area.
Cons
  • several run down looking homes
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Jan 26, 2013

"Nowhere to call home"

John West Avenue in Bennet is a very short street which only has two homes on either side of it. Neither of them face John West Avenue, they face east towards McKinley Drive. On the west end of the street is a new little playground and a covered shelter for picnics and such, although there is no grass here.
Cons
  • no homes here
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Jan 25, 2013

"No homes here"

Greg's Place is a dirt road which leads to the back of the baseball fields in Bennett. There are no homes here, only a welding business.
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Jan 25, 2013

"A row of mobile homes"

Pike Street in Bennett is a short street with only about seven mobile homes on the west side of the street. The east side has a car repair business that often has what looks like broken down cars in the back. Overall this street is not pleasing to the eye as several of the mobile homes look unkept and there is an excess of junk outside the homes making them look trashy. Several look weathered and old, which also bring down the look of the whole street.

There are no amenities on this short street but in town there are several businesses, a rec center, and a grocery store close by. The schools here rate below average, although they are within walking distance from this street.
Pros
  • cheap housing
Cons
  • run down looking
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Jan 17, 2013

"Very cheap housing along Kiowa Avenue"

Where Kiowa Avenue connects to Ash Street there is a small apartment complex. As you travel east there are only homes backing up to this road for a little ways until you get to a string of mobile homes. In my opinion, some of these homes are not well kept up and some often have junk in their yards, bringing down the appearance of the rest of the street.

The street is located close enough to the schools for kids to walk across Colfax and over the train tracks, although this wouldn't be safe for younger kids. At the west end of Kiowa Street there is a very small park with a very small playground. There aren't any other amenities or anything else on this road, but it is close to the rec center, and several restaurants.
Cons
  • run down looking in some areas
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Jan 13, 2013

"Green Gables Way has a nice variety of homes"

When we first moved to Antelope Hills, the subdivision that Green Gables Way is in, I wished we would have found our home on this street, just for the name. As silly as that sounds, there's just something I love about this street name. The homes along this road are all different looking and different sizes. There is one really pretty brick home that I especially think is very classy looking. While all of these homes back up to the (former) golf course, there are a few of them that back up to the lake on the golf course. They used to have a great view of the green course with the lake and it's water fowl, but since the golf course has been foreclosed on, it's not quite the same pretty green scenery.

Since Green Gables Way is one of the main roads that people take to get around the development there is more traffic on this road than some of the side streets. But overall, the development has so few homes (under 100) that there is no real traffic to speak of. Since there are many kids in the neighborhood, most of the residents are very good at watching their speed.

While there is no shopping or dining here anymore (after the clubhouse and restaurant closed with the golf course) the nearest of either is in the town of Bennett, which is just about five miles away. There are several restaurants, gas stations, fast food, and a King Soopers.

In my opinion as well as state standardized testing, the Bennett School District rates pretty low. They have a lot of turnover in the administration and they have been plagued with problems for years.
Pros
  • nice homes
Cons
  • poor school district
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Jan 13, 2013

"A short road with just a handful of homes"

Green Gables Court is a short road that has about five or six homes on it. These homes all have nice big yards with open space. They were once a part of a golf course community, but the golf course went into bankruptcy and is no longer open. When it closed, so did the clubhouse which had a nice restaurant with a deck and room for events, as well as a golf store.

Since the economy crashed there are some foreclosures and short sells in the area, but I haven't seen any for sale on Green Gables Court recently. Many of these homes are large and open and very nicely done.
Pros
  • quiet street
Cons
  • poor school district
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
3/5
Jan 12, 2013

"No homes here"

I-70 travels from Kansas to the Utah border. This section of I-70 is just a highway and doesn't have any homes directly on it. Homes that are situated near it in this area have rather quick access to the mountains and all along the entrances and exits there are numerous places to eat, get gas, or shop.
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Jan 12, 2013

"A quiet, hidden street in the corner of the development"

Green Gables Circle only has about 12 homes on it. It sits in the southwest corner of the development and is always quiet with no traffic. All the homes on this street look different and some are very large and pretty. Most of the homes are set back from the road, giving them an even more remote feel.

Overall the neighborhood is quiet, even more so since the golf course and clubhouse shut down. There used to be people coming to play golf or grab a bite to eat, but those days ended when the golf course owners declared bankruptcy.

Kids who live in this area go to the Bennett School District which is below average. There are many homes here that are in foreclosure or being sold in short sale, so if a person were interested in this area now would be the time to buy. There are numerous deals here even though the development only has just under 100 homes.
Pros
  • quiet street with no traffic
Cons
  • poor school district
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
1/5
Jan 06, 2013

"There are no homes on Antelope Hills Blvd"

Antelope Hills Blvd is the short street which takes you from Kiowa-Bennett road into the Antelope Hills Subdivision. There are no homes on this road, other than the ones that back up to it.
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Dec 30, 2012

"It's all business here"

South Tower Road is a major road going through Aurora which has numerous businesses on it and connects to streets which lead into the Summer Valley neighborhood. There are no houses directly on this section of the road, although it borders the Summer Valley neighborhood on the east side. This street can get busy and congested at peak driving times. For people trying to leave the neighborhood it can be difficult to get onto Tower going north as there is so much traffic. Although the Summer Valley neighborhood is nice, this is the one bordering street that I would avoid.

Along this section of the road there are wooden fences in an attempt to keep out the noise from traffic. It does a pretty good job as you get into the neighborhood, but it obviously doesn't screen out horns honking, although that's not a common noise heard frequently here.
Pros
  • child care
  • restaurants, gas stations, and banks here
Cons
  • busy traffic
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Dec 30, 2012

"A nice street with some great neighbors"

We have friends who live on Ventura Way and although I haven't been over to see them in about nine months, I have always liked the street they live on. They live near the northern end of the street near S Uravan Street, very close to the Hampden Run Park. This street is quiet and many of the neighbors are very friendly and look out for one another. There are several police officers who live here, which always makes the neighborhood seem much safer. Although this neighborhood is surrounded by busy streets, the noise and traffic don't seem to reach inside.

One drawback to this street is that it has a pretty good incline to it and during the winters you can find yourself sliding down on the ice. The city doesn't seem to be too concerned about snow removal here, which lends to the problem.

South Ventura Way is located very close to grocery shopping and more than a few restaurants. A short drive down E Hampden Avenue and you can find yourself by the tollway for easy access to the airport or connecting to I-70. This would be a good street to live on for someone who works nearby or works out at the airport. The schools these kids go to are in the Cherry Creek School District which is noted for both academics and athletics.
Pros
  • friendly neighbors
  • close to many amenities
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Dec 30, 2012

"Mining and gas exploration is all there is in Sheridan Lake"

Sheridan Lake is a small little town on the eastern border of Colorado, just a few minutes from the Kansas border. Only 88 residents call Sheridan Lake home, and the majority of the residents work in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction or construction. This small town doesn't offer much in the way of amenities and there are no shops or restaurants to speak of. The median household income here is $14,789 which is way below the state average. Along with the lower income rates is lower home rates and the median priced home here is $12,698. Most of Sheridan Lake looks run down and although there are signs of businesses from the past, it doesn't look as if there will be any coming any time soon. You can still see grain elevators here, although I'm not sure if they are being used or not. Only 13% of the town's residents claim to work in agriculture or forestry, fishing, and hunting.

Since there are no amenities here and it's almost an hour drive to Lamar, the nearest (not so big) town, I wouldn't really recommend Sheridan Lake for anyone other than somebody looking to get away from it all...and I mean all.
Pros
  • peace and quiet
Cons
  • no amenities
  • old abandoned buildings
  • few jobs
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Dec 22, 2012

"An area filled with warehouses and businesses"

North Washington is an area that is packed with warehouses and businesses. There are car dealerships, construction companies, trucking companies, wholesale warehouses and distribution centers. There aren't any homes I can think of in this area and it is mostly a busy area with cars and trucks driving about. There are home in almost all of the surrounding areas, but other than businesses you won't find much in North Washington.
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Dec 22, 2012

"A quiet town along the I-70 corridor"

Seibert is a small town just half an hour west of Burlington and where there isn't much besides small homes and grain elevators. The town's population is a mere 181. This town lies just north of I-70 in an area of Colorado that is flat and can at times look unfriendly. The people in this small town, however, are anything but. They are a close knit community which takes great pride in their high school and their sports teams.

As is typical in any small Colorado town, both the income level and housing costs are below average. In the town of Seibert you can purchase an average median priced home for a mere $85,531. The median household income level is $34,507 here, which is also significantly lower than the state average.

Other than Burlington, there isn't much near Seibert. For any shopping or dining, residents must travel at least a half an hour. The majority of the people who call Seibert home work in agriculture and this is probably why the town has a considerably lower than average unemployment percentage.
Pros
  • peace and quiet
Cons
  • no amenities
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Dec 11, 2012

"A really fun, quaint part of Denver"

City Park West has a lot to offer it's residents. There are many charming homes which were built in the 1920s to 1940s. They are all unique and attractive, and many are made of brick which has stood the test of time. Many of these homes are going for just under a half million dollars, but if you can afford to live here it may be well worth it. It is a very short commute to downtown Denver by car or bus and there are a ton of restaurants, coffee shops, and bars within walking distance. For those who are exercise buffs, City Park is just across York Street to the east, and you will also find City Park Golf Course. If you're looking for a great way to spend the afternoon, both the Denver Zoo and Denver Museum of Nature and Science are there too. Just west of the museum is the Gates Planetarium as well. The park is large and you can always see people running or jogging around. In the summertime at Ferril Lake you can rent paddle boats and spend an afternoon on the lake or feeding the geese. This is a great big park with lots of paths to follow.

In addition to the numerous things to do within walking distance there is the Presbyterian St. Luke Hospital here, and St. Joseph's Hospital is just a few blocks west of the neighborhood. Both of these are big hospitals in Denver. While there isn't a lot of shopping in the neighborhood, there are liquor stores, gas stations and banks. If you're farther into the neighborhood going north, you won't find these a detraction to the charm of City Park West.

In my opinion, the only drawback to this neighborhood is that it borders Colfax Avenue. Colfax always looks dirty and unkept to me, not to mention the incredible amount of traffic that is here at any given time of day. It's almost strange how much the feeling changes when you're inside the neighborhood. It's quiet and peaceful, yet has a fun, upbeat vibe to it.
Pros
  • Very close to downtown
  • Excellent hospitals for health care and jobs
  • Lively and eclectic
  • Some great dining/nightlife options
Cons
  • borders Colfax Avenue
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Dec 03, 2012

"A neighborhood with a sad past"

Heather Ridge is a neighborhood that seems to go through a lot of changes in some areas. The corner of Peoria Street and Iliff Avenue has always had businesses and restaurants. Unfortunately, some years back there was a Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant here where one of the staff went crazy and shot four of his fellow employees. It was a very sad thing to happen to this neighborhood. The restaurant closed down and it seems that for many years after the restaurants that came in afterwards opened and closed in a relatively short amount of time. Whether this had anything to do with what happened probably isn't known for sure, but in the last several years the majority of the restaurants and businesses have stayed with the exception of a whole foods market.

The high schoolers in this area attend Overland High School which was once considered a really great school. Although it's still in the coveted Cherry Creek School District, it is one of the lower performing schools. Prairie MIddle School, which is right next to Overland, has about the same academic results as the high school.

Many of the homes in this area have been here since the 1980s but remain in really good shape and are taken care of. There are also condos, apartments, and duplexes. Although it's surrounded by busy streets, they aren't the worst.
Pros
  • okay traffic for being in town
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Nov 26, 2012

"A busy area along Havana"

Rangeview is an area made up of businesses and apartment complexes on a busy section of Havana Street. The apartments here are very reasonably priced, most likely due to the busy area it's located in with few parks and no greenery nearby. There aren't even any good views from here. The street is always busy and it's a noisy area which I think would be hard to live in. The long row of apartments don't have balconies and have very small windows in a plain, brick, rectangular building.

There are numerous businesses around here such as a row of car dealerships, a SuperTarget, numerous fast food places, auto repair shops, etc. As a matter of fact, I had completely forgotten about the apartments here because I don't think of this as a residential area. It's filled with businesses and traffic.

I wouldn't consider this a very safe part of town, and it lacks charm or anything special about it really. Other than cheap rent, I don't think Rangeview has much to offer anyone, unless you're looking for a new car or need to head to Target.
Pros
  • cheap rent
  • good bus access
Cons
  • busy streets
  • noisy
  • lacks character
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Nov 26, 2012

"A quiet neighborhood on the far northeastern border of Aurora"

Tower Triangle is a small area of homes which lies on the northeastern border of Aurora. Some years ago we had friends who lived here and at the time it seemed as if they were really far out of town. It is nice and quiet and close to some really great parks and a large sports park just to the south of it. The homes here now range in the low $100s to mid $100s range. Some of them have been here for over 20 years, although some are much more recently built.

The area has some nicely cared for homes but some look like they are in need of care. The area doesn't have any shopping real close and no real amenities to speak of. It's close to both I-70 and E-470 for ease of getting to many other areas of town.

This location would be ideal for someone who is looking for less expensive housing and works at one of the nearby warehouses or at the airport. It's peaceful and quiet, with some great parks for kids.
Pros
  • peaceful and quiet
  • inexpensive housing
Cons
  • no amenities
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Nov 25, 2012

"A gateway to warehouses and storage"

Gateway isn't a 'neighborhood' in the traditional sense of the word. It is made up of warehouses, loading docks, and storage areas. I can't think of any homes in this area at all. A long stretch of the border is next to I-70, although right after the exit to the airport it is relatively smooth sailing with no traffic.

There is a gas station that accommodates semi trucks and a few fast food restaurants in the areas such as a McDonalds, Burger King, and a new Jack in the Box.
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Nov 25, 2012

"A large shopping area with a small subdivision in the borders"

City Center North is a large area that has mostly shopping areas, strip malls, restaurants and businesses such as a motel and on of the city's DMV offices. There are numerous restaurants to choose from in this area, such as a Macaroni Grill, Chili's, Mimi's Cafe, Senor Miguels, and more. This area also houses the Aurora City Municipal Court as well as the main station for the City of Aurora Police Department. This area is busy with traffic and both 6th Avenue and Alameda Avenue are connected to I-225 via exit and on ramps. Chambers is also a busy street as it is a major thoroughfare through the city. You can find yourself in traffic in this area just about any time of day, although it is much worse during rush hour. The housing development which lies within the borders is small compared to the rest of the areas of housing surrounding City Center North. The homes here are mostly well taken care of seem to be cared for. There are several apartment buildings in the neighborhood, mostly off of Sable Blvd. While they aren't the nicest ones I've seen, they aren't run down looking or anything either.

Overall this is a part of town that has a lot to offer, but I think the crime rate here and in surrounding areas makes it a questionable place to live. While it seems nice and vibrant in the daytime, I have not felt safe in this part of town at night for some years now.
Pros
  • a lot of shopping and dining options
Cons
  • some crime
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Nov 19, 2012

"Mountain living at it's finest"

Coal Creek (also referred to as Coal Creek Canyon) is a gorgeous area of Colorado. Driving up the canyon has some spectacular views, shrouded with pines and Aspen trees along a narrow, sometimes winding road. My cousin lived up the canyon and it was always a pleasure to drive up and see her. Some of the homes are located on acreage and have incredible views of the surrounding mountains. As the elevation here is higher than Denver, you can really feel the temperature difference as you go up the canyon.

Along the way there is a great little coffee shop where the people are incredibly friendly and have some pretty fast service. The neighborhood seems to be very close knit, especially for the homes being sometimes quite a distance from eacher other.
Pros
  • great views
  • friendly neighbors
Cons
  • winding roads
  • remote
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Nov 18, 2012

"A tiny town where everyone really does know everyone's name"

Raymer is a quiet, tiny little town near the northeast corner of Colorado. As of last count, Raymer had only 96 residents: 49 males and 47 female. The median household income is $38,950, and you can get a home here for the median price of $63,396. A good portion of the residents work in construction.

There isn't too much to do in Raymer and the nearest town of any size is Fort Morgan which is about 30 miles away, and also the closest town for shopping and medical care. Greeley is much bigger than Fort Morgan, and can be reached in just under an hour.

A large part of Raymer looks like a ghost town. There are abandoned buildings, homes, and grain elevators, all giving clues to years gone by. The homes that are lived in are mostly smaller and charming but give the feeling of remoteness.

Unless someone was ranching or farming the land, I can't imagine too many people wanting to live here. The town has little to offer other than hot, dry, dusty summers and winters filled with cold winds that chill to the bone.
Pros
  • peace and quiet
Cons
  • remote
  • no amenities
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Nov 16, 2012

"Amazing beauty in the mountains that only 16 people are enjoying"

Bonanza is located about an hour south of Salida. This tiny mountain town currently has only 16 residents, 10 male and 6 female. Bonanza has some of the most amazing views you will ever see, and that's a pretty good compliment considering the incredible scenic beauty of Colorado as a whole. All of the residents work in agriculture, forestry, fishing, or hunting. Back in 2000 the median income was $63,750, but that has dropped significantly to just $12,940 which is probably the lowest I've ever seen for anywhere in Colorado outside of the projects. This change is most likely due to a wealthy person moving out of the area or people losing their job because of the current economic situation in our country. However, the median home value here is $83,804 which is also extremely below the state average.

Bonanza doesn't have much to offer unless you want to live in the remote mountains with no shopping or restaurants for at least an hour drive away. The same goes for healthcare. The nearest medical center is in Salida. One great thing about the residents here is how much they rely on solar power. As they are at such a high altitude, they have the use of the sun pretty much year round. While this isn't the kind of living for most people, I can understand the desire to live in a place like this, for the beauty and nature it has to offer.
Pros
  • beautiful mountain views
  • remote and small
Cons
  • cold snowy winters
  • remote and small
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Nov 12, 2012

"A quiet little town along the Colorado River"

New Castle lies on I-70 just 13 miles west of Glenwood Springs. In this area the highway travels alongside the Colorado River, which gives residents ample opportunity for fishing and kayaking. This small town of just 4,500 people is in a perfect spot for outdoor adventure seekers with many opportunities for hiking, camping, backpacking, fishing, kayaking, and hunting just minutes from their doorstep. The median household income of New Castle residents is $55,650 which is only $220 above the state average, however, the median home price here is $303,827, which is 66,207 higher than the state average median home price.

The majority of the residents work in construction, health care, and retail. Many travel to Glenwood Springs for work as well as Rifle. Glenwood Springs has a hospital while Rifle has a nice medical center. There isn't much in this town, although there are a few restaurants such as a McDonalds, pizza shop, and Subway. There is a motel, grocery store and gas station.

Overall this is a lovely area near numerous outdoor adventures. For anyone who likes to live the quiet life amidst the beauty of the mountains, this may be a great place to live.
Pros
  • beautiful
  • quiet
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Nov 11, 2012

"A tiny town close to the Kansas border"

Walsh, Colorado is a very small town with only about 550 residents. While the median household income here is well below Colorado averages at $38,759, the housing prices are low as well, with a median cost of $83,906. Many of the residents work in agriculture, fishing, forestry, and hunting. This small town has an incredible lack of crime, even for a small town. There are years when there is zero crime reported, and never things such as assault, rape, or murder. It's usually petty theft and minor things such as that.

Due to it's location so far from any major towns, there aren't many amenities. There is a nice city park and a small airport. Some of the buildings in Walsh show their age and many of them are now empty with little chance of being occupied anytime soon.
Pros
  • extremely low crime rate
Cons
  • few jobs
  • no amenities
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Nov 10, 2012

"Lakeside is an amusement park, not a place to live"

Lakeside was very cool in it's heyday. There was the traditional amusement park which was located right next to the lake, and it had a nice train ride that went around it. There were rides of all sorts and the roller coaster was lined with lights that you could see from quite a distance away if you were high enough up. There was also a racetrack on the southeastern edge where they would have races on weekend nights. While the amusement park is still open, it is a far cry from what it used to be. It's run down and many of the rides are broken or not running. The staff doesn't seem to care about the place and it seems more like a ghost town when you're there. I wouldn't recommend it, there are much better places in Denver.
Pros
  • cheap
Cons
  • run down
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Nov 10, 2012

"A small town perfect for adventure seekers"

Alma lies just six miles northwest of Fairplay, and is a small town with only 270 inhabitants. Many of these folks work in construction, retail, hospitality, and health care. The median household income is $29,516 which is considerable lower than the state average of $55,430. The housing prices here are lower than state averages as well, and are in the lower $200,000 range.

There is a lot to do in Alma. It's close to great skiing, hiking, fly fishing, and the highest motor vehicle pass in the world is here, known as Mosquito Pass. The scenic views are any direction you look, with mountains, Aspen trees, and pine trees all around. The town lies near the base of three separate mountains, and used to be a mining town. At one point, it produced over $1.5 million in ore. Soon after the mines began to diminish, an epidemic of smallpox wiped out many of the remaining residents.

While Alma is a bit isolated, it is worth a trip here for adventure seekers and outdoor lovers alike. Photographers can have a field day here with the abundant wildlife and scenic views.
Pros
  • remote
  • beautiful summers
Cons
  • cold winters
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Nov 03, 2012

"An old mining town where people are once again looking to hit the jackpot"

Cripple Creek began as a mining town in the 1800s, but a real, profitable find wasn't made until 1891, much later than many other areas. At the turn of the century, the Cripple Creek area had over 500 working mines and the town boasted a population of over 35,000. As with many other mining towns, when the gold was gone so were most of the people. When Colorado legalized gambling in the state back in 1991, Cripple Creek was one of the towns to set up shop for casinos. This has turned Cripple Creek into a tourist spot and although the town's population is now a mere 1,200, it's a busy place, with 13 casinos and numerous restaurants. The median household income in Cripple Creek is $32,000 and almost half of the residents work in entertainment or hospitality which is the town's biggest draw. A home in Cripple Creek costs much less than the state average at around $112,000.

While there are no medical facilities here there is a hospital 12 miles away in Woodland Park. There are numerous little touristy type of shops and restaurants which can make this a fun outing for a day or two. For those who are staying longer there are numerous outdoor activities to do such as: hiking, camping, horseback riding, nature walks, hunting, snow sports, and water sports like rafting, kayaking, and canoeing.

One of my favorite things about Cripple Creek is the way the town looks as if it's still the 1800s. While the interiors of the buildings have all been updated, the main street still looks as it did years ago. Tall narrow shops with varying colored store fronts line main street as do old brick buildings.
Pros
  • fun place to visit
  • outdoor adventure
Cons
  • gambling
  • tourists
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Oct 30, 2012

"Not a place to call home"

I had the pleasure of working at Keystone in my younger days and although I loved it, I wouldn't suggest living there. Mostly, it's a ski resort with skiers and tourists. During the summertime there are also some tourists, but the place really slows down. It's a very pretty area but unless you'e a skier there isn't much here for you. If you're looking to live in the mountains there are better spots with more housing options and less of a revolving door feeling.

That's not to say there's no housing available, but it is mostly used for skiers and those working the slopes during the winters. Expensive condos can be found but they are right on the ski resort. The homes that are located in Keystone are expensive, but in my opinion there are better locations.
Pros
  • beautiful country
  • resort has a good feel
  • skiing/boarding
Cons
  • expensive
  • not a "real" town
  • tourists
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Oct 28, 2012

"An busy part of town next to the highway"

Southmoor Park is a long area of homes and condos located along the busy I-25 and extending from The Denver Tech Center to East Hampden Avenue. This area is typically jam packed with cars traveling to and from Denver from the south end of town. Although construction has greatly improved the highway in this area, it still gets busy as it is the fastest way to get to downtown from the south end of town.

This neighborhood would be an ideal place for someone to live if they worked in The Denver Tech Center which is just east of the highway. This area is also close to a lot of shopping and dining options although within the neighborhood itself there isn't much other than some fast food restaurants off of Belleview Avenue. This area is convenient for many but does lack a bit of character.

While noise may not be too bad in the western part of the neighborhood some of the homes and condos closer to the highway can experience heavier noise.

One great thing about this neighborhood is that right off of Union Avenue is a light rail stop for those who don't want the hassles or cost of driving into Denver. While this wouldn't be my ideal place to live I can understand the convenience it would offer some people.
Pros
  • Handy for Tech Center workers
  • Light rail access to downtown
Cons
  • near the highway
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Oct 28, 2012

"A busy little mountain that has more to offer than just the outlet mall"

Many Colorado residents know Silverthorne for the outlet mall. The Outlets at Silverthorne has over 50 name brand stores located in three villages. There is a shuttle service which can pick up shoppers from their hotel in Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, and Avon and take them to the mall for a small fee of $10-$20. This can be better than the hassle of driving and finding parking. There is also a shuttle which takes shoppers from one village to another.

Although Silverthorne is a popular shopping destination there is so much more to do here. There is a golf course, nordic center, skate park, camping, fishing, hiking, and from December through February there is an outdoor ice rink. This beautiful town has a lot to offer with a scenic background.

The only school in town is an elementary and state testing scores show it is a little below average when compared to other schools statewide. Kids in middle and high school commute to Frisco to attend Summit Middle School which gets a rating of 7 on a 1-10 scale (10 being highest), while Summit High School get an even higher score of 8 out of 10.

Overall Silverthorne is a very safe place to live. Just over 4,000 residents enjoy beautiful mountain scenery with many close options for both skiing and snowboarding. The local rec center is located in a building with over 65,000 square feet of fitness options. There are four pools, 3 water slides, weight room, running track, and multiple classes for a variety of fitness enthusiasts.

The one negative to Silverthorne is that I-70 runs right through it. If it were just a little more off the beaten path it would be an incredible place.
Pros
  • great shopping
  • beautiful scenery
Cons
  • lots of tourists
  • roads in winter can become hazardous
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Oct 22, 2012

"A great little town to stop at for an hour or a day"

Georgetown is a town located on I-70 on your way up or down from the mountains. There is a good sized lake here which has fishing and boating and within the town there are numerous little shops and boutiques. Many of them are very touristy, but some of them have very cool stuff regardless. There are several restaurants in town, both independently owned and some chain type places such as Starbucks. The townspeople here are all friendly, nice and helpful.

If you have the time it's well worth the money to take a ride on the Georgetown Loop Railroad. The best time of year is mid-October when you can see all the fall colors changing on the trees, although it's a fun ride anytime of the year. Also, if you're lucky, you can often spot Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep alongside I-70. There is a place to pull over to see them, but often you will drive right past them on your way into Georgetown from Denver.

This town is situated in a beautiful area which has hiking, skiing, and many other outdoor sports nearby. During the cold winter months there is a great rec center you can take advantage of if you're looking to stay inside. It has a weight room, racquetball courts, swimming pool, and many other amenities.

Traffic in town is little to none, but on I-70 it can get very backed up here with bumper to bumper traffic on busy holiday weekends and during the peak skiing season. That is really the only drawback of this gorgeous little mountain town.
Pros
  • scenic views
  • great train ride
  • Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep
Cons
  • traffic on I-70
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Oct 22, 2012

"A gorgeous little town in the heart of the Rockies"

Blue River is a beautiful little town located an hour and a half southwest of Denver in the Rocky Mountains. It's only about six miles outside of the popular skiing town of Breckenridge, but has a charm all its own. There are numerous ranches in this area, all with nice homes and lots of acreage. Most of the homes here go from anywhere in the mid $400,000 range to over a million. It's easy to see why someone would want to live here when you see the great views. There are numerous outdoor activities in every season, from skiing in the winter to hiking in the summer.

While there aren't many options for shopping or dining in the area, Breckenridge is just down the way and has numerous restaurants and bars. A little further down and you're in Frisco where there are even more options for food and shopping. Silverthorne has numerous shops at an outlet mall which is convenient for many of the surrounding mountain towns and visitors alike.

While there is no traditional type of gym or recreation center located in Blue River, there are numerous ways to get your heart pumping in the gorgeous outdoors here.
Pros
  • Amazingly beautiful
Cons
  • highway does go through
  • little shopping/food
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Oct 21, 2012

"A lot of history in this small neighborhood"

Horseshoe Park is a busy section of Aurora as it's bordered by Chambers Road and East Mississippi Avenue. But in 1982 archaeologists found some rather interesting things in Horseshoe Park. There were the remains of an adult and child which dated back to 670 AD and they also found an ancient campfire. Around the campfire were stone tools and bone fragments from a Buffalo. The park itself has a small creek running through it called West Toll Gate Creek. There is a lot of brush, rocks, open space, and wildlife such as ducks. It's easy to imagine this place as being a stopping place for indians or travelers many years ago.

There is another very nice park in this neighborhood called Olympic Park. This park is home to many well taken care of baseball and softball fields.

This area has numerous businesses, mostly along South Chambers Road. There are some fast food restaurants, traditional restaurants, a Walgreens, several dentistry practices and a veterinarian clinic. There are also smaller businesses and a strip mall.

Since some of the roads going through this neighborhood are busy, major roads, this area isn't what I'd call peaceful and quiet. There are always cars on the roads at all times of the day and night.

The median home price for this area is $182,000 which is slightly lower than Aurora as a whole. The median household income in this area is $49,000.
Pros
  • some cool history
Cons
  • busy streets
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Oct 13, 2012

"A nice bedroom community southeast of Denver"

Elizabeth used to be a small farming and ranching community which seemed very far out. But with the population growth of Colorado it seems to get closer to the city every year. Many people who live here commute to the Denver Tech Center, located just off of I-25 and County Line Road, and a few people I know commute to Denver. Although the commute time may be a bit long, it can be well worth it living in this pretty area with so many pine trees and rolling hills. There are the usual subdivisions in and around town, but much of Elizabeth is homes built on acreage for horses, cattle, or the other many farm animals you can find in this area.

Although I've never lived here I grew up in the area and have always liked it. The people are all very nice and laid back and take pride in their community. The schools here, with the exception of one, rank well above others in the state when it comes to testing scores. The schools have many sports available to the kids and they have a phenomenal gymnastics team which continually wins tournament after tournament and has produced several state champions.

The cost of living in Elizabeth depends on just what you're looking for. You can find modest priced homes in town, and even a few on some acreage and you can also find large luxury homes built on many acres costing well over a million dollars. Some of these higher priced homes are perched atop hills with incredible views of the front range and Pikes Peak.

You can find all the necessary items in town as they have a Safeway and Wal-Mart, and a few other shops sprinkled throughout. For bigger shopping, such as quality clothing or even cars, residents need to drive to Parker, Aurora, or even Denver. This is a small price to pay for living in such a lovely area.
Pros
  • beautiful country
  • laid back atmosphere
  • friendly people
Cons
  • a long commute for some
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Oct 04, 2012

"A large suburb west of Denver"

Although I have never lived in Lakewood, I've had many friends who lived there over the years. There are many busy streets and getting to Denver if you need to commute for work can be very time consuming. Every street that borders Lakewood is a major artery so rush hours can be tough.

There are numerous subdivisions in Lakewood although my favorite is Green Mountain. This area is still busy on the border roads but within the neighborhoods it's a lot of nice homes with well tended yards and some have really great views. The median home price is right at about $260,000 although this area can have homes under that around $120,000 and much higher than that going over the million mark.

There are many nice parks in Lakewood, including Bear Creek Lake Regional Park which is one of the best.

Lakewood is ideally situated for those who like to get up into the mountains for skiing or snowboarding. Just west of Lakewood is C-470 which goes up the mountains to many great ski resorts. Lakewood is also close to Denver for those who need to commute.

There are numerous places to shop in Lakewood, but one of my favorites is Belmar. There are over 80 shops and restaurants located just off of the corner of Alameda Parkway and Wadsworth Blvd. There are also apartments for rent here and it is a great place to get a coffee and just window shop.
Pros
  • some nice areas with easy mountain access
  • close to downtown
  • lots of stores and restaurants
  • more affordable rent and home prices
Cons
  • crowded
  • highway and traffic congestion
  • many rundown neighborhoods
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
3/5
Sep 30, 2012

"A busy section of the highway, but getting better"

I-25 has in recent years been expanded to improve traffic along this stretch of highway. Although there will always be traffic as it is a major artery of Denver, it has greatly been improved.
3/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
Sep 30, 2012

"A small section of a former Air Force base"

The area around Lowry has changed a lot since the Air Force base closed down. For a while it was beginning to get run down and looked unkept, but that has changed. Just west of Lowry is a new housing development which is very nice and Lowry itself has been incorporated into the Community College of Aurora. Many of the science based classes take place here and the rooms are spacious with tons of parking.

6th Avenue is always busy but once you're inside of Lowry there is no traffic to speak of. There aren't any homes here but many all along the outskirts on all sides but the south.
Recommended for
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Sep 30, 2012

"A gorgeous little area southwest of Denver"

Morrison is a great little town just southwest of Denver at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The only drawback to this area is that C-470 goes through it and can get busy. Other than that it is a beautiful area with gorgeous rock formations and a small town feel.

This is one of my kids favorite places to go as Dinosaur Ridge is here. Dinosaur Ridge is a natural landmark which is home to fossilized tracks made from dinosaurs millions of years ago. You can take a bus tour which makes several stops and only costs $4 or you can hike up the side of the mountain yourself. The 'hike' is on a paved road and is easy although it can be steep. Looking at the tracks is really like taking a trip back in time. They are fascinating to see and if you're interested in more information there is a visitor's center located at the base of the hill.

The kids also like to visit Tiny Town in Morrison. This little town was modeled after a real town, but only 1/6 the size. There are over 100 building to look at and peek inside, a playground, a train that goes around the park, a gift shop and a snack shop. This is a fun place for little ones to explore and have fun in. The cost is reasonable and you can take a picnic lunch and enjoy the beauty of the area.

As you go west in Morrison you go deeper into the mountain with a very nice, quiet and peaceful feeling to it. There are several excellent restaurants here including The Fort, which has a menu consisting of traditional items as well as local meat selections such as elk, antelope and bison. The prices are high but well worth it.

Morrison is right next to Red Rocks Amphitheater which has long been known as one of the best places for outdoor concerts in the country. Depending on the evening you can hear blues, jazz, rock, and everything in between.

The homes here are average to custom with a varying degree of price. Due to it's location and small town feel it is a typically safe and sound area, although there have been problems on occasion coming from the different concert venues.
Pros
  • really pretty
  • dinosaur print fossils
Cons
  • some traffic on C-470
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Sep 30, 2012

"A busy area with nice homes and plenty of shopping and eating options"

Lone Tree is located both east and west of I-25 south of Denver. It is a busy area which includes many restaurants, a rather new hospital, Park Meadows Mall, hotels, and a golf course. This is a great area of town if you're looking to do a lot of shopping and want to grab lunch or dinner while you're out. There are also fun activities for kids and adults alike, such as bowling and the latest indoor sky diving in a vertical wind tunnel.

The homes in this area are high to very high priced with the median price being around $420,000 although there are plenty you can get for over a million. Some of the custom homes are lovely to look at, even from a distance. Within the neighborhoods the homes are all well taken care of and there is more of a community feel than one would think if just driving through. Some of the communities are gated and take great care to maintain their safety even thought this is traditionally a more upscale area.

One big drawback to this area is that I-25 goes through it as does C-470. Both of these highways can be horrible during rush hour both in the morning and evening. There is public transportation and just east of the mall is a connecting stop for the light rail which goes into downtown Denver. This is a great option for those who commute for work and can really decrease travel time and the money spent on parking.

With the many shops, stores, and restaurants you can get virtually anything you need in this small radius. There are numerous fast food restaurants, but just as many sit down restaurants with all kinds of cuisine imaginable. On busier nights and weekends, even with the vast amount of choices available, waiting times can be long. There are discount stores here such as Target and WalMart, but there are also plenty of upscale shops located in the mall. Chances are, if you need it, you can find it here.

The schools in this area are all above average in testing scores. There is a great little library here and if they don't have what you need they are more than willing to help you get it. There parks are all nice and well groomed, as is the area in general.
Pros
  • nice, safe area
  • lots to do
  • big variety of shops and restaurants
Cons
  • lots of traffic
  • expensive home prices
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
Sep 25, 2012

"Truly downtown living"

When you drive through Capital Hill it seems as if it is much like any other neighborhood downtown. But when you slow down or walk, you can see the true charm of the area. The old brick buildings and houses are really lovely, with huge trees lining the streets and a great mix of little shops and restaurants. It has a good vibe to it and I always enjoy being in this area. Some years ago it wasn't as pleasant as it is now, with questionable characters roaming about at all hours of the night.

Due to it being in the heart of Denver there is obviously going to be traffic, especially on the more major arteries, but within the neighborhood on the smaller residential streets the traffic isn't bad. Parking is another story. If you don't have a space that you've paid for it can be tough finding one, especially if you get home later than most of the rest of the neighborhood.

Within Capitol Hill is the actual Capitol building. It's worth taking a look at as the inside is really pretty neat and dates back to 1908. If you call in advance they have tours available for anyone interested and sometimes you can sit in and listen to the legislature.

The northern side is bordered by Colfax Avenue and this part always look kind of dirty and unkept to me. Other than that I like this area overall. I'm not the kind of person who would enjoy living in the middle of downtown, but if I were I would probably look for an area like this. The people you meet all seem nice and the mix of restaurants and businesses would mean you wouldn't need to travel far to get what you're looking for.
Pros
  • friendly, mellow Denver people
  • great mix of people
Cons
  • difficult to find parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Sep 23, 2012

"A beautiful area tucked away just off of I -25"

Larkspur is located in densely wooded area just west of I-25 south of Castle Rock. The homes in this area start in the high range of $500,000 and go into the several million. The price reflects not only the beautiful custom homes, but the gorgeous scenery surrounding the area as well. This neighborhood has almost no businesses to speak of so if you're looking for food or shopping, Castle Rock is you're best bet. It's located just south of Castle Rock by about 10-15 minutes so the area is secluded but also close enough to get anything you need. Depending on where you work, it's about the same distance from Larkspur to Denver and Colorado Springs.

The schools in Larkspur are part of the Douglas County School system which is traditionally pretty good. In Larkspur the elementary received a rating of 8 on a 1-10 scale with 10 being the highest. These ratings are based on student test scores for standardized tests for Colorado. In addition to the high state standards score, parents who have rated the school give it high marks across the board.

While there is no traffic in the area other than I-25, there is occasionally traffic along the highway at peak travel times. There are medical clinics in Castle Rock and the nearest hospital is probably Sky Ridge Medical Center off of I-25 and Lincoln Avenue north of Castle Rock.
Pros
  • wildlife
  • beautiful area surrounded by trees
  • quite and peaceful
Cons
  • way out of most people's price range
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Sep 23, 2012

"A small area located within Federal Heights"

Denver Cascade lies within the Federal Heights neighborhood. This area is a mobile home park with prices starting in the mid 20s. They have very specific rules about living here and they check your criminal background, credit report, and employment history. None of the homes are available for renting or subletting in an effort to keep the transient crowd from moving in. They allow pets but require them to be registered with the office and no vicious breeds are allowed. The community has a clubhouse and a good sized pool.

The area borders Federal Blvd. which can get busy with traffic but is bordered by neighborhoods on three sides which help to keep the noise down. Although there are no restaurants or businesses within the park, it is surrounded by both dining and shopping options all around. The central location allows for quick access to I-25 for people who commute to work.

St. Anthony North Hospital located just outside of Federal Heights on 84th Blvd and is mere minutes away.
Pros
  • a quiet neighborhood located near easy access to I-25
  • background checks on residents
Cons
  • low income housing
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Sep 23, 2012

"An apartment complex located within Federal Heights"

Legacy Heights is an apartment complex two stories high with apartments that are average sized with washers and dryers located in each apartment. It has a gym and fitness area, a pool, and a ample dining choices just across the street. This complex also allows pets. Although this complex is located in Federal Heights it is enough off the busy streets to where there isn't much noise from traffic.

Although busy at times, it's easy to get from 104th to I-25 for anyone working in Denver or the Thornton/Northglenn area. There are numerous car dealerships nearby and Flatirons Mall is about 20 minutes away.
Pros
  • close to shopping and dining
Cons
  • some crime
Recommended for
  • Singles
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Sep 23, 2012

"A neighborhood bordered by busy streets"

Federal Heights is home to Water World, the largest water park in the nation. This area also has homes, apartments and a mobile home park. The median home price is around $175,000. The schools are all rated average for state testing standards. On the northern part of Federal Heights there have been some break-ins in recent years, while the middle section of this area does have some crime. The southern area of Federal Heights is mostly businesses, with a few houses in the mix.

There is a small hospital, St. Anthony North, located just on the outskirts of the neighborhood. All of the streets bordering this neighborhood are major arteries that can get really backed up with traffic, especially during rush hour.

There are some nice spots to look at, but there are also some more run down parts which I try to stay away from. Parts of certain streets look dirty and unkept.
Pros
  • Water World
Cons
  • crime
  • traffic
Recommended for
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Sep 23, 2012

"A friendly and quaint little mountain town"

Idaho Springs is a great little town with about 1,700 residents. Although it's known as a tourist town it is also a great little place to call home. The townspeople are very friendly whether you're there for an hour or several days. There are many cute little shops and eateries all which cater to the tourist crowd but tasty enough to keep the townsfolk coming back. One of my personal favorites is Beau Jo's pizzeria. They have several locations throughout Colorado but the one in Idaho Springs is my favorite. It's in a really old building that has so much charm. If you venture up the old creaky stairs to the restrooms there is a large window you can look out of and see a natural waterfall. All the residents seem cheerful and laid back in this town which has the claim of having the first significant find during the gold rush.

Traffic within Idaho Springs is pretty non-existent, but due to it's location right off of I-70 it can get backed up on the highway on busy weekends from people driving into the high country or trying to get back down the mountain. Instead of waiting in traffic I would suggest getting off and taking a nice stroll through the town.

The schools in Idaho Springs are all average when it comes to test scores but I can attest that the kids here are not. When my oldest daughter had a game against the school here a few years back, the kids were about as friendly as could be. During the game they would compliment our team on a nice play and several of them came over to our team after the game and just wanted to talk and visit and find out about what it was like we lived. It was a really nice experience for the girls on our team to be greeted with such warmth and friendliness.

Although Idaho Springs is wedged in between two mountains the views are awesome. You can't see real far in any direction, but that doesn't seem to matter. It's probably it's prettiest during winter when there is a light snow falling.

I have never had any issues with parking, even in the tourist spots. There is a lot of parking on the streets but there are also big, free parking lots in town centrally located. The homes here are all very nice and many look as they probably did years ago. Overall, this little town is very pleasing to the eye.

I can understand someone wanting to live here. It's tucked away far enough from the big city to feel like you're in the heart of the mountains but close to skiing, wildlife, and a laid back atmosphere in a great little community.
Pros
  • friendly people
  • Mountain charm
Cons
  • right next to I-70
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Sep 23, 2012

"An area with a little something for everyone"

Centennial is a long and odd shaped city overlapping several other cities and towns. Due to it's shape it encompasses a variety of different areas. There are plenty of subdivisions, a ton of shopping, great schools, an airport, golf courses, a ton of open space, and two excellent hospitals just outside the border. Sky Ridge Medical Center is just off of I-25 and Lincoln and in Parker there is now Parker Adventist Hospital just off of the tollway and Parker Road.

Centennial is overall a nice part of town with plenty to do. There are numerous restaurants, especially along the Arapahoe Road corridor. There is a nice business center and plenty of waking trails for a nice stroll or bike ride. The majority of the schools which fall in this area belong to Cherry Creek School District and are some of the best in Colorado and are nationally recognized for excellence in academics and many sports.

There are areas in the city that can get congested, but many improvements have been taking place to help this. The most notable is the expansion of the intersection at Parker Road and Arapahoe Road. This area used to be horrible for traffic but by widening the lanes and creating an overpass it has greatly helped. When the construction is done, I can only imagine how much better this area will be. The area of Centennial that lies along the I-25 corridor has the added bonus of being right by the light rail. This economical way of getting to downtown Denver each day can save on parking fees, time in traffic, and even gas.

Homes in Centennial tend to keep their value or increase. While there are some foreclosures due to the recent economic situation, overall the area has remained the same as it was 10 years ago. Some of the homes are higher priced but many of the subdivisions are middle to upscale.
Pros
  • great schools
Cons
  • highway and traffic congestion
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Sep 21, 2012

"A beautiful little town I'd love to call home"

Growing up in Colorado I can remember going to Evergreen as a child. It, like much of Colorado, is beautiful with wide open spaces and plenty of wildlife. In fact, after my husband proposed to me we opted to have our wedding in Evergreen and I have nothing but great memories of the beauty surrounding us on that day.

If you're looking to live in Evergreen, there's not too many other towns or cities in Colorado that can boast having all of the schools K-12 have a rating of 9 or 10 on a 10 point scale (10 being the highest). These scores are from the state testing standards and in addition the parents overwhelmingly agree their schools are tops.

One drawback to Evergreen are the housing prices. The median sale price in 2012 as of September was $398,200 according to Zillow.com. While many of the homes are beautiful and on acreage, this price tag leaves many people on the outside looking in.

Evergreen is also great for outdoor enthusiasts. There's downhill skiing close by as well as hiking, fishing, and biking. If the weather's too cold for you, Evergreen has a great rec center with an indoor pool and a special area for the kids with a slide. It also has a rock climbing wall. For residents or visitors to Evergreen there is ice skating on Evergreen Lake in the winter. There is a spot for parents to watch their kids and also a picnic area. If it gets too cold there is a warming hut that sells snacks and warm drinks while you can sit and warm up by the fire.

While there are shops and grocery stores in Evergreen, if you're looking to do some serious shopping you may have to find yourself headed into Denver, although most of what you need can be found right here.
Pros
  • Great public and private schools
  • Recreation options out your front door
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
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HeatherS Evergreen sounds like a beautiful place to get married, I like your post:)
Sep 22, 2012
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Sep 18, 2012

"A community jammed packed with people and businesses"

I have never lived in Northglenn but find myself here about twice a week. I am constantly frustrated with the traffic and even on a good day it seems to be backed up. However, the homes all seem to be nice and taken care of and I do have to admit they have some pretty great parks. The E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park puts other parks to shame with it's beauty and the amount of things to do here. While the rec center across the street is very average, the staff is all very friendly and easy going.

There are numerous restaurants and fast food joints on all the major streets, as well as small businesses, banks, and grocery stores. You wouldn't have to go far to get anything you might need. For travelers there are several hotels on the west side of I-25, although they don't seem to detract from the city as a whole.

The schools in the area rank pretty low based on state testing standards, with Northglenn High School currently receiving a 3 on a 1-10 scale (10 being highest), although parents rate it much higher. The elementary schools are closely rated to the high school with 3s and 4s, while the middle schools rate between a 4 and 10. 10 is actually a K-8 school named Hulstrom Options K-8 School. There is such demand to get into Hulstrom that to be fair they use a lottery system. If you're lucky enough to get your child in, they have the opportunity of at learning at one of the few schools in the Denver Metro area to be given such a high rating.

The median home price in Northglenn is $163,000 with the median income just over $48,000.
Pros
  • great parks
  • lower home prices
Cons
  • traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Sep 16, 2012

"A very diverse area that now has great neighborhoods to the east"

It used to be that when you heard Commerce City you had an immediate image in your mind of smog, dirt, and rundown neighborhoods. While that is still true about some of the area closest to I-270, there are new, gorgeous developments being added to the eastern end of the city. Reunion is one of those neighborhoods. Built with proximity to Denver International Airport, it is one of the nicest new areas around Denver. The homes are very well kept and the neighborhood has a really pretty lake with a great rec center for the residents. The one drawback to Reunion is that it borders Tower Road and development grew much faster than some of the roads surrounding it. Getting off of Pena Blvd if you work at the airport and trying to get home on Tower can be really bad. Traffic is backed up on this one lane road for long periods of time. There is always the option of jumping on the tollway, but as the prices for the tollway keep jumping up and up it's not the most economical solution.

The area around Reunion seems to be very safe and almost has a country feel to it. Commerce city itself gets progressively worse the further west you go, where there are manufacturing plants and a more run down look. There used to be a race track here but that now just sits empty. Rainbow bread has their plant here and if you're nearby, it does smell really nice in the area. Rainbow also has a small store on site for people to stop in and buy bread, buns, and other items for really cheap.

There are some parts of the area that are very nice. The local library (part of the Anythink library system) has some of the friendliest staff around. In addition to the numerous books you can check out they have a computer center, many activities throughout the year, and a community garden on the side. The parking lot isn't big and can get full, but it's well worth the walk if you need to park on the street.

It's hard to write one review of the entire city since it can be so diverse, depending on what area you live in. Overall, there is a great sense of community on all sides and hopefully with the addition of new neighborhoods, some of the increased revenue will help to bring up the city as a whole.
Pros
  • location
  • great diversity
Cons
  • some areas look run down
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Sep 14, 2012

"A small community far from the hustle and bustle of nearby Aurora"

Murphy Creek is one of the prettiest neighborhoods this side of I-25. Although it's address is Aurora, you don't feel like you're anywhere near Aurora when you're here. It is beautiful, well manicured, quiet, and peaceful. The homes are pretty and well taken care of, although a little close to each other. There is a golf course on the southern side of the neighborhood that has 18 holes and the neighborhood has it's own K-8 school. After that, kids go to Rangeview High School which is just west over the E-470 tollway.

The location of Murphy Creek is ideal for anyone who works at Denver International Airport or who flies frequently. There is no traffic in the development, although Gun Club Road does get backed up at peak times for those who wish to avoid paying the tollway fees.

While there isn't any shopping, businesses, or hospitals here, they are all just minutes away. Southlands mall to the east has great outdoor shopping and there are numerous restaurants here as well. This is one of Murphy Creek's best features, it's location. Most of the neighbors are friendly and I often get waved at while driving through.

There is no public transportation out here unless you count the busses for students. There is plenty of parking along the streets.
Pros
  • beautiful area
  • easy access to airport
Cons
  • high home prices
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Sep 14, 2012

"A good area that got too big too fast"

I lived in Green Valley Ranch for several years and moved out in 2003. Actually, I couldn't wait to get out. This development started small and was really pretty nice. Then the schools started busing kids in (I don't know if the schools are still doing this or not) and the overall atmosphere changed. That's not to say it feels that way to everyone, I just no longer wanted to live there or raise my kids there. I taught at the one of the elementary schools and loved it while I was there but gradually over the time I was there the problems increased and the demographics changed. Smaller homes and apartments were built which detracted from the looks of the neighborhood, but it still holds some of the charm it used to in some parts. For example, the golf course and the area around it are really very pretty. Unfortunately the homes surrounding it are cookie-cutter and there's no real stand out place. In some parts of the neighborhood the homes are literally the exact same except for the color. Overall, for me, the place just got too big too fast.

There are stores in the neighborhood, such as King Soopers and Walgreens, but most of the dining in the area is chain type restaurants and fast food. Recently the crime rate has increased, but overall it's still pretty safe.

There isn't much traffic since it's so far out, except on Tower Road which is greatly in need of expansion, especially heading towards the highway. It can be hard to get out of parking lots onto 56th Avenue at times, especially if you're trying to go the opposite way. It is a really convenient location to live in if you work at Denver International Airport, as many residents do.

Since this is an outer lying community there aren't any hospitals here, but there are several within about 10-15 minutes.
Pros
  • Family-friendly
  • Wide open spaces nearby
Cons
  • Cookie-cutter development
  • Downtown workers will face a long commute
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Sep 14, 2012

"Denver - A little metropolis with a big heart"

Denver is a city rich in history. This small isolated town began to change in the 1870s when the railroad put a stop here. From the 1870s to the 1880s the population grew with numbers reaching over 106,000. From that boom until today, there have been many things to see and do. The popular LoDo (lower downtown) district is known for lofts, bars & restaurants, nightclubs, museums, shopping, and the Colorado Rockies. Whether young or old, there is something for everyone to do here.

Denver, also known as the Mile Hi City, has one of the healthiest populations in the nation. With the Rocky Mountains just over an hour away there are things to do such as skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and rock climbing. Within the city there are also numerous things to do. Denver has 850 miles of biking paths, 62 golf courses, and jogging paths in just about every neighborhood.

Denver is a city that takes it professional sports seriously. There's major league hockey, baseball, basketball, football, soccer and two lacrosse teams. Many of these teams play at the Pepsi Center, while the Denver Broncos play at Mile Hi @ Sports Authority Field and the Colorado Rockies in LoDo at Coors Field. Denver fans take their professional sports seriously and you can see the love for these teams throughout the city. From bumper stickers to flags waving, there is no shortage of fans.

The Denver Botanic Gardens have been around since 1951 and were initially built to bring beauty to the city. The gardens encompass over 23 acres and have plants from all around the world, with over 15,000 different kinds. In addition to the gardens there are numerous classes offered here, such as Kundalini Yoga, drawing, painting, cooking, and gardening.

Between LoDo, the Golden Triangle, Berkeley, and Santa Fe neighborhoods there are 60 art galleries, bars, restaurants, and shops. These businesses offer a "First Friday Art Walk" with a shuttle going every 20 minutes, taking you to your next destination.

Since Denver is situated at the base of the Rocky Mountains it sits in a bit of a bowl like area. Due to this there can be a lot of smog which is easily visible from further away in the metro area. But when the smog is gone, there are incredible views, especially from the Anschutz balcony located at the Museum of Nature and Science. This museum also houses some incredible exhibits like: Gems & Minerals with beautiful gems found in the area as well as from all over the world, Egyptian mummies and all sorts of artifacts relating to ancient Egypt, Prehistoric Journey with many real dinosaur bones that have been found, many in Colorado, and even wildlife dioramas from all over the world, and a great interactive Space area where anyone can learn and discover in this hands on environment. This is a great museum for young and old alike.

The traffic in Denver is just as bad as any large city, but Denver has the advantage of great public transportation. The RTD buses are frequent and travel throughout the city and outlying areas, while the train in Denver goes back and forth frequently. Denver is also a major stop for the light rail, which is also getting ready to be expanded in the coming years to go from Downtown Denver to Denver International Airport, which is located far from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The airport itself is the 11th busiest in the world. It sits on over 54 square miles and although it isn't in the heart of the city it has brought much needed income to the state as a whole. There are over 30,000 people working at DIA in many capacities. Since it is a hub for many airlines, you can usually find cheap flights to just about anywhere in the States.

What started out as a small mining town has grown into a good sized city that offers residents sports, arts & leisure, entertainment, and a beautiful city to call home.
Pros
  • Cheap flights anywhere in the country
  • Close to the mountains
  • Good sports
  • bike paths
  • skate parks
Cons
  • smog
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Sep 09, 2012

"A college centered town with much appeal"

Although I have never lived in Boulder I have been there often to visit friends and have taken a class there. It always seems to be a peaceful place with beautiful views no matter where you look. The campus itself can take you back in time just looking at the architecture. There is a kind of a cultural appreciation here that celebrates diversity unlike many other places, which is refreshing. The streets are all lovely with the natural beauty evident as you stroll or drive along. An outdoor mall and farmer's markets make the place fun to shop at and just enjoy being outdoors. The overall feeling of Boulder is one of appreciation of the planet and those who inhabit it.

For those who choose to live in Boulder, the home prices can be high, but well worth it, and even the rents for college students off campus can be high. While on the surface Boulder seems to be a safe place there is a lot of opportunistic crime, especially near the campus. I unfortunately learned this from a local police officer who came to take my report after my car had been broken into and almost completely gutted while staying overnight with some friends.

There is so much to do in Boulder that it is a outdoor enthusiasts dream. There are great biking and jogging paths along the river, plenty of parks for throwing a frisbee or taking your dog for a walk, yoga, judo clubs, you name it. Skiing and snowboarding are close at hand and the rec centers are all well equipped. It seems as if the entire town is fitness conscious, which isn't surprising as the state of Colorado ranks as one of the healthiest in the nation.

Public transportation here is good. The buses are frequent as is the HOP, a free bus system which travels to and from popular destinations within Boulder. Many of the health conscious walk or ride their bicycles wherever they are going. This greatly cuts down on traffic and I have rarely been help up anywhere in Boulder, although I don't know that I've truly driven during peak times.

For people who are health conscious, active, and appreciate our great mother Earth, this is probably the town for you.
Pros
  • little traffic
  • Entertainment & Arts
  • Outdoor Pursuits
  • Restaurants
  • organic food
Cons
  • High Cost of Living
  • Sometimes Pretentious Citizens
  • traffic
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Sep 07, 2012

"A gorgeous neighborhood built around the surrounding beauty"

Tallyn's Reach is one of those places you drive by and wish you lived there. The homes were all built around the natural beauty of hilly areas and gorgeous well-established pine trees. Due to the growth in the area, Cherokee Trail High School was added about eight years ago and the high school now has a student body of over 3,000. This area lies within the highly acclaimed Cherry Creek School District, which has been noted for excellence in both academics and sports.

The neighborhood is located just off of the E-470 Toll Road, so there is great access to Denver International Airport and other outer lying areas east of Denver. Traffic on this road is almost non-existant as well as in the neighborhood itself, with the exception of going to the schools in the morning. Ill planning allowed for only one street entrance into the local high school and middle school and with over 3.000 students at the high school alone, traffic in the mornings can be a nightmare.

Adjacent to Smoky Hill Road, Tallyn's Reach has shopping along here as well as at Southlands just across the street. Within five minutes you can be eating a delicious meal at PF Chang's, dropping off your dry cleaning, shopping along the outdoor mall at stores like Coldwater Creek and Sports Authority, or heading out to see a movie.

There are gym's located nearby, but just going for a walk around this hilly area could get your heart rate up in no time. Their are frequently people walking their dogs, riding bikes, and just being outdoor enthusiasts as many Coloradans are.

While this may seem like a great area to live in, the one drawback is the cost of the homes. Generally starting in the low $300s, they can reach to well over a million. Most of the homes are large, custom-built houses that have been designed to keep the natural surroundings in mind. The area itself is well manicured and fits the scenery perfectly. No outrageous or questionable colors here, they are all earth tones which blend well with the background mother nature intended. Overall, if you can afford to live here, it's a great place to call home.
Pros
  • Close shopping nearby
  • Beautiful neighborhood
  • Excellent schools
Cons
  • Cost of living
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish

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